I've Got Half a Mind Too

2012 Ligonier Conference

In this 50 minute session from the 2012 Ligonier Conference, Albert Mohler, author and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses the exercise and neglect of thinking in our world today. He calls for Christians to renew the way that we reason while acknowledging the negative effects of the Fall on our ability to think well. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

Dr. Mohler said that part of his intention was to do an autopsy on the secular mind. Through his examples, we see that large segments the secular world do not care about accuracy in reporting facts, nor do they acknowledge the existence of moral absolutes.

In what part of your life have you been most affected by the world's moral relativism?
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When you read Romans 1, what examples from our society first come to your mind?
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Dr. Mohler said that we need a faithfulness of the mind. What do you think is the proper balance between legitimate doubt and intellectual faithfulness to the truth of God?
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Read the story of the Fall from Genesis 3. This marked the beginning of man's trouble with right thinking. Satan used a partial truth to lead Adam and Eve to rebellion, and our reason has been corrupted since.

Where in the church have you seen evidence of the conspiracy to suppress the truth with unrighteousness?
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What do you think are some signs of people whom God has given over to their impurity? How can you love them well given their choices and circumstances?
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Dr. Mohler gave the following list of noetic effects of the Fall.
  1. ignorance
  2. distractedness
  3. forgetfulness
  4. prejudice
  5. faulty perspective
  6. intellectual fatigue
  7. inconsistency
  8. failure to connect our thoughts
  9. intellectual apathy
  10. dogmatism and close-mindedness
  11. intellectual pride
  12. vain imagination
  13. miscommunication
  14. partial knowledge

Which of these do you personally struggle with? In what way do these issues affect you? What can you do to grow in these areas?
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Read Ephesians 2:8–9 and 1 Peter 3:15. Unregenerate people are never convinced or reasoned into salvation, yet we are required to give reason for our belief. Considering both of these truths, what place should apologetics hold in our evangelism?
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Our ability to think and reason is damaged because of sin, but God is at work in us to renew our minds and take us back from the grip of sin. Thank Him for your sanctification as He works to make us all more like our Lord Jesus.

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