In this collection of essays Carl Trueman is at his brilliant, provocative, hysterical best. Reading Trueman is always enlightening and always an event. I loved the previous collections of his articles and enjoyed this one just as much. These chapters will edify, entertain, and occasionally infuriate. What more could one ask for in a book?
Wit and wisdom dont always go together with theologiansespecially with historical theologians. When they do, its a real treat. Proving the adage that those who dont understand history are doomed to repeat it, Carl Trueman brings the treasures of the past to bear on the challenges and opportunities of the present. Even if you dont agree with everything, you cant help but be provoked to ponder God, yourself, the church, and our culture in fresh ways.
Though he might not take himself too seriously, Carl Trueman takes the gospel very seriously in this wonderful little book. Trueman offers laugh-out-loud insightful commentary on theology, culture, the church, and the Christian life. His rapier-like wit cuts through absurdity and bad theology like a hot-knife through butter. This is Trueman at his best using humor in the service of theology.
The essay used to be a key sub-genre of Christian writing (witness those of the Baptist John Foster or the Catholic G.K. Chesterton), but in recent days the art of the essayist has become somehting of a lost art among Evangelicals. As this scinitllating collection of mini-essays clearly reveals, however, past essayists like Foster and Chesterton have a worthy successor in Trueman. His essays are not always easy to read; not so much because of the difficulty of their content, but due to their distinct prophetic edge. Yet, like the essays of Foster and Chesterton, though they do not always soothe, they do ultimately edify.
"Rev. Rodney Trotter is an international treasure, and his current residence in Cricklewood belies his ambition to address theological concerns on a global scale. The man seems fearless, offending sacred cows of all sizes and types. His writings shake the very foundations of conservative theological empires. I fully expect him to be named as Time magazine's "Most Influential Theologian," any time soon."