diagnosing conservative evangelical biblical scholarship

One of the chief marks of conservative evangelical biblical scholarship is that it claims to accept the validity of historical criticism but limits or adapts the critical method in order to avoid or reverse the standard conclusions of modern biblical scholarship…. [C]onservative evangelicals claim to be as interested as anyone in playing the academic game with historical-critical [Read More…]

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…]

Evangelicals Critiquing other Evangelicals for Shoddy Scholarship

Over on his blog Brick by Brick, David Williams is engaging a great question: Should evangelicals expend so much energy critiquing other evangelicals or should they focus more on defending the faith against movements hostile to Christianity, like secularism or scientism? I think that’s a great question, one I ask myself periodically. Williams has given this issue serious thought [Read More…]

C. S. Lewis on Evolution: It’s Sort of a British Thing

Yesterday’s post by David Williams takes a look at C. S. Lewis and what he had to say about evolution. Those familiar with Lewis’s writings will already be on board, though David points out a some things I think many will be interested in. David’s post illustrates something I have come across on my own in interactions [Read More…]