Monday, July 02, 2007

Thou Shalt Not Hate Math

OK. It's not one of the Ten Commandments but I think it still follows logically if we consider what it means to hate Math. First, let's call upon some important scriptural/historical truths* of the Christian faith:

God is truth.
Everything that comes from God is perfect, true, and good.
Everything that is perfect, true, and good comes from God.
We must love what is good and hate what is evil.

Second, let's consider a philosophical truth*:

Math is true.

If Math is true and all truth comes from God, then Math comes from God. If Math comes from God and everything that comes from God is good, Math is good. If a person hates Math and Math is good, that person hates what is good.

Why am I making a big deal of this? Well I had a conversation with a student who claimed to hate Math. While it's fine to think Math is difficult or less enjoyable than life's other pursuits, there is no defensible reason to hate Math. We must, in fact, love Math for its perfection and goodness since it comes from God, who is also perfect and good.

*We could debate these truth claims and even truth itself. If you'd like to talk about these finer points, contact me privately.

1 comment:

Jacob Chaim said...

It's about time you responded to my quote! I posted it two weeks ago after you wrote your theology of math. No objections to your theology. You should start a campaign though to change the language of how people respond to their (hate)struggle with math.- Jacob