Thinking Matters is a New Zealand Christian ministry that exists to encourage the life of the mind in the love of God. Our aim is to contribute to the transformation and renewal of New Zealand society by facilitating conversation and reflection around issues that matter most. To achieve this, we seek to provide resources and events that inspire thinking and especially thinking about Jesus Christ.
Our ministry was founded in 2008 with a free online journal and web portal providing access to apologetic resources and news. Today, Thinking Matters has three regional branches – in Auckland, Tauranga, and Wellington – and partners with a network of professional and lay apologists throughout New Zealand.
While modern life can offer countless distractions and disincentives to thinking, we believe that the pursuit of truth in religious and public life is essential for all human thought and flourishing. How we think, and especially, how we think about the nature of reality and purpose of life shape the way we live and the people we become. Without truth, we cannot know ourselves, negotiate reality, or handle life. We want to work towards cultivating a respectful and civil public square where citizens of all beliefs – whether atheist, agnostic, or religious – are free to enter and engage these great questions.
As Christians we are also committed to the good news of what God has done to rescue humanity in Jesus Christ. If Christianity is true, we believe there is something worse than death and something far more valuable than life at stake in thinking. We want to encourage others to see that the claims of Christianity are more than worthy of reflection, but credible to believe and capable of intellectual justification. Jesus Christ does not invite us trust him mindlessly or without good reason, but shows Himself trustworthy in his life, death, and resurrection. These are public claims about public events that occurred in history, open to rational scrutiny and investigation. Christianity does not claim to be true or relevant because it works; it works because it is true.
While thinking critically about religion is being sidelined today, we recognize that this has not always been the case. In fact, the history of Christianity shows a rich heritage of intellectual achievement, cultural cultivation, and critical thinking. Far from blind or credulous, the Christian faith thinks in believing and believes in thinking. For to love God is to know Him truly. To weaken our hold on truth, therefore, is to weaken our hold on God. Our hope is to reintroduce Christians and society to the wealth of Christian thought and reexamine the importance of its message for everyone, everywhere.