Some books are to be tasted…

Not every book qualifies for a cover-to-cover journey. Long ago, Francis Bacon gave this wise counsel: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

James Emery White, from Serious Times, p. 108

The catastrophes of our age…

Ideas have consequences. This is what Richard Weaver titled his seminal work, asserting that the catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of choice.

James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 147

The most powerful education system ever known…

Fred Fedler, author of one of the most widely used college textbooks on the mass media, writes that “the media may constitute the most powerful education system ever known to man.”

James Emery White, from Serious Times, p. 58

Recapture the vision…

We have got to recapture a vision for making culture through the local church.

James Emery White, from A Mind for God, at 27:45

Much is lost when reading is discarded…

Much is lost when reading is discarded—much more than the knowledge that might have been gained through the act of reading itself. Reading a book requires a degree of engagement, of active attention, that enlivens and expands the mind. Electronic media makes far fewer demands; it breeds passive participation, fosters shorter attention spans and creates the demands for immediate gratification. The report went on to note that the diminishing print culture brings a diminished capacity for focused attention and contemplation that makes complex communications and insights possible. In the end, it can lead us to forgo the practice of active learning altogether. As a result, reading is the foundation for intellectual development.

James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 246

From reading alone…

From reading alone could I gain a sense of the currents shaping the world; from reading alone could I understand the prevailing worldviews assailing Christianity; from reading alone could I place myself in the vanguard of taking the Word of God to the word of the world. Reading would fill my mind with virtually limitless knowledge, instruction and insight, and it would exercise my mind and force it to break through barriers of stagnancy.

James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 235

A person’s life is fundamentally serious…

Paul Helm rightly notes that according to Scripture “the whole of a person’s life is fundamentally serious, something for which he is responsible before God, and for which he will have to give an account…. He is individually responsible to God for what he ‘makes’ of it.”

James Emery White, from Serious Times, p. 10

Now a faith is wrong for claiming there is truth…

So while Christianity used to be rejected by Enlightenment intellectuals because they thought its central beliefs had been disproven by science or philosophy, today it is disqualified on the grounds that it argues for a truth that is unchanging and universal. A particular faith used to be wrong on the basis of what was perceived to be truth; now a faith is wrong for claiming there is truth.

James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 186

Wisdom is not the same as common sense…

Wisdom is not the same as common sense, at least as it is portrayed in the Bible, nor is it knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Wisdom is the understanding of what God would have us do and then doing it, what God would have us think and then thinking it, what God would have us say and then saying it.

James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 678

If all truth is God’s truth, then…

If all truth is God’s truth, then truth is to be celebrated wherever it is found—and to be pursued wherever it can be found.

James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 372