NT Wright's book "The Last Word" is just what I have been looking for; brief, concise, and meaningful. As a life-long conservative evangelical of the South, and a graduate of a conservative seminary, so many things just did not pass the test. This book filled in numerous concerns in my thinking without any sensational new concepts that would challenge orthodoxy (often used to sell a book!). The book is well thought out and organized clearly to trace through history the concept of the authority of scripture. The historical treatment is balanced and compact, academically well written without too many details (he acknowledges its intentional brevity) and no fault should be found in his brief treatment.<br /><br />Modern (or post-modern) Western thought has made us who we are; Wright challenges us to think and see "outside the box" just enough to realize that those who went before us loved God as much as we, and that our approach has been significantly skewed by Enlightenment influences. Integration of his thoughts into the various streams of Christianity would certainly work to bring greater unity and strengthen the bond of peace which is so desperately needed. We have become an enemy of our own testimony of Jesus by our focus on particulars and the Biblicism of Enlightenment thinking. Excellent and recommended!