Inside was Nancey Murphy's Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism. This has moved to the top of the list. How could it not when the first two paragraphs of the introduction say this:
American Protestant Christianity is often described as a two party system. The division between "liberals" and conservatives (including both fundamentalists and evangelicals) is a deep one, often marked by acrimony and stereotypes. I leave it to the sociologists and historians to account for the acrimony. My goal here is to help clarify the difference between the intellectual positions of these two groups and to advance the thesis that the philosophy of the modern period is largely responsible of the bifurcation of Protestant Christan thought.If that doesn't sound exciting to you, I don't know what does.
A second thesis of the book is that the modern philosophical positions that drove this division have all been called into question. So it is time to ask how theology ought to be done in a postmodern era and to envision a rapprochement between theologians of the left and right.
Nancey Murphy is Associate Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Woo hooo...let the festivities begin.