"When evangelicals confuse an improper passion for novelty with
a proper pursuit of academic and pastoral relevance, the results
can be distressing. I cannot express how grateful I am for the
well-formed wisdom with which this book points to the abiding and
decisive relevance for future route-finding of the old theological
-J. I. Packer, Professor, Regent College
"For those evangelicals who-like myself-are increasingly
troubled by extravagant claims made by various evangelical scholars
about the nature of the 'postmodern' challenge, as well as by
earnest calls to develop new epistemological and theological
perspectives in response to this challenge, the writers of these
essays shed much light. This book is must-reading for everyone who
wants to promote a clear-thinking evangelicalism for our
-Richard J. Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Seminary
"Here is a collection of intelligent, provocative, gutsy essays
that dare to fly into the eye of the scholarly storm over
evangelical identity. Though different perspectives are present
even here, the underlying thesis is clear and worth heeding: the
eager, and sometimes uncritical, embrace of postmodernist paradigms
may be as premature as it has proven to be unproductive for the
well-being of the evangelical church. One of the most important
books of the new century!"
-Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
"Provocative, timely, and controversial!"
-Donald G. Bloesch, Professor of Theology Emeritus, Dubuque Theological Seminary
"Compromise and confusion stand at the center of
evangelicalism's theological crisis, and a clear-headed and
convictional analysis of the problem has been desperately needed.
Thankfully, Reclaiming the Center has arrived just in time. . . .
My fervent hope is that it will open evangelical eyes, humble
evangelical hearts, and awaken this generation to the peril of
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"The authors of this well-designed volume provide a bold and
well-argued response to what is sometimes called 'postconservative
evangelicalism.' This important conversation regarding the essence,
center, and boundaries of evangelicalism is here explored,
interpreted, and assessed from a well-informed theological,
philosophical, and historical perspective. . . . I heartily commend
this volume and trust it will find a large readership."
-David S. Dockery, President, Union University
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