The Foundation of the Evangelical Mind

The Foundation of the Evangelical Mind

Why the academic life, if centered on Christ,brings glory to God and good to the world.
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Mark Noll caused controversy with his strong words about the weak state of Christian scholarship. Here's how Christianity Today summaries it: "In 1994, Wheaton College historian Mark Noll published The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind—'an epistle from a wounded lover' that decried the anti-intellectualism of evangelical religious culture." The assertion, as painful as it was, prompted serious reflection and soul-searching. Many Christians inside higher education, and outside of it, agreed that Noll had a point—and still does.

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SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:1–6; John 1:1–14, 43–51; Colossians 2:1–10; 1 Corinthians 13:8–12


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: We should ask questions in pursuit of truth.

Teaching point two: God expects us to evaluate evidence and be able to reach conclusions that will strengthen our faith.

Teaching point three: Christian scholarship begins with Christ.

Teaching point four: Jesus Christ is the ground of all our scholarship.

Teaching point five: Our knowledge, incomplete in this life, will be completed in the next.

• Apply Your Findings

• Additional Resources


• "The Foundation of the Evangelical Mind," interview with Mark Noll

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