SKU (ISBN): 9780802881953
Binding: Trade Paper
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
What is the role of the intellect in the life of faith?
Jesus commanded us to love God with our minds-but why? Isn’t simply believing enough? Confused on this point, many Christians choose to focus only on the role of their hearts in shaping their faith and consider that adequate. Some Christians go even further, arguing that knowledge exists in opposition to faith-that one must choose either the truth of science or the truth of the Bible.
The reality is that our formation into Christlikeness relies heavily on our minds and that Christian belief is about thinking more, not less. Far from being a threat, the intellect is central to faith-so long as it is treated as an instrument of worship rather than as the object of worship.
Knowledge for the Love of God is for followers of Jesus needing to better understand the crucial connection between faith and rationality. Timothy Pickavance shows how learning about who God is and what he has done, is doing, and will do draws us closer to him-just as in any relationship. With stories from his own experiences wrestling with this aspect of faith, Pickavance relates a compelling vision of how cultivating the intellect strengthens our Christian worldview, helps us gain freedom in Christ, and enables us to love God with our whole being. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this a book to be fruitfully shared among fellow believers desiring a deeper faith-one of heart, soul, strength, and mind.