035 | The Danger of Emotional Reasoning and Us vs Them Thinking – Our Coddled Culture (Part 3)

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THEOTIVITY | Theology, Creativity & Culture
035 | The Danger of Emotional Reasoning and Us vs Them Thinking - Our Coddled Culture (Part 3)

Have you ever noticed that we often express our opinions with “I feel that…” instead of “I think that…”? This shift in how we reason culturally has not come without its consequences. 

Today, many people make decisions by means of their feelings and emotions and our Postmodern culture encourages it with its slogans: “do what feels right” and “you’ve got to trust your gut!” Additionally, our current cultural climate and the influence of radical ideologies tend to pit us against each other – dividing society into warring tribes. Our media and news outlets constantly frame things in terms of “us versus them” which tend to exacerbate tensions between differing groups. How can we navigate such volatile times? Does the Bible give us wisdom for this? 

In this episode, we continue to consider some insightful observations from the book by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure”. Their book has been very helpful in the task of cultural analysis to understand how we got to this present moment. In response to these analyses, we will seek Biblical wisdom to guide our response and how we process these things from a Christian worldview. 


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