EUNOIA? Beautiful Thinking...



 

For the past four years this blog has held the title of “Thoughts, Ideas, and Insights From a Young Apologist.” With much thought and deliberation, and with entering into a new stage of my education, life, and ministry, I have decided to change its name to EUNOIA [yoo-noi-uh].

In book eight of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, a word is used to convey the basis for the ethical foundation of human life – eunoia. In English the word translates to “beautiful thinking.” Aristotle uses this word to convey the relational property of a speaker relative to his/her audience. He likewise uses the term in regard to the feeling of goodwill one has for their spouse, along with the ethical empathy that exists in order to foster a healthy relationship. The term is used to refer to the mindset that fosters rational dialogue between individuals, creating better relationships, and paving the way for intellectual conversation.

I believe the world of apologetics needs more eunoia. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, with a passion for apologetics I need to adopt more of the mindset to “think beautifully.” As a
Christian, I am called to live in between the two great commandments of, "go and make disciples of all nations" (Jesus, Matthew 28:19) and "always be prepared to give an answer" (Peter, 1 Peter 3:15). However, navigating between these two callings on a day-to-day basis is easier said than done. It is a task that not only requires me to be diligent in my ability to represent my faith, but likewise to share, and properly defend it. All of which requires a little more eunoia.

Going forward in my endeavor to promote sound theological truth, to make the believer think and the thinker believe, my goal is to encourage eunoia - to promote beautiful thinking in the world of theology, apologetics, and the daily Christian walk.





"Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." - Paul, Colossians 4:5-6

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