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Theology Thursday: Loving God with all our minds

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 10 Aug 2017

Melvin Tinker examines the command to love God with all our minds in this summer's edition of Churchman.

“The Mind on Fire: Loving God With Your Mind”, Melvin Tinker
Churchman 131/2, 2017, p157-170.

How are Christians to use their minds for the glory of God? This article proposes that we are to work to love God with our minds because he demands it, our witness is built on it, and Jesus models it.

All too often the command to love God is taken solely as an expression of emotional commitment, of heart-afire and soul-stirred. It is that, of course, but it is also, as Melvin Tinker reminds us, an intellectual love, engaging our minds as much as our hearts. Tinker gives three good reasons why Christians should strive to love God with their minds. Reason and understanding are not opposed to our faith, nor need they be ‘cold’ logic. Taking his title from Blaise Pascal’s book of the same name, Tinker urges us to have minds on fire with love for God.

He concludes by suggesting a handful of practical ways we might be doing this more and better.

Churchman is our international journal of theology, which we produce quarterly. Read about the latest edition and subscribe here.

Ros Clarke is Associate Director of Church Society

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