Unfortunately, the intellectual life, the life of intentional, habitional cultivation of the mind under Christ's lordship, can be valued and entered into only as a part of the overall approach to life just described, and this approach runs contrary to the conditions that define our modern lifestyles. Many people today, including many Christians, simply do not read or think deeply at all. And when believers do read, they tend to read self-help books or other literature that is not intellectually engaging...
The mind is like a muscle. If it is not exercised regularly and strenously, it loses some of its capacities and strength. We modern evangelicals often feel small and without influence in the public square. We must recapture our intellectual heritage if we are to present to our brothers and sisters, our children, and a post-Christian culture a version of Christianity rich and deep enough to challenge the dehumanizing structures and habits of thought of a society gone mad. To do this, we must change our reading habits; indeedm we must alter our enture approach to the life of the mind as part of Christian discipleship.
- The empty self is inordinately indiviualistic.
- The empty self is is infantile.
- The empty self is narcissitic.
- The empty self is passive.
- The empty self is sensate.
- The empty self is has lost the art of developing an interior life.
- The empty self is is hurried and busy.
The Loving God with your mind - Mr. Mooreland sets out six things on p 94:
- Admit the problem
- Choose to be different
- Change your routine
- Develop patience and endurance
- Develop good vocabulary
- Set some intellectual goals
So, returning to my discouragement of everything not coming together and gelling quickly enough. I am a product of this microwave society- my "I want to quit" monster is how it fleshes out for me. The lack of understanding most definately won't be fixed in the microwave -- the life of the mind is more like a crock pot simmering with years of reading and work; and you know that sounds like, well, work.
So this book leaves me with two requests from God - first, a repetitive attitude of repentence of all don't know and the appathetic attitude of my quit monster and secondly, (THIS is Primary, really) more grace to see Christ in and through the journey and to love God more and more with my mind.