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Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars
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Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars


Eerdmans 2014

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In this wise little book Mouw defends Christian scholarship as an important and legitimate endeavor, responding in particular to those traditions that continue to be suspicious of intellectual pursuits. Writing in an inviting, conversational style, Mouw reflects candidly on the faithful Christian cultivation of the life of the mind and offers gentle advice on how Christians, especially evangelicals, might fruitfully navigate the world of the academy as followers of Jesus.

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Key Features

  • Presents a fourth imaginary dialogue between Karl Barth and Friedrich Nietzsche on athiesm
  • Suggests further reading at the end of each chapter
  • Provides an added section on Christians and Muslims


  • The Price
  • Accusing Voices
  • The Value Question
  • The Need for Calisthenics
  • Not Too Much Haste
  • The Disillusionment
  • Humility and Hope
  • Navigating the “Square Inches”
  • A Communal Task
  • Mutual Encouragement
  • Safe Spaces for “Playing Around”
  • Academic “Body Life”
  • Academic “Hopes and Fears”
  • Critique as a “Moment”
  • Reality Lovers
  • Honoring Creation
  • Beholders
  • Being Like Jesus in the Academy
  • A Loom for Weaving

Praise for the Print Edition

Too many Christian responses to anti-intellectualism end up endorsing what Augustine calls curiositas — the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge's sake. This marvelous little book from one of my heroes, Rich Mouw, is a distinct call for the faithful cultivation of the mind in the service of Christ. It will help a new generation to love God with heart, soul, and mind.

James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy, Calvin College

A refreshing reminder that cultivating our thought life and scholarship can only be done when we also keep in touch with the Lord. These musings from an experienced Christian leader will be solid food for Christian scholars everywhere.

Darrell Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

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About Richard J. Mouw

Richard J. Mouw is distinguished professor of faith and public life and former president of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

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