"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and basic principles of this world."
Our small group is occasionally (and slowly) picking our way through Colossians and last night we stopped for a while to talk about this verse (chapter 2, verse 8). While most people, when they read this passage seem to jump at empty philosophies of the "world," one of our group members pointed out that a lot of churches are just as guilty as promoting "hollow and deceptive philosophy," as "the world." In other words, I think that a lot of Christians try to sanctify what they believe about the world with theology in order to give their ideas more weight.
Here's an example...I'm reading a book about Galileo, and it's cracking me up how the church, based on their theology, vehemently defended a geocentric understanding of the universe and couldn't even entertain the possibility of a heliocentric model. I guess I wonder what things that 500 years from now, people will look back at my theology and laugh like I do at the geocentrists.
So what does Ford Motor Company have to do with any of this? Check out this link in light of what I just wrote and process...