Theologians are generally leery, even disdainful (usually in quiet, socially accepted ways!) of “lay” people. And so-called “lay” people tend to return the favor. There are many reasons for this, and Keith Johnson helps unpack them for us.
Johnson’s book is desperately needed since the animus between professional theologians and the church is acute and does not seem to be getting any better.
The author provides a good historical sketch of how theology moved away from the church and found itself in the academy. This offers perspective for how we ought to proceed in understanding the challenge of wedding theology to the church.
Johnson writes with a gracious touch but makes clear how we all need to make amends for our less than Christlike behavior.