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October 25, 2011

Evangelical Anti-Intellectualism?


Evangelical Anti-Intellectualism?

Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens wrote scathingly in the New York Times last week about the "anti-intellectualism" that plagues Evangelicals.

"Evangelicalism at its best is intellectually-engaged, humble and forward-looking." Well, I couldn't agree more. But then they rail against evangelicals who take stances on gay marriage and abortion, or who question evolution as fact, or who believe that people can leave a homosexual lifestyle.

These, they say, are ignorant and anti-scientific--the result of following self-anointed fundamentalist leaders. But there are two kinds of fundamentalists, as Joe Carter noted in response. One seeks the ideological approval of self-appointed religious leaders, the other seeks it from The New York Times or the prevailing secularist opinion. To dismiss not only the numerous, reputable, credentialed scientists who question the dominant dogma, but also the robust theological reasoning behind these conclusions without seriously considering facts is as anti-intellectual as it gets. I'm John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

The Evangelical Rejection of Reason
Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens | The New York Times | October 17, 2011


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