Service and Learning

Tell us how the integration of faith and learning can prepare you for a life of service, and discuss the impact service-learning can have on the renewal of your mind, spirit, and community.

There are undoubtedly many essays that offer similar elaborations on an identical thesis: that the integration of faith and learning always prepares one for a life of service, and that service-learning has a positive influence on the mind, spirit, and community, improving them without exception.

Here’s a different take. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” While these words are true, it is important to note that they are not limited to a faith in God. Consider Napoleon Bonaparte, for example. Napoleon was easily one of history’s most learned military tacticians. His intensive study of artillery gained him the position required to usurp an entire system of government. Still, it took more than knowledge to become an emperor. It was his faith in his perceived immortality that spurred his rise to power. This faith was irrational and fueled by nothing more than arrogance and blind luck. Because he drove recklessly into battle and came out unscathed time and again, he came to believe that he was invincible. Napoleon is a near-perfect example of the integration of faith and learning. Without it, he would have lacked the domineering presence and mindset required to slaughter...

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