Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling

Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling

by James W. Sire


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  • A 2001 Christianity Today Book of the Year

What is an intellectual?
How can you learn to think well?
What does it mean to love God with your mind?
Can the intellectual life be a legitimate Christian calling?
Is the intellectual life your calling?
James Sire brings wit and wisdom to bear on these questions and their possible answers. And he offers an unusual "insider's view" of learning how to think well for the glory of God and for the sake of his kingdom. In Habits of the Mind Sire challenges you to avoid one of the greatest pitfalls of intellectual life—by resisting the temptation to separate being from knowing. He shows you how to cultivate intellectual virtues and disciplines—habits of mind—that will strengthen you in pursuit of your calling. And he offers assurance that intellectual life can be a true calling for Christians: because Jesus was the smartest man who ever lived, Sire argues, you can and should accept the challenge to think as well as you are able.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830822737
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/05/2000
Pages: 263
Sales rank: 673,361
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe.
His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind, Naming the Elephant, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

Table of Contents


1. Confessions of an Intellectual Wannabe

2. John Henry Newman As an Intellectual

3. The Perfection of the Intellect

4. How Thinking Feels: What Is an Intellectual?

5. The Moral Dimension of the Mind: What Is a Christian Intellectual?

6. Perfecting the Intellect: The Intellectual Virtues

7. Perfecting the Intellect: The Intellectual Disciplines

8. Thinking by Reading

9. Jesus the Reasoner

10. The Responsibility of a Christian Intellectual



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