Deep POV: Confessions of a Christian Writer

The ramblings of an emergent-realistic-edgy-working-for-God-and-the-pay-isn’t-that-great-sometimes-confused-christian-fiction writer (uh, that would be me).

Thursday, October 07, 2004 Books: The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

In a post on the Word/Westbow short story contest, a commenter mentions this book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, by Mark A. Noll, and argues that evangelicals are wonderfully spiritual, but lacking in intellectualism and interest in the arts. He also argues that Catholics, Anglo-Catholics, Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox, and the Reformed have much more of a tradition in this.

Interestingly enough, Barbara Nicolsi mentions this in her blog today, entitled "Rock On, Daughter of God!"

I am not sure where the truth lies. It does seem like more "religious" novelists judged to be writing classics are Catholic or Anglicans: Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, J.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis. And I don't see a lot of interest in creative/intellectual endeavors in the evangelical churches I am familiar with. There is an emergent church in my area that has a ministry established for artists, writers, musicians, and the like. So that's encouraging. Books: The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind