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A Place at the Table by John A. D'Elia
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George Eldon Ladd dedicated his life to the goal of a “rehabilitated evangelicalism, in both content and image.” (176) He wanted a place at the table, a place then (in post-WWII America) denied to evangelicals.

To his great and enduring credit, Ladd did do much to rehabilitate the quality of the content of evangelical theology. But improving its image to unregenerated liberal technical scholars was another matter. What do you expect when beauty is in the eye of beholders who are blind?

One of those beholders wrote a famously scathing review of Ladd's magnum opus, an event which devastated Ladd and precipitated his permanent fall into alcoholism. D'Elia was especially insightful in this section.

D'Elia has written a theologically probing biography which shows real mastery of the complex topics involved, a biography which holds many lessons—both positive and negative—for those who study and teach God's word at an academic level.
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October 24, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
October 24, 2012 – Shelved
October 24, 2012 –
page 17
6.27% "A few doctrinal inaccuracies, but I'm still hopeful."
October 29, 2012 –
page 49
18.08% "Through the magic of Logos Bible software I'm also reading the 1951 review John Walvoord gave of Ladd's Crucial Questions about the Kingdom of God—that's what the book is focusing on right now. I do find it troubling that Ladd so explicitly aimed to gain the attention and respect of liberal critical scholars rather than engaging in scholarship for the purpose of serving the church."
October 31, 2012 –
page 91
33.58% "A sad and instructive story."
October 31, 2012 –
page 148
54.61% "Just read a very insightful chapter on Norman Perrin's scathing review of Ladd's magnum opus. So sad."
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November 1, 2012 – Finished Reading
November 2, 2012 –
page 271
100.0% "Insightful book."

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