The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?

The Christian Mind How Should a Christian Think In this now classic book noted scholar and author Harry Blamires perceptively diagnoses some of the weaknesses besetting the church with insights as fresh and relevant today as they were in the s

  • Title: The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?
  • Author: HarryBlamires
  • ISBN: 9781573833233
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this now classic book, noted scholar and author Harry Blamires perceptively diagnoses some of the weaknesses besetting the church with insights as fresh and relevant today as they were in the 1960s Arguing that a distinctively Christian reasoning has been swept away by secular modes of thought and politically correct assumptions, the author calls for the recovery of thIn this now classic book, noted scholar and author Harry Blamires perceptively diagnoses some of the weaknesses besetting the church with insights as fresh and relevant today as they were in the 1960s Arguing that a distinctively Christian reasoning has been swept away by secular modes of thought and politically correct assumptions, the author calls for the recovery of the authentically Christian mind America needs a shot of intellectual insulin directly to its oft sleepy mind Harry Blamires is calling out to Christians to think once again To Blamires, Jesus is not some spongy source of giddy joy He is the Christ the hope of hard boiled secularity Calvin Miller, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Must reading for those in places of spiritual leadership, and in whose hands in borne the responsibility for the nurturing of Christians Pulpit Helps Harry Blamires is a highly respected teacher and author of than thirty books He has won a wide following of both British and American readers for his provocative works in theology, education, English literature, and fiction His other works include Where Do We Stand , On Christian Truth, and The Post Christian Mind.

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    1. Mr. Blamires comes from an anglican perspective, and while there were some things in this book that I didn't fully agree with, the message of the book is very good, and there are some absolutely phenomenal chapters. Definitely some underlined paragraphs that I will be revisiting. The book presents a basic problem: there is no Christian mind today. In other words, Christians have given up the battle ground of Christian worldview-warfare. By relegating Christianity to only the "spiritual" realm, w [...]

    2. Amazingly articulate book on the state of Christian thinking: how we do think and how we should think. Though it was written more than forty years ago, it is still very relevant to our times. I was especially impressed with the way Blamires intertwined the thinking with the feeling, the cognitions with the spiritual. Often times those who spout about the importance of Christian intelligence leave out the equal importance of Christian emotion and spiritual longing. Blamires weaves these two toget [...]

    3. I keep discovering that various Christian thinkers I admire were influenced by this book. Including David Hall, Nancy Pearcy, and Gary Waldecker (PCA director of the Resource Center for Latin America; ) I'm not sure how I missed it. Blamires laments how little the typical Christian, who professes a message that is sweeping in scope, actually allows his faith to penetrate all aspects of life. Particularly the life of the mind.

    4. lucid, rarely do you find an author who speaks so insightfully and piercingly into our society and even our western civilization as a whole. a bold, and a much needed, call to develop a Christian mind.

    5. Very interesting and extremely well written. Truly an enjoyable read.Somewhat "dated" in its contrast between "natural" and "supernatural", typical of his materialistic period and writing. We consider all creation, i.e. all nature, as "supernatural", conceived, created, sustained by the God of the universe. No discrepancy; no compartamentalisation.Particularly useful was Blamires' definition of "truth" (Ch. 3 ??, I don't have the book with me).Likewise stimulating was the last chapter on "christ [...]

    6. Wow—someone was talking this way in the 1960s. Someone was seeing with clarity that secularism is not just a neutral overlay on top of culture and politics allowing all the worldviews to play nice; someone was seeing instead that it is itself a worldview.So British: clever and acid. So Christian: unflinching in its affirmation of truth. I loved in particular the imaginary dialogue he set up (this is not verbatim):Secularist: "Don't you think Christianity should keep up with the times?"Christia [...]

    7. Careful, Christian - this book will challenge your thinking in ways you may never have considered. Blamires develops a compelling argument for how distinctively unChristian thoughts have polluted Christian minds in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

    8. While dated, it’s still superior to later criticisms of Christian anti/non-intellectualism (Wells, Noll, etc.), except for the elitist final chapter.

    9. Harry Blamires' "The Christian Mind" is one of the most important Christian writings to emerge from the mid-twentieth century. With impressive eloquence, Blamires laments the state of Christian thinking in the Church surrounding issues of culture, politics, art, economics, etcd lays out some ways in which believers can recover "the Christian mind" before secularism hopelessly brainwashes us.Blamires begins by pointing out that Christians still have a fairly good sense of morality, worship and pr [...]

    10. My dad thought it best to give this book to me now almost 48 years ago (printed in 1963) and by the way I was 12 (1966). I guess my dad assumed all 12 year old's need the little grey cells activated - he was right!. I've read it countless times and still discover a freshness from it in every season of my life. My dad also gave with it a - J.B. Phillips - N.T. & Plain Christianity, , The Hobbit and C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters & The Great Divorce - my long journey into life was launched [...]

    11. 4.5 stars or soThough this book was written a few decades ago by a man much smarter than me, I found so much here to encourage a deeper, more thorough and intentional focus on a Christian way of thinking and approaching everything that comes my way. I have trouble getting through nonfiction books; they do not grab you like a novel can, making you want to return again and again for more. I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book (as an audiobook freely downloaded via the library) that i [...]

    12. This book, written in the early 1960s, discusses how to think Christianly about secular subjects. The author emphasizes the importance of the eternal perspective and the reality of evil in shaping the Christian mind.The book is prophetic in many ways; Blamires discusses social problems that were likely in their infancy in the early 60s, but which have grown to epic proportions in the years since. I found many of the specific issues that he brought up to be interesting and thought-provoking. I al [...]

    13. For those who are not accustomed to the British style of long sentences and writing, there is a 'learning curve'. His style is also tailored to those who like thinking about society, secularism and Christian thinking, with the possibility of getting bored with the objective writing and the very very little of the author's subjective ideas or stories here and there.Other than that, his point is quite clear and even repetitive, that the Christians have given way to secular thinking, even in the Ch [...]

    14. I started this book several times and burned out somewhere in the first or second chapter, and even this time, though I was determined to reach the end and did so), I found it somewhat difficult. It isn't that the writing is poor (it is excellent), rather that it isn't engaging. However, Blamires' premise is one which must be considered by every believer: there is no longer a Christian mind. The Church has ceased to think Christianly. We witness it in daily life but have ceased to worry about it [...]

    15. We are currently using this book as the basis for our Sunday school class. Blamires wrote this book in the 60s in England. America, being several decades behind Europe in the descent into Post Modernism, is now at the place this book describes. It is both troubling and challenging to realize the extent to which we have lost the ability to think. It is even more troubling to realize how little we let the doctrines of our faith influence our mind and thought patterns. Having the mind of Christ is [...]

    16. Excellent book! Interesting context since it was written 50 years ago, so society has changed a lot more (down the decline) since then. Also he's British & at times concentrates too much on then-current events/situations (such as their educational system or how church leaders were chosen in his denomination). But overall very good & different than anything else I've read - I'd love to hear his take on what we could do today. More on the social commentary side that how-to fix it, but the [...]

    17. This book was quite well written and presents a powerful case that challenges the framework from which we approach our world. Blamires does an excellent job of breaking his thoughts into digestible portions that can be read a bit at a time. I took a month or so to read it and hit a chapter here and there. The book was well organized and presented its case well. Though some material is dated, the thoughts behind the material is still quite relevant. I would put this on a "must read" book for many [...]

    18. "this, however, is something of a digression." This quote, found in the middle of The Christian Mind, sums up a lot of the book. Blamires digresses from the topic at hand many times to share his thoughts on how to certain areas of life could be changed to reflect a Christian mind. Nonetheless, I absolutely loved the book. It gave some wonderful deep insight about how to think in a way that brings glory to God. I would highly recommend this book!

    19. Written in 1963, the book addresses issues in today's Christianity. Why do Christians not apply the same level of rigor and thought to their Christian lives that we do to other areas? We do not treat Christianity as fact, but rather as a deducible argument. Again, although written in 1963, this book will ake you appreciate how we apply Christian thought today.

    20. Great book. The author argues convincingly that many Christians simply think like non-Christians with a little Christianese added in. Instead, Blamires believes our Christian beliefs should radically alter our thinking.

    21. Thought provoking. Very very good points about how a Christian should think.I'm a little confused by the author's conviction that the Thinking Christian is to somehow influence the kingdoms of this world.

    22. Hands down the most well written, through provoking, and important book I have read to date. Everything in this book is excellent and I would recommend every Christian to at least try to read it and wrestle with its concepts.

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