For the online essay of the week, go read The Evangelical Mind Today, a short piece by noted religious historian Mark Noll over at First Things. Noll authored the controversial book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind ten years ago--the article at First Things gives his comments on how things look ten years later, which is pretty much the same. His opening sentence: "Ten years after the publication of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, I remain largely unrepentant about the book’s historical arguments, its assessment of evangelical strengths and weaknesses, and its indictment of evangelical intellectual efforts, though I have changed my mind on a few matters." The following paragraph from the article sums up his critique:
Yet on the whole, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind still seems to me correct in its descriptions and evaluations. What is true throughout the Christian world is true for American Christians: we who are in pietistic, generically evangelical, Baptist, fundamentalist, Restorationist, holiness, "Bible church," megachurch, or Pentecostal traditions face special difficulties when putting the mind to use. Taken together, American evangelicals display many virtues and do many things well, but built-in barriers to careful and constructive thinking remain substantial.
The LDS Church is Restorationist and shares many features of the Evangelical approach to religion. Does Noll's critique extend to Mormonism as well?