The Purpose of an Open Mind

OpenYourMindMerely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.                                                                                                                                  –G. K. Chesterton

Who are the closed-minded?

ThinkstockPhotos-487924444Often the person with spiritual convictions is seen as close-minded and others are seen as open-minded. What is fascinating to me is that at the center of the Christian faith is the assumption that this life isn’t all there is. That there is more to life than the material. That existence is not limited to what we can see, touch, measure, taste, hear, and observe. One of the central assertions of the Christian worldview is that there is “more” – Those who oppose this insist that this is all there is, that only what we can measure and observe and see with our eyes is real. There is nothing else. Which perspective is more “closed-minded?” Which perspective is more “open?”

― Rob Bell,
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