The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think? by Harry Blamires

41ZGWg8D2GL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I didn’t like the book. I expected to like it more because I’m also a literary wonk and any friend of C.S. Lewis must be a pretty good guy, but even Lewis advised Blamires to write in his own field. So, I’ll list the couple of things I found helpful but the opposite weighs foundationally heavier. I simply disagree that it’s possible to consider the Christian mind from the Christian mind thinking. This is compartmentalization at its worst, and actually detracts from the thesis. Additionally (and more importantly), the attributes Blaimires lists as “marks” are themselves not uniquely Christian (except perhaps the last).

I thought his treatment of Samuel Beckett was terrific and it made me wish he had spent more time in his forte. His description of man’s pathos (with a nod to Lear) was splendid and on this point I completely agree – our authoritative mandate is sola scriptura but our frame of reference is furthered by non-Christian literature because, as Blaimires says “there is no Christian dialog on this topic.”

A much easier point to which we can align is that of politics. Yes, people are much more evangelically political and our educational system is foolish to ignore it. We will go much farther in advancing our curriculum if we advance our theological tenets to both sociological and communal application more forthrightly.


John 1: 1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

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Rick Wilcox

Rick is voraciously interested in the holistic transformation of people individually and in an organizational context - enabled by technology, educated continuously through multi-channel systems and informed by the wisdom of history's greatest thinkers. He is a Ph.D. student at Faulkner University, focusing on the appearance of the Logos in English Literature. He earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in Management from Sam Houston State University. His undergraduate studies earned a BA with double majors in Sociology and Theology from Houston Baptist University. Rick is an ordained minister who leads the Parenting Teens Adult Community at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands Texas.