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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Einstein Summary

For several days we have taken some time and looked at how some of the things Einstein said applied to us as believers both individually and corporately.  What was the point of that exercise?  On the one hand, if you have been reading this blog you will know that one of the main themes is the primacy and importance of God’s Word.  That being said and assuming that one has grounded oneself in the Word, one can begin to see truth wherever it emerges.  Truth is truth.  We can learn and apply from people like Einstein because even if he did not hold the Bible in high regard (I do not know if he did or not), the quotes we examined are Biblical.
As believers can we learn from men like Einstein?  If so is there a danger?
Some of what he said could be a paraphrase of Philippians 3.  His comment on seeing what was there rather than what we want to see is similar to what Christ told the leaders of the Jew in John 5:39 – 40.  I have learned much from extra Biblical authors that has applied to Christian leadership; Tom Peters, John Kotter, Peter Drucker, John Gardner, and Warren Bennis, to name a few.  I have learned much from reading Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review.  Those authors have contributed much to my understanding and practice of training and leading men and organizations.  But let me be clear, they were read through the lens and filter of Scripture.  In them I found examples and practical application of Biblical principles, even when they may not have embraced the Biblical truth.

The point is that we can and should learn from these types of sources but only as they are measured and evaluated by the Word.