The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, by Mark Noll, is "an epistle from a wounded lover." Noll loves God and he loves academics, but he is wounded because many of his colleagues deny the possibility of maintaining the integrity of both loves. Noll's epistle is a memoir, a historical study, and a wide-ranging piece of cultural criticism that argues, "The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind." Noll considers the effects of evangelical intellectual atrophy on American politics, science, and the arts, and he ultimately offers wise and practical advice for readers who want to explore the full intellectual implications of the incarnation of Christ. --Michael Joseph Gross
Claiming that "the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind," historian Noll sets out to trace the reasons for what he sees as the great divorce between intellect and piety in North American Evangelical Christianity. In a breathtaking panorama of evangelical history from the Great Awakenings to the present, Noll shows that early Evangelicals like Jonathan Edwards embraced the use of reason as an expression of faith in the Creator of the natural world. The advent of Fundamentalism and Pentecostalism, Noll contends, with their emphases on dispensationalism and other-worldliness, fostered anti-intellectualism. Since politics and science, in the form of the religious right and creationism, have been the secular arenas in which the Evangelical mind has most publicly expressed itself, Noll focuses on them to explore ways in which the mindlessness "scandal" has created a lack of adequate Christian thinking about the world. Finally, Noll is hopeful that the work of contemporary Evangelical scholars will recover a respect for intellect. Required reading for those seeking to understand the often peculiar relationship between Evangelical religion and secular culture, this is a brilliant study by--yes--a first-rate Evangelical mind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book says many things that many Christians desperately need to hear!! I hope that one day the scandal will be over, and there certainly has been great effort into repairing... Read morePublished 9 months ago by TheologyPunk
Evangelicals need to read, study and discuss this book. If we are to have a real Christian experience, we need to learn how to think in a world where our minds have been really... Read morePublished 14 months ago by George Parker
As an auto-anathemised Roman Catholic (courtesy of the Counicl of Trent!), I tended towards the Evangelical of the type Noll expertly analyses. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by a reader
No other book establishes beyond a doubt that there is a serious problem within evangelical Christianity called the Christian Ghetto. Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by Ken Archer
As a committed Christian of many years and a former Jesus Freak from the seventies, I saw myself on too many pages of Noll's excellent book. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by D. Taylor
The author is a good historian, the book reflects not only talent in research and comprehension of the big picture of historical theology, but a heart felt grasp of evangelicalism... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by R. M. Williams
I had high hopes for this book after reading David Wells No Place for Truth, but I'm afraid it falls woefully short of fulfilling any promise of accurately defining or offering... Read morePublished on March 1 2002 by s
A good analysis of the intellectual situation of the evangelical movement.
Here in germany the situation is no different. Read more