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I would exclude neopentecostal and open theists, for instance. Oct 09, Felipe rated it liked it. Aug 10, Phil rated it really liked it. Well written and no surprise. Contra Noll, he posits the lack of an "Evangelical" rather than the lack of a mind. Having not read Noll's book which Trueman does not seem to like very much , it's hard to say how well this one responds to it.

Aug 28, Mark Jr. I never miss a blog post from Carl Trueman. So when Moody released a tiny Trueman book—practically just three blog posts long—for a tiny price, I took notice. 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 chimera.

Let us be more honest about the vacuous nature of evangelical theological identity. Is contemporary evangelicalism indeed impossible to define doctrinally? Is it merely a sociological category, loosely bounded by a wide range of institutions and organizations? In that case, evangelical theology becomes not an outgrowth of historic doctrinal concerns but rather whatever theology is currently taught at evangelical seminaries, editorialized in evangelical magazines, and published by evangelical presses—and let us not pretend otherwise. And this is a bad time for evangelicalism to fail to unify around the truths of Scripture.

Predictably, there will be no evangelical consensus on homosexuality because ethical consideration of it rests upon theological categories of biblical authority, creation, fall, Christology, redemption, and consummation—and there is no evangelical consensus in any of these areas. The future is not entirely bleak, however.

Definitely worth a read. I read a Kindle version. Jan 31, Chris Hansen rated it really liked it Shelves: The real scandal of the evangelical mind, according to Carl Trueman, isn't that there is no evangelical mind as Mark Noll said, but that there is no evangelical in the first place. 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.

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With his characteristic wit and incisiveness, Trueman laments a "movement" that is more The real scandal of the evangelical mind, according to Carl Trueman, isn't that there is no evangelical mind as Mark Noll said, but that there is no evangelical in the first place. With his characteristic wit and incisiveness, Trueman laments a "movement" that is more interested in having a voice and respectability in the culture than it is preserving historic Christian orthodoxy.

Once it does, it will drift from whatever moorings it may have had in historic Christianity. Perhaps that is not fair as the author's intention was never to make a relatively full-bodied study of the issue like Noll, and perhaps such an effort would be redundant with Hart's work given the similar conclusions reached, but it's hard not to want more when you finish with Trueman's book.

Even if it would be somewhat redundant, I think such a work infused with Trueman's style and insight and informed by his outsider's perspective on American evangelicalism being British would be quite useful. To close, from Trueman: 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 chimera, a trick with smoke and mirrors.

View all 3 comments. Feb 07, Jon rated it really liked it. 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 a couple of quick little essays on the state of the evangelical argues that because of the fluidity and breadth of the definition of an evangelical, defining ourselves as evangelical means nothing.

Called for churches to rally behind the evangel and hold on to the core beliefs rather than an open ended, hugely broad definition. Because of this lack of definition the church is losing its "salt and light" effectiveness A small booklet with a big message: 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: If the church as a whole is losing its ability to be 'salt and light' in the culture, it is not because its members have no opinion of the films of Bernardo Bertolucci, no appreciation for the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and no regular slot on The Charlie Rose Show.

May 20, Bob rated it really liked it. Good little book, more of a booklet. The main point there is no theological core or doctrinal core that identifies evangelicals or evangelicalism. Evangelicalism is in decline but this in the end may be wo Good little book, more of a booklet. Evangelicalism is in decline but this in the end may be wonderful. I for one consider myself marginalized. Jan 31, Dan rated it really liked it. A few quotes I found interesting: 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.

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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 chimera, or a trick with smoke and mirrors. A thought provoking read. Apr 22, Paul Wichert rated it really liked it Shelves: Trueman begins by discussing how the term evangelical has become uselessly vague and so loosely connected to doctrinal content.

Similar to his discussion in The Creedal Imperative, the negative consequences of not drawing boundaries and defining the beliefs of a church or institution are described. Trueman laments that unless these lines are drawn, the influence of the cultural flow of ideas will domin First, this book is about as long as a blog post but has a cover and ISBN I got it for free. Trueman laments that unless these lines are drawn, the influence of the cultural flow of ideas will dominate and the organization will inevitably capitulate and lose its identity.

Further, once the lines are drawn the focus here is on the Christian exclusion of homosexuality, evolution, and the affirmation of Biblical authority , the organization will be excluded from the cultural discussion table and be marginalized as a bigoted and nonsensical cult - as Christianity was marginalized in Roman times.

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Much food for thought. Warnings from a church historian to learn from history. Nov 20, Gavin Breeden rated it really liked it Shelves: I love Carl Trueman's writing. This little e-booklet is quick and concise, but packs a punch. Trueman argues that the scandal of the evangelical mind is not that they are culturally un-engaged as some of said, but that there is no evangelical mind.

He presents a few attempts at defining evangelicalism and shows how they don't quite work. 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 I love Carl Trueman's writing. I sort of resist using the word "evangelical" to describe myself for the reasons Trueman mentions, the word has no meaning. This booklet benefits from Trueman's keen historian's perspective, but features only a few dabs of his typical humor.

Still, worth the read. This short monograph is classic Trueman; short, to the point, incisive. His concluding paragraph sums it up: Until we acknowledge that this is the case - until we agree on what exactly constitutes the evangel - all talk about evangelicalism as a real, coherent movement is likely to be little more than a chimera, or a trick with smoke and mirrors. Jan 05, Tim rated it really liked it. Very insightful little book that Christians in the West would do well to read carefully and take to heart.

Trueman's diagnoses of the ills of the evangelical movement and the strains that the movement is likely to encounter in the years just ahead are dead-on and cogently argued. His central contention is that evangelicalism has no real doctrinal center and so will inevitably fragment when faced with the choice of either capitulating to cultural norms or being exiled from the ranks of the intell Very insightful little book that Christians in the West would do well to read carefully and take to heart. His central contention is that evangelicalism has no real doctrinal center and so will inevitably fragment when faced with the choice of either capitulating to cultural norms or being exiled from the ranks of the intellectually respectable class to which Mark Noll, the author of the original "Scandal of the Evangelical Mind", so desperately yearned for intellectuals to belong.

Nov 18, Don Gale rated it it was amazing. Trueman contends that the biggest problem with evangelicalism is that it is so broadly defined that it really means nothing. This was a quick and enlightening read. 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 Trueman contends that the biggest problem with evangelicalism is that it is so broadly defined that it really means nothing.

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 chimera, or a trick with smoke and mirrors. Jan 03, David Steele rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind is a timely book that should be placed in the hands of as many Christ-followers as possible.

It is a warning; it is a call to arms; it is a wake-up call! May this book spur church leaders to refuse to loosen up which is the trend in so many circles today. The real call is to tighten up! The real call involves courage in order to rebuild the Christian mind that values orthodoxy, cherishes the historic creeds and confessions, and elevates the gospel in a The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind is a timely book that should be placed in the hands of as many Christ-followers as possible.


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The real call involves courage in order to rebuild the Christian mind that values orthodoxy, cherishes the historic creeds and confessions, and elevates the gospel in a way that magnifies and glorifies Christ. Mar 01, Cody Cunningham rated it really liked it Shelves: Noll well exemplifies what he prays evangelicals generally will learn to value again: That he had the capacity to do so is demonstrated by this learned, lucid book.


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In any case, Noll's excellent book is likely to influence the development of the evangelical mind and deserves the widest discussion. Dialog "Noll's book provides a bold analysis of the history of evangelical thought in America. Scandal may itself be a history-making book. Named 'Book of the Year' by Christianity Today , this volume is a vigorous sign of the renewal of evangelical thinking for which its author calls. This book should be read by persons interested in enlightenment in America, the legacy of fundamentalism, and the relationship of evangelical Christianity to science and politics.

This book should be required reading for anyone who still does not know the difference between a fundamentalist and an evangelical. Equip for Ministry "This book must be rated as one of the top ten books of the year, at least for our readers.

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Evangelical Studies Bulletin "This is a book that every American historian ought to read precisely because it makes one think hard about a subject and a discipline in a way that few books do. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind brilliantly reverses the balance in the principle that the best scholarship is necessarily morally informed, a principle widely, if quietly, shared by the left and right. Publishers Weekly "Required reading for those seeking to understand the often peculiar relationship between Evangelical religion and secular culture, this is a brilliant study by—yes—a first-rate Evangelical mind.

Southwestern Journal of Theology "This is a must read book. Its being named the Christianity Today Book of the Year is not undeserved. It sets the agenda for a very interesting discussion. The Church of England Newspaper "Agenda-setting work. A 'must-read' for any thinking evangelical. Required Field Not a valid email. Don't Miss a Thing!

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