A man can’t always be defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it. —C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms, (London, UK: Collins, 1975), 7.
Calvin understood that God created human beings to hunt and gather truth, and that, as a matter of fact, the capacity for doing so amounts to one feature of the image of God in them.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Engaging God’s World (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002), x.
I first heard the expression “renaissance Christian” from apologist and attorney John Warwick Montgomery in the early 1980s. Montgomery gave a lecture at the former Simon Greenleaf School of Law on the importance of developing the Christian mind. The lecture left a deep impression on me.
But my sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in him but in myself and his other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error. —Augustine, Confessions, trans. R. S. Pine-Coffin (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1992), bk. 1, 20.
Growing up in the 1960s, one of my favorite characters on Star Trek was Mr. Spock. Half Vulcan and half human, First Officer Spock pursued the logical path to problem-solving tenaciously throughout the U.S.S. Enterprise’s travels in the vast cosmos. Journey with me on a trek of our own: a series on critical thinking. In this first article I will…