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Review: The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, by Mark Noll




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Mark A. Noll, in The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,[1] opens with a shocking condemnation: “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind” (3).  He is concerned about the difficulty American evangelicalism has integrating faith and intellectual life (ix).  Charles Malik’s famous speech to Wheaton College in 1980 recommended a “…profound immersion…in the history of thought and the spirit” (26).  Noll concurs: “…fidelity to Jesus Christ demands from evangelicals a more responsible intellectual existence than we have practiced throughout much of our history” (27).

Noll’s book defines the scandal, reviews its history, analyzes its effects on American society, and looks to the future with some hope, albeit a qualified hope.  It is a book written by an evangelical, who describes himself as a “wounded lover”, for evangelicals (ix).  His hope is that evangelicals will be spurred on to think better…

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