I work for a well known religious organization that runs homeless shelters. They have sort of a "don't ask, don't tell" policy when it comes to one's personal religion or lack thereof. I am not an evangelical atheist and keep my own counsel feeling no need to convert anyone there to my way of thinking. They pay me to do a job and I do it, not getting into anything religious or spouting off about being a nonbeliever out of respect for them.
Anyhow, to the point of my topic, I was talking with the Major (oops, did I just give away which organization it might be?) and he was lamenting how the public schools today do not teach critical thinking. That statement amazed me since the last thing I would think a minister would want would be for Christians to think critically. In fact thinking is discouraged much less critical thinking. You just "believe". A google search on the subject brought up more than a few believers who lost their faith in short order after they began to use critical thinking in regards to their Christianity.
So is it possible to engage in critical thinking and still be a religious person?