Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The Beauty of Learning: Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini

My university is not unique with regards to its motto. Educational establishments over the world have been constituted with the motto, Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini, meaning "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

This is where our desire for learning comes from and where our learning has its purpose: to know God more and so to fear and glorify him. Taking prime importance in our lives, we should be seeking to read our Bibles, to learn more from Scripture, to pray and to have fellowship with God's people. But the godly men who set up these universities did not want to cloister themselves away to learn about God, but to put this knowledge into practice for the good of the people.

In the case of my own university, a need for "a more educated laity, given the shortage of doctors, lawyers and schoolmasters in the country" was recognised. Its teaching "embraced all the known branches of learning Arts, Theology, and Canon and Civil Law" and was the place of the first Chair of Medicine in the English-speaking world.

Even as I studied for my degree and now study for postgraduate exams, I find it so refreshing to learn new things. In the last few years, I have tried to learn new languages, have completed a course in Christian theology, learned the basics of Art History and now plod away at trying to play the piano!

Constantly learning stretches my brain in new directions so, rather than tiring me out, it exercises and relaxes me. I hope that I shall never stop trying to learn, but that I shall take every opportunity to try new experiences and to learn more. I have had so much fun and had so much more enjoyment from pursuing knowledge outside of prescribed study and am thankful for the small amount of wisdom I can gain from that.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!

Psalm 111:10

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At 30 August, 2006 01:29, Anonymous blair said...

I really like that verse from scripture Keziah! I am also one who loves to continually learn. Setting new goals in this area and challenging myself to reach them keeps me from feeling in a rut at times.

Enjoyed this post!

At 30 August, 2006 19:34, Blogger Susanna said...

I long to do some 'real' learning again, in terms ofacademic things. But the Lord is teaching me a lot of real life hard stuff right now. I trust that all who read this will remember that as you have said the most important place tolearn is the scriptures.

At 31 August, 2006 21:11, Blogger Chel said...

My husband teaches at a liberal arts college, and it is really rewarding to see students really grasp a concept and let it take hold of their thinking. The academic process can be an area of blessing.

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