According to Anglican educator Harry Blamires, Christians may differ from secular men and women in their ethics, their life style, and their spirituality. But when it comes to their thinking, they are almost indistinguishable.

Having lost or forgotten the basis on which a distinctively Christian way of thinking can be built, the modern Christian almost always thinks as a secularist, giving secularized—and therefore often ineffective—reasons for his spiritual convictions.

Blamires writes,

One may sum up the clash between the Christian mind and the secular mind thus. Secularism asserts the opinionated self as the only judge of truth. Christianity imposes the given divine revelation as the final touchstone of truth.… One may say without exaggeration that failure to distinguish clearly between the Christian conception of truth and the conception of truth popularly cherished in the secular mind has been one of the most unfortunate neglects of our age. This failure has done more than anything else to sap the Church’s intellectual morale [The Christian Mind, SPCK, 1963, pp. 107, 106].

“The marks of truth as christianly conceived,” Blamires continues, “are: that it is supernaturally grounded, not developed within nature; that it is objective and not subjective; that it is a revelation and not a construction; that it is discovered by inquiry and not elected by a majority vote; that it is authoritative and not a matter of personal choice” (p. 107). Of course, all biblical Christians will agree that this is so, but unfortunately many of us go no farther than this theoretical agreement; when we are called upon to use our minds, we think in the same relativistic way as other moderns. “As a thinking being, the modern Christian has succumbed ...

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