The Start of the Evangelical Mind

Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future

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Todd C. Ream, Jerry A. Pattengale, Christopher J. Devers
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic Press
    , December
     220 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael Allen forthcoming.


Two decades on from Mark Noll's Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, could we now be on the threshold of another crisis of intellectual maturity in Christianity? Or are the opportunities for faithful intellectual engagement and witness even greater now than before?

These essays invite readers to a virtual "summit meeting" on the current state of the evangelical mind. The insights of national leaders in their fields will aid readers to reflect on the past contributions of evangelical institutions for the life of the mind as well as prospects for the future. Contributors include:

  • Richard J. Mouw
  • Mark A. Noll
  • Jo Anne Lyon
  • David C. Mahan and C. Donald Smedley
  • Timothy Larsen
  • Lauren Winner
  • James K. A. Smith
  • Mark Galli

The State of the Evangelical Mind frames the resources needed for churches, universities, seminaries, and parachurch organizations to chart their course for the future, both separately and together, and provides readers an opportunity to participate in a timely conversation as they consider what institutional and individual role they might play.

This is not a book to define or diagnose evangelicalism broadly, and there's no fear-mongering or demonizing here, but rather a call to attend to the evangelical mind and the role played by interlocking institutions in its intellectual formation and ongoing vitality. It will encourage—and challenge—those who want to be part of the solution in a time of need.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Todd C. Ream is Professor of Higher Education at Taylor University and a distinguished fellow with the Lumen Research Institute.

Jerry A. Pattengale is a scholar, researcher, author, and speaker. He has served for over twenty years in administrative leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University, currently as the first to earn IWU's title of University Professor.

Christopher J. Devers is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Education, as well as senior fellow with the Lumen Research Institute.

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