Habits of the Mind

Habits of the Mind

Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling

by James W. Sire

Habits of the Mind
  • Length: 263 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: July 05, 2000
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2273-7
  • Item Code: 2273
  • Case Quantity: 36
  • A 2001 Christianity Today Book of the Year

What is an intellectual?

How can you learn to think well?

What does it mean to love God with your mind?

Can the intellectual life be a legitimate Christian calling?

Is the intellectual life your calling?

James Sire brings wit and wisdom to bear on these questions and their possible answers. And he offers an unusual "insider's view" of learning how to think well for the glory of God and for the sake of his kingdom. In Habits of the Mind Sire challenges you to avoid one of the greatest pitfalls of intellectual life--by resisting the temptation to separate being from knowing. He shows you how to cultivate intellectual virtues and disciplines--habits of mind--that will strengthen you in pursuit of your calling. And he offers assurance that intellectual life can be a true calling for Christians: because Jesus was the smartest man who ever lived, Sire argues, you can and should accept the challenge to think as well as you are able.


1. Confessions of an Intellectual Wannabe
2. John Henry Newman As an Intellectual
3. The Perfection of the Intellect
4. How Thinking Feels: What Is an Intellectual?
5. The Moral Dimension of the Mind: What Is a Christian Intellectual?
6. Perfecting the Intellect: The Intellectual Virtues
7. Perfecting the Intellect: The Intellectual Disciplines
8. Thinking by Reading
9. Jesus the Reasoner
10. The Responsibility of a Christian Intellectual



James W. Sire

James W. Sire (1933–2018) was a widely-respected apologist, author, and lecturer who served for more than thirty years as senior editor at InterVarsity Press. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the seminal apologetics title The Universe Next Door, which was first published in 1976 and has sold over 350,000 copies in five editions and has been translated into eighteen foreign languages. Sire's teaching and books often covered the concepts of worldview and Christian apologetics. His many books include The Universe Next Door, Apologetics Beyond Reason, Beginning with God, Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind, Naming the Elephant, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail, and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.