Critical thinking isn’t the tool of the judgemental Pharisee, the hypocritical know-it-all, or the despondent postmodern man that has lost his faith in the transcendent divine. Critical thinking isn’t that kind of criticism. Tearing down. Dismantling simply for the sake of something being historic or classic.
Critical thinking means to carefully analyze the evidence, the details, and come to a wise conclusion as unencumbered as possible buy nonsensical influences, a logical assumptions, or absurd ways of thinking.
Critical thinking may lead you to conclusions but you don’t want to arrive at. It’s like Gil Grissom’s character on the television show CSI. “We go where the evidence leads us.” It is critical thinking, not blind faith, it is examination of the evidence, not pie-in-the-sky thinking, that has led me to the conclusion that Christ really rose from the dead and that I am His and He is mine.
There’s much I don’t understand, but all the evidence, from the disciples willingness to die to the rise of the early church under the radical persecution, leads me to believe that those men suffered and died for a savior they saw die on a cross and rise again.