Connect is an excellent resource, but how can we integrate Connect into the process of becoming a better critical thinker? Like the Bereans, how can we use Connect to help us learn to think through issues on our own?
One way you may grow as a critical thinker by using Connect is to try the following when you encounter a question that is troubling you or a friend / family / Church member:
- Can I refute this objection on my own without additional information? Is it logically inconsistent?
- If no, take some time to look up articles on Gospel Coalition or NET Bible notes or other reliable resources (or read a book - which may take a week or two)
- Write out on paper / electronically some of your thoughts and any arguments / evidence you found helpful
- Sleep overnight and give your brain time to process what you’ve read and thought about
- Mull over your thoughts again after taking some time away from the problem
- If you still cannot figure it out, post it on RZIM Connect
The benefit of this process is that it helps you grow as a critical thinker, which at the end of the day is more important than simply getting an answer. In addition, as you find good resources - like the Gospel Coalition - you can make a list of places you can go when you have new questions in the future (including Connect!). I am not seeking to drive anyone away from Connect, but to help us all to use Connect as a tool to grow as critical thinkers rather than as a shortcut to an answer.
How do you think we could use Connect to become better critical thinkers? Looking forward to your thoughts.