The Christian Mind
But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 1 Corinthians 2.15
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“It is not part of our case to pretend that all secular thinking is bad and all Christian thinking is good. We are not even saying that secular thinking about Christian matters is bad – or even inappropriate. It is not. It is necessary. To think secularly may be to think well or ill, logically or illogically, illuminatingly or platitudinously, fruitfully or to no purpose. Likewise to think christianly may be to think well or ill, rationally or irrationally, knowledgeably or ignorantly, penetratingly or shallowly, lucidly or confusingly. We are not wiping out any of the established categories and values pertinent to thought and to scholarship when we make this crucial distinction between thinking secularly and thinking christianly.”
Yes, but how can we tell the difference? How can we know when we’re thinking like the world thinks, or like God thinks? How can we judge the reliability of anything we might think or say, if we do not know where the boundaries exist between thinking secularly and thinking Christianly? The simple answer is, we cannot. We have no basis on which to judge our thoughts, plans, courses of action, or conduct from the perspective of Christ and His glory, unless we grow into the mind of Christ which we possess, and think all our thoughts with His intellectual resources, and not merely our own.
As you see it, what’s the starting-point, and what might be the next steps, to begin thinking more consistently with the mind of Christ?
Your Life as Christ Sees It
Introduction to Christian Worldview
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).