The Foundation of the Evangelical Mind

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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.

Table of Contents

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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