Why this book?As professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, Gary Simpson is not your typical “ivy halls” academic. With a rich background in parish and chaplaincy work – none of it transpiring in traditional Lutheran territory, (California and Oregon were his mission field) – he has brought to his work an abiding commitment to seeing Christian thought in a parish context, and always having it informed by an ecumenical vantage point. That has its distinct advantages, as anyone reading this book will readily discover. But one has to wonder, even if only for a moment, has it also brought to his work an inherent weakness? Hopefully, after reading the reviews you will want to read the book itself and draw your own conclusion.
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