of the world of Christian theology is attempted here in a way much
different from the usual long narratives. This time it happens in the
midst of frank conversations among theological greats of the present
and recent past. No one gets to ramble on alone, free of others who
have differing persuasions and experiences. You are invited to come
on in and listen.
of the Matter, twenty-one voices are heard in all. Each voice
represents wide experience and is full on conviction this is heard
respectfully by the others. These conversations are informed and
sometimes rather personal exchanges, although never yelling matches of
the immature and undisciplined. Comments made are carefully
referenced to published sources.
conversation participants cross lines of century, culture, gender, and
Christian tradition, and they represent both the "mainline" and out
boundaries of the Christian theological community. Truth is where you
find it, and it's hardly God's eternal truth if it cannot withstand
the shifting winds of lively and well-informed conversation. Rather
than just rambling, these spirited conversations are in search of the
heart of the matter, the core of truth, the foundations of Christian
About the Author:
Barry L. Callen holds earned
doctoral degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and Indiana
University and masters degrees from Anderson University School of
Theology and Asbury Theological Seminary and is Professor of
Christian Studies at Anderson University. He has been editor of the
Wesleyan Theological Journal since 1992 and is the founding editor
of Anderson University Press. He has written or edited more than
thirty books, several involving the history, teachings, and leaders
of the Church of God movement (Anderson).
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