intellectual virtues for bible study

In today’s Bible study, Wes McAdams visits with Clifton F. Webb about intellectual virtues and critical thinking skills. What does it mean to be a critical thinker and why is it important for students of Scripture? One example from Scripture is the Bereans of Acts 17:11, “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”

Wes and Clifton discuss this list of intellectual virtues found in The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools by Richard Paul and Linda Elder:

  1. Intellectual Humility vs Intellectual Arrogance
  2. Intellectual Courage vs Intellectual Cowardice
  3. Intellectual Empathy vs Intellectual Narrow-mindedness
  4. Intellectual Autonomy vs Intellectual Conformity
  5. Intellectual Integrity vs Intellectual Hypocrisy
  6. Intellectual Perseverance vs Intellectual Laziness
  7. Confidence in Reason vs Distrust of Reason and Evidence
  8. Fairmindedness vs Intellectual Unfairness

Clifton F. Webb is the Evangelist at the Wayne Road Church of Christ in Romulus, MI.

Links and Resources: 

Video: Watch this Episode on YouTube

Podcast: Music in the Old Testament – CrossTalk S4E12

Book: “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools” by Richard Paul and Linda Elder 

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