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A distinguished professor of religion at a church-related, non-evangelical liberal arts college writes:
Well done, John. Though I’d want to push on the anti-intellectualism a bit. We want to go beyond attention to verifiable evidence to also encourage clarity of analysis and sound interpretation.
This scholar and church-person is absolutely correct.
But as someone who spends a lot of time with evangelicals and evangelical students, I am finding it more and more necessary to go back to square one. Last week I was a guest on a NYC-area radio program talking about this very thing. I told the host, a fellow academic, about my experience last Fall teaching students how to write Chicago-style footnotes. What was once a rather mundane part of my course took on a new sense of urgency. Yes, analysis and interpretation is much needed, but it always begins with good evidence and the dogged pursuit of truth.