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October 10, 2011

Thinking and Learning

Thinking and Learning

“If teaching is more than telling, then learning is more than writing things down,” says Dr. Michael Bauman who constantly encourages me to think and ask rather than remain idle. In fact, if I remain idle for too long, he does not hesitate to call on me by name. Dr. Bauman always forces me to not only state the points but to support them with facts. My belief in something can never be enough. Proving my belief becomes as essential as eating in Dr. Bauman’s classroom, and in the real world. This leads me to one of two things: either I come to a deeper understanding of what I believe or my opinion alters to one that reflects truth.

What is a good life? What good is life? What is a good death? What good is death? What is a good love? What good is love? These stand as six diagnostic questions that Dr. Bauman urges me to keep in the back of my mind at all times. Have you ever tried constantly applying certain concepts to every aspect of your life? That is what Dr. Bauman compels me to do. Whenever a topic is being discussed or debated in class, I always come face to face with these questions. At the beginning of the semester, Dr. Bauman stated, “Until you master the details you will never see the big picture,” and these six questions aid me in mastering the details.

“There is not an easy way to be excellent,” asserts Dr. Bauman, and the reality of this statement is something that experience confirms.  By taking me back to the roots of learning, knowing how to think, Dr. Bauman pushes me to become a virtuoso, and I am learning more than I ever have in my entire life. You see, I must first learn how to think, and then I will know what to think. By applying the above questions and learning how to think, I am learning how to love God with my mind. And by loving God with my mind, I am becoming excellent in my thinking.

Ben has a great love for history, especially Biblical, and is also interested in ministry and writing. He is taking a break from his studies in mechanical engineering at the University of South Alabama to pursue the possibility of full-time ministry. He is a leader in the youth ministry at his church, and has worked as an intern with Integrity Media Inc., focusing on digital content. He enjoys writing and the study of history.


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  • October 11, 2011 // 02:02 pm //  # 
    David Carden's avatar David Carden

    Oh man Ben.. this gets my juices flowing man!! I CANT WAIT for you to come back and for us to dialogue bro!! You’re tasting some good waters my brother!

  • October 11, 2011 // 02:25 pm //  # 
    Jody's avatar Jody

    Ben! I enjoyed your post… I think we should talk more about where you want to head in life and what convinced you to attend Semester next time I visit. smile Keep thinking about the things Dr. B asks you, and continue being shaped into an excellent thinker.

    ~ Jody

  • October 11, 2011 // 03:41 pm //  # 
    Grandmommy's avatar Grandmommy

    Good stuff. Can’t wait dto hea more about your time at Summit.

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