‘The Evangelical Rejection of Reason’

If you haven’t yet read Monday’s op-ed piece in The New York Times, now is your chance.

Karl W. Giberson and Randall J. Stephens, both professors at Easter Nazarene College, write with conviction, honesty and fairness toward the anti-intellectualism of the greater Evangelical conversation in our culture.

This article was written on behalf of all of us in the Evangelical sub-culture who are frustrated with “fundamentalism [that] is literalistic, overconfident and reactionary,” those of us who, in the words of Giberson and Stephens, seek, “a biblically grounded expression of Christianity that is intellectually engaged, humble and forward-looking.”

This is good good stuff. The kind of work that makes me sigh a big ole breath of relief that there are many of us out there who love Jesus and are thinking and learning and striving to be engaged with the world. I’m proud of their words:  “But when the faith of so many Americans becomes an occasion to embrace discredited, ridiculous and even dangerous ideas, we must not be afraid to speak out, even if it means criticizing fellow Christians.”

Read the article here.



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5 responses to “‘The Evangelical Rejection of Reason’

  1. Amen. Thanks for this link – great article, long overdue.

  2. d

    Dear Micha- I LOVE reading your blog and I’m always challenged and inspired by your heart for our Savior. On this one though, I do disagree with this NY Times piece. I work on Capitol Hill; I’ve met many of these men mentioned; and I passionately hate seeing Christianity used to push political garbage that comes from both sides of aisle. I love Jesus Christ; I am thankful for the simplicity of what saves us – His grace.

    • Donelle, you are the greatest. Thank you for how gently you just stated your opinion. I’m so thankful you feel like you can around here and I love that you work on Capitol Hill and have an understanding of these things. (Far more understanding than I have!)

      I know the political stuff can be divisive (to say the least!) but what I found most powerful in this piece was less about the candidates and political stances, and more about an openness to thought and learning that we as Christians should strive to have. What frustrates me the most in the political arena (especially where Christianity is concerned) is the lack of humility, the willingness to label each other on both sides of the aisle as “wolves masquerading in sheep’s clothing.” We all do in this Christian sub-culture. (I know I’m guilty.) And I think we’ll all be better representations of the Kingdom if we, as the article says, strive for “a biblically grounded expression of Christianity that is intellectually engaged, humble and forward-looking.” So glad we’ve reconnected and I can’t wait to hear more of your viewpoint around here more often! Grace grace grace… 🙂

  3. D

    Thanks for your reply! I agree with the aspect of the article you valued. I just wish the authors’ underlying tones weren’t to push the Democrat Christians (Jim Wallas who endorses the President) verses the Republican Christians (Bachmann, Perry, etc). I honestly think more Christian are finding themselves not identifying with either side (praise the Lord, too!). Sadly, politics all to often manipulates its message by way of religion. I just don’t want to see Christianity distorting its message because of politics.

  4. Anna

    Thank you for sharing this.
    I have learned a lot in the past few years, it all boils down to grace.

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