Posts Tagged ‘Critical Thinking’

What Is Discernment? by Sinclair Ferguson | Ligonier Ministries Blog

“Most of us doubtless want to distance ourselves from what might be regarded as “the lunatic fringe” of contemporary Christianity. We are on our guard against being led astray by false teachers. But there is more to discernment than this. True discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong; it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better, and even between the better and the best.Thus, discernment is like the physical senses; to some it is given in unusual measure as a special grace gift 1 Cor. 12:10, but some measure of it is essential for us all and must be constantly nourished. The Christian must take care to develop his “sixth sense” of spiritual discernment. This is why the psalmist prays, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge” Ps. 119:66.”

via What Is Discernment? by Sinclair Ferguson | Ligonier Ministries Blog.

A Lost Skill

We live in an age when people have lost the skill of discernment. Political correctness has lulled us into believing that discrimination is always a bad world. It is not. Critical thinking is a lost art, especially in our higher education facilities.

Discernment is a multi-faceted endeavor, not just a one-dimensional right/wrong dichotomy. Christians especially need to be savvy when it comes to discernemt in this postmodern world of ” anything goes”.

Ignore it at your own spiritual risk.

 

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric

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Jesus giving the Farewell Discourse (John 14-17) to his disciples, after the Last Supper, from the Maesta by Duccio, 1308-1311.

There really is a false dichotomy being promoted in modern Evangelicalism, epitomized by Rick Warren’s creed (sic), “…deeds, not creeds…”

We cannot practice the Christian Faith without knowing what we’re doing. It’s like trying to build a house without a blueprint. Sure you could start building immediately, but I wouldn’t want to live in it.

We should never be forced to choose between loving God with our minds, and loving God with our hearts, or loving God with our hands. All three are necessary.

We would rather do than think. Google has made us stupid, because we don’t know the steps to critical thinking, and intelligent inquiry.

‘Tis laziness that compels us to bypass theology for practice. Avoiding either step is detrimental to our maturity as believers.

“The modern dichotomy between doctrine and life, theology and discipleship, knowing and doing, theory and practice has had disastrous consequences in the life of the church and it’s witness in the world.”

— Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, Loc 111, Kindle File

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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“Emotional knee-jerk reactions is what passes for thinking and careful reflection so often today. The ability to actually reason, think logically and critically, and deal with facts and evidence has gone missing from much of the world. Instead we parrot mindless clichés and bumper-sticker ethics picked up from MTV or from the wit and wisdom of Lady Gaga.”-Bill Muelenberg

via Culture Watch

Simul iustus et peccator,

Enrico Eggnauseous