I got the book, "Truth Is Stranger Than It Used To Be," a little while ago now.
I think it's by Middleton and Walsh.
I really don't know why some people get all worked up about books like this. In particular, the word, "liberal," gets thrown around alot when people don't like what they've been reading.
Granted, I haven't read all of it yet, but there always seems to be somebody complaining about any attempt to bridge the gap between 'conservative' theology and our ecclectic, postmodern, youth culture.
It's not like we can call ourselves anything other than that. Postmodern, I mean. Let's face it, I bet you and I could sit down and in half an hour have found out five beliefs that you value that somebody got burned to death or excommunicated for also believing sometime in the history of the church. Universal Orthodoxy? Supreme Magisterium? Come on, we're all a little bit too patchwork for that these days.
Take Anabaptism for example, *cough cough-hobby-horse-cough*. These guys (the "Radical Reformers") used to get burned by EVERYONE during the Reformation, and yet I must say that I know more than a few people who sympathise with their cause these days.
It's driving me mad... am I "conservative" or am I a big, fluffy, heretical "liberal"? Or, perhaps I should wonder, can anyone tell and who cares?
I respect the Bible to the highest degree. I even have highly preferential leanings towards good ol' six day creationism, heck... I think there might even be a real Hell.
And yet I find no worthy argument against Theistic Evolution (not, at least, from personal and group exegesis of Genesis 1-3), I think that Annihilationists might have something worth thinking about and I'm perfectly happy to accept that scribal errors exist in some of the many manuscripts that make up various books of our Bible.
So here I am, happy to believe what I believe - but equally happy to let others get on with their own opinions.
So does that really make me a person who lacks convictions if I won't go to war over these things that I claim to believe?
Does that make me a Liberal Postmodernist? I don't feel like one.
Of course, there are some things that I know and won't give any quarter on:
"And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."
(1 Cor 2:1-2)
Oh, and another thing, what denomination was Jesus, anyway?
"Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead."
(1 Phil 3:7-11)