The Scandal of Evangelical Scholarship: Where are the Reformation Theologians?

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2007

Evangelical scholars are not to be blamed for theological ignorance when it is difficult to identify constructive and rigorous Reformed writing engaged with current intellectual themes.
One of the more interesting features of contemporary American Evangelicalism is the emergence of an evangelical academic elite. To be sure, the evangelical movement has always had intellectuals within its orbit. These intellectuals, however, have tended to live at the margins of both the secular academy and the movement itself. Despite the relative success of many evangelical liberal arts colleges, anti-intellectualism has limited the capacity of the evangelical community to nurture a vibrant scholarly tradition. A number of recent authors have lamented this situation, most notably Wheaton College historian Mark Noll in his widely read manifesto, The Scandal ...

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