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30/05/2010 / John Hanna

Think Conference Trailer

This is what John Piper says in this video about thinking and anti-intellectualism:

Thinking is one of the most hazardous things we do. But it is absolutely necessary for being human and worshipful. The apostle warns, “Knowledge puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). But he also commands, “In your thinking be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). Do this dangerous thing. But do it well.

For many years, the life of the mind—the calling to think biblically—has pulled me and perplexed me. It has seemed utterly necessary, yet clearly not ultimate. Thinking is for the sake of something greater. Yet it is not a means that we will ever leave behind. The greater thing is loving God. Thinking truly is a means of loving duly. Yet the act of loving God will never dispense with thinking rightly about God.

The American people and the American church have a long history of anti-intellectualism. When you think of how God-dishonoring much intellectual life has been, this is understandable. But it has not served us well. When the faithful, rigorous life of the mind is diminished, the spiritual benefits don’t last much longer than a generation. The very thing we wanted to protect is eventually weakened. The Great Commandment is to love God with everything in us, including our minds (Matthew 22:37). When that means of love is marginalized, love for God weakens.

~ John Piper

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