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Critical Thinking and Compassion Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16

Critical Thinking and Compassion

Are good thinkers more compassionate than lazy ones?


This material begins with a math problem and then moves to the assertion that a lack of critical-thinking skills interferes with one’s ability to practice kindness and charity. In the Galatians text, Paul says that some people need help with burden-bearing. So what is keeping us from exercising such compassion? Could it be that we’re lazy, sloppy thinkers?



For material based on today’s Old Testament text, see “Instant God,” February 16, 2003.


For an alternative idea pertaining to Luke 10:1-11, 16-20, see “The 70 Influencers.”


Let’s start with a little quiz question: A bat and a ball cost $1.10 total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? (If possible, post this question on a screen or other visible location. And have a bat and a ball in your hands.)

If you’re like many people, the obvious answer is 10 cents.

But if you’re like a...

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