Tag: learning

What Was Your Intellectual Epiphany?

Have you ever had a sudden realization that ended up changing your life? You may have had an epiphany, which can be defined as an intuitive flash of insight or discovery as to the deep meaning of something significant that comes through experience and leads to a sense of wonder. Over the years I have experienced some significant spiritual and intellectual turning points.…

How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church

“The church is always more than a school. . . . But the church cannot be less than a school.” — Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale historical theologian1 Being an idea-oriented, bookish, and cerebral-type of Christian can have its challenges. Often times, intellectually inclined believers find it hard to fit into their local evangelical church.2 This difficulty usually arises because the life…

Quote of the Week: David K. Naugle

 Jewish philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) observed that the ‘Hebrews learned in order to revere,’ whereas the Greeks learned in order to comprehend, and modern people learned in order to use. – David K. Naugle, Philosophy (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 30.

An Unlikely Intellectual Role Model

I’ve read many books about the life and views Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430)—my favorite theologian/philosopher and arguably the most influential Christian thinker outside the New Testament writers. Yet Edward L. Smither’s book Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders, is the first book I’ve seen that addresses Augustine’s role as a mentor. And it’s left me wondering,…