Thursday, March 30, 2006

A Pentecostal Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Christianity Today's Rob Moll interviews Rick Nañez, author of Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?, a book that traces the history, consequences and way out of anti-intellectualism among Pentecostals and Charismatics. Similar critiques have been offered from those outside these theological circles but what make's Rick's unique is that he writes from within as an Assemblies of God minister. I greatly enjoyed the book and intend to someday give a brief review here. The idea that intellectual activity is somehow inherently antagonistic to Christian growth is certainly not confined to Pentecostalism making this worthwhile reading for all in the body of Christ. You can find an excerpt here.

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Tracy said...

Thanks for the post! It is interesting that the greatest command in all of Scripture (and this affirmed by Jesus)is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and soul, and MIND, and strength. It seems like the mind part is often over looked by the church (not pointing a finger at any particular denomination, just the church in general). I appreciate your blog.

Suzanne said...

It's a shame that the A/G has a history of neglecting intellectual pursuits. However, not all A/G'ers are non-thinkers.

I'm a fourth-generation A/G'er. My great-grandparents and grandparents were A/G missionaries. My parents are retired A/G ministers. Almost everyone on my father's side of the family has a college education. Many have advanced degrees.

My parents always taught me the importance of education.

We are thinkers. In fact, my ancestry traces back to Jonathan Edwards, a great theologian who would study 13 hours every day!