Monday, February 02, 2009
James Emery White has done all Christians a favorite by writing A Mind For God. He is the president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He holds M.Div. and Ph.D degrees in theology, history and biblical studies. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Embracing the Mysterious God, Serious Times and The Prayer God Longs For.
He says, "Never before have the habits of the mind mattered more." With the onslaught of popular culture--television, the Internet and movies--we are faced with a great challenge to continue to develop minds rather than simply being entertained. We need to adopt a Christian worldview that shapes our thinking about the everyday world, in every situation.
A study of faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities found that 67 percent of faculty members either "strongly" or "somewhat" agree that homosexuality is as acceptable as heterosexuality. Eighty-four percent support abortion rights, and 75 percent support extramarital cohabitation. White's oldest daughter, when a freshman at one of the leading universities in the United States, was told that the entire historical record that Christianity is based on is untrue. She was told that Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah, that none of his followers saw him as divine until centuries after his death, that the Gospels are not first-hand accounts and that Jesus was not a religious figure as much as he was a political one.
White wrote this book to help Christians forge their minds on the anvil of development. He explains how that can be done. At the end of the book he gives three book lists that Christians should read and other resources for learning. This is not a book for everyone. I believe it is best suited to someone with a college education or at least someone with an attitude that learning is for a life time and enjoys reading and studying.
Because we have not developed good intellectual habits, our minds are being captured by our culture. If you believe this and want to do something about it--this book will help.