What purpose do purely intellectual pursuits have in the lives of Christians? Why should Christians study subjects that have little bearing on their future careers and ministry? In a style reminiscent of the work of Arthur Holmes and Harry Blamires, veteran professor of philosophy Clifford Williams addresses these issues and more in this succinct and accessible examination of the life of the mind.
Christians cultivating the life of the mind actively pursue situations and discussions that require experimentation, reflection, and perseverance. They are interested in the acquisition of knowledge that is both unrelated and directly related to their faith. Williams answers common Christian objections to such activities, describes the virtues of the person who engages in the life of the mind, and asserts that the life of the mind is justifiably a Christian calling.
The Life of the Mind is directed toward college students contemplating the importance of college and intellectual activity in general, but it will be enjoyed by all committed to developing a Christian mind.
About the Author
Clifford Williams (Ph.D., Indiana University) teaches philosophy at Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois. His works include Singleness of Heart: Restoring the Divided Soul, With All That We HaveWhy Aren't We Satisfied? and On Love and Friendship: Philosophical Readings.
Table of Contents
1. Why Do We Like to Think?
2. Is Thinking Good for Its Own Sake?
3. The Effects of Thinking
4. Tensions between the Life of the Mind and Christian Faith
5. Is the Life of the Mind at Odds with Culture?
6. The Crowd and the Community
7. The Hermit and the Explorer
Appendix: Questions for Reflection