The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Thursday, July 29, 2004
Undoing Babel
Some insightful words from Peter Leithart:

"In Christian civilization, this Pentecostal emphasis has been at the core of what it means to be civilized, educated, cultured. Exposure to other civilizations and languages and literatures has been at the heart of education since the Renaissance. Subtract Pentecost from history (as Stanley Fish and others attempt to do), and we'd all be living in our little tribes, our language incomprehensible to anyone else. And we'd be perfectly content to continue that forever."
It is this uniting of peoples of different languages and cultures - under the Lordship of Christ - which has given the West its vast cultural richness. It is a glorious outworking of the Gospel.