Today's Google Doodle was in honor of Nelson Mandela. And as usual with Google, it was done incredibly well. But it's when things are so appealing to our visual enjoyment and emotions that we might do well to be even more attune to how to interpret it in light of God's Word.
Now I need to be clear up front: this post is not intended to attack Nelson Mandela in the least.(1) It is, however, intended to provide an analysis of the message Google presents in honor of Mandela (at least in part from his own words) and how that message is at polar opposites with the message God provides in His Word.
So if you examine with me the beautiful doodles of Google compared to God's Word, I hope you'll discover with me that as at many other times, there is an important clash of worldviews - that is - an important clash of understanding of truth, that is at stake here.
So what is so opposite the Christian message in today's doodle?
Let's take a look. After clicking on the arrow to the right of Nelson Mandela we're taken (in a Pixar-esque fashion) to the next doodle, which I believe is taken straight from Mandela's autobiography.
Foundational to Biblical Thinking and Application
This is without doubt a foundational work in the world of theology and especially as it pertains to the philosophy of knowledge. John Frame's writing is always written with a pastoral warmth even when it's on such a topic as epistemology. It would be remiss, though, to say that this book is solely on Christian epistemology. It also is very much a book on theological method as well as apologetics.
With the heart of a shepherd and all the precision of a theological surgeon, Frame takes the reader through his book in three parts:
The Objects of Knowledge
The Justification of Knowledge
The Methods of Knowledge
While this book is written well in a style that befits the layperson, the nature of the content is still very heavy at times. So this book may not be for all readers. However, for anyone in seminary or the Christian interested in philosophy (especially as it pertains to epistemology), this book is a must-read! Saturated with Scripture, a Biblical worldview, and a commitment to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life, this book will not disappoint those seeking a deeper understanding of our relationship with the Lord Jesus, how we come to know Him as Lord, and what that means as it pertains to our relationship with the rest of the world.