Shelves: christian-spirituality , on-the-physical-shelf-owned Amazingly articulate book on the state of Christian thinking: how we do think and how we should think. Though it was written more than forty years ago, it is still very relevant to our times. I was especially impressed with the way Blamires intertwined the thinking with the feeling, the cognitions with the spiritual. Often times those who spout about the importance of Christian intelligence leave out the equal importance of Christian emotion and spiritual longing. Blamires weaves these two Amazingly articulate book on the state of Christian thinking: how we do think and how we should think.
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Not having heard of this writer for years, one assumed he had long passed away, but through he columns of this daily newspaper one learned that he had recently died, 21 November, aged years and 15 days. Harry Blamires considered it a badge of honour when he was booed off stage by theology students at the University of Kent in the mids. With his fogeyish attire and his unreconstructed belief that the Church of England would be doomed if it tried to modernise, he made no concessions to the sensibilities of redbrick universities.
Harold Blamires was born in Bradford in , the son of Tom Blamires, who worked himself up from barrow boy to prosperous greengrocer, and his wife, Clara.
In , Tom was the first person in his street to buy a car, and Harry learnt to drive his trucks while still a child. He was once taken to Bradford wholesale market at 4am and recalled how the men there would chat over the first edition of the daily newspaper.
He was less complimentary about those of J. On leaving Oxford in , Blamires became a conscientious objector and was appointed to the staff of High Pavement school in Nottingham, but was relieved of his duties when the local education authority decided that it could no longer employ men who refused to enlist. Joining a school named after the druid festival of fire might have seemed a challenging appointment for such a rigorous Christian thinker, but Blamires became a respected figure there over eight years, during which the school was evacuated from London to Melksham in Wiltshire.
Among his pupils was Hilary Ann Bardwell, who went on to become the first wife of Kingsley Amis and the mother of Martin. In Blamires married Nancy, his childhood sweetheart. It was a happy marriage that produced five sons, and she was an ever-willing sounding board for his literary ideas. Nancy died in They were married 71 years. He is survived by their sons: Gabriel, a former personnel manager; Alcuin, an emeritus professor of English literature at Goldsmiths, University of London; Cyprian, who combines charity work with writing; Fabian, who works in marketing; and Ben, a lawyer.
Lewis continued to mentor Blamires as he embarked on his writing career and their correspondence can be found in the Bodleian Library. He retired to Cumbria that year to pursue writing full-time. Lewis Memorial Lecture of But this could not be further from the truth. He was bubbling with fun and energy, which stayed with him all his life.
At my last visit to see him in old age, he was still full of vigour, mentally alert, darting out of the room to fetch me a copy of his latest book. Principally, through the late Dr. Blamires made this claim: There is no longer a Christian mind.
There is still, of course, the Christian ethic; a Christian practice, and a Christian spirituality… But as a thinking being the modern Christian has succumbed to secularization. He accepts religion — its morality, its worship, its spiritual culture; but he rejects the religious view of life, the view which relates all earthly issues within the context of the eternal, the view which relates all human problems — social, political, cultural — to the doctrinal foundations of the Christian Faith.
One supposes Blamires is thinking of the church attender, the nominal believer, the person who is not sitting under expository consecutive biblical preaching. One does not think that it is possible to maintain Christian morality, worship and spiritual culture when this is absent year after year — If the Christian mind is gone then those other facets of true religion are also absent.
They set their minds on things that are above. Their minds are set in Jesus Christ who is at the right hand of God. Every regenerate person must have a Christian mind because each one is a new creation; old ways of thinking are passed away. All things, including the mind, have become new.
Blamires understands with particular clarity how barren and desolate is a mind self-restricted to mental data; how meager is the range of a pilgrim confined to time, with no concept or sight of eternity; how paltry is a vision that ends on the horizon.
It is brief, biblical, and immensely helpful. The nature and rediscovery of the Christian mind was not made clear because the nature of what a Christian is was not explained as it should have been. The Chief benefit of the lectures he gave at the Institute was getting his hearers to think, stimulating them to think Christianly.
The four lectures began on 9 June, They are interesting and accessible and can be hear today on the Christian Institute website. Yet his plea for a Christian mind was weakened by his lack if commitment to confessional historic Christianity. The Christian mind is formed and educated by the Bible. For him, the Scriptures could not be broken. To believe in limited inspiration is to lose the Christian mind. The phrase is too vague a concept when it is cut away from the binding authority of the holy Bible.
By him all things cohere, in the earth, under the earth, and above the sky. All things were made by him and for him. For us he can say nothing wrong.
His work of redemption is complete and the entire contribution we make to salvation is our sin and our need of mercy. Our righteousness is at the right hand of God, our minds are set on him there: He, of God, is made unto us our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. The Christian mind is set on this man and these achievements.
They are the stuff of believing meditation, they are the theme of our doxology and the heart of our good news proclamation and the key to understanding the Word of God. We glory not in the fact that there has been a church in the United Kingdom for years — we are most thankful for that fact — but that Christ has continued to visit Britain in the gospel and by his Spirit, regenerating men and women, so that multitudes who have been British salt and light have not been conformed to the mindset of their fellow-countrymen.
They have been transformed by the renewal of their minds. It is not the church, it is Jesus Christ himself who has made all his people new creations. Harry Blamires has absolutized the opposition of the secular mind to Christianity. It is too narrow and limited an enemy; the beast who comes from the sea in the book of Revelation has seven heads, not one.
The secular mind is just one of our enemies. One could go on, but let us consider that in Eden, before the Fall, our first parents had Christian minds, and so did Judas hearing the last Adam, but moral and epistemological thinking alone cannot keep church attenders from falling.
We must have a close walk with Jesus Christ, abiding in him, and be zealous in doing good works, and be filled with the holy Spirit, and sit under the best biblical preaching we can hear each Sunday, and be presenting our bodies to our Lord day by day. We are all enabled to do this by the peace of God guarding our minds in Christ Jesus, and then we stir up our thinking to do our duty. Of Further Interest.
Not having heard of this writer for years, one assumed he had long passed away, but through he columns of this daily newspaper one learned that he had recently died, 21 November, aged years and 15 days. Harry Blamires considered it a badge of honour when he was booed off stage by theology students at the University of Kent in the mids. With his fogeyish attire and his unreconstructed belief that the Church of England would be doomed if it tried to modernise, he made no concessions to the sensibilities of redbrick universities. Harold Blamires was born in Bradford in , the son of Tom Blamires, who worked himself up from barrow boy to prosperous greengrocer, and his wife, Clara.
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Harry Blamires, influential Christian author, dies at Harry Blamires, influential Christian author, dies at 23 Nov Michael Andaloro Christian thinker and author Dr Harry Blamires has died at the age of It argued that Christian thinking was being swept away by secularism. John Stott He wrote more than 30 books including novels, literary criticism and Christian apologetics. These include Where Do We Stand? There is no longer a Christian mind. There is still, of course, the Christian ethic; a Christian practice, and a Christian spirituality … But as a thinking being the modern Christian has succumbed to secularization.