August 22, 2017

Am I willing to lay aside presuppositions, study with an open mind, and draw my own conclusions based on evidence?

Perhaps the toughest task before you is an ability to do critical thinking. Critical thinking implies that you do not believe everything you hear; neither do you turn aside from everything you read. Higher education means that you come to conclusions on your own, free from the biases and agendas that others may have. This is especially tough in religious studies, where so much is at stake. You certainly do not wish to pull the anchor of faith when there is no reason to do so. But the question is, Are you willing to lay aside presuppositions and contemplate the meaning of Scripture without the historical filers?

Orientation to Critical Thinking