Ken Myers, founder of MARS HILL AUDIO and host and producer of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, spoke at chapel Sept. 26 as part of a three-day visit to the Erskine campus.
In “A Comprehending Faith,” Myers focused on the comprehensibility of the created world and the comprehensiveness of the salvation accomplished by Christ, taking as his text Colossians 1:15-20.
Stressing that creation is intelligible, Myers asserted that we know God in part through reasonable engagement with his creation.
He cited two misconceptions which, while not necessarily taught directly among Christians, can become part of the baggage many believers carry.
One misconception is that “faith is irrational.” Some believers take comfort in the idea of simply “feeling” their faith and not having to think about it.
A second misconception is that faith is concerned with a narrow range of things, “a little sliver of life.”
Instead, faith is comprehensible and involves a comprehensive set of concerns, Myers said.
In contrast to some forms of skepticism—in which it is claimed that there is no intelligible reality—the Christian faith identifies Christ, the Logos who is light and truth, who has made himself known, and who commands his followers to grow in this knowledge and to make it known.
“There is no inherent conflict between faith and reason,” Myers said.
The chapel service in the Due West ARP Church was led by Chaplain Paul Patrick. The women’s vocal ensemble Bella Voce, directed by Dr. Keith Timms and accompanied by Prof. Tobi Otekayi, provided music, and Erskine President Dr. Robert Gustafson introduced the speaker.
Myers, the author of All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (1989), is a contributing editor for Christianity Today.
He will speak at an Erskine convocation Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. in Lesesne Auditorium. His topic will be “What ‘Liberties’ Do the Liberal Arts Serve?”