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;