Saturday, May 19, 2012

Think about it

My son and I are reading through Think by John Piper.
He considers the perennial question of the role of the intellect in Christian faith and life. He argues that reason, thought, and the intellect have a significant role to play when combined with faith and the emotions. It is not a case of either/or but both/and.

One of his main practical points is that thinking involves reading and asking questions about what one reads, particularly the Bible. This main seem a basic point but it is a valuable one, particularly because this requires discipline and practice. Piper acknowledges his debt to Mortimer Adler's classic, How to Read a Book.

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