McHugh cites Henri Nouwen’s words referring to evangelical spiritual experience:
“Sometimes it seems that our many words are more an expression of our doubt than our faith. It is as if we are not sure that God’s Spirit can touch the hearts of people: we have to help him out and with many words, convince others of his power. But it is precisely this wordy unbelief which quenches the fire.”
McHugh concludes, “Sometimes words are a verbal mask for a spiritual void.”
Mark Noll in The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, says this,
To put it most simply, the evangelical ethos is activistic, populist, pragmatic, and utilitarian. It allows little space for broader or deeper intellectual effort because it is dominated by the urgencies of the moment.