Dr. Jon Kulaga - "Called to Think"
August 27, 2012
Called to Think
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your…. mind” – Mark 12:30
Christians sometimes take a bad rap as being against rigorous intellectual effort. The accusation is based on 100 year old claims, that our evangelical–and evangelistic–forefathers were more concerned about getting the heart “saved”, than they were the mind “transformed.” And while some of that criticism is warranted – on the whole – it is not.
Christians have long believed that we have been called to think. Augustine wrote “if faith does not think, it is nothing.” If we abandon coherent, critical thinking, we abandon the Bible. Paul wrote to the Ephesians that the primary means by which they would understand the mysteries of Christ that were revealed to him, was by means of reading. And one cannot read carefully, thoughtfully and faithfully – without thinking the same way.
To be sure thinking–and reason–need faith to shed additional light on even those areas to which reason has access. However, faith also needs thinking. The Christian views all knowledge as connected. Aquinas argued that all truth is God’s truth.
Abraham Kuyper, Dutch theologian and politician, said that "There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, 'This is mine! This belongs to me!'" His “mine” includes our mind.
As believers, we are called to out-give, out-love, and out-act those in the culture around us that we seek to influence for the cause of Christ. Let’s add out-think to the list–to the glory of God.
— Dr. Jon Kulaga, Provost