The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

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CHAPTER 4
The Evangelical Enlightenment

Jonathan Edwards was an “enlightened” evangelical, but he was not, in the terms of the eighteenth century, an “evangelical of the Enlightenment.” In the generations following Edwards, however, most evangelicals who took an interest in science, philosophy, history, politics, and the arts adopted procedures of the Enlightenment by which to express their thought in these areas. They also used the same Enlightenment categories to express their theology. This evangelical embrace of the Enlightenment at the turn of the eighteenth century still remains extraordinarily important nearly two centuries later because habits of mind that the evangelical Enlightenment encouraged have continued to influence contemporary evangelical life. Of those habits, the most important were a particular kind of commitment to objective truth and a particular “scientific” approach to the Bible.

The way in which evangelicals became wedded to a particular form of the Enlightenment had very much to do with the wider social history of evangelicalism, which was sketched in the last chapter. That history helps explain how evangelicalism, a religion of marginal influence during the American Revolution, emerged as the nation’s dominant faith by the early decades of the nineteenth century; how evangelicals put to use the forms of the Enlightenment to express their faith; and how intellectual crises in the period from the Civil War to World War I, especially the controversial issue of biblical criticism, were addressed along lines dictated by the earlier commitment to the Enlight-

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