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The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark A. Noll
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Nov 24, 2012

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Scandal is a thought-provoking read that rings true with my experience as an evangelical. Particularly, his analysis of the contributions of early Fundamentalism to a literal hermeneutic and to the tendency to "toe the party line" on social issues is insightful and helpful.

That said, Noll is a historian and writes like a historian. I would have liked to see a greater analysis of the evangelical mind in contemporary America, not just in 1750-1950 America (the area that Noll concentrates on). When he does touch on contemporary matters, he focuses exclusively on politics and science (how qualified is he, a historian, to speak in detail on scientific matters?), instead of describing the more pertinent evangelical approaches to thought, such as the rise of the evangelical liberal arts school or Christian high schools, or even homeschools.

Still . . . good read. Good thoughts. Valuable book.

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