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Con­grat­u­la­tions to Books and Cul­ture cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary. Founded as the evan­gel­i­cal re­sponse to the New York Re­view of Books, this mag­a­zine, pub­lished six times a year, is es­sen­tial read­ing for any­one in­ter­ested in the­ol­ogy. The cur­rent is­sue has a re­view by Mark Noll of a history of the United Church of Canada that poses ques­tions of wide in­ter­est. Point­ing out that the United Church of Canada may have been the most sig­nif­i­cant ex­am­ple of lib­eral evan­gel­i­cal­ism in the Protes­tant world, Noll won­ders if it was in­evitable that the church would even­tu­ally be­come sim­ply ‘lib­eral’, even ‘mod­ernist’. “Is lib­eral evan­gel­i­cal­ism al­ways fated to evolve into modernism?,” Noll asks. “Or might ‘lib­eral evan­gel­i­cal­ism’, in fact, be the most gen­uine bib­li­cal form of evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian­ity?” This ques­tion, he sug­gests, is of rel­e­vance to peo­ple to­day who call them­selves ‘John Stott evan­gel­i­cals’ or ‘NT Wright evan­gel­i­cals’. Con­grat­u­la­tions, also, to The Times, which has at last caught up with the story fea­tured in this col­umn three weeks ago that the Birm­ing­ham text of the Qur’an may un­der­mine the con­ven­tional ac­counts of the birth of Is­lam. The story was bro­ken by the science re­porter. Per­haps if The Times (or any news­pa­per) had a re­li­gious af­fairs re­porter with a knowl­edge of the­ol­ogy the story might have been bro­ken ear­lier. As it is, the BBC drew the wrong con­clu­sions from the Birm­ing­ham text, hail­ing it for sup­port­ing the ac­cepted ac­count.

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