This week we started reading Alan Jacobs’s How to Think in class. The class, which focuses on “Christian thought,” has been pretty steady for a number of years. The addition of How to Think is the biggest shift in a while. But I think it will be worth it. The main reason is because Jacobs does a great job of bringing a Christian perspective to thinking without being too heavy. It’s nice to read nods from Proverbs to Eliot to Lewis in a way that is so normal that it’s amazing.
Here’s a recent Frazz comic strip that’s all about thinking. It’s about Malcolm Gladwell and not Alan Jacobs, but it still has something interesting to say about people and how we think.
What’s also nice is that it’s a kind of continuation from the summer. Even though the book has been out for some time now, Jacobs was one of the speakers at my summer retreat at Laity Lodge. It doesn’t matter a hill of beans to my students, mind you, but that’s okay. It’s a touch-point and a memory that deepens with the telling.
(image from gocomics.com)