Can a Christian be an Intellectual? Does reason support faith? Thursday Night 8PM
Join us for our first meeting of the semester: Thursday night – 8PM, College Ave Student Center Room 413 – FREE PIZZA!
Are Christians commanded to have blind faith?
Throughout the scripture, Christians are commanded to use their mind and their intellect in their faith. Nowhere does the Bible command Christians to have blind faith. In fact, in Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes:
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
This group of believers where exalted precisely because they did NOT have blind faith, but rather searched the scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true. We are likewise commanded to use our mind, and our reasoning faculties to decipher if what the the church, the university, and the media are teaching us is true.
Throughout Christian history believers were among the leading intellectuals of their eras; these intellectuals weren’t simply theologians, but scientists, philosophers, historians, artists, writers, and musicians. They didn’t hide their faith in public, or separate it from their academic pursuits, they incorporated it. Their faith informed their studies of various subjects.
These Christian intellectuals didn’t pursue careers, they pursued vocations. A vocation is not simply something one does to earn money, but it is a calling, a sphere of influence in which one excels at making a world, not just a living. Those who pursue vocations as opposed to careers are the influence makers, the mavens, the thinkers within a particular field who see the big picture, and how it fits within the ultimate purpose to which all persons are called.