Christology, Christian Learning, and Christian Formation | Books and Culture

Christology, Christian Learning, and Christian Formation | Books and Culture

A review by Nicholas Wolterstorff of Mark Noll’s book Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind. The book is a call for Christians to engage in serious learning and to consider how they might act and think in doing so. Wolterstorff’s review is generally positive, with some critiques. Ultimately, he says:

Of course, how we as Christian scholars think about the subject matter of our discipine is important; but I would say, and I am sure Noll agrees, that how we actually deal with that subject matter is at least as important.

Pursuing Holistic Discipleship on Campus | Comment Magazine | Cardus

Pursuing Holistic Discipleship on Campus | Comment Magazine | Cardus

Is it possible to renew Christian scholarship (at both the student and professor levels) as one aspect of holistic discipleship?

Education used to be so much more than a dreary means to a materialistic end. In fact, the university was originally intended to be a place where students came to a better understanding of themselves and God’s created world. That is, universities were founded as places of wonder, exploration, and service…

If Christians are going to find their voice in the academic discussions taking place on campuses today—and across our culture—we’re going to need to re-discover our sense of curiosity, delight, and wonder. And we will need to develop an interest for more than the easy answers or trite sound bites. If Christians really believe that a God bigger than our imaginations holds the universe in being, and accomplishes this through his will executed via a multitude of secondary causes, then we’d better be ready to roll up our sleeves and dig down into the amazingly complex stuff of reality. We must be deeply and passionately curious about the world…

These are the kinds of questions, the sense of inquisitiveness, that can equip a Christian on campus to make one’s faith and discipleship something that takes a place closer to the centre of the academic enterprise on campus—not in ways which baptize the status quo, but in ways which make the Christian faith a constructive conversation partner which seeks to bless and serve the common good, both on campus and throughout the world.