Shelves: christian-spirituality , on-the-physical-shelf-owned Amazingly articulate book on the state of Christian thinking: how we do think and how we should think. Though it was written more than forty years ago, it is still very relevant to our times. I was especially impressed with the way Blamires intertwined the thinking with the feeling, the cognitions with the spiritual. Often times those who spout about the importance of Christian intelligence leave out the equal importance of Christian emotion and spiritual longing.
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It has been assumed that the charitable man suppresses his views in the same way that he subordinates his personal interests. A wild fantasy has taken hold of many Christians.
They have come to imagine that just as an unselfish man restrains himself from snatching another piece of cake, so too, he restrains himself from putting forward his point of view.
And just as it is bad form to boast about your private possessions or loudly recapitulate your personal achievements, so too it is bad form announce what your convictions are. By analogy with that charity of the spirit which never asks or claims but always gives and gives again, we have manufactured a false "charity" of the mind, which never takes a stand, but continually yields ground.
The damage done by this false deduction has been enormous. It is urgently necessary to clear the air on this matter. Your beliefs as a Christian are not yours in the sense that you have rights over them, either to tamper with them or to throw them away. Of course, the very fact that we view convictions as personal possessions is a symptom of the disappearance of the Christian mind.
One of the crucial tasks in reconstituting the Christian mind will be to reestablish the status of objective truth as distinct from personal opinions. The sphere of the intellectual, the sphere of knowledge and understanding, is not a sphere in which the Christian gives ground, or even tolerates vagueness and confusion. There is no charity without clarity and firmness.
Harry Blamires Quotes
Its Concern for the Person Its Sacramental Cast v These chapters are preceded by a preface and followed by a postscript. Let me say a few words about each part. The Lack of a Christian Mind Blamires 3,15 believes that modern Christians have conceded the mind to secular thinking in what could be described as the triumph of romanticism. It remains a vehicle of spirituality and morel guidance at the individual level perhaps; at the communal level it is little more than an expression of sentimentalized togetherness.
The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?
Not having heard of this writer for years, one assumed he had long passed away, but through he columns of this daily newspaper one learned that he had recently died, 21 November, aged years and 15 days. Harry Blamires considered it a badge of honour when he was booed off stage by theology students at the University of Kent in the mids. With his fogeyish attire and his unreconstructed belief that the Church of England would be doomed if it tried to modernise, he made no concessions to the sensibilities of redbrick universities. Harold Blamires was born in Bradford in , the son of Tom Blamires, who worked himself up from barrow boy to prosperous greengrocer, and his wife, Clara. In , Tom was the first person in his street to buy a car, and Harry learnt to drive his trucks while still a child. He was once taken to Bradford wholesale market at 4am and recalled how the men there would chat over the first edition of the daily newspaper. He was less complimentary about those of J.