The Deeper Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: We Are Not Allowed to Use It

Mark Noll’s 1995 book  The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind hit a raw nerve when he declared “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” He argued that Evangelical scholarship had a minimal presence in doing serious academic research, and that they need to–and can–do better. His followup book in [Read More…]

Can Evangelical Colleges and Seminaries Be Truly Academic Institutions?

Believe it or not, I’m not trying to pick a fight or be controversial here. It’s an honest question. I’ve been thinking about this for several years, and what has brought it back to mind is the recent spate of professors “resigning” (wink, wink) from their positions (see earlier posts here, here, and here). Here is [Read More…]

Evangelical Political Bullying: Jesus Says to Stop it Right Now

A couple of weeks ago, noted evangelical Richard Cizik posted on “My Journey Toward the ‘New Evangelicalism.’” Cizik was vice-president for governmental relations at the National Association of Evangelicals–and by “was” I mean  “is” in the past tense, as in “no longer is.” In 2008, Cizik was interviewed on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and said some things that his [Read More…]

Is it Possible for Christian Institutions to be Followers of Jesus? (Don’t rush me, I’m thinking)

This past Friday, Dr. Harold Heie (pronounced “high”) spoke to the Eastern University community on “Creating a Welcoming Space for Respectful Conversation about Controversial Issues” (part of the Windows on the World series). The auditorium was overflowing. Heie is known for finding ways for Christians to talk about difficult topics. In fact he has an entire website [Read More…]

Speaking of Culture Wars: Evangelicals and the Bible (Again)

Today, Rachel Held Evans posted on how Christian culture wars may be winning battles but losing a generation. Younger Christians are growing tired of having the Good News defined by their leaders going into default battle mode whenever a controversial social or political issue comes up. I agree with Rachel’s observation, and it struck me immediately that it [Read More…]