Are We Still Out of Our Minds?

In a 1972 book, John Stott wrote of “escape routes by which we avoid our God-given responsibility to use our minds responsibly.” He cites ritualism, radical social action, and an emphasis on experience as examples prevalent in particular denominations. See John R. W. Stott, Your Mind Matters (London: IVP, 1972) 10.

Henry Blamires in his classic book, The Christian Mind, didn’t bother beating around the bush quite so timidly. He wrote (45 years ago!):

The Christian mind has succumbed to the secular drift with a degree of weakness and nervelessness unmatched in Christian history. It is difficult to do justice in words to the complete loss of intellectual morale in the twentieth-century Church. One cannot characterize it without having recourse to language which will sound hysterical and melodramatic. Ther is no longer a Christian mind. There is still, of course, a Christian ethic, a Christian practice, and a Christian spirituality. . . . but as a thinking being, the modern Christian has sucumbed to secularization. — (1962, p.42)

Have things improved? Or have we continued to slide down hill? If so, is there even, as Blamires said, “a Christian ethic, a Christian practice, and a Christian spirituality” that is objectively recognizable anymore?


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