Saturday, February 11, 2006

Christianity Today reports that, Mark noll is leaving Wheaton College for Notre Dame in the fall. Noll wrote America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. Atlantic magazine called it the most significant work of American historical scholarship in 2002. He also wrote, in 1994, an influenctial book called The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, that has become a classic work on evangelical anti-intellectualism. His next book will be called The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. Time named him one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals in 2005. This is quite a loss for Wheaton. It may also be a loss for evangelicalism and protestantism as well. You have to wonder if a conversion to Catholicism is coming. Noll actively pursues communications between Catholics and Protestants. I would suggest that Wheaton is a better platform from which to lead protestants to talk to Catholics, if you are interested in that.

It would be a shame for Evangelicalism to lose one of its brighter intellects to prove the point of his book.
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