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eBook Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A Call to Use God's Gift of the Intellect ePub

by Stanley Horton,Rick M. Nañez

  • ISBN: 0310263085
  • Category: Ministry and Evangelism
  • Subcategory: Bibles
  • Author: Stanley Horton,Rick M. Nañez
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 26, 2005)
  • Pages: 270
  • ePub book: 1651 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? helps men and women practice a Christian faith that reflects the whole person and the full gospel. Rick Nañez calls Pentecostals and charismatics to seek a balance between mind and Spirit. This book will stir you to seek all that God has for yo. -

Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? helps men and women practice a Christian faith that reflects the whole person and the full gospel.

Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? book. Nanez carefully demonstrates how this is a false dichotomy, and he exposes its roots without becoming harshly critical of the movement which he himself is a part of and loves. He calls Pentecostals to engage their minds as well as their spirits in their witness and ministry in such areas as apologetics, logic, philosophy, theology, history and science. Every Pentecostal should read this book. We can have fire-baptized minds as well as hearts!.

Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? helps men and women practice a Christian faith that reflects the whole person and the full gospel. Rick Nanez calls Pentecostals and charismatics to seek a balance between mind and Spirit.

Rick Na�ez outlines the anti-intellectual pattern that has been a part of the tic movement and demonstrates the God-given responsibility all believers have to use their minds to understand and defend the Bible as God's Word

Rick Na�ez outlines the anti-intellectual pattern that has been a part of the tic movement and demonstrates the God-given responsibility all believers have to use their minds to understand and defend the Bible as God's Word. Do you sometimes feel you have to check your intellect at the church door, leaving reason behind to embrace the Christian faith? Do you hunger for a full gospel that includes the mind as well as heart and Spirit? Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? challenges c. Specifications.

Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? challenges charismatic and Pentecostal .

Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? challenges charismatic and Pentecostal believers to discover the power of a well-maintained mind-a mind on fire-to match a heart on fire and to create a life that operates within the full counsel of God. Nañez shows how human reason helps us understand and interpret God’s Word as well as defend the gospel. Rick Nañez calls Pentecostals and charismatics to seek a balance between mind and Spirit. This book will stir you to seek all that God has for you. -From the Foreword by Stanley M. Horton, PhD. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

A Call to Use God's Gift of the Intellect.

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In this book, Nanez carefully shows how God expects us to use human .

In this book, Nanez carefully shows how God expects us to use human reason in understanding his Word. Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? challenges charismatic and Pentecostal believers to discover the power of a well-maintained mind-a mind on fire-to match a heart on fire and to create a life that operates within the full counsel of God Rick Nañez calls Pentecostals and charismatics to seek a balance between mind and Spirit.

Do you sometimes feel you have to check your intellect at the church door, leaving reason behind to embrace the Christian faith? Do you hunger for a “full gospel” that includes the mind as well as heart and Spirit? Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? challenges charismatic and Pentecostal believers to discover the power of a well-maintained mind―a mind on fire―to match a heart on fire and to create a life that operates within the full counsel of God .Nañez shows how human reason helps us understand and interpret God’s Word as well as defend the gospel. He shows what the Bible teaches about the mind, and explores the backgrounds of nineteenth-century and modern culture, anti-intellectualism, Pentecostal history and beliefs, and popular misconceptions about human intellect in relation to the Christian faith. Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? helps men and women practice a Christian faith that reflects the whole person and the full gospel. “Rick Nañez calls Pentecostals and charismatics to seek a balance between mind and Spirit. This book will stir you to seek all that God has for you.”―From the Foreword by Stanley M. Horton, PhD

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Xaluenk Xaluenk
Excellent book! Been buying MANY of these to give to friends!
JUST DO IT JUST DO IT
The Pentecostal revival and the Charismatic renewal movement have made many valuable contributions to world Christianity. Through them, for example, the worldwide church has experienced God's empowering presence and grown exponentially over the course of the last century. Unfortunately, these "full gospel" movements have not made significant contributions to the vitality of the Christian mind in the modern world. Instead, with notable exceptions, they have been largely indifferent or, in many cases, downright hostile to the life of the mind.

The causes of and cure for Pentecostal-Charismatic anti-intellectualism is the subject of Rick M. Nañez's new book, Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? A Call to Use God's Gift of the Intellect (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005). Nañez is currently an Assemblies of God missionary educator in Quito, Ecuador, but he has also served as pastor in stateside AG churches. This is his first book with Zondervan, a leading evangelical publishing house.

There are two parts to Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? Part 1, "Anatomy of the Fractured Mind," covers the biblical teaching regarding the life of the mind (chapters 1-4) as well as the historical, sociological, and theological sources of "full gospel" anti-intellectualism (chapters 5-10). Throughout these chapters, Nañez's working definition of anti-intellectualism is "a prejudice against the careful and deliberate use of one's intellect." My only quibble with this definition concerns the word prejudice. A prejudice suggests an instinctive and unreflective bias against something. While many Pentecostals and Charismatics are prejudiced against the intellect in this way, many others-notably the "full gospel" leaders whom Nañez cites-make arguments against the careful and deliberate use of the intellect. This is ironic, of course, since one has to use one's intellect in order to make an argument against using one's intellect. Such self-contradictory arguments are unfortunate evidence of how deeply anti-intellectual some Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders are.

Part 2, "Ammunition for the Full-Gospel Mind," makes the case for the cultivation of reason, logic, education, theology, apologetics, philosophy, science, and reading by Pentecostals and Charismatics (chapters 11-17). Chapter 18 offers a brief but fascinating survey of Christian leaders through the centuries who have combined intellectual depth with spiritual vitality. Chapter 19 argues that "full gospel" Christians cannot effect change in their culture without taking the intellectual high ground, and chapter 20 suggests practical ways that lay believers and ordinary churches can promote the life of the Christian mind.

I came away from reading Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? both energized and demoralized: energized because I have found a kindred spirit. Like Nañez, I am an Assemblies of God minister who loves to collect and read books. And like him, I firmly believe that the cause of Christ cannot move forward unless Pentecostals and Charismatics refuse to get "stuck on stupid" and start to love God with all their mind (Matthew 22.37).

Nevertheless, I was somewhat demoralized because of the depth and extent of anti-intellectualism in "full gospel" circles. No doubt my demoralization arises from my personal circumstances. I was reared in a home and spiritually reared in a church that valued education. My mother was a school teacher. My father, who has a doctorate in pastoral theology as well as a law degree, was the senior pastor of my home church as well as an adjunct professor of religion at a nearby Christian liberal arts college. Many of the members of my home church were teachers and college professors. I never experienced the kind of "full gospel" anti-intellectualism Nañez describes precisely because everyone I knew valued the life of the mind. I knew it existed, but I thought it was abnormal.

Nañez's description of the historical, sociological, and theological sources of "full gospel" anti-intellectualism shows that I was wrong. Historically speaking, anti-intellectualism shows up in the twin well-springs of the modern Pentecostal revival: Charles G. Parham's Bethel Bible School and William Seymour's Azusa Street Mission. Both eschewed serious thinking and "book learning," and instead promoted spiritual immediacy and supernatural guidance. Their animus against the life of the mind continues as a significant theme in the lives of their spiritual progeny. But their anti-intellectualism was even more deeply rooted in the themes and techniques of nineteenth-century revivalism, which was often virulently anti-intellectual because of its democratizing tendency to level distinctions between the learned and the unlearned. (See Nathan Hatch's The Democratization of American Christianity for an excellent historical study of this tendency.) Historically and sociologically, then, there never really was a "full gospel" mind to begin with.

But Nañez also describes five theological doctrines that restricted the development of the mind among Pentecostals and Charismatics. These include:

* "the concept that if the Holy Spirit `teaches all things,' `leads into all truth,' and delights in using `ignorant and unlearned men,' then why unnecessarily put yourself through the rigors of mental and intellectual discipline?"

* "The very idea that foreign languages [i.e., tongues], the future, deep insights, and information all otherwise unknown, can be mainlined into the soul and then gush forth through the lips of a believer, can become a potent catalyst for anti-intellectualism."

* "the belief in the `rapture' of the church" which promotes "tendencies toward escapism" and results in an attitude that denigrates "wast[ing] precious time preparing our minds" instead of "just reach[ing] the lost."

* The "critical mistake" of equating sanctification with scorn for "high culture, thinking of it and `the world' as one in the same, or...calling that which is not explicitly Christian `worldly.'"

* An "altar theology" that stresses "an instantaneous blessing of cleansing and power [which] can be received by faith rather than by the arduous process of `seeking.'"

From a historical, sociological, and theological point of view, then, it seems that Pentecostalism and anti-intellectualism go hand in glove.

Can we really form a "full gospel" mind out of such anti-intellectual resources? I believe there are good reasons to be hopeful. First, Pentecostals and Charismatics attempt to ground their beliefs and practices on the solid rock of biblical teaching. An honest and careful examination of what the Bible teaches about the life of the mind (such as is found in chapters 1--4 of Nañez's book) will lead them to reconsider their anti-intellectualism. Second, Pentecostals and Charismatics have always been students. They are the habitual founders of schools and editors/writers of periodicals. There is, in other words, a current of learning and communication whose flow can be turned toward more biblical purposes. And third, God is more than capable of raising up leaders and thinkers such as Donald Gee and Rick Nañez himself to advocate a biblically balanced and mind-enriching "full gospel."

May their tribe increase!
BOND BOND
Nanez does a good job in the first few chapters of surveying the Biblical foundations for a balance of mind & spirit, pointing out that the Scripture rarely makes the distinctions between rationality and emotions that we do today.

The last 2/3 of the book deal primarily with the historical aspects of anti-intellectualism within American pentecostalism / charismatic circles, and may not be as appealing to those who haven't a clue who Charles Parnham is.

All in all, an excellent read!
Iaran Iaran
I have read and enjoyed Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?, and I highly recommend it to everyone! I would recommend it only to Christians, but I think those who are skeptical of Christianity should read it too. I think this book is able to demolish some long-standing straw men in the minds of many skeptics. What I mean is that Christianity has a well-deserved reputation for being anti-intellectual; but this reputation, as just as it is, does not reflect the teachings of Scripture. For the skeptic who wishes to debate with a Christian, I have no problem with putting this kind of ammunition in his/her gun. The skeptic ought to be knowledgable in the history and arguments that Nanez lays out in this book. If we want to deal with the problem of anti-intellectualism in our ranks, we should accept help even from our enemies. If we truly believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, no argument poses even a hint of a threat to our faith. You must understand that Jesus holds our enemies in His hand as they rail against Him, and we stand at His side. Learning about and embracing the primacy of the intellect -- in all matters of faith and godliness -- (read Gordon Clark's books) will edify you beyond your expectations.

As good as the book is, I hope that someone (Nanez maybe?) will pick up from where Nanez leaves off and give both barrels to the error of trichotomy. Trichotomy is inherently anti-intellectual, and if we are serious about demolishing anti-intellectualism (2Corinthians 10:4,5) we must demolish trichotomy. Man is body and soul. Period. Soul and spirit are synonyms. Let's lay this to rest once and for all.

Any review I write would not be as good as those I've read on this page, so I would like to offer the following as my support for Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?. I wrote this to an email list in 2003 as I was grappling with the problems Nanez covers in his book:

As some of you on this list know, I am always interested in problems of anti-intellectualism, irrationalism, mysticism, etc. in the church.

Here's an idea: there is no such thing as anti-intellectualism. There is only vain philosophy. No mind can really be against itself. To think any thought, a mind must make use of the laws of thought (logic). To think `anti-intellectual' thoughts, a mind is engaging in an intellectual pursuit, albeit foolish. In a religious context, the ultimate purpose of such a vain pursuit is knowledge for practical living, or practical Christianity. To this end, an `anti-intellectual' thinker will commit logical fallacies and become committed to vain philosophies such as pragmatism and empiricism. This must be the case because knowledge for practical living is the need of every man, and the intended purpose of these philosophies is such knowledge.

To obtain knowledge for practical living from God's Word, a Christian must follow the laws of thought and engage in a deliberately intellectual pursuit, or in short, he must be an `intellectualist.' This must be the case because God created us this way, and He wrote His Word this way. In other words, God's Word and man's mind are perfectly compatible, but only an intellectualist understands this.

To an anti-intellectualist, man's problem is his mind: It is always getting in the way. He can't trust God because he thinks too much. He reads the Bible, but he tries to understand it with his `natural mind.' To conform to anti-intellectual teaching, the believing saint, who earnestly desires to grow in the Christian life, is compelled to embrace some asinine separation between his own `natural mind' and his `spiritual mind'; or his own mind and the mind of Christ in him; or between his mind and his `heart.' According to the anti-intellectualist, no matter how much he believes God's Word, and trusts God, he still has a `natural mind' that he must deny on a daily basis. The `natural mind' is thought to be his intellect, regardless of his faith in the authority of God's Word. If he reads the Word and grows in the grace and wisdom of God, and in godly character, he has not understood the Word with his intellect, but with his `heart.' The idea that the whole body of God's truth contained in the Scriptures is properly called THEORY (from theos - God) is anathema to the anti-intellectualist. If we wish to be biblical Christians (is there any other kind?) we must learn to think in theory.

(One ubiquitous problem is that anti-intellectualists never define their terms, such as natural mind, spiritual mind, heart, etc.. Or if they try, their definitions are so poor that they don't accomplish anything. Definitions are necessarily specific, and anti-intellectualists hate specificity. This is expected of course. Definition is an intellectual activity. What else should we expect from them?)

This absurd rejection of biblical intellectualism (which is nothing more than biblical faith) necessitates an appeal to empiricism as a means of obtaining knowledge for practical living, and to pragmatism as a method of judgement between right and wrong, good and bad.

The point is, the so-called anti-intellectualist cannot avoid vain philosophy. By rejecting the (necessarily intellectual) Tree of Life, he turns to the only other tree that offers knowledge, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That is the tree of the `practical thinker'; the concrete-bound man who is unable, or unwilling, to think in theory.