Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling

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A 2001 Christianity Today Book of the Year!

What is an intellectual?

How can you learn to think well?

What does it mean to love God with your mind?

Can the intellectual life be a legitimate Christian calling?

Is the intellectual life your calling?

James Sire brings wit and wisdom to bear on these questions ...

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Overview

A 2001 Christianity Today Book of the Year!

What is an intellectual?

How can you learn to think well?

What does it mean to love God with your mind?

Can the intellectual life be a legitimate Christian calling?

Is the intellectual life your calling?

James Sire brings wit and wisdom to bear on these questions and their possible answers. And he offers an unusual "insider's view" of learning how to think well for the glory of God and for the sake of his kingdom. In Habits of the Mind Sire challenges you to avoid one of the greatest pitfalls of intellectual life—by resisting the temptation to separate being from knowing. He shows you how to cultivate intellectual virtues and disciplines—habits of mind—that will strengthen you in pursuit of your calling. And he offers assurance that intellectual life can be a true calling for Christians: because Jesus was the smartest man who ever lived, Sire argues, you can and should accept the challenge to think as well as you are able.

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In some Christian denominations the intellectual life is looked at askance; anything beyond basic literacy is regarded as presumptuous. Sire (lecturer, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; The Universe Next Door) argues that the intellectual life--a life of thinking and thinking well--can be a calling for some. Indeed, it is, to a certain extent, a calling for all Christians. "Thinking," he notes, "is integral to our call to be what God wants us to be." The author does a fine job of defending and promoting a Christian intellectual life, one that "does the truth." And the truth for Sire is that revealed in Jesus Christ. Writing in the tradition of John Henry Newman, to whom he devotes a chapter, and A.D. Sertillanges, the author defines the habits required of the Christian intellectual. Recommended for seminary and larger public libraries.--Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830822737
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2000
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 1,023,178
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe.

His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Confessions of an Intellectual Wannabe
2. John Henry Newman As an Intellectual
3. The Perfection of the Intellect
4. How Thinking Feels: What Is an Intellectual?
5. The Moral Dimension of the Mind: What Is a Christian Intellectual?
6. Perfecting the Intellect: The Intellectual Virtues
7. Perfecting the Intellect: The Intellectual Disciplines
8. Thinking by Reading
9. Jesus the Reasoner
10. The Responsibility of a Christian Intellectual
Notes
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005

    Very Good

    Sire writes with a mind that is intent on following Jesus Christ the Son of our Father. He gives interesting analysis on the way in which both minds work: the unsaved, yet mostly the saved. This is another good book for those yearning to better his/her relationship with God.

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