Though we’re called to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, more and more of today’s Christians have replaced Bible Study with all sorts of distractions; often still called “Bible Study.”
But there’s another problem at another level. Even if we do get together and read, and study the Scriptures, increasingly in our culture, we find that there is less and less discernment in being able to understand arguments, and certainly the Bible makes lots of arguments.
Dorothy Sayers addresses this issue in her important essay, “The Lost Tools of Learning,” when she writes: ‘For we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words. They do not know what the words mean; they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back; they are a prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects. We who were scandalized in 1940 when men were sent to fight armored tanks with rifles, are not scandalized when young men and women are sent into the world to fight massed propaganda with a smattering of “subjects”; and when whole classes and whole nations become hypnotized by the arts of the spell binder, we have the impudence to be astonished at this.’
Well, how then are we to raise up the next generation of Christians to think seriously of the Christian faith, especially if many of us have not been really taught to think at all, either in public or private school, or even in the Church? How are we to keep especially our children today who have all sorts of distractions, keep them in the faith if they’re constantly being propagandized by countless non-Christian ideas they encounter in today’s movies, television, and the world of advertising?
The Apostle Paul calls us to take every though captive to the obedience of Christ. But how is that actually accomplished? With us to discuss this important issue are Aaron Larsen, and Joelle Hodge, the co-authors of a book entitled, “The Art of Argument: An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies.” And also joining us in this discussion is Dr. Christopher Perrin, publisher and consultant for Classical Academic Press, and someone who’s also responsible for getting this book published…”