on young people leaving their faith behind (and doing something about it)

Posted by PeteEnns on August 11, 2016 in Christian faith and life Evangelicalism 39 Comments

The 2011 Barna survey on American Christianity published “Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church.” And here they are. I read through them and I think to myself, “Yup. Yup. Uh huh. That one, too. And that one.” These ring utterly true to me from my experience, including being a Christian college professor. I continue to

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selling God short when evangelicals talk about evolution

Posted by PeteEnns on July 15, 2016 in Christianity and evolution Evangelicalism nature of the Bible 20 Comments

Why is there such tension between evangelicals and evolution? The real problem isn’t evolution. There is a deeper problem: evangelicals tend to expect from the Bible what it simply isn’t set up to deliver. Too often evangelicals start out the evolution discussion assuming that the biblical story of origins simply must have some clear historical validity, at least

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I still think there is a “scandal of the evangelical mind” and here it is: we’re not allowed to use it

Posted by PeteEnns on May 9, 2016 in academic freedom Inspiration and Incarnation Evangelicalism 100 Comments

Mark Noll’s 1995 book  The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind hit a raw nerve when he declared “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” He argued that Evangelical scholarship had a minimal presence in doing serious academic research, and that they need to—and can—do better. His followup book in

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thinking differently about the inspiration and authority of the Bible

Posted by PeteEnns on November 18, 2015 in Evangelicalism guest posts 25 Comments

Today’s guest post is by Carlos Bovell about his new book, Biblical Inspiration and the Authority of Scripture.  Bovell, a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and The Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, is a frequent contributor to this blog (for a recent post go here or just search for Bovell). He is the author of Inerrancy and the Spiritual Formation of

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what is it with evangelicals and politics?

Posted by PeteEnns on November 5, 2015 in Evangelicalism politics 51 Comments

I blog, with great fear and trembling, on politics every so often, a couple of times year maybe, when it intersects with matters of the Bible or Christian faith that I feel strongly about. And each time before pressing “publish” I ask myself, “Do you really want to do this? Don’t you remember last time?” But I do

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A Book About Post-Colonialism Not Written By A White Dude

Posted by Jared Byas on September 29, 2015 in Bible and culture/current events book notes and reviews Evangelicalism Jared Byas

by Jared Byas I recently read Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis (seriously, can we ease up on the catchphrases, publishers?) and found it to be one of the better attempts to wed postcolonial theology with evangelicalism. This book was written out of conversations at 2010 and 2011 Roundtable Discussions at AAR, with

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Peter Leithart, Biblical Criticism, and oh for heaven’s sake, seriously?

Posted by PeteEnns on July 10, 2015 in Evangelicalism nature of the Bible 129 Comments

Recently, Peter Leithart expressed in satire his deep misgivings about the practice of historical criticism. His bottom line seems to be that historical criticism of the Bible is a big, big, big mistake. He really, really, really doesn’t think much of it. Not much at all. I hope I’ve read Leithart accurately here. Truth be told, after

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let’s talk about sexual purity and evangelical anxiety, shall we?

Posted by PeteEnns on July 9, 2015 in book notes and reviews Christian faith and life Evangelicalism guest posts 33 Comments

Today’s post is a book review of Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence, by Sarah Moslener. The review itself isn’t by me but by someone who actually knows what she’s talking about: Dr. Margaret Kim Peterson, Associate Professor of Theology at Eastern University in Saint Davids, PA. Peterson’s Ph.D. is in theology and ethics from

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the (or at least “a”) problem with evangelical white churches

Posted by PeteEnns on July 2, 2015 in Christian faith and life Evangelicalism 12 Comments

Below are some words of wisdom from Harvie M. Conn (1933-99) from his book Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace. Conn was one of my theology professors in seminary, who spent 12 years as a missionary in Korea to women in prostitution, seeing them as victims of sinful societal structures rather than simply “sinners.” For too long evangelical

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