The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
What is an evangelical . . . and has he lost his mind? Carl Trueman wrestles with those two provocative questions and concludes that modern evangelicals emphasize experience and activism at the expense of theology. Their minds go fuzzy as they downplay doctrine. The result is "a world in which everyone from Joel Osteen to Brian McLaren to John MacArthur may be called an ev...more
"If the church as a whole is losing its ability to be "salt and light" in this culture, it is not because its members ...more
The author argues that the category of 'evangelical' is basically defunct as it is not tied to a clear system of doctrine. And because evangelicalism is no longer defined by doctrinal statements there can and will be no evangelical consensus on issues like homosexuality, evolution, biblical authority etc. The only solution for Christians to return to the truths of Scripture taught ...more
His concluding paragraph sums it up: "The real scandal of the evangelical mind currently is not that it lacks a mind, but that it lacks a ...more
"From the time of Paul, the church has drawn boundaries. Such has been considered necessary for her well-being and even her survival. A movement that cannot or will not draw boundaries, or that allows the modern cultural fear of exclusion to set its theological agenda, is doomed to lose its doctrinal identity. Once it does, it will drift from whatever moorings it may have had in historic Christianity."
"The real scandal of the evangelical mind currently is not tha ...more
argues that because of the fluidity and breadth of the definition of an evangelical, defining ourselves as evangelical means nothing.
Spent time dealing with the issues of the acceptance of homosexuality and the erasing of God as creator, thus removing Adam as our sinful head and unmooring our moral anchors.
Called for churches to rally behind the evangel and hold on to the core beliefs rather than an open ended, hugely broad definitio ...more
The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind is vintage Trueman. His title, of course, is a reference to Mark Noll’s 1994 book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, a book in which the eminent evangelical historian (Trueman is also a historian ...more
The booklet is an obvious play off Mark Noll's work. Although showing appreciation for Noll, Trueman offers a different "solution" (and in my opinion takes a needed pass at the redeeming the culture model) when he writes: "As attractive as Noll's vision was, it always ...more
In this short book (more a booklet than a book), Trueman argues, much like Darryl Hart does in his more substantial "Deconstructing Evangelicalism" (Which I also reviewed) that evangelicalism is meaningless as a religious identity. With his characteristic wit and incisiveness, Trueman laments a "movement" that is more ...more
I've felt this same thing for some time now. I sort of resist using the word "evangelical" to describe myself for the reasons Trueman mentions, the word has no m ...more
"The real scandal of the evangelical mind currently is not that it lacks a mind, but that it lacks any agreed-upon evangel. Until we acknowledge that this is the case - until we can agree on what exactly it is that constitutes the evangel - all talk about evangelicalism as a real, coherent movement is likely to be little more than a c ...more
In one of the closing sentences Trueman writes: "The real scandal of the evangelical mind currently is not that it lacks a mind, but that it lacks any agreed-upon evangel." (p. 41)
It won't take long to read it (probably less than an hour) but will give excellent food for thought.