allegedly big thoughts here.
“We put too much faith in what we can do for ourselves”
I do think the belief that humans can change is more prominent in the Biblical approach than the Aristotelian approach, but I think the Biblical approach is more realistic on that score.
Aristotle says we only deliberate about means and not ends, and therefore only people who are brought up well (the spoudaioi) have even a chance of ethical improvement because they have been set on rails toward the right ends. Aristotle’s presupposition that only people who are already morally virtuous people will benefit from contemplation is correct. But the truth is, we do deliberate about ends and we can change our ways
We also need to consider the facts on the ground- how many spoudaioi have you ever met? Most of us have problems of one kind or another; statistics show that actually alot of us Americans have serious family problems. We need and can have moral change, but that has to come through better laws and Salvation through Jesus. The point is college education just doesn’t cut it by itself, no matter what its expectations ever were
So CJ, good point on the ambiguity of the post. For Christians, change is basically personal and not technological. Of course college education doesn’t cut it by itself. For one thing, what goes on in college is too dependent on what goes on around college.
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