“I wrote the book for those wanderers, those exiles from the Christian tradition, who have been marginalised, oppressed, and abused by the church… yet are desperately in pursuit of some meaning and connection which would take them beyond themselves.”
It is also written to say to Christians, "If you want to demonstrate your fidelity to Jesus Christ, you need to abandon the assumption that your church structure and traditions have exclusive grasp of the truth, and you need to ally yourself with those who have been marginalised by the church. Only that way, will you conform to Christ and live into the faith you're called to live into. In that way, its a call, to Christians, to put their Christianity at risk"
David Congdon's excellent The God Who Saves: a Dogmatic Sketch came out almost a year ago. We talked about the book then, and today, in this episode we revisit the work. We talk about the book, its reception, the impact its made on David's life this last year. We also talk about the contemporary US context (and evangelicalism within that).
After listening to this, be sure to go out and buy the book.
David W. Congdon is an author, speaker, and scholar working in the area of theology and culture. He the acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas, where he oversees the publishing program in political science and law. He is also the author of The Mission of Demythologizing: Rudolf Bultmann’s Dialectical Theology, Rudolf Bultmann: A Companion to His Theology, and most recently, The God Who Saves: A Dogmatic Sketch. He is also the coeditor (with W. Travis McMaken) of Karl Barth in Conversation.
Find out more about David here and follow him on Twitter at @dwcongdon