The Christian Mind -- By: Bassam M. Madany
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The Christian Mind
During the early 1950s, I read a pamphlet by Roland Allen, a British missionary with long years of experience in the Far East, dealing with education on the mission field. In his critique of educating children of unbelievers in mission schools, he wrote: “Christian education is far more the teaching of Christians than teaching given by Christians. Christian education becomes non-Christian in the non-Christian mind.”
That was the first time I came across the word “mind” used in that specific way.
More than a decade later, I read Harry Blamires’ The Christian Mind. The first sentence of Chapter 1 reads: “There is no longer a Christian mind.” It was a very challenging message to Christians who are concerned about the inroads of secularism in all parts of our culture. Later on, in my work as radio missionary to the Arabic speaking world, I studied Raphael Patai’s The Arab Mind, which was an anthropological/sociological work on what makes the Arab think the way he thinks and behave the way he behaves. The same author also wrote a book about his own people, The Jewish Mind. As we now live in a global milieu, the term “mind,” referring to the basic way people look at the world and seek to organize their thoughts and actions, has been adopted by non-English speaking people, as I recently noticed its use in a weekly Arabic newsmagazine.
Before we go further in our reflection on the Christian mind, we may note that the Bible refers to “mind” on several occasions. For example, the summary of the moral law is mentioned in all the Synoptic Gospels. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37). “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). These words are repeated in Luke 10:27 with a slight difference in order. While the Word of God challenges us to love Him and to
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consecrate our minds in His service, it warns us about the devastating effects of the Fall on the mind. We read in Romans 1:28: “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”
The nearest approximation to the expression “Christian Mind” occurs in two passages. “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” ...
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