Whatever our endeavors, aspirations, and goals may be, the best preparation is to encourage a life of the mind. A carefully cultivated mind will lead to sound reasoning, critical thinking, responsible actions, and an intentionally developed understanding of wisdom. Finally, a sound intellect in the Christian life is, as Paul would tell us (Rom 12), is a fundamental element to our discipleship in Jesus Christ. As Christians we need a passionate intellect that is set on fire by the reality of God, engaged with the world he created, and excited to wrestle with God in the endeavor of understanding our humanity, and God's word.
Alister McGrath, one of the most prominent theologians and public intellectuals of our day in The Passionate Intellect explains how Christian thinking can and must have a positive role in shaping, nourishing and safeguarding the Christian vision of reality. With this in our grasp, we have the capacity for robust intellectual and cultural engagement, confidently entering the public sphere of ideas where atheism, postmodernism, and science come into play.
This book explores how the great tradition of Christian theological reflection enriches faith. It deepens our appreciation of the gospel's ability to engage with the complexities of the natural world on the one hand and human experience on the other.
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Engaging the Mind and Spirit
Date:July 2, 2011
I very much enjoyed reading this book, I had a difficult time putting it down. In "The Passionate Intellect" McGrath shows that Christian theology is relevant and necessary in our lives. He intellectually shows the weakness and the unintellectually of the "new atheists" and clearly puts them it their place. McGrath also points out the intellectual and spiritual fruitfulness of Christian theology as a whole.