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.