From The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor by John Piper and D.A. Carson
John Piper describing life in the academy, doing his doctoral work in Germany in the 1970’s.
Exultation over anything glorious was not allowed into their explanations – which meant that the greatest realities were left unexplained, because there are realities that are so great they can only be illumined in the light of exultation. By and large, there seemed to be little apprehension of the incoherence between the infinite value of the object of the study and the naturalistic nature of their study. The whole atmosphere seemed unplugged from the majesty of the object. (p. 42)