McGrath is very good at what he does, representing a wide segment of Evangelicalism at an intellectual level. Here in this book, McGrath is trying to show that popular evangelicalism has sound theology (but needs more) coherence and contact with academic theology.
This sits well with us, his showing both the elitism and the benefits derived from academic theologians. However, his plug that a vacuum exists between an intellectual theology that will hold water and yet at the same time is able to survive among the ordinary believers is even more pertinent.
We in Lutheran circles need to heed this advice as well. What is meaningful coming from academic theologians needs to be unloaded so that the person in the pew can digest it. Filters and translators need to be there for this purpose.
This book is a must read for everyone involved in the wide field of evangelical theology. The first reason for this: McGrath takes serious the development of theology and modern thinking as a whole. Consequently he actively faces the questions given in our modern postmodernist and pluralist society from moderate evangelical point of view. Therefore the book lacks the strong apologetic tone of a lot of its evangelical counterparts.Otherwise, McGrath does not shy away from declaring the liberal theology that governs a wide area ofthe academic thinking as outdated and of not much use for today's questions. Interestingly enough he views the so-called postliberal school of theology as the natural ally of evangelicalism. This is of course miles away from any fundamentalist approach of old. The second reason: It grounds theology in a clear commitment in the person of Jesus Christ and the Bible as Holy Scripture. But while this is a clear witness in itself, the reader would wish the critical questions more intensely be tackled. The reader might feel, that McGrath is right in almost all that he says in this part, but may still wonder how these two foundations may be held in dialogue with the critical findings of much of Old and New Testament research. Nevertheless I find McGrath's book as one of the best cases for evangelical theology I've ever read. It seems to me, that he's looking in that direction, towards which evangelical theology is to go if it wants to remain.