Thinking Christianly

Posted: March 12, 2007 in Theo/Philo


Not unrelated to the last post regarding Weltanschauung;here is a quote from Os Guinness defining the act of thinking Christianly.Notice how this definition involves every aspect and interest in life no matter how specialised.

‘Thinking Christianly is not simply thinking by Christians, nor is it thinking by Christians about Christian topics, nor is it thinking by Christians about or in order to develop a ‘Christian line.’ Thinking Christianly is thinking by Christians about anything at all in a profoundly Christian way. Where their minds are so informed and influenced by the truth of God in terms of their principles, perspectives, and presuppositions that they begin to see as God sees, though it will be in an imperfect way.’

  1. Paul says:

    Hi, Mike,

    I’ve struggled with a term for the people who do this – “thinking Christians” implies that others don’t, so that’s not quite right – there must be something appropriate!!

  2. Mike Godfrey says:

    Hi Paul,
    I think the expression isn’t thinking christians but thinking christianly, not exactly gramatical but I get what Os Guinness is on about.
    The implication isn’t that Christian are exclusive in the thinking stakes, but that there thoughts (and lets face it Christians; science has proved, do think :)are soaked in the principles of scripture.The implication is that Christians are called to think,considered a radical idea in some churches!

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