Are the terms Christian and Freethinker an oxymoron?
by Anthony J. Wichowski
Blogging is not new for me, but it has been some time since I have been serious about it. I have been involved in Christian ministry now for many years. However, it has only been the past couple years that I have focused primarily on Christian apologetics. This will be my first apologetics blog. I initially resisted creating an apologetics blog because my time was limited to write and I had begun writing a couple books already. However, this is the new media age and being such, I feel it is good for me to have a web presence beyond social networking.
“A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.”
– Francis Bacon
I am certain that there will be people who come across my blog and find the title “Christian Freethinker” surprising. By definition, a freethinker is a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views. The assumption is a freethinker is one who thinks critically about everything. This should include thinking critically about more than theology, but about atheist ideas as well. Yet, the term “freethinker” has been primarily thought of in terms of being skeptical of religious dogma. The assertion from the Atheist has been that by applying critical thinking to all areas of one’s life they will become highly skeptical of any belief in God or the supernatural. (i.e. they are saying if you are intelligent and use your mind you will share their opinion,)
However, I have encountered numerous atheists and other critics of Christianity who by all accounts have stopped thinking critically, if they have every seriously thought critically at all, or for that matter even know what it means to do so. The common perception among them is that by being critical of religion (particularly Christianity in the west), they are exercising critical thinking. However, critical thinking implies not only questioning authority and commonly held views, but your own views as well…
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