The Bible places supreme value in the thought life.
THE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY French philosopher Rene Descartes is best known for his dictum, “I think, therefore, I am.” A cynic may well quip that Descartes actually put des cart before des horse because all he could have legitimately deduced was, “I think, therefore, thinking exists.” I do not intend to defend or counter Cartesian philosophy; I only wish to underscore that thinking has much to do with life and certainty.
One of the tragic casualties of our age has been that of the contemplative life—a life that thinks, thinks things through, and more particularly, thinks God’s thoughts after Him. One might surmise that thinking is a dying art.
However, the Bible places supreme value in the thought life. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Solomon wrote. Jesus asserted that sin’s gravity lay in the idea itself, not just the act. Paul admonished the church at Philippi to have the mind of Christ, and to the same people he wrote, “Whatever is true … pure … if there be any virtue … think on these things.” Thus, the follower of Christ must demonstrate to the world what it is not just to think, but to think justly.
The sentences above are words I penned twenty years ago—in our very first issue of Just Thinking. This magazine exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life. Though the world seems to changes before our eyes, there are some themes that are ever timely, and it is our hope that the articles in Just Thinking will consistently challenge your mind and stir your heart.
We hope you enjoy the magazine’s new format and more regular availability; beginning with this issue, Just Thinking will be released four times a year. In the meantime, keep thinking.