So can Christians actually apply critical thinking to life or current day events?
YES! Yes INDEED!
Being a Christian doesn’t mean you stop thinking and just “have Faith….!”
Faith is based on reason. Christians should be people who strive after the truth and think critically. They should not be blind followers. If your faith hasn’t been well thought through then it will collapse when the challenges of life confront it.
So often, Christians are characterized as blind fools who can’t think for themselves. Perhaps this is because I don’t like being insulted in this fashion, but honestly it bothers me more, because it simply isn’t true. Not only do I know many incredibly smart and thoughtful believers, but I regularly encourage young people to take the brain God gave them and put it to good use.
My point in all of this is to encourage critical thinking among individuals and thoughtful dialogue among those who disagree.
Hearing both Christians and non-Christians throw around the same old ad hominem attacks or straw-man arguments, is tedious to say the least.
There needs to be more respect among those who disagree and careful, honest conversation between them.
Rather than dismissing one another with a wave of the hand, we should pursue the truth with an attitude of civility. I would very much like to be a part in helping that kind of thing happen more often.
The centre of Christianity is, in part, loving God with your mind. There is a thinking aspect to faith. We are not given the capacity to reason and think so that we could leave those faculties at the door.
Rather, they are to be harnessed for the right purposes — namely, loving God and loving others. (The greatest command of all is to “love The LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” — Luke 10:27).
Proverbs 14:15 says, “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thoughts to his steps.”
The biblical stance is that gullibility is to be resisted, and careful thinking used in its place. Even people of faith are actually discouraged in the Bible from being those who will believe anything.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.