The Solution to the Intellectual Problem of our Time

David Neff of Christianity Today shares his interview with Mark Noll about the latter’s most recent book, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind. Noll is unhappy with the culture of anti-intellectualism among evangelical circles. He sees it would still take a very long journey for Christians to contribute to the intellectual problem of our time. He accepts that there are positive signs moving into the right direction through the contributions of Christian philosophers and a number of Christian colleges and seminaries.

The premise of Noll’s book is that the basic truths of Christianity offer the keys to Christian scholarship. What does it mean that Christians should depend on Christ to provide the basic standpoint from which to look at intellectual problems? Noll asks. He answered his own question:

“It means, first of all, to recognize that everything exists because it was created by Jesus. John 1, Colossians 1, and Hebrews 1 all make the same statement: It’s not just that the Lord God in some general sense created everything, but that Christ created everything. We also have the amazing statement in Colossians 1 that all things hold together in Jesus.”

You can read the details of this interview at:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/august/nollfoundationmind.html

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