In The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark Noll asks why the largest group of religious Americans—who enjoy increasing wealth, status, and political influence—have contributed so little to rigorous intellectual scholarship in North America. In nourishing believers in the simple truths of the gospel, why have evangelicals failed at sustaining a serious intellectual life and abandoned the universities, the arts, and other realms of “high” culture?
Noll is probing and forthright in his analysis of the origin and progression of this situation. Noll also sets a vision for the future, searching for resources, within evangelicalism itself, to turn this situation around.
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For more work by Noll, check out the Mark A. Noll Collection (4 vols.).
Mark A. Noll is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.