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Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture Paperback – November 5, 2011
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"As someone who has devoted many years of ministry to teaching Christian worldview. I am thrilled to see dynamic and faithful worldview leaders like Jonathan Morrow stepping to the fore. Think Christianly...equips Christians young and old to engage the culture winsomely, intelligently, and with confidence."-Chuck Colson, colsoncenter.org
"We Christians love to lob rhetorical grenades at the surrounding culture from the safety of our holy huddle. What's far more difficult...is to engage the issues of our day with intelligence, moral clarity, and biblical wisdom. That's exactly what Jonathan Morrow does in Think Christianly."-Drew Dyck, Managing editor of Leadership Journal
"In a time when truth is distorted and biblical teachings are misunderstood, our commitment to engaging culture must not be compromised...Think Christianly is a much needed resource as we seek to honor God in both what we believe and how we live."-Jason Hayes, National Young Adult Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources
"Think Christianly is a remarkable and important achievement. Written in an...accessible style, it covers an exhaustive range of topics. Indeed, I know of no other book like it in this regard, and it is now the first book to which to turn for learning the specifics of how to think Christianly."-J. P. Moreland, author of The God Question
Think Christianly is a remarkable and important achievement. Written in an interactive and accessible style, it covers an exhaustive range of topics. Indeed, I know of no other book like it in this regard, and it is now the first book to turn to for learning the specifics of how to think Christianly. -- J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and author of
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Part One: Understanding Our Intersection
Morrow stresses the importance of understanding culture. He utilizes Kevin Vanhoozer's excellent definition: "Culture is the environment and atmosphere in which we live and breath with others." The author adds, "Culture is simply what people make of the physical stuff on our planet as they relate to one another. The world, on the other hand, is hostile to life with God and his kingdom. So while Christians can't help but be involved in the culture-making process, we must never become friendly toward the world." Morrow strikes the biblical balance between being engaged with culture and maintaining a robust Christian worldview.
He issues a challenge to equip the next generation for the betterment of the gospel (a challenge that this writer included in his doctoral dissertation). At the heart of this challenge includes several key components:
Mentors are crucial to spiritual development.
Peers are critical to developing a vibrant faith.
A robust biblical worldview.
Spiritual training and discipleship.
A compelling vision of the Christian life.
Part Two: Preparing to Engage
The second section continues to build the case for thinking Christianly by challenging readers to cultivate a biblical worldview. The author utilizes James Sire's excellent summary statement: A worldview is a "commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions which we hold about the basic construction of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being."
Morrow contrasts three dominant worldviews - Naturalism, Postmodernism, and Christian Theism and urges readers to understand competing worldviews and more importantly to embrace the Christian worldview. He borrows the superb work of Ronald Nash which poses a three-fold test to every worldview:
1) Is it rational?
2) Is it livable?
3) Does it originate from an authoritative source?
Additionally, the author urges readers to develop a well-trained Christian mind by reading good Christian books, learning the principles of logic, and applying that knowledge in the real world.
Part Three: Areas We Must Engage
In the final section, the author applies his thesis to broad areas of culture. He challenges readers to apply their Christian worldview to the media, justice, faith and science, among other things. He includes a helpful appendix that provides helpful suggestions for churches to engage with their culture in biblically informed ways.
Think Christianly resonated with me from start to finish. The book is a reflection of what I sought to develop several years ago with the formation of a ministry called, Veritas Fellowship, a teaching ministry that aimed at equipping the Christian mind and cultivating a Christ-centered worldview. The church stands at the crossroads and faces an important challenge to raise up a new generation of Christian thinkers and Christian leaders. Think Christianly is an important step in the right direction. College students, parents, and Christian workers should read and digest Jonathan Morrow's excellent work. They will be challenged and edified and better equipped to reach a lost world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I recommend and have purchased this book for a few of my friends with teens who desperately NEED this information in order to avoid walking away from their faith once they leave home (college, etc.) - I know they'll encounter "deep" sounding arguments against the faith, but that are actually shallow and not very well thought-out. This book is so thorough, it provides a rebuttal to nearly any of these objections. I wish I had enough money to buy a copy for every high-school and college student in my church!
Buy this book today - you won't regret it!