Anti-intellectualism (Part 4)

Anti-intellectualism (Part 4)  The Church is Anorexic All these facts point to the present condition of the church as deeply anti-intellectual. It could be said that the church now has a kind of “Spiritual Anorexia.” Anorexics (1) have an intense fear of...

Anti-intellectualism (Part 3)

Anti-intellectualism (Part 3) In this post I want to pick back up on an idea i hinted at in the first post in this series. The metaphor of anti-intellectualism as poison. In this post we will look deeper at the effects of anti-intellectualism using poison as a guiding...

Anti-intellectualism (Part 2)

Anti-intellectualism (Part 2) In this post we will look at 3 key distinctions and clarifications that makes the christian mind distinctly Christian. A great guide for us is a mid 20th century scholar, Harry Blamire and his classic work, The Christian Mind (1963)....

Anti-intellectualism (Part 1)

Anti-intellectualism (Part 1) Do Ideas Have Consequences? “Ideas are overrated,” a young friend once said to me. After a moment I asked him, “So you’re telling me that you hold to the idea that ideas are overrated.” Now a little puzzled and a little unsure he...

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a term coined by sociologist Christian Smith. It describes the beliefs and general religious outlook of modern Americans. Five core beliefs makeup this religious perspective. A God exists who created and...