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
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "The Foundation of the Evangelical Mind," interview with Mark Noll
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