The glowing Chronicle of Higher Education review of Mark Noll’s God and Race in American Politics: A Short History, see Martin E. Marty’s God-Talk: Good, Bad, and Ugly, A new book on religion and race in politics should give us pause, places the recent Princeton University Press release on my American Religious Tradition shelf. I hope it does the same for you 😉
In his review, Martin E. Marty briefly comments on evangelical scholars:
When I first began to write about religious history 50 years ago, fundamentalism, evangelicalism, and Pentecostalism were seen as fringe elements. As evangelicalism has since prospered, it has attracted first-rate scholars, many of them influential professors at first-rate universities and writers published by the most prestigious presses.
Provoking. Yes, to some degree evangelicalism has engaged what Noll termed The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, i.e., the evangelical abandonment of higher education (and more broadly thinking) due to a lack of mature interaction with the intellectual conventions conventions of the modern university and an improper focus/application (or one might even say lack of appreciation) of God’s gift of the intellect as a community. May InterVarsity Christian Fellowship continue to intentionally dedicate and develop people, energy, conferencing (e.g., Following Christ 2008), and resources to take part in the revival of thinking God’s thoughts after Him. … to the praise of His glory and the advance of the Kingdom of God!
Question: When you read Marty’s quote, what first-rate evangelical scholars come to your mind as influential/inspirational in your field?
For myself, two scholars which immediately come to mind:
- Cal DeWitt, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, from my undergrad biology studies. If you’re beginnning to have an interest in Creation Care, check out Earth Wise, Second Edition: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues.
- George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, from my masters in higher education. Must read books include: The Soul of the American University From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief and The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship.
Update: George Marsden has retired from Notre Dame.