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Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling Paperback – August 5, 2000
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In some Christian denominations the intellectual life is looked at askance; anything beyond basic literacy is regarded as presumptuous. Sire (lecturer, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; The Universe Next Door) argues that the intellectual lifeDa life of thinking and thinking wellDcan be a calling for some. Indeed, it is, to a certain extent, a calling for all Christians. "Thinking," he notes, "is integral to our call to be what God wants us to be." The author does a fine job of defending and promoting a Christian intellectual life, one that "does the truth." And the truth for Sire is that revealed in Jesus Christ. Writing in the tradition of John Henry Newman, to whom he devotes a chapter, and A.D. Sertillanges, the author defines the habits required of the Christian intellectual. Recommended for seminary and larger public libraries.DAugustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ
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Sire shoots down the theory that to be a Christian and an intellectual is oxymoronic. What does it mean to be an intellectual? he asks. What does it mean to think well and responsibly? He examines how to cultivate intellectual virtues and disciplines in the ongoing pursuit of knowledge. He defines what an intellectual is--one who is in love with ideas is the short explanation--and ultimately challenges Christians to accept the responsibility to "think well." An intellectual, he notes, must be fairly intelligent, have access to a good education, and be able to communicate effectively. A Christian intellectual is all that and, in addition, directs every act and every thought to the glory of God. More than that, Christian intellectuals must do as they say--hypocrisy is not an option--and must act on what they claim to know to be the truth. The qualities of an intellectual mind include a passion for truth, a passion for holiness, and constancy, patience, and perseverance. June Sawyers
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