Since becoming a Christian some ten years ago now I’ve noticed that there appears at least to me a distinct lack of intellectual dialogue in the Christian community. I am not saying that Christian Churches are full of people who are stupid. What I am saying is that the Church is very often full of people who value thought, reason and knowledge in other facets of their life (e.g. work and education) but neglect those virtues in their Christian lives.
This is the more unfortunate because Christianity has such a rich tradition of intellectual rigor. The Christian Church in the West is probably the weakest it has been for a millennia, and what we need more than ever are Christians who are equipped spiritually and intellectually to share the gospel in a culture that thinks Christians are backwards and out of touch. On top of that we have groups and communities of people who think we are dangerous, deluded or just plain old fashioned wrong.
In response I’ve decided to start a group based in South-West London called ‘Christian Thinkers’ where I hope to create a community of Christians who will be equipped to share the gospel in a post-Christian culture. I believe the gospel is good, true and makes sense of the world better than any other worldview but I don’t think we are doing a very good job of communicating this. Rather than conceding ground we ought to start taking ground and by encouraging more Christians to become better informed about Christianity and other worldviews I believe we can do just that.
If you would like to get involved with helping me run the group, have ideas for speakers please leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch. I’ll be aiming to have meetings every 6-10 weeks and try to get speakers who are experts in their respective fields with each talk be followed with time for Q & A.
If you want to find out more, search for London Christian Thinkers on Facebook.