Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
What does loving the Lord your God with all your (heart, strength, and) mind look like? Sometimes, like this:
THE NEED FOR CRITICAL THINKING IN THE CHURCH
Why is it that the drive to integrate
Faith and Learning, Heart and Intellect,
Is treated as a spiritual defect?
When Jesus said the Truth would liberate,
Could he have meant his followers to hate
The Mind and all its works, or to reject
Unheard that Truth for fear it might infect?
It is a strange idea to contemplate.
The world is full of charlatans and liars,
And they can come quite cleverly disguised.
But has your estimate of who conspires
With them not ever had to be revised?
To love the Lord with all your mind requires
A certain willingness to be surprised.
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