gut vs brain in ethics – and the winner is…

Gut! According to Made to Stick brothers Chip Heath and Dan Heath. They write about the value of feelings over rational deliberation in their current Fast Company column, “In Defense of Feelings.”

The obvious application to the church and the gospel is the long work of forming Christian character in people vs. equipping the mind alone to think through ethical issues. On the one hand, we definitely need the ability to think through complex ethical problems in order to find and live out the faithful response. On the other hand, we must be able to sniff out questionable situations and say no, because we are just as able (and apt?) to use our rational powers to justify ourselves in our badness as we are to follow God’s leading into goodness.

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About guy m williams
I am an apprentice of Jesus, a husband and father, and pastor of Atlanta Methodist in Atlanta, Texas. I am passionate about leadership, preaching, and discipleship/Christian spiritual formation. I enjoy family time, reading, and exploring the outdoors.

3 Responses to gut vs brain in ethics – and the winner is…

  1. Brian Miller says:

    There’s an interesting podcast that looks pretty deeply into how we make choices. It’s from WNYC’s show called “Radio Lab.” The release date of the “Choice” podcast is 11/17/08.

  2. Barb Dyar says:

    I am just getting my toes wet in considering how union with Christ supersedes gut and brain in Christian formation. In the Garden of Eden, Satan tempted Eve to be separate, to be her own god. Jesus offers us union and with union comes the character, the mind, the walk, and the power of Christ. What are the possibilities of “For me to live is Christ”?

  3. mom2olivia says:

    Just found your blog and wanted to say hello. I see your an Asbury Grad. I am starting online with them this fall :) I have an Olivia too, she is 3. I’ll be adding you to my blog roll here pretty soon, Just started a new blog for my seminary journey, but still a little bare. God Bless, and good luck with your backpacking ministry, hope God let’s you do that, it sounds cool. Robin

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