Spirituality, Hard Thinking, and Theology (time for a good quote)

07 Jun

“Our folk evangelicalism too often denigrates the life of the mind and FirefoxScreenSnapz541especially critical thinking. Even to raise an honest question about a popularly believed evangelegend (religious urban legend) is enough to provoke prayers on your behalf for your spiritual renewal. We do God no favors by being gullible, credulous, irrational, or uncritical. No special spiritual aura accompanies stupidity or ignorance. All too often, however, contemporary popular Christianity leads people to think that spirituality and hard thinking stand in conflict with each other. God gave us minds and expects us to use them.” (Roger Olson, Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith)


1.  How have you seen Evangelicalism denigrate the life of the mind?

FirefoxScreenSnapz5422.  In his book In Two MInds (later republished under the title Doubt), Os Guinness says that doubt is not necessarily a bad thing.  Doubt can lead either to a deeper faith commitment or to ungodly unbelief.  Have we misunderstood doubt in our churches, do you think?  Why or why not?

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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in In Two Minds


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One response to “Spirituality, Hard Thinking, and Theology (time for a good quote)

  1. mcbar02

    June 7, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I recently attended a great Zwemer Center workshop where CIU/Zwemer faculty were co-leaders in presenting topics related to working with Muslims. The majority of participants were from a denomination known for its excellent work in the mission of God but also infamous for its denominational controversy. It took our faculty a day or so to acclimate to a group that seldom admits to doubt, because someone may be listening or taking notes–witch-hunting! This was a poignant reminder for me in how fortunate I am that God sent me to serve at a multi-denominational institution like CIU. I wonder, could we even dull our minds at CIU with an aversion for doubt? Hmmmm. I doubt it.


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