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The State of the Evangelical Mind Conference Videos

In September 2017, evangelical scholars gathered at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis to discuss the state of the evangelical mind today. The plenary papers are now available in the book "The State of the Evangelical Mind," published by InterVarsity Press and edited by the conference organizers, Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and Christopher J. Devers. Papers from parallel sessions have been published in a special issue of "Christian Scholar’s Review" (Summer 2018). The conference was hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University, the Sagamore Institute, Excelsia College, and Christianity Today.

Join the ongoing conversation by watching all the talks and Q&A sessions below. The presenters address recent historical developments and the roles of four types of institutions: churches, parachurch organizations, colleges and universities, and seminaries.

  1. Reflections on the Past: Evangelical Intellectual Life, by Mark A. Noll

    Nearly twenty-five years after Mark A. Noll published his groundbreaking book “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,” what has changed? Noll offers his reflections using four case studies of evangelical enterprises: the “Reformed Journal,” the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program, and “Books & Culture.” Noll is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor Emeritus of History, University of Notre Dame.

  2. Anti-Intellectualism and the Integration of Faith and Learning, by Eric Miller

    How successful have evangelical institutions been in moving beyond the scandal that Noll wrote about in 1994? Eric Miller, professor of history and the humanities at Geneva College, describes progress and problems he’s seen at CCCU institutions throughout his career. Christian scholars often still struggle to think and work theologically—to thoroughly integrate the epistemological structures and practices of their disciplines with a Christian framework.

  3. On the Evangelical Mind and Consulting the Faithful, by Jay Green

    If Mark Noll’s “Scandal” helped launch an evangelical intellectual renaissance, why has the thought culture of “ordinary” evangelicals seen so little change? Jay Green, professor of history at Covenant College, recounts his journey from discovering the “scandal” to questioning his own condescending assumptions. He calls for understanding the complexities of the evangelical mind and addressing the tension between the academy and the faithful in the pews.

  4. What Is the State of the Evangelical Mind on Christian College Campuses?, by John Fea

    John Fea argues that Mark Noll’s “Scandal” is more relevant now than ever. Beginning with his own story, Fea tells how he was convinced by Noll’s book that the life of the mind is a legitimate calling for a Christian. He then makes a case for Christian higher education that prioritizes the humanities and prepares students to be thoughtful, historically informed citizens. Fea is chair of the history department at Messiah College.

  5. A Tripartite Autobiographical Review: Questions & Answers

    Historians Eric Miller, Jay Green, and John Fea respond to questions about their talks, which reviewed developments in evangelicalism since the publishing of Mark Noll’s “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” in 1994.

  6. The State of the Evangelical Church, by Jo Anne Lyon

    In the midst of current debates about evangelicalism, it’s easy to lose the overarching historical narrative that has shaped the evangelical church. Jo Anne Lyon explores the works of love, mercy, and justice that have marked evangelical renewal movements, as well as areas of failure, in hope that the evangelical church may recalibrate and find its prophetic voice. Lyon is acting ambassador for the Wesleyan Church.