“Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service,” writes John Stott. “If we do not use the mind which God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality.” While Christians have had a heritage of rigorous scholarship and careful thinking, some circles still view the intellect with suspicion or even as contradictory to Christian faith. Many non-Christians are quick to label Christians as anti-intellectual. In this classic introduction to Christian thinking, John Stott responds to this criticism with a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart.
“Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.” (Page 52)
“But animals were created to behave by instinct, human beings (pace the behaviorists) by intelligent choice” (Page 24)
“God’s purpose is both, zeal directed by knowledge, knowledge fired with zeal” (Page 13)
“God as creator, God as revealer, God as redeemer, God as judge” (Page 8)
“One may perhaps say that if in nature God’s revelation is visualized, in Scripture it is verbalized, and in Christ it is both, for he is ‘the Word made flesh.’” (Page 29)