The bottom line, in a Christian
worldview, is that humans are sinful, we need a savior, and our salvation
is in Jesus Christ, not human reason. On the other hand, logical reasoning
is useful, it should be highly valued, and "critical
thinking must be a part of every Christian classroom if we are to maintain
our integrity." (from Critical
Thinking and the Christian Perspective by Wendy Dutton, Thomas Hart and
For living by faith as a Christian, one useful approach is to combine critical thinking — "the art of taking charge of your own mind [which is valuable because]... if we can take charge of our own minds, we can take charge of our lives" — with Christian thinking: "Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect."
Critical = Evaluative (and
it's not necessarily negative)
To avoid misunderstanding, the homepage for CRITICAL THINKING begins with a non-definition:
critical thinking is not necessarily being "critical" and negative; in fact, it would be more accurate to call it evaluative thinking.
The result of evaluation can range from positive to negative, from acceptance to rejection or anything in-between. Yes, critical evaluation can produce a glowing recommendation. On this page, for example, the quotes and links — which are recommended, but (as with all sources of information) should be used with an attitude of "critical thinking" evaluation — are the result of my own critical thinking.
And there is a neutral intro-page about different worldview-perspectives on critical thinking: Christian, agnostic, atheistic,...
This website for Whole-Person Education has TWO KINDS OF LINKS:
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This page, written by Craig Rusbult (editor of ASA Science Ed), is
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