Fit Bodies, Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think and What to Do about It
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Fit Bodies, Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think and What to Do about It

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Published January 1st 1994 by Baker Books
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Josh Meares
The more I think about this the madder I get. I hate the fact that I have been tricked (as well as the fact that I was too naive to see it for myself).

Has anybody ever wondered why television is free? We all know that nothing is free, right? And we know that the actors/actresses in these shows are paid large sums of money, don't we? Easy answer, then, advertisers pay for TV. So what? Now, let's think about that for a second. If advertisers pay for TV, then advertisers must determine what goes o...more
Ryan Boomershine
This should be a must-read for everyone in ministry. Whoa to those who ignore the command to love the Lord our God with all our minds. Especially helpful are the first 70 pages that outline the 8 primary ways we got to this point
Jenny Karraker


This short book was an easy read. Using alliteration to list why we don't think as deeply made it easier to remember (polarization, pietism, primitivism, populism, pluralism, pragmatism, philistinism, and premillennialism). Unfortunately, I see that I tend to be anti-intellectual and am more interested in personal experience and practicalities. However, too much emphasis here leads becoming an idiot culture. The author describes that as evidenced by people obsessed with entertainment (sounds li...more
Dan Glover
I read this some years ago and its relevance has not dwindled in the mean time. Some might argue that our culture has a problem with our bodies being unfit as well and they have a legitimate point but overall, we are far more consumed with the image of fit bodies than we are about the state of our mental health. In this short book, Guinness calls the evangelical church, which continues largely to follow the lead of culture in the area of mental atrophy as in most things, to shape up our minds by...more
Toby
Aug 29, 2012 Toby added it
Shows a little bit that it is dated both with its discusstion of current events and its assessment that there is no serious Christian thinking going on. I believe that there is. That granted, it make some good points about what forces in American culture are driving Christianity to "abandon its mind." Was motivating and interesting, but I found him rather brusque and sometimes lacking sophistication in his points. Very much worth the read![return]
Mitch
This is another great read in the vein of Amusing Ourselves to Death and Brave New World, only with a Christian worldview. It is a great treatment of how intellectualism and critical thinking, especially in the church, have largely been replaced by consumerism and vanity. It's a damning critique of the modern church mindset and "Christian ghetto" mentality.
Sheri
I would have gotten much more from this book if I hadn't read it in such short snippets, but it still provided powerful explanation of the anti-intellectual vein in Christianity (particularly evengelicalism) and the reasons to resist and to THINK.
Jon Sedlak
This is a very good book. Definitely oversimplified, but very enjoyable nonetheless. The chapters on premillennialism, pragmatism, and pietism are worth the price of the book.
Michael J
it was hard to read the chapters with lots of big words that he didn't always take the time to define. otherwise very thought provoking.
David Campton
An attack on the anti-intellectualism of much modern evangelicalism. It is a little sneering at times, but it is frighteningly accurate...
Amy
though the main title is a bit odd, the subtitle is (still) true. it's the probably the best book I was required to read while in seminary.
Stinger
Great look at what has lead to the erosion of the Christian mind over the past few centuries in America
John Lowery
Anything written by the author is thought provoking and this is no exception.
Steel Lane
Simple. Broad and simple. Still pretty good though.
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Os Guinness (D.Phil., Oxford) is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he was the founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He lives near Washi...more
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