Logic and the Way of Jesus argues that Christians have failed to engage the culture deeply because they have failed to emphasize and value a Christian intellect. In part one, Dickinson recaptures the need for a Christian worldview, highlighting the use of reason, logic, and evidence to develop and defend Christian beliefs. Part two highlights the way Jesus was an intellectual thinker and employed logic in his teachings. Part three surveys the basic concepts of logic and part four marries those concepts with practical application. The major claim of Dickinson’s work is that if we embrace the life of the Christian mind, we can impact this world for the cause and kingdom of Christ.
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“The shift was to an emphasis on a more emotional and experience-based conversion rather than one with a reflective and intellectual emphasis. One came to Christ on the basis of momentary feelings of conviction rather than on the basis of a deep consideration of the truth of Christianity.” (Page 4)
“Ronald Nash offers tests or criteria for evaluating a worldview. Nash finds inspiration for the criteria from Gordon Clark, who says, ‘If one system can provide plausible solutions to many problems while another leaves too many questions unanswered, if one system tends less to skepticism and gives more meaning to life, if one worldview is consistent while others are self-contradictory, who can deny us, since we must choose, the right to choose the more promising first principle?” (Pages 67–68)
“This shift from an intellectual faith to a faith of experience and emotions is a serious problem in the church, and it has had catastrophic consequences for our impact on our culture. To stem this tide, we must, as Christians, recover two things. We must learn to think critically and to think Christianly about all of life.” (Page 8)
“They have failed to see Jesus as the most brilliant thinker ever—a master logician and the wisdom of God in human form.” (Page xi)
“Given that we fail to see Jesus as an intellectual, we of course don’t model our intellectual lives after him.” (Page 32)
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