Thinking Christianly

There are at least three ways by which and in which the work of scholarship and the tending to the life of the mind is being discounted and undervalued – ironically or tragically when it is most critically needed. In these postings, I will be speaking of three threats: pragmatism, sentimentalism...

The word “theology” has many connotations. Some do theology – theologians – as occupation or profession and typically they each within the religion or theology department of a university or seminary. Their focus, as a rule, is to explore the meaning of the Christian faith and the biblical...

When we speak of the Christian mind we inevitably speak about the pursuit of wisdom. This is because the Christian mind is not merely about rationality or understanding or being smart or educated or informed—though it is all of those and more. It is ultimately about becoming wise women and men...

I grew up within a religious subculture that was very resistant to the idea of scholarship and learning and the intellectual life; my revivalist upbringing viewed critical thinking as a threat to the Christian life, rather than an essential dimension of what it means to be Christian. But I thank God for my mother, who early on had me reading C.S.Lewis and Jacques Ellul and Russian novelists...