Jenson on the Christian Calling to Intellect

"Christians' calling to intellect is the calling to nurture the word, to tend books and foster argument … We serve a talkative God, who does not even seem to be able to do without a library. In his service, we will be concerned for talk and libraries. And some of us will have the privilege of spending a lot of time at that concern."

— Robert Jenson, Essays in Theology of Culture, (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 1995) 

Christian Scholarship

"The point of Christian scholarship is not recognition by standards established in the wider culture. The point is to praise God with the mind … Ultimately, intellectual work of this sort is its own reward, because it is focused on the only One before whom all hearts are open."

— Mark A. Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994) pp. 248-9, emphasis added.