You say ‘critical’ and it immediately paints a picture of the person who overly scrutinizes everything you do, while simultaneously passively or aggressively drawing attention to your inability to be super human. We all have those types of people in our lives; this is not the concept behind critical thinking.
Critical thinking is a tedious process. I would almost call it an art form for the benefit of saying that it is a lost art today. Many things are lacking in our education in the homes and also at schools today. It is replaced with a postmodern and displaced reality and lack of relevance. People spend more time raising the next idol/model, awaiting the next bus to 106 and Park, on their way back from the Jersey Shore to take time to ask themselves what does all this matter?
When we engage with critical thinking we are simultaneously asking ‘what is true.’ If critical thinking is the process, the question of truth is the threat holding the fabric together.
I ran into this explanation from Robin Wood regarding truth in two forms. I think it is key to the issue of critical thinking but even more relative to some discussions I have had lately with some fellow ministry members about faith. See says true is either objective or subjective:
There are two kinds; Objective Truth, is true regardless of viewer, based on the definitions of the words used. Many objective truths can be measured, but not all can. For instance, concepts such as love or justice are true for everyone, based on the definitions of the words. An example of Objective Truth is the statement, “Cats are quadrupeds.” Subjective Truth, which varies from individual to individual, depending on that individual’s beliefs and life experiences. An example of Subjective Truth is the statement, “I love cats.” Subjective truths are usually not worth arguing about, since they only affect the person who holds them, and no one else.When you replace truth with faith you see the regular option we choose is subjective faith’: He’s good because he has been good to me.”I believe in the bible because it has worked for me.’ Where objective faith ‘God is God and anything He does is good because He is God,’ is really what we should be opting for first.
Thinking critically then. Are you one who carefully looks at why you believe what you believe? Or do you tend to take truth based on your experiences?