The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

Speaker(s): John Stackhouse, Mark Noll
Date: 1995
Length: 10h14min
Product ID: RGDL2515S

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In the 20th century the evangelical contribution to what might be called "the life of the mind" has been far less dramatic than the size of the evangelical movement might suggest. Contributions to the fine arts, formal academic thought in the social sciences, psychology, history and philosophy of science, history and critical theory, or the theory and practice of mass media have been minimal. This course explores the historical circumstances that contributed to this situation, and examines resources that might help evangelical Protestants to love the Lord more effectively with the mind, as well as with the heart and soul. Lectures include:

  • Introduction (Noll)
  • The Problem of Christian Thinking (Noll)
  • The North American Problem: Historical (Noll)
  • The Scandal of the Canadian Evangelical Mind (Stackhouse)
  • Why Johnny Can't Produce Evangelical Scholarship (Stackhouse)
  • Why We Should Take Intellectual Life Seriously (Noll)
  • Theological Resources for Christian Living (Noll)
  • A New Framework for Evangelical Thought (Stackhouse)
  • Concluding Remarks

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John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development at Crandall University in New Brunswick. Prior to this, he was the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College. He serves as an advisory editor at Christianity Today, a contributing editor at Books & Culture, and a columnist for Faith Today. He is the author of eight books, including Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology, Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World, and Can God be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil, as well as the co-author, editor, and co-editor of seven more. His articles have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic, Time, and Reader's Digest.

Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, as well as co-founder of the Institute of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College. He is author of many books, including Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada, and Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism.

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