The modern era began with an intellectual rebirth among the peoples of the West who, for many centuries had been immersed in ignorance and superstition, instigated and reinforced by a tyrannical Christian hierarchy. We still feel the repercussions of that revival of learning. As never before, common man is exposed to the progress of knowledge and shares in the conquest of truth. Higher education for his children is no longer an idle dream. Enrollment in colleges and universities continues to spiral upward with more youth entering the ivy halls and crowded campuses each year. But not only is formal education acting as the medium of raising this general intellectual level today; the newspaper, the magazine, lower-priced literature, radio, television and the theater are alike reaching the public with an effectiveness heretofore unparalleled.
Now, in the light of these developments, Protestant orthodoxy stands faced with an intellectual challenge. And this fact is presenting two urgent questions: What is orthodoxy doing to meet this intellectual challenge? How ought orthodoxy to meet it?
More than a decade ago, many evangelical leaders became aware of the need for a renewal of conservative scholarship and higher intellectual standards within their ranks. This began a trend in contemporary orthodoxy which has steadily gained momentum. Today conservative spokesmen are in the front ranks of biblical and theological scholarship, and are creating reliable and authoritative literature being published not only by evangelical publishers, but well-known firms of long standing. Evangelicals who have won distinction in the fields of dogmatics, apologetics, ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, history and archeology are increasing. Colleges ...1
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