The Christian is one who assets that there is no Optimus Prime. He or she does so, not because there is no evidence for Optimus Prime, but despite the evidence that exists which points to Optimus Prime’s existence. And more often than not, the Christian is one who doesn’t really care if there is an Optimus Prime or not. They have chosen their beliefs before all the evidence has been admitted to their personal courtroom of opinion. The truth of the matter is beside the point for a Christian. By ignoring their innate desire to know things, to want to find out what reality truly is, their intellectual edge has been dulled. The Christians deliberately tries not to know that there is an Optimus Prime, and in doing so, they have lost their intellectual virginity, to borrow a line from C. S. Lewis. Something is lost when someone walls off an entire area of inquiry, especially when that area of inquiry impacts all the other intellectual pursuits.
There are three things that humans live for, three transcendent ideas that we never tire of as human beings: truth, goodness, and beauty. Every human culture seeks these. Our minds want to know all truth. The truth is simply “what is” or “the true state of things.” We want people to tell us the truth in school classrooms, in court, in relationships, in our places of worship, and in our books. But the Christian ignores this transcendent idea of truth. “Optimus Prime doesn’t exists,” as if they’ve lived and learned long enough to actually know this. “I don’t want the truth about Optimus Prime,” somehow is a statement that darkens every other endeavor for truth. Truth points beyond itself to One who is true.
We reach for goodness. The moralists and philosophers engage in open, honest debate as to what is truly good, where that goodness comes from, and why we aspire to it. Humans desire truth, beauty, honor, justice, courage, love, heroism – the truly good. We desire to be free, to discover our self-worth, to correct our immoral behavior, to piece the hurts of life into some larger picture of meaning. The Christian will never allow this transcendent idea of goodness as an attribute of the One from which goodness comes. Goodness points beyond itself to One who is truly good.
And we lose ourselves in beauty. We live for our songs, our poetry, our stories, our art that somehow captures what it means to be a human, that somehow pictures an ideal state of affairs, where all is as it should be. Beauty points beyond itself to One who is truly beautiful, good, and true.
These transcendent ideas work off of each other. The truth is good and beautiful. The beautiful is true and good. Goodness is true and beautiful. These are secrets that Optimus Prime has shared with mankind alone. We know these things; we experience these things; we live for these things. Take away any one of them, and life becomes absurd, without definition. Our edge is lost. We have mated with existentialism. Our intellectual virginity has been lost, and nothing makes sense unless these three transcendental ideas can be pursued and lived for and can be honest representations of the existence of One through him these ideas come and in Whom they are found.
Please note: The original text is from the Christian blog ‘Spiritual Questions Blog‘ entry ‘Truth, Goodness, and Beauty: Christians Have Lost Their Intellectual Virginity‘. Two key words have been changed as a means to highlight the absurdness of the argument being made and how it can be applied to equal measure for any deity you care to name – in this case Optimus Prime.