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Discipleship of the Mind: Learning to Love God in the Ways We Think
Inter-varsity Press / 1990 / Paperback
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We are told to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind" (Matt. 22:37). Uh, yeah, right, all your heart, soul and mind. Just exactly how does one do that? Particularly, how can I love God with my mind? Ever asked those questions? Philippians 4:8 tells us what to do ("think on these things"), but does not give advice on how or in what manner. And very few books have been written offering a viable answer. There are some, however, and James Sire's Discipleship of the Mind is one of the best.
Ultimately, the question becomes one of how "we can learn to honor God in the ways we think," and to answer that, one must first know what it means to honor God. For Sire, a large part of this is making sure that our attitudes about God are correct, i.e., that what we believe about God is based on God's revelation of His character in the Bible. Thus discipleship of the mind starts with a proper (biblical) understanding of wisdom and how fear (of the Lord) and humilty are related to that understanding.
The acquisition of wisdom, biblical wisdom, becomes the method and means for honoring God with one's mind. For biblical wisdom implies action and thought together, so that one's deeds in life are determined by one's worldview. So Sire sets out to describe what he understands as the worldview that best fits the biblical description, Christianity. The answers that Christianity has for various worldview questions become the basis for chapters about reality, human nature, and the meaning of human history. And the application becomes the impetus for chapters on techonology, learning, and cultural enterprises like literature and media.
Sire wants to engage your mind at every step of the process. Discipleship of the Mind is at once informative and practical, pointing us to greater action and devotion. Its bibliography is a wonderful tool for further study, which is, of course, one of the goals of the book. So join with Sire and begin the discipleship of your mind.
Christians who are serious about their faith want to love God with all that they are -- heart and mind and strength. Books abound on the devotional life, on commitment, on evangelism and practical Christian living, but few take up what it means to love God with our minds. How do we learn to honor God in the ways we think? James Sire blazes a trail for Christians concerned about the discipleship of our minds. After looking at the attitudes toward God and ourselves necessary for the journey, he introduces us to the basics of the Christian world view. Separate chapters discuss the foundations of knowledge and the relationship between knowing and doing. With an eye to the practical, Sire offers specific suggestions on getting to know what is good and getting to know the world. He also provides valuable insights on how Christians might approach various academic disciplines as disciples of Christ. Here is a book for all who desire to love God with their minds.
James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe. His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include (a worldviews textbook), and
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