Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? A Call to Use God's Gift of the Intellect by Rick M. Nañez
by Rick M. Ñañez (Author)
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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
A Must Read
This book should be read by everyone influenced by the Pentecostal movement,regardless of your denominational affiliation. And mandatory for those who are Pastors and preachers of non-denominational, charismatic and pentecostal churches. This book is a call to as well a an indictment on ,those who say they know the "Word" however, they are not Contextually, Historically, and theologically sound in their teaching and preaching of the Bible.
Excellent book! Been buying MANY of these to give ...
Excellent book! Been buying MANY of these to give to friends!
Should be read by every Full Gospel believer
When I was a new believer, I would ask innocent questions only to get highly emotional answers with a "Don't ask questions, just believe" for an answer. I believe that humanism thrives on the college campus because we have handed it over to them. Experience and emotions are no contest for logic and reason. Full Gospel, Fractured Minds provides a well documented easy to read history of anti-intellectualism in the Charismatic-Pentecostal churches.
A Full Gospel Mind At Work
In this book, Nanez not only details much of the anti-intellectual spirit in full gospel circles, he goes a long way toward providing remedies and the reasons those remedies are absolutely crucial. Being in the Pentecostal tradition myself, I sympathized with many of the author's anecdotes and analyses and was greatly encouraged by this brave undertaking. It is my sincere hope that this book will be well and widely received in all its intended circles. Though it is written specifically to Pentecostal/charismatic circles, this work has a lot to say to a lot of believers. The first half, "Anatomy of the Fractured Mind," speaks to a biblical notion of the life of the mind and explains a great deal about contemporary anti-intellectualism. The second half, "Ammunition for the Full-Gospel Mind," deals with several specific ways in which the Christian mind can and should be enriched including logic, apologetics, philosophy, science and reading. The chapter on logic is especially useful for its long list of logical fallacies put in non-technical language. The chapter on science is similarly helpful with its list of key scientific figures that were committed Christians and powerful scientists at the same time. These lists, and the extensive bibliography, can provide the reader with a great deal of follow-up reading and research. I especially enjoyed Nanez's chapter on reading-his love for books is obvious and contagious. He shows how important reading was to the early leaders of evangelicalism and posits the idea that "[t]rue reading is thinking at its best." In a growing field of books addressing the issue of the Christian mind, I can heartily recommend this one a must read.
A Full Gospel Mind At Work
In this book, Nanez not only details much of the anti-intellectual spirit in full gospel circles, he goes a long way toward providing remedies and the reasons those remedies are absolutely crucial. Being in the Pentecostal tradition myself, I sympathized with many of the author's anecdotes and analyses and was greatly encouraged by this brave undertaking. It is my sincere hope that this book will be well and widely received in all its intended circles.