De Bono and the BibleMay 18, 2009
Here’s an idea from the chief eleven year old in my life. Reading the bible is important stuff, so he wants use the top thinking skills he knows. “Why can’t we read the Bible wearing the six thinking hats?” he asks. He’s referring to Edward de Bonos famous framework for creative collaborative thinking. Google it if you’ve never come across it before – but it’s routinely taught in most Australian primary schools.
Well – I’m game – how about you? Let’s take bible bit – Mark Chapter 12
” One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.”
Pick any hat you like and try it on. Let us know what thoughts you have…