It’s been a delightful week here in Kona, (The University of the Nations), in a class of wonderful students grappling with the Kingdom of God.
When the first Universities, (Paris and Oxford), were founded in the twelfth century they featured a curriculum which focused on the three absolutes of Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. Within that academic trinity can be found all the glories of ethics, law, science, philosophy, and the creative arts. And when taken together the absolutes point to the wonder of God’s Kingdom. “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) To sit in holy wonder before these absolutes is to seek God’s kingdom.
That’s a fair summary of what we did in class this week: We examined beauty, truth and goodness, identified them as reflections of the Trinitarian God, surveyed a few of the ways these absolutes are under attack, and reminded ourselves that the Father of Jesus will not be satisfied until every lost glory of His Kingdom is restored. And that, I believe, is a true education.