Monday, January 23, 2012

Worship, sensus divinitatis, and local students


It is reported that local students are now worshiping the "Bell Curve God" (H/T: Ronald Wong):
The bell-curve refers to a grading method where students' grades are assigned based on the relative performance of their peers. [...]
As seen in the photo above, an altar is set up with food, drinks, and vitamin C tablets offered to this god. 
One picture even shows a sign hung up on the ceiling, that "cursed" whoever entered the room without a food offering for the "Bell Curve God".
This news is particular interesting when read along John Calvin's sensus divinitatis, which simply means that humans are born with some vague ideas that divinity exists. To Calvin, this is the Christian God. And the vague ideas is given by this God to everyone.

G. K. Chesterton has similarly said, "For when we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing, we worship anything." 

Or, as apostle Paul put it: "...since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made..." (Romans 1:30)

Humans are inevitably homo religiosus. We are endowed with the inclination to worship. And I tend to think it is this inclination that guides all direction and path taken by us in searching for the purpose and the meaning of life, as well as the rationale in ethics and philosophy. And in this case, the hope of some local students.

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