Class of 2023: The Way Up Is Down
President Ben Merkle welcomed the Freshman Class of 2019 with a lecture on wisdom, and he closed with the well-known divine paradox: “The way up is the way down.” Apt, as some of the students themselves may well have felt turned upside-down at this point—alongside President Merkle's talk, during orientation week they took a Latin placement test and heard lectures on reasoning, music, rhetoric, and theology. This was the first squall of the academic climate they have entered into. All the welcoming talks were important landmarks to orient the freshman class for life at New Saint Andrews, but President Merkle’s talk on wisdom holds a special place in the college. And so does the divine paradox.
Wisdom is the essential quality a person needs to live out the college’s mission statement: lead and shape culture under the Lordship of Christ. “Wisdom,” said Dr. Merkle, “biblically speaking, is a skill of leadership. It is godly inspired decision making.” Leaders need wisdom, but they …
Read More · 5 min read · Aug 13 2019