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Sins of Omission

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind is that, as Mark Noll puts it, "there is not much of an evangelical mind"; that, despite all their other virtues, "American evangelicals are not exemplary for their thinking, and they have not been for several generations"; and that, at a popular level, "modern American evangelicals have failed notably in sustaining serious intellectual life." Writing as "a wounded lover," he adds: "The general impact of Christian thinking on the evangelicals of North America, much less on learned culture as a whole, has been slight . . . there is a long, long way to go."

This is, alas, true. But the problem Professor Noll identifies is far worse than a scandal: it is a sin. When our Lord was asked what was the great commandment in the law, lie replied, quoting Deuteronomy 6:5: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:36-37). And in II Corinthians 10:5, Paul commands Christians to bring "into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Thus, the widespread failure of Christians to think Christianly—according to what the Scripture says—is a violation of God's Law, which is sin. And we see this sinful failure all around us virtually every time a prominent Christian speaks out about anything. In an address last September in Washington, D.C., to...

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