Just Thinking Magazine 21.1
Posted by Ted Burnham on December 14, 2012
Just Thinking is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life.
Danielle DuRant, Editor
How does the Christian learn to think critically? One must begin by evaluating any worldview or assertion on the basis of truth, the coherence of what is being claimed, and then the implications of what this means personally. Ravi Zacharias sat down with Danielle DuRant to discuss the significance of critical thinking.
Anyone who has been to a sheep pen would tell you that sheep are not exactly the smartest in the animal kingdom, writes I’Ching Thomas. They do, however, have a strong instinct to follow the leader. When one sheep decides to go somewhere, the rest of the flock usually follows, even if the first sheep has no idea what it is doing.
A leadership trainer uses the phrase “complete to complete” to encapsulate the ideal mentality behind successful teamwork. Cameron McAllister contends that compressed into this phrase is the assumption that a future conclusion looms large over all our efforts leading up to a given end. As Michelangelo remarked, “I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Jill Carattini suggests that if we knew beforehand what we know after the fact, things could very well turn out differently. But to assume that because of that perspective we now see perfectly is likely a perilous oversight. The Israelite’s mistreatment at the hands of the Egyptians was overlooked in their perception of the other side of the Red Sea. But we can thank God that He knows the longings we express and the ones we do not know to express.
How do you reach a generation that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings? Ravi Zacharias says we must know how to defend our own beliefs, but likewise, not underestimate the role we play in clearing the obstacles in someone’s spiritual journey. Above all, a genuine love for others is essential.