An insightful comment on economics applying to all disciplines from Paul Collier, Oxford prof and author of The Bottom Billion:

Part of the reason single-factor theories about development failure are so common is that modern academics tend to specialize: they are trained to produce intense but narrow beams of light.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Todd Jones on February 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Whereas postmodernism’s “There is nothing without context” really does have a contextually valid point…

    Great find. Are you connecting this with your earlier post on the insufficiency of secular reasoning?

  2. Mark L Ward Jr on February 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I didn’t have a connection in mind, but certainly there are a few.

    Secularists and Christians both admit that man is limited, but they offer different ultimate reasons for that limitation—and different prospects for lessening it.

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