Here’s a brief presentation of the “conversion” that led to my writing Transforming Christian Theology, along with an attempt to state in just a few minutes what is the main idea of the book.
LeRon Shults pushed me afterwards on these comments: do I not paint academic theology in overly negative, even exclusively negative colors? Perhaps I could have added a bit more nuancing, I admit. Academic theology can make, and has made, positive contributions to church and society. Still, in its abstractness and obtuseness it has frequently remained irrelevant when it could have been helping pastors and could have been speaking prophetically — and clearly! — to contemporary society.
Judge for yourself and let us know what you think…