How To Be a Renaissance Christian

Kenneth R. Samples, senior research scholar at Reasons To Believe and author of “Without A Doubt”, “A World of Difference”, and the upcoming “7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas” (to be released May 12, Baker Academic) joins Lindsay Brooks, sitting in for Christopher Neiswonger, for a discussion of the life of the Christian mind. Contrary to the ideal of our present age, that of the specialist, the renaissance ideal was that of broad knowledge, someone with competence in many areas of pursuit. The men who embody this namesake, like Galileo, Da Vinci and Bacon were masters of many disciplines. They were scientists, artists, musicians, mathematicians and philosophers. As Bacon said, “Knowledge is the rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man’s estate” The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. These passages, and many others, speak to us of God’s desire that men know the truth, that is, that we possess true knowledge. So the duty and desire of the Christian is certainly to be found faithful in cultivating the disciplines that make a person clear thinking. Believing firmly that all truth is God’s truth, Professor Samples takes us systematically through ways of sharpening our minds no matter where we’re beginning, and challenges us to daily efforts, all to the glory of God and in accord with His Scriptural prescription so as to avoid the trap of idolatry.
lindsay@apologetics.com

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