Friday, October 19, 2007

Reclaiming the Center
Edited Millard J. Erickson, Paul Kjoss Helseth, Justin Taylor
368 pages
Publisher: Crossway Books (November 9, 2004)

Editors: Erickson is a Distinguished Professor of Theology at Western Seminary. Helseth is Associate Professor of Christian Thought at Northwestern College. Taylor is Director of Theology and Executive Editor of Desiring God.

Point of View: The movement-mood known as post-evangelicalism (among a host of other names) both requires and deserves critical and respectful engagement.

Organization: The book is divided into five parts. Part One introduces post-evangelicalism and its primary voices (Grenz, Olson, Webber, and McLaren), provides an overview of this work, and critiques Renewing the Center. Part Two critiques post-evangelicalism on philosophical grounds. Part Three critiques its theological method. Part Four critiques its historiography. Part Five looks ahead to what ought to happen after modernism and postmodernism.

Intention: To debate and dialogue, denounce and describe, and to critique and learn from post-evangelicalism in order that readers might be equipped to navigate into the post-post-modern world.


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