Item description for Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A Call to Use God's Gift of the Intellect by Rick M. Nanez...
Overview Rick Nañez outlines the anti-intellectual pattern that has been a part of the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement and demonstrates the God-given responsibility all believers have to use their minds to understand and defend the Bible as God?s Word.
Publishers Description 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 .Nanez 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 Nanez 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.22" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310263085 ISBN13 9780310263081 UPC 025986263089
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More About Rick M. Nanez
Rick Nanez has (MA, Luther Rice Seminary) and has done doctoral work at Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Newburg, Indiana. In twenty years of pastoral service, he has ministered in a suburban, a Native-American, and an African-American Church. He has held credentials with the Assemblies of God since 1987, and has traveled to twenty-eight countries. He has taught on the importance of the 'life of the mind' on four continents and is currently an appointed missionary to Quito, Ecuador. He has been married to Renee for nineteen years and they have two boys, Joseph and Christopher.
Reviews - What do customers think about Full Gospel Fractured Minds??
paperback Apr 20, 2008
Be careful when ordering this book in hardcover edition. I did twice and received a paperback each time, although the envoice and price indicated hardcover. Content of this book is an excellent rebuttal to the all too common demonization of the intellect within today's Christianity.
Excellent book! Please read it! May 26, 2007
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.
Loving God with all of our being Oct 18, 2006
It is no secret that there has been a strong tendency in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles to downplay the use of the mind, the intellect, reason, theology and doctrine. Some even relish in bashing theology and the intellect. This of course is not always the case, but generally speaking, it is a fair assessment. Emphasis on the work of the Spirit, on emotion, on worship and on experience has tended to dominate in these circles, at the expense of the mind.
Then again, many non-Pentecostal denominations perhaps have the opposite problem. They may have deep theological acumen, make great use of the intellect and apologetics, delve deeply into the philosophical and theological issues of the day, but sometimes lack a vibrant, Spirit-filled walk with God. Again, this is a generalisation, but it tends to be the case quite often.
Thus it is quite difficult to find someone who shares in both traits: a first-class mind, great scholarship and wideness of learning, matched with a full-on, spiritually-dynamic, passion for Jesus. Such people certainly must exist, but they seem to be few and far between.
Indeed, the only two people that I know of who are both vibrant Pentecostal Christians, and also happen to be world-class New Testament scholars, are Gordon Fee and Rikki Watts, both of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.
Well, there is at least one other person I have since discovered who is also concerned about uniting the mind with the Spirit: Rick Nanez. He is a committed member of the Pentecostal, or full gospel, tradition, being an Assembly of God pastor, and yet he decries the anti-intellectualism that is so rampant in this section of the Christian church.
Now before going any further, let me say that it is not just the Pentecostal world that tends to frown upon, and be uneasy with, the life of the mind, reason and theology. Much of the evangelical world as well shares this problem. And many evangelical authors have written books to address this very issue.
As such, evangelical thinkers like Os Guinness, Mark Noll, David Wells, to name but a few, have penned works, urging fellow evangelicals to love God with their minds as well as the rest of their being.
So Pentecostals are not unique in this regard. However, there probably has been a stronger, more-pronounced anti-intellectualism in this segment of the church than in most others.
But Nanez thinks this is just not good enough, and he wants things to change. Thus he has written this book to remind his colleagues that we are commanded by God to love him with the fullness of our being. And that includes our mind.
Too many believers have simply checked in their minds upon conversion, and have been running around with a large vacancy upstairs ever since. Of course, they often point to various texts that seem to indicate that the mind, learning, knowledge and theology are dangerous.
Nanez begins his work by examining those passages, especially as found in 1 Corinthians. He rightly points out that they are not arguing against the use of the mind, just a perverted understanding of it. The main focus of 1 Corinthians 1 and 8 is not centred on "the negative character of the intellect, learning, miracles, and philosophy; rather, it focuses on the problem of wrong attitudes about them."
Another problem Paul is combating in the Corinthian letters is that of divisions within the church and promoting personalities. Nanez says that this is still a problem today in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles: the weakness of following personalities. It is in this context that Paul makes his statements about human wisdom, philosophy and the like.
He also examines the historical development of the Pentecostal tradition. In it we discover much anti-intellectualism, such as in Charles Parham, many in the Azuza and revivalism movements, evangelists like Billy Sunday, an so on. But there were rare exceptions. Donald Gee was one such Pentecostal who sought to bring balance in this area.
Nanez also discusses how Christians can recover the Christian mind. He has helpful chapters on logic, philosophy, science, apologetics, reading, education and theology. He asks us to get back to basics in these areas, and show the world that Christianity can provide the best in the sphere of the intellect as in other spheres.
In sum, this is a very important book. It is one thing for an outsider to criticise the full gospel folk for their lack of intellectual and theological wholeness. But for an insider to make such charges certainly gives the case much more credibility and impact. I hope this book is widely read in Pentecostal circles. Indeed, it needs to be widely read in evangelical circles as well.
I hope it is the beginning of a new wave of interest in a wholistic approach to the gospel amongst our Pentecostal brethren.
A Full Gospel Mind At Work Aug 1, 2006
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.
Clarifying the Content Apr 3, 2006
I very much appreciate that 'Thinking Charismatic' reviewed this work and considers it 'an excellent read.' I do, however, wish to clarify the content of the book. The first two chapters explains the positive statements that the Bible makes about 'the mind.' Chapters 3 & 4 correctly interprets the verses that many believers use as proof that the intellect is at odds with faith. Chapters 5-8 map out the development of a prejudice against 'the mind' in American culture, evangelicalism, and pentecostalism (1800-2000). Charles Parham takes up only two pages of the 267-page book. The last 2/3 of the book is not about the historical aspects of American Pentecostalism (only 30 pages in the first half of the book deals with examples of anti-intellectualism in our 100-year history). Chapter 10 explains the nature of 'anti-intellectualism,' showing how the prejudice operates. The last 10 chapters demonstrate 10 ways that Christians can develop their minds for the benefit of the Body, of our culture, and for the glory of God. These include chapters on Reason, Education, Theology, Apologetics, Philosophy, Science, Reading, Historical Examples, and General challenges to save our culture.