When Scot McKnight uses this word, I think we ought to stand up and pay attention. Here’s the quote, followed by the context, followed by my thoughts:
5. I hope the next generation of leaders will help our youth think critically — learning to describe what others say, learning what the options are for thinking through a serious topic (a taxonomy of views), comparing views, establishing the critical evidence for making a judgment, and then rendering judgment and having the frickin’ courage to stand up for what they think.
So, the context…
McKnight is giving his thoughts on changes in youth ministry over the next 20-50 years. This all started being posted when Marko posted on it on his blog. He was interviewed for a CT article on the future of youth ministry. Marko wrote his views and then tagged several others. You can check his links, smart people, smart observations.