a call for diversity in evangelicalism: more from Molly Worthen

Here are the closing two paragraphs of Molly Worthen’s book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (see here for the previous post, which will lead back to the first in this series). I think these paragraphs are an apt conclusion to the book, expressing both criticism for the intellectual history of evangelicalism while [Read More...]

Evangelicalism and the anti-intellectual cult of the “Christian worldview”

At least that’s how Molly Worthen sees it. In the final few pages of her recent book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, Worthen focuses on the strategic, persistent, and anti-intellectual use of “Christian worldview” language within evangelicalism. From my perspective, in addition to being probing and insightful, these quotes summarize [Read More...]

evangelicalism and the uneasy relationship with academic freedom–more thoughts from Molly Worthen

In chapter 5 (“The Marks of Campus Conversion”) of her recently released book Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press), Molly Worthen looks at the founding of faith-based colleges in the early decades of evangelicalism, and the resulting uneasy relationship between the evangelical quest for academic respectability and the academic freedom that is normally [Read More...]

Worthen on inerrancy and the evangelical crisis of authority

The first part of Molly Worthen’s assessment of American evangelicalism (Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism) is a nearly 100-page section on inerrancy entitled “Knights Inerrant.” As with any work of this type that tries to lay out an issue with some patience and detail, it is difficult to lift out some representative quotes. [Read More...]

evangelicalism and anti-intellectualism: blame the leaders

I received in the mail yesterday a copy of Molly Worthen’s Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Despite a very heavy football and couch-potato schedule this weekend, I am am nevertheless more than half done with it and I want to throw out a few quotes now and then–beginning today. In her closing comments of the [Read More...]


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