Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars

Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars

Richard J. Mouw / Aug 21, 2019

Called to the Life of the Mind Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars I wasn t supposed to spend my life in the world of scholarship Richard Mouw acknowledges at the beginning of Called to the Life of the Mind Yet he has indeed spent his career in the academy and has b

  • Title: Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars
  • Author: Richard J. Mouw
  • ISBN: 9780802867667
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • I wasn t supposed to spend my life in the world of scholarship, Richard Mouw acknowledges at the beginning of Called to the Life of the Mind Yet he has indeed spent his career in the academy and has become one of the most widely respected evangelical Christian scholars of our time In this wise little book Mouw defends Christian scholarship as an important and legitimat I wasn t supposed to spend my life in the world of scholarship, Richard Mouw acknowledges at the beginning of Called to the Life of the Mind Yet he has indeed spent his career in the academy and has become one of the most widely respected evangelical Christian scholars of our time In this wise little book Mouw defends Christian scholarship as an important and legitimate endeavor, responding in particular to those traditions that continue to be suspicious of intellectual pursuits Writing in an inviting, conversational style, Mouw reflects candidly on the faithful Christian cultivation of the life of the mind and offers gentle advice on how Christians, especially evangelicals, might fruitfully navigate the world of the academy as followers of Jesus.

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      • Richard J. Mouw

        Richard John Mouw is a theologian and philosopher He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years 1993 2013 , and continues to hold the post of Professor of Faith and Public Life.


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    1. Recommendations by J.I. Packer, James K.A. Smith, Mark A. Noll, Roger E. Olson, and others.Chapter 1: The Price1: Mouw was the son of an evangelical preacher and was encouraged to follow in his father's steps (the real work of God, as opposed to being in the academy); too much anti-intellectual rhetoric from the pulpit; "you don't need exegesis, you just need Jesus"; the only necessary school is "the Holy Ghost's school of the Bible"2: college student who said that Christians don't need to worry [...]


    2. Summary: A collection of reflective essays by one of the deans of evangelical scholarship on the calling and importance of the Christian scholarly task.This is an absolute gem of a book!Rarely am I so effusive about a title but this short collection of pithy essays that I devoured in an afternoon is a quite wonderful gift to anyone who loves Christ and loves scholarly work and wonders what a life pursuing these loves might look like.Mouw begins by admitting his own surprise in discovering his vo [...]


    3. The history of evangelicalism and the life of the mind is both well-chronicled and checkered. While Jonathan Edwards is hailed by some as the greatest intellect (not just evangelical intellect) in American history, suspicion and anger has often boiled over from within evangelicalism against the university world. The 1925 Scopes Trial, for example, set off decades of distrust that affected generations of Bible-believing Christians.Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary, is one such bel [...]


    4. A series of essays dealing with an interesting and personal perspective of an evangelical diving - and swimming - into the intellectual world. If you come from a similar background as Mouw - which I do - you might enjoy the argument pro-validity of the intellectual vocation. I particularly liked Mouw's last chapter on applying 1 Corinthians 13:12 as a dialectical guideline for Christian scholars following both the "epistemic of humility" ("We now know things in part") and the "epistemic of hope" [...]


    5. This book consists of friendly advice to aspiring Christian scholars from a university philosophy professor in the form of short, but contiguous essays. The author was brought up as the son of a Christian preacher in a pietist, anti-intellectual environment. He tells of his conversion, so to speak, from being an unthinking, unquestioning, and perhaps naive Christian fundamentalist to being a Christian unafraid of the blessings of higher academia. He briefly outlines how he squared his vocation w [...]


    6. If you were thinking "another one of those, huh?" you were correct. Yes, "another one of those." Telling us nothing new, nothing fresh, though telling us sporadically something worth hearing, Richard Mouw - with all due respect, remember - seems like he is giving us random thoughts to make some quick cash. If you've never read any of the other dozens of "yes, Christians should use their brains" books, this may seem like a fair place to start because it is so short, but I can't recommend it stron [...]


    7. Enjoyable and encouraging, if not provocative. The struggle against the false dichotomy of anti-intellectualism vs. "knowledge for knowledge's sake" is real and damaging in the lives of many believers. In "Called to the life of the mind," Richard Mouw places both ends of the paradox in their proper place, splitting the horns of the dilemma right down the middle. The church needs Christian academics, and Christian academics need the church. "A healthy Christian community is one in which at least [...]


    8. Favorite Quote: "We serve a God who cares about the depths - and the breadth and the heights - of the reality that he has created: 'The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and all who dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1). We scholars study various aspects of that world, but we must do it in the awareness that what we focus on is indeed a part of the fullness of a created reality that we are also called to love - and in loving to see, so that we can make connections and cultivate a pro [...]


    9. This work is exactly the kind of manifesto I hope to impart to my generation, short, sweet, Christocentric, and profound


    10. Profound reflections on the promises and pitfalls of life as a self-consciously Christian academic from a deep, wise scholar.


    11. Mercifully short, poignant wisdom from a humble, hopeful scholar. If you're a Christian in academia, take an hour and read this book, you won't regret it.


    12. A beautiful, almost poetic grouping of essays and reflections by Rich Mouw on his life as an evangelical scholar. A very short read, but deeply encouraging.



    13. A brief and encouraging series of reflections on intellectual and academic life as a calling for many evangelicals.



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