Going to the Mat with Reformed Elephants

Well, that’s kinda what Dale Coulter is trying to do:

When Mark Noll’s Scandal of the Evangelical Mind hit the market in the early 1990s it created a “title” wave that continues to move out in multiple directions. This fact alone means that if evangelicalism is going to reboot its examination of its own intellectual resources–a process already begun in the cultural liturgies series of James K. A. Smith–then it must grapple with Noll’s critique.

I’ve commented before that Evangelical Christianity’s intellectual approach leaves much to be desired, but I think a Reformed person like Noll doing the attacking to be supremely ironic, as Coulter does.  My experience with Reformed people (especially those who come from the Scots side of the community) is that they hate the question “why” more than any other, and you can’t build an intellectual tradition with that style of mind.

It will be interesting to see what Noll’s response to this is, if he comes out of hiding.

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