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Title: Reformed and Always Reforming: A Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology
Author: Olson, Roger E
Publisher: Baker Academic; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780801031694
Volumes: 1; Pages: 240
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As Roger Olson notes in his Introduction, this volume has a simple but controversial thesis: "It is possible to be more evangelical by being less conservative." Authors such as Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo have made a similar case with regard to social ethics, and Olson intends to do the same for theology.He suggests that postconservative evangelicalism is less a defined movement than a "mood" or "style of doing theology," characterized chiefly by a certain openness of mind that allows for the reconsideration of received tradition (without allowing that tradition to predetermine doctrinal correctness). Among the theologians who illustrate that approach are John R. Franke, Stanley Grenz, Nancey Murphy, Clark H. Pinnock, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, and Miroslav Volf.Olson suggests that postconservative evangelicals emphasize the transformative nature of an encounter with God rather than the idea of propositional revelation. In successive chapters, he develops related themes such as the importance of narrative theology, the encounter with postmodernism, and the task of revisioning theology.Scholars and clergy alike will find here an accessible study that provides an insightful account of contemporary postconservative evangelical theology, its creative and influential adherents, and their multifaceted approaches to theological reflection.