EVANGELICALISM AND REFORMATION
Bravo to Alister McGrath, Mark Noll, Darrell Bock, and Richard Mouw for their continued attempt to get the populace of evangelicalism thinking [“The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,” Aug. 14].
McGrath and others have begun to pick up on the element that Christian thinking has historically been at its strongest when Reformed theology has been the choice system of the academy. It is when Reformed thought was replaced by Enlightenment thought or mindless pietism that we saw a decline in the emphasis and respectability of the Christian mind in both the academy and among the populace. It is, therefore, not historically surprising that along with this renewed interest in Reformation thought there is also a renewed interest in the state of the Christian mind. McGrath is doing his job by consistently making the connection that the Protestant Reformation, and its heritage was and is the product of thinking.
John J. Fanella
In Canada the “evangelical populace,” as Mark Noll would call it, is frequently put off by the sheer arrogance of the evangelical academy mind. Humility and grace, exhibited by great Christian minds over the past two thousand years are always attractive, are listened to, pondered, and provide genuine leadership. In this country, the academy mind is by conduct somewhat smaller than it thinks it is.
Gordon H. Johnson
Agincourt, Ont., Canada
I was very much encouraged by your forum on the evangelical mind. I have been teaching Sunday school for just under a year and am directly confronted with the problems of getting American evangelicals actually thinking about their faith. While I have been blessed with a wonderful class and church that actually wants to learn and know, I have ...1
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