Make Up Your Mind: How to Think as a Christian

Speaker(s): John Stackhouse
Date: Summer 2010
Length: 18hr 42min
Product ID: RGDL4017S

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All Christians think, but not all Christians think always as Christians. Yet when Christian A meets issue X and determines to think about it in a Christian way, what is he or she actually to do? What resources should he or she consult, and how should he or she coordinate them with each other? What spiritual factors are involved? And what, finally, is the point of Christian thinking? This course attempts to answer these questions particularly in the context of cultural pluralism and postmodernity. Lectures include:

  • Introduction
  • The Current Condition: Pluralism
  • Enlightenment and Romanticism
  • Rise of Historical Disciplines
  • Postmodernism
  • Four Modes of Christian Thinking
  • The Needs for a New Model: Basis in Christian Ethics
  • A Proposal: The Christian (Protestant) "Pentalectic"
  • The Social Dimensions of Knowledge
  • Epistemological Reliability
  • The Hermeneutical Spiral
  • Spiritual Dimensions of Knowledge
  • Proposal Applied

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John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development at Crandall University in New Brunswick. Prior to this, he was the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College. He serves as an advisory editor at Christianity Today, a contributing editor at Books & Culture, and a columnist for Faith Today. He is the author of eight books, including Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology, Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World, and Can God be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil, as well as the co-author, editor, and co-editor of seven more. His articles have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic, Time, and Reader's Digest.

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