An energetic, joyful call for a 21st theology that is "creative and wise." Ford has edited a massive survey work of modern theology, and is himself a major force in the British theological/religious studies scene, so he has the background necessary to try and mark out some possibilities of a 21st century Christian theology.
Ford calls for a theology which is scripturally centered; marked by receptive retrieval; engagement with God, community, and the world in primarily dramatic (as opposed to epic or lyric) terms; deep thinking; and effective, creative communication in various forms. Ford's experience in inter-religious dialogue also brings in a unique angle, as he emphasizes the importance of inter-religious engagement, an "inter-faith theology of blessing" that is still scripturally centered. Ford's ideal "apprentice theologian" is marked by "receptivity (first of all to the Holy Spirit), reading wisely and self-critically, prayer, collegial friendship, involvement in service, a well-nourished imagination, disciplined thinking, mature discernment, care and creativity in communication, and risky witnessing." I especially enjoyed his discussion of the "two wisdoms" which arise from dramatic engagement: a wisdom of "intensity and reserve" and of "extensity and ramification," the comparison of epic, lyric and dramatic modes, and the need for balancing the various "moods" of theology.
As always with Ford, the reader gets a wide-ranging, broad discussion, along with an impressive and creative scriptural foundation. One might wish that he had explored a few of the concepts/chapters in greater detail - especially in the final chapters, all of which included a series of maxims/points which could have been explored further.