You Can Think and Be Christian

Scott Smith —  January 1, 2012 — 2 Comments

“He [Christ] wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head.” – C.S. Lewis

“Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” – Paul (1 Corinthians 14:20)


Several months ago, I taught a “Tough Questions” Sunday School class at church that looked critically at modern issues from a Christian perspective. Topics ranged from Christian doctrines to cultural movements, all explored from an apologetic angle.

To kick the class off, I introduced the sometimes unwelcome or at least uncomfortable notion that not only is it ok for Christians to think, but we are instructed to. God is honored when we use all of our resources – including our minds – for his glory.

If we are to make any difference in this world, we must engage. And we can’t only engage inside our churches, because that’s not where life happens. We must be prepared to defend the gospel in the marketplace of ideas. Our only other options are preaching to the choir or remaining silent. The choice is ours.

Click below for full PDF of class notes (6 pages):
Does faith put your brain on hold?

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Scott Smith is a lifelong Christian and an active member of his church. He enjoys blogging and teaching on Christian theology and defense as well as engaging skeptics in debate regarding Christian truth claims. Scott is a co-founder of Etcetera as well as TC Apologetics, and in his spare time he runs his own 3D design company.
  • Marsha Parrish

    The notion that Christians are supposed to think…is a no-brainer!  (I enjoyed reading your post, Scott.)

    • Scott Smith

      Thanks Marsha!