Toward a Christian Mind
An Update from an ApprenticeAnyone can memorise the standard theological answers to sceptics’ questions. Similarly, any Christian can expound his own best guesses on why God allows suffering or commands the things he does. But it seems that to give sound and genuine answers to tough objections to Christianity, one should do more than memorisation or speculation. One must develop a Christian mind. I have been pleased to find out just how formative a programme like the one at Christian Heritage can be in developing a Christian mind.
Over the past six months, we apprentices have explored many questions in the realms of apologetics and Christian thought: Why does God allow suffering? Can we trust the Bible? What is a Christian’s proper attitude toward culture? However, we have not approached these from a cold, sterile, and merely academic perspective. Rather, under the leadership of our tutors, we have looked into these questions as an intellectual and spiritual community, sharing our research and sharing our lives. This synthesis of the theoretical and the practical, the humanities and the human, the academic and the every-day, is the defining characteristic of the Christian Heritage Apprenticeship. As a consequence of this approach, we have been equipped to connect what we have learned in apologetics to regular conversations with students in the Cambridge community. For the apprentices, this is only the first fruits of an always-forming Christian mind.
Jon Thompson, Apprentice 2011-2012, from Gasden, Alabama, USA (Third from left)
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