In the previous episode, I read the first half of the Introduction to Michael Phillips’ thought provoking book, Bold Thinking Christianity. Today’s episode is the second half of that Introduction in which Michael shares a clear distinction between his effort and that of C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. Speaking of individuals already professing belief in Christian ideas, Phillips says:
Their need is not to know whether or not Christianity is true. They accept that. They need to know how to evaluate between the myriad theological orthodoxies of the many camps of Christian thought.
Even more importantly, they need to know how to evaluate their own beliefs with intellectual profundity and sagacity. This is something Christians are simply not taught to do…
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again as it bears repeating: thinking is the hard work vital to both individuals and society as a whole—especially when it comes to God. Our thinking must have both depth and discernment if it is to lead us to accurate conclusions that have the strength of truth sufficient to impact our behavior towards Christlikeness.
Introduction to Bold Thinking Christianity.