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In this now classic book, noted scholar and author Harry Blamires perceptively diagnoses some of the weaknesses besetting the church with insights as fresh and relevant today as they were in the 1960s. Arguing that a distinctively Christian reasoning has been swept away by secular modes of thought and politically correct assumptions, the author calls for the recovery of th In this now classic book, noted scholar and author Harry Blamires perceptively diagnoses some of the weaknesses besetting the church with insights as fresh and relevant today as they were in the 1960s. Arguing that a distinctively Christian reasoning has been swept away by secular modes of thought and politically correct assumptions, the author calls for the recovery of the authentically Christian mind. "America needs a shot of intellectual insulin directly to its oft-sleepy mind. Harry Blamires is calling out to Christians to think once again. To Blamires, Jesus is not some spongy source of giddy joy. He is the Christ-the hope of 'hard boiled' secularity." -Calvin Miller, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary "Must reading for those in places of spiritual leadership, and in whose hands in borne the responsibility for the nurturing of Christians." -Pulpit Helps Harry Blamires is a highly respected teacher and author of more than thirty books. He has won a wide following of both British and American readers for his provocative works in theology, education, English literature, and fiction. His other works include Where Do We Stand?, On Christian Truth, and The Post-Christian Mind.


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In this now classic book, noted scholar and author Harry Blamires perceptively diagnoses some of the weaknesses besetting the church with insights as fresh and relevant today as they were in the 1960s. Arguing that a distinctively Christian reasoning has been swept away by secular modes of thought and politically correct assumptions, the author calls for the recovery of th In this now classic book, noted scholar and author Harry Blamires perceptively diagnoses some of the weaknesses besetting the church with insights as fresh and relevant today as they were in the 1960s. Arguing that a distinctively Christian reasoning has been swept away by secular modes of thought and politically correct assumptions, the author calls for the recovery of the authentically Christian mind. "America needs a shot of intellectual insulin directly to its oft-sleepy mind. Harry Blamires is calling out to Christians to think once again. To Blamires, Jesus is not some spongy source of giddy joy. He is the Christ-the hope of 'hard boiled' secularity." -Calvin Miller, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary "Must reading for those in places of spiritual leadership, and in whose hands in borne the responsibility for the nurturing of Christians." -Pulpit Helps Harry Blamires is a highly respected teacher and author of more than thirty books. He has won a wide following of both British and American readers for his provocative works in theology, education, English literature, and fiction. His other works include Where Do We Stand?, On Christian Truth, and The Post-Christian Mind.

30 review for The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Mr. Blamires comes from an anglican perspective, and while there were some things in this book that I didn't fully agree with, the message of the book is very good, and there are some absolutely phenomenal chapters. Definitely some underlined paragraphs that I will be revisiting. The book presents a basic problem: there is no Christian mind today. In other words, Christians have given up the battle ground of Christian worldview-warfare. By relegating Christianity to only the "spiritual" realm, w Mr. Blamires comes from an anglican perspective, and while there were some things in this book that I didn't fully agree with, the message of the book is very good, and there are some absolutely phenomenal chapters. Definitely some underlined paragraphs that I will be revisiting. The book presents a basic problem: there is no Christian mind today. In other words, Christians have given up the battle ground of Christian worldview-warfare. By relegating Christianity to only the "spiritual" realm, we have allowed secularism to have the final word on all the other areas of life, such as business, politics, economics, etc. Mr. Blamires sounds the battle cry for recapturing those areas for Christ and seeing everything again from a Christian mind.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    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. Blamires weaves these two toget 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. Blamires weaves these two together in an intelligent, thoughtful, logical, and deeply spiritual and theological fashion. I was really quite surprised. All Christians, please read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    I keep discovering that various Christian thinkers I admire were influenced by this book. Including David Hall, Nancy Pearcy, and Gary Waldecker (PCA director of the Resource Center for Latin America; ) I'm not sure how I missed it. Blamires laments how little the typical Christian, who professes a message that is sweeping in scope, actually allows his faith to penetrate all aspects of life. Particularly the life of the mind.

  4. 5 out of 5

    vittore paleni

    lucid, rarely do you find an author who speaks so insightfully and piercingly into our society and even our western civilization as a whole. a bold, and a much needed, call to develop a Christian mind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert Miner

    Very interesting and extremely well written. Truly an enjoyable read. Somewhat "dated" in its contrast between "natural" and "supernatural", typical of his materialistic period and writing. We consider all creation, i.e. all nature, as "supernatural", conceived, created, sustained by the God of the universe. No discrepancy; no compartamentalisation. Particularly useful was Blamires' definition of "truth" (Ch. 3 ??, I don't have the book with me). Likewise stimulating was the last chapter on "christ Very interesting and extremely well written. Truly an enjoyable read. Somewhat "dated" in its contrast between "natural" and "supernatural", typical of his materialistic period and writing. We consider all creation, i.e. all nature, as "supernatural", conceived, created, sustained by the God of the universe. No discrepancy; no compartamentalisation. Particularly useful was Blamires' definition of "truth" (Ch. 3 ??, I don't have the book with me). Likewise stimulating was the last chapter on "christian romanticism", a much needed discussion today. Less helpful was his presentation of "authority", bound as he was to the institution of the Anglican church. Reformed thinking would be much more in the direction of the authority of the Bible as the word of God. He's very critical of the persons in his church hierarchy, less critical of the hierarchy itself. Overall, a very useful and helpful book, still very contemporary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Jr.

    Wow—someone was talking this way in the 1960s. Someone was seeing with clarity that secularism is not just a neutral overlay on top of culture and politics allowing all the worldviews to play nice; someone was seeing instead that it is itself a worldview. So British: clever and acid. So Christian: unflinching in its affirmation of truth. I loved in particular the imaginary dialogue he set up (this is not verbatim): Secularist: "Don't you think Christianity should keep up with the times?" Christian: Wow—someone was talking this way in the 1960s. Someone was seeing with clarity that secularism is not just a neutral overlay on top of culture and politics allowing all the worldviews to play nice; someone was seeing instead that it is itself a worldview. So British: clever and acid. So Christian: unflinching in its affirmation of truth. I loved in particular the imaginary dialogue he set up (this is not verbatim): Secularist: "Don't you think Christianity should keep up with the times?" Christian: [Thinks to himself: this is all backwards.] "No, the times should keep up with Christianity. The world should listen to the authority behind the church." I think what I got most out of this book was the spirit, the intelligently stubborn insistence on the necessity to "think Christianly," to submit to God's authority in every area of life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Alfonseca

    Pretty insightful book on how Christians ought to think as Christians into every aspect of life. This book, although "old," has a very good application to this day. The church had failed to cultivate Christian thinking in England by letting secularism to be the one and only voice speaking about different subjects in which the Christian, with his unique worldview, should have been able to speak more clearly and truthfully. This work should inform modern-day churches in America to avoid the mistak Pretty insightful book on how Christians ought to think as Christians into every aspect of life. This book, although "old," has a very good application to this day. The church had failed to cultivate Christian thinking in England by letting secularism to be the one and only voice speaking about different subjects in which the Christian, with his unique worldview, should have been able to speak more clearly and truthfully. This work should inform modern-day churches in America to avoid the mistakes of others.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony Wolfe

    Careful, Christian - this book will challenge your thinking in ways you may never have considered. Blamires develops a compelling argument for how distinctively unChristian thoughts have polluted Christian minds in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Russ

    While dated, it’s still superior to later criticisms of Christian anti/non-intellectualism (Wells, Noll, etc.), except for the elitist final chapter.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stanley Jebb

    Penetrating and thought provoking.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt Starr

    The difference between the way Christians and non-Christians view the world has never been made more clear than the explanations in this books. Very insightful and in some areas, prophetic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Remarkable insights. Though published in 1963, it feels like it could have been written today.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    It's about the mind, so prepare for deep thinking.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex Stroshine

    Harry Blamires' "The Christian Mind" is one of the most important Christian writings to emerge from the mid-twentieth century. With impressive eloquence, Blamires laments the state of Christian thinking in the Church surrounding issues of culture, politics, art, economics, etc...and lays out some ways in which believers can recover "the Christian mind" before secularism hopelessly brainwashes us. Blamires begins by pointing out that Christians still have a fairly good sense of morality, worship a Harry Blamires' "The Christian Mind" is one of the most important Christian writings to emerge from the mid-twentieth century. With impressive eloquence, Blamires laments the state of Christian thinking in the Church surrounding issues of culture, politics, art, economics, etc...and lays out some ways in which believers can recover "the Christian mind" before secularism hopelessly brainwashes us. Blamires begins by pointing out that Christians still have a fairly good sense of morality, worship and practice (e.g. prayers). However, his concern is that Christians have evacuated the public square of any Christian witness to pressing issues of the day. He wonders where the Christian response is to economic inequality, to the environment, to mankind's surrender to technology. In some respects, for instance in his analysis of technology's impact on daily life, I think he goes a bit too far in his criticism, but with so many of us checking our cellphones every five minutes and Facebook every ten minutes, his point is warranted. The highlight of the book is the last chapter before the postscript. In it, Blamires explores Christianity's "sacramental cast" and the affect this has upon the Christian mind. Drawing from writers such as Charles Williams, Blamires discusses how Christians view love and fulfillment, compared to the empty void and vision strung up by secularism. This book was first published in the mid-1960s and while much of it is still relevant today, contemporary readers have probably heard much of it before. For instance, Blamires devotes a chapter on the Christian concept of truth, which is a fairly standard piece on objective vs. subjective truth and the role of divine revelation in coming to truth. Blamires notes in the introduction that some readers, particularly newer ones, may be the book is dated but he dismisses this critique; still, I think Blamires' points are often a product of the culture and time period he was writing in. For instance, the threat of nuclear warfare is not as pressing on 21st-century minds as it was in his day, during the Cold War. In addition, Blamires writes from an Anglican perspective, which narrow his relevancy in some situations. The Church of England's relationship with the British government is far different from that between the various churches and their relationship with North American governments. There is also excessive repetition that is unnecessary. For some reason I feel as if Blamires belongs in the same category as Francis Schaeffer. Schaeffer stimulated Christians into thinking critically about "worldview" and important issues, but he has since been replaced by newer thinkers. Many professors in seminaries today credit Schaeffer for sparking their intellectual imaginations, but they admit that some of his ideas have not held up. I feel as if a comparison between L'Abri's founder and Blamires is reasonable because I don't hear many people talking about Blamires today, despite the fact that this book was enormously influential in its day. While some of the material is a bit dated (e.g. anxiety about nuclear bombs) and much of it has been repeated elsewhere, this is still an excellent book to read. If I could, I would have given it a 3.5/5.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    My dad thought it best to give this book to me now almost 48 years ago (printed in 1963) and by the way I was 12 (1966). I guess my dad assumed all 12 year old's need the little grey cells activated - he was right!. I've read it countless times and still discover a freshness from it in every season of my life. My dad also gave with it a - J.B. Phillips - N.T. & Plain Christianity, , The Hobbit and C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters & The Great Divorce - my long journey into life was launched (with a My dad thought it best to give this book to me now almost 48 years ago (printed in 1963) and by the way I was 12 (1966). I guess my dad assumed all 12 year old's need the little grey cells activated - he was right!. I've read it countless times and still discover a freshness from it in every season of my life. My dad also gave with it a - J.B. Phillips - N.T. & Plain Christianity, , The Hobbit and C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters & The Great Divorce - my long journey into life was launched (with a few stops along the way!). This book is wonderful - I use it in every course I teach at CCU along with others but this is a "Thinking Christianly" one. DON'T miss it reading all four listed as such below...then the rest, if you know what is best for you! You might just start...yes...Thinking Christianly!! Devil's Hunting Ground (1954, 1st novel of trilogy) Blessing Unbounded: A Vision (1955) Cold War in Hell (1955, 2nd novel of trilogy) Highway to Heaven (1955, 3rd novel of trilogy) Book 1 The Christian Mind ISBN 1-57383-323-1 Where Do We Stand Book 2 The Post-Christian Mind Book 3 On Christian Truth These two are for those that can read... I mean want to really read - The Bloomsday Book (A guide through Joyce's Ulysses - Word Unheard (A guide through Eliot's Four Quartets) The Will and the Way (A Study of Divine Providence and Vocation) (1957) The Tyranny of Time: A Defence of Dogmatism (1965) Book 4 - Recovering the Christian Mind: Meeting the Challenge of Secularism (1988)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This book, written in the early 1960s, discusses how to think Christianly about secular subjects. The author emphasizes the importance of the eternal perspective and the reality of evil in shaping the Christian mind. The book is prophetic in many ways; Blamires discusses social problems that were likely in their infancy in the early 60s, but which have grown to epic proportions in the years since. I found many of the specific issues that he brought up to be interesting and thought-provoking. I al This book, written in the early 1960s, discusses how to think Christianly about secular subjects. The author emphasizes the importance of the eternal perspective and the reality of evil in shaping the Christian mind. The book is prophetic in many ways; Blamires discusses social problems that were likely in their infancy in the early 60s, but which have grown to epic proportions in the years since. I found many of the specific issues that he brought up to be interesting and thought-provoking. I also think that he held to some different opinions than the majority of Christians would today (particularly about issues related to the natural environment and the development of city life), but he presented a strong Christian basis for his ideas.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Raffi

    For those who are not accustomed to the British style of long sentences and writing, there is a 'learning curve'. His style is also tailored to those who like thinking about society, secularism and Christian thinking, with the possibility of getting bored with the objective writing and the very very little of the author's subjective ideas or stories here and there. Other than that, his point is quite clear and even repetitive, that the Christians have given way to secular thinking, even in the Ch For those who are not accustomed to the British style of long sentences and writing, there is a 'learning curve'. His style is also tailored to those who like thinking about society, secularism and Christian thinking, with the possibility of getting bored with the objective writing and the very very little of the author's subjective ideas or stories here and there. Other than that, his point is quite clear and even repetitive, that the Christians have given way to secular thinking, even in the Churches, specially when it comes to education, society, family, use of technology, man/woman. It's a book that gives you a push to think more Christianly (his word) about all the subjects that are related to the human being.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    4.5 stars or so Though this book was written a few decades ago by a man much smarter than me, I found so much here to encourage a deeper, more thorough and intentional focus on a Christian way of thinking and approaching everything that comes my way. I have trouble getting through nonfiction books; they do not grab you like a novel can, making you want to return again and again for more. I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book (as an audiobook freely downloaded via the library) that i 4.5 stars or so Though this book was written a few decades ago by a man much smarter than me, I found so much here to encourage a deeper, more thorough and intentional focus on a Christian way of thinking and approaching everything that comes my way. I have trouble getting through nonfiction books; they do not grab you like a novel can, making you want to return again and again for more. I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book (as an audiobook freely downloaded via the library) that it was instantly interesting. Yes, sometimes I didn't fully grasp a concept and I could never write something like this myself, but it was well worth the time invested. I hope to purchase a copy soon to coordinate my many notes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    M

    We are currently using this book as the basis for our Sunday school class. Blamires wrote this book in the 60s in England. America, being several decades behind Europe in the descent into Post Modernism, is now at the place this book describes. It is both troubling and challenging to realize the extent to which we have lost the ability to think. It is even more troubling to realize how little we let the doctrines of our faith influence our mind and thought patterns. Having the mind of Christ is We are currently using this book as the basis for our Sunday school class. Blamires wrote this book in the 60s in England. America, being several decades behind Europe in the descent into Post Modernism, is now at the place this book describes. It is both troubling and challenging to realize the extent to which we have lost the ability to think. It is even more troubling to realize how little we let the doctrines of our faith influence our mind and thought patterns. Having the mind of Christ is something that has been a goal for me. We are told that we have it but it seems that we must develop in the use of it. This book is very helpful in pursuing that goal.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Hartman

    I started this book several times and burned out somewhere in the first or second chapter, and even this time, though I was determined to reach the end and did so), I found it somewhat difficult. It isn't that the writing is poor (it is excellent), rather that it isn't engaging. However, Blamires' premise is one which must be considered by every believer: there is no longer a Christian mind. The Church has ceased to think Christianly. We witness it in daily life but have ceased to worry about it I started this book several times and burned out somewhere in the first or second chapter, and even this time, though I was determined to reach the end and did so), I found it somewhat difficult. It isn't that the writing is poor (it is excellent), rather that it isn't engaging. However, Blamires' premise is one which must be considered by every believer: there is no longer a Christian mind. The Church has ceased to think Christianly. We witness it in daily life but have ceased to worry about it, if we ever did; and yet the Christian mind is what makes the Church so radically different from the world, and once it is lost, we as salt will have lost our saltiness.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Austin Spence

    The first words are literally "There is no Christian mind." Blamires was a literary pupil of C.S. Lewis, and still lived very much in the head. I came in expecting the answer to the subtitle, which at the end of the introduction Blamires says he will not attempt to answer. I still read it, thought it was fine. Not a book club book, that's for sure.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peyton Herrington

    This book was quite well written and presents a powerful case that challenges the framework from which we approach our world. Blamires does an excellent job of breaking his thoughts into digestible portions that can be read a bit at a time. I took a month or so to read it and hit a chapter here and there. The book was well organized and presented its case well. Though some material is dated, the thoughts behind the material is still quite relevant. I would put this on a "must read" book for many This book was quite well written and presents a powerful case that challenges the framework from which we approach our world. Blamires does an excellent job of breaking his thoughts into digestible portions that can be read a bit at a time. I took a month or so to read it and hit a chapter here and there. The book was well organized and presented its case well. Though some material is dated, the thoughts behind the material is still quite relevant. I would put this on a "must read" book for many Christians looking to deepen how they approach and interact with their world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Excellent book! Interesting context since it was written 50 years ago, so society has changed a lot more (down the decline) since then. Also he's British & at times concentrates too much on then-current events/situations (such as their educational system or how church leaders were chosen in his denomination). But overall very good & different than anything else I've read - I'd love to hear his take on what we could do today. More on the social commentary side that how-to fix it, but the first st Excellent book! Interesting context since it was written 50 years ago, so society has changed a lot more (down the decline) since then. Also he's British & at times concentrates too much on then-current events/situations (such as their educational system or how church leaders were chosen in his denomination). But overall very good & different than anything else I've read - I'd love to hear his take on what we could do today. More on the social commentary side that how-to fix it, but the first step is often understanding how we got here. Recommended!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    "this, however, is something of a digression." This quote, found in the middle of The Christian Mind, sums up a lot of the book. Blamires digresses from the topic at hand many times to share his thoughts on how to certain areas of life could be changed to reflect a Christian mind. Nonetheless, I absolutely loved the book. It gave some wonderful deep insight about how to think in a way that brings glory to God. I would highly recommend this book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Written in 1963, the book addresses issues in today's Christianity. Why do Christians not apply the same level of rigor and thought to their Christian lives that we do to other areas? We do not treat Christianity as fact, but rather as a deducible argument. Again, although written in 1963, this book will ake you appreciate how we apply Christian thought today.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Thought provoking. Very very good points about how a Christian should think. I'm a little confused by the author's conviction that the Thinking Christian is to somehow influence the kingdoms of this world.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Hilbert

    Great book. The author argues convincingly that many Christians simply think like non-Christians with a little Christianese added in. Instead, Blamires believes our Christian beliefs should radically alter our thinking.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas Losito

    Hands down the most well written, through provoking, and important book I have read to date. Everything in this book is excellent and I would recommend every Christian to at least try to read it and wrestle with its concepts.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    A thoughtful, and a thought-provoking book. Very accessibly written, too - you don't need a degree in philosophy to be able to appreciate Harry's insights.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Thought-provoking. Interesting and enjoyable.

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