The authors envisioned this book as a way for lay people to wrestle with the depth and breadth of theological reflection found in seminary. I think it accomplishes this task well.
There is not much in this volume that is new to me as a self-identified progressive pastor. But I did find the chapters concise and think that this book will be a good reference when trying to deal theologically with these topics in preaching and teaching.
There are a few places that I take issue with the authors. They suggest that the reason for the decline of the mainline church is that we aren’t vocal enough about our progressive theology. I tend to think that low church attendance isn’t about theology, per se, at all. They also make the claim that vegetarianism is God’s desire for humans. That is not an idea I’d encountered before and one I’ll have to give more thought but am not immediately convinced.
With the study guide included in the book, I think this book would be great for a church book study or to hand out to church folks who are looking for more. I am personally glad to have it on my shelf now as a great reference that I am sure will get used.
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