‘The Evangelical Rejection of Reason’

‘The Evangelical Rejection of Reason’ October 20, 2011

If you haven’t yet read Monday’s op-ed piece in The New York Times, now is your chance.

Karl W. Giberson and Randall J. Stephens, both professors at Easter Nazarene College, write with conviction, honesty and fairness toward the anti-intellectualism of the greater Evangelical conversation in our culture.

This article was written on behalf of all of us in the Evangelical sub-culture who are frustrated with “fundamentalism [that] is literalistic, overconfident and reactionary,” those of us who, in the words of Giberson and Stephens, seek, “a biblically grounded expression of Christianity that is intellectually engaged, humble and forward-looking.”

This is good good stuff. The kind of work that makes me sigh a big ole breath of relief that there are many of us out there who love Jesus and are thinking and learning and striving to be engaged with the world. I’m proud of their words:  “But when the faith of so many Americans becomes an occasion to embrace discredited, ridiculous and even dangerous ideas, we must not be afraid to speak out, even if it means criticizing fellow Christians.”

Read the article here.

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