Chris Evans's Liberalism Without Illusions was recently reviewed in The Journal of Religion. Below is an excerpt explaining how his book helps readers to understand liberal theology for what it is:
Evans begins by clarifying his understanding of liberal theology as the form of Christian theology that is committed to developing a culturally engaged articulation of Christianity, that strives to interpret the Bible in ways consistent with contemporary scientific and socioscientific worldviews, and that seeks justice in history. In his first chapter, Evans describes the current situation of American liberal Christianity, including attention to the popular stereotypes of liberal theology and the declining membership in the mainstream Protestant denominations associated with the liberal theological project. He avoids an alarmist tone—liberal Christianity is not, in fact, dead or dying—while nevertheless persuasively suggesting that there are good reasons to be concerned about liberal Christianity’s future. Even while liberal theology flourishes in universities and seminaries, those who care about the future of either Christianity or the United States have reason to share Evans’s concern about what might happen if Christianity in this country largely rejects the tasks of coming to terms with science and working for greater justice.
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