Your Mind Matters 2: Why Use Our Minds?

Your Mind Matters

Your Mind Matters

In the section entitled thinking God’s thoughts, John Stott argues Psalm 19:1-4 and Romans 1:18-21

refer to God’s self-revelation through the created order.  Although it is a proclamation without speech, a voice without words, yet as a result of it all men to some degree “know God.”  This assumed ability of man to read what God has written in the universe is extremely important.  All scientific research depends upon it, upon a correspondence between the character of what is being investigated and the mind of the investigator.  This correspondence is rationality. Man is able to comprehend the processes of nature.  They are not mysterious.  They are logically explicable in terms of cause and effect.  Christians believe that this common rationality between man’s mind and observable phenomena is due to the Creator who has expressed his mind in both.  As a result, in the astronomer Kepler’s famous words, men can “think God’s thoughts after him.” — Your Mind Matters, p.28

Do you agree?  Can human beings think God’s thoughts after him? Is this the basis of science and possibly even the use of the mind in general?  Is that how you approach decision making, research, teaching, and writing?

Note: For the next post in the series go to Your Mind Matters 3: The Mind in Christian Life.

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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  • darylcli@gmail.com'
    Daryl Climenhaga commented on June 17, 2009 Reply

    It strikes me that this viewpoint (that scientific inquiry “thinks God’s thoughts after him”) is sharply at odds with contemporary scientific inquiry. An impression from a non-scientist: such inquiry today requires the suspension of belief in God as part of the process, and thus requires the exercise of belief that God is not part of the process.

  • bsaontheloose@yahoo.com'
    Sergey commented on July 11, 2009 Reply

    Can humans think like God?

    well, humans obviously are made in the image of God. Therefore, we can think like him if we abide in him according to John 15.

    Abide means ‘to hang out” meaning if abide with Christ then we will be like Christ. If you do not believe or abide with him then you will not think like him.

    The holy spirits refines the mind to think like Christ because it is that way that we can be like him.

    If a scientist believes in God, then he can reflect the image God intended.

    God wants us to use our minds because our minds are his craftsmanship. he put quirks, personalities and intellect to show people who God is like.

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