D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his book Authentic Christianity wrote in his typical, blunt, to the point way says that due to media (he refers to T.V., but I suspect if he were still alive he’d have much to say about the internet) we do not think.

This generation that boasts so much about its intellect does not think. If it did, it would not believe all the advertisements on television. That is just psychology, subliminal thinking, and does not bring about active, conscious thinking. People are given information by constant repetition and absorb it without knowing it. This is probably the most drugged, deluded, controlled generation the world has ever known. This is the age of propaganda and of advertising—and of the negation of thinking. Obviously, not everything that is recommended is bad. No, but whether good or bad, people will buy something if they are told sufficiently frequently to do so. We had a second world war in the twentieth century largely because people would not think; they did not want to think. They said, “Two world wars in one century are impossible—it cannot happen.” They would not face the facts, and when one man warned them, they said, “This man is a warmonger.” They dismissed him out of prejudice—they would not think. He was trying to get them to think, but they would not. Here is the great message of the Gospel—you are called upon to think.

HT: Adrian Warnock

So true?  Too harsh?  What do you think have we, as a culture, collectively lost our ability to think?

14 comments
  1. I was just speaking on this issue. I stated that teachers can transfer information, but hardly ever prompt understanding through thought. John Dewey once said: “We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.”

    So often a fact is accepted as truth. Truth can only come from the correct arrangement of facts (data). I was a guest speaker in a Bible class, asked specifically to address philosophy. I told the students that unless they evaluate a statement that someone claims as truth, they will accept anything that has a more persuasive presentation. Then, I suggested that whenever someone claims to have a truth, that they first evaluate its opposite and then the implications that it presents.

    Chads last blog post..Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Part Two

  2. I was just speaking on this issue. I stated that teachers can transfer information, but hardly ever prompt understanding through thought. John Dewey once said: “We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.”

    So often a fact is accepted as truth. Truth can only come from the correct arrangement of facts (data). I was a guest speaker in a Bible class, asked specifically to address philosophy. I told the students that unless they evaluate a statement that someone claims as truth, they will accept anything that has a more persuasive presentation. Then, I suggested that whenever someone claims to have a truth, that they first evaluate its opposite and then the implications that it presents.

    Chads last blog post..Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Part Two

  3. I think it is even worse with the internet. You can wrap things in the legitimacy of an official looking website that has no basis in fact or research and people will accept it as truth.

    There is only one gospel truth and you do need to think about it.

    AndyCs last blog post..A Bacon Driven Life

  4. I think it is even worse with the internet. You can wrap things in the legitimacy of an official looking website that has no basis in fact or research and people will accept it as truth.

    There is only one gospel truth and you do need to think about it.

    AndyCs last blog post..A Bacon Driven Life

  5. My first exposure to Christian apologetics was C.S. Lewis; Mere Christianity and The ScrewTape Letters both addressed the pertinent issues raised by Lloyd-Jones. Wikipedia gets cited as an authoritative source for information, fer cryin’ out loud!

    Whether it is mainstream media (radio, newspaper, magazine, or TV) or new media (iReporters and websites and blogs, oh my!), most of us do not take the information presented and ask the right questions. Why? Because we are no longer taught how to think. Why? Because dumb sheep are scared sheep, easily misled.

    Sorry, soapbox off 🙂

    Ricks last blog post..Control, anyone?

  6. My first exposure to Christian apologetics was C.S. Lewis; Mere Christianity and The ScrewTape Letters both addressed the pertinent issues raised by Lloyd-Jones. Wikipedia gets cited as an authoritative source for information, fer cryin’ out loud!

    Whether it is mainstream media (radio, newspaper, magazine, or TV) or new media (iReporters and websites and blogs, oh my!), most of us do not take the information presented and ask the right questions. Why? Because we are no longer taught how to think. Why? Because dumb sheep are scared sheep, easily misled.

    Sorry, soapbox off 🙂

    Ricks last blog post..Control, anyone?

  7. My first exposure to Christian apologetics was C.S. Lewis; Mere Christianity and The ScrewTape Letters both addressed the pertinent issues raised by Lloyd-Jones. Wikipedia gets cited as an authoritative source for information, fer cryin’ out loud!

    Whether it is mainstream media (radio, newspaper, magazine, or TV) or new media (iReporters and websites and blogs, oh my!), most of us do not take the information presented and ask the right questions. Why? Because we are no longer taught how to think. Why? Because dumb sheep are scared sheep, easily misled.

    Sorry, soapbox off 🙂

    Ricks last blog post..Control, anyone?

  8. It is the problem of information, that we have today. We live in an information age, which at first gives the impression of intelligence. The contrary is true however: With such great access to such great amounts of information, we no longer need to achieve it in the same way as our predecessors. Before so much information was readily available to all, it was necessary that a person think in order to conclude some answer.

    Today, people think that information is answers. Once again, on the contrary: Just because it is information does not conclude that it is valid. Wikipedia can be a valuable source of reliable information, as many other sites. The problem is that people take the information presented and believe that to be all that there is– the answer.

    As long as people are just looking for answers, they will not understand the need for questions.

    Chads last blog post..Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Part Two

  9. It is the problem of information, that we have today. We live in an information age, which at first gives the impression of intelligence. The contrary is true however: With such great access to such great amounts of information, we no longer need to achieve it in the same way as our predecessors. Before so much information was readily available to all, it was necessary that a person think in order to conclude some answer.

    Today, people think that information is answers. Once again, on the contrary: Just because it is information does not conclude that it is valid. Wikipedia can be a valuable source of reliable information, as many other sites. The problem is that people take the information presented and believe that to be all that there is– the answer.

    As long as people are just looking for answers, they will not understand the need for questions.

    Chads last blog post..Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Part Two

  10. It is the problem of information, that we have today. We live in an information age, which at first gives the impression of intelligence. The contrary is true however: With such great access to such great amounts of information, we no longer need to achieve it in the same way as our predecessors. Before so much information was readily available to all, it was necessary that a person think in order to conclude some answer.

    Today, people think that information is answers. Once again, on the contrary: Just because it is information does not conclude that it is valid. Wikipedia can be a valuable source of reliable information, as many other sites. The problem is that people take the information presented and believe that to be all that there is– the answer.

    As long as people are just looking for answers, they will not understand the need for questions.

    Chads last blog post..Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Part Two

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