The other night, my wife and I watched the new Fox series, Sleepy Hollow. After watching the first episode, I have mixed feelings. This is not the Sleepy Hollow we grew up with. Content warning: Spoilers after the jump.
The episode opens during a battle of the Revolutionary War. Ichabod Crane is fighting on the side of the American Continental Army. During the battle, a British soldier, wearing an iron mask, gets off of a white horse and heads toward Crane. During the ensuing fight, the British soldier is shot, Crane is mortally wounded, but not before beheading the British soldier. The two soldiers collapse on the field. After a brief flash, Crane wakes up and drags himself out of the grave only to find himself in present day Sleepy Hollow.
“He further concluded not only that imitation was essentially human, but that it was the founding social force that propelled proto-humans to establish culture and religion through primitive forms of ritual sacrifice – a social mechanism that contained escalating in-group violence by deflecting it against an outside or surrogate victim. (2-3).”
Okay, so I’m only on page 3 after reading the preface, but this is going to be a wonderful book.
“These essays, mostly by Christian thinkers, are serious dialogue about important questions. Whether you find in them enlightenment and encouragement, or much to challenge, I hope you will agree that The Veritas Forum has done a service to the academy by encouraging the discussions.” –from the foreword by Harry Lewis, former dean, Harvard College, and author of Excellence Without a Soul
Many today pursue knowledge and even wisdom. But what about truth? In an age that disputes whether truth can be universalized beyond one’s own personal experience, it seems quaint to speak of finding truth. But whether in the ivory towers of the academy or in the midst of our everyday lives, we continue to seek after the true, the beautiful and the good.
Since its founding at Harvard in 1992, The Veritas Forum has provided a place for the university world to explore the deepest questions of truth and life. What does it mean to be human? Does history have a purpose? Is life meaningful? Can rational people believe in God? Now gathered in one volume are some of The Veritas Forum’s most notable presentations, with contributions from Francis Collins, Tim Keller, N. T. Wright, Mary Poplin and more. Volume editor Dallas Willard introduces each presentation, highlighting its significance and putting it in context for us today. Also included are selected question and answer sessions with the speakers from the original forum experiences.
Come eavesdrop on some of today’s leading Christian thinkers and their dialogue partners. And consider how truth might find a place in your own life.
Maybe so. Maybe, like the Christians of long ago Rome, we can live the Gospel’s social component and reach the world spiritually, without compromise. We know from history the value of Christians to the cities and towns where they resided. From taking in orphaned infants, the sick, the poor, to feeding the hungry, Christians helped to wrest something good for the Kingdom in the empire.