The bottom line, in a Christian worldview, is that humans are sinful, we need a savior, and our salvation is in Jesus Christ, not human reason. On the other hand, logical reasoning is useful, it should be highly valued, and "critical thinking must be a part of every Christian classroom if we are to maintain our integrity. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. The result of evaluation can range from positive to negative, from acceptance to rejection or anything in-between. Yes, critical evaluation can produce a glowing recommendation.
Why are some people more religious than others? Answers to this question often focus on the role of culture or upbringing. While these influences are important, new research suggests that whether we believe may also have to do with how much we rely on intuition versus analytical thinking. In Amitai Shenhav, David Rand and Joshua Greene of Harvard University published a paper showing that people who have a tendency to rely on their intuition are more likely to believe in God. Building on these findings, in a recent paper published in Science , Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan of the University of British Columbia found that encouraging people to think analytically reduced their tendency to believe in God. Together these findings suggest that belief may at least partly stem from our thinking styles.
Thinking Christianly means…. What are those next steps? Why is this even important?
Donald Whitney lists "meditation mapping" as a way to meditate on Scripture. I agree with Dr. Whitney that meditation on the word of God is the greatest spiritual need among Christians today. Almost all of us listen to the Word; most of us read it; many of us study it; some of us memorize it. But, few of us, I think, meditate on it.