Prophetic EvangelicalsPosted: July 25, 2012
Check out this review at Englewood of Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom, due out next month from Eerdmans. It includes lots of important young and minority voices including Malinda Berry, Peter Heltzel, Bruce Benson, David Gushee, Chris Boesel, and Ruth Padilla-DeBorst, among others. Here is Daniel Yencich’s critical summation to an otherwise very positive review:
For all the strength in its various essays, Prophetic Evangelicals is not without its questionable assumptions and unhelpful assertions. Though there are contributors who resist this trend, Prophetic Evangelicals as a whole seems most at home among those evangelicals who lean to the left, both politically and theologically. What this amounts to at times is a solid critique of conservatism (which is welcome!), but only a rather soft-handed prodding of liberalism (which, frankly, is not enough). Political conservativism and liberalism are both sources and perpetrators of great evil in the world today; a bit more balance in the prophecy against the two sides of the aisle would have been more helpful.