What makes this work interesting to the theologian and philosopher is how Ward uses his fourfold thesis, based on the analysis of the linguistic conceptual forms attributed to Jesus by the gospels. His thesis is that Jesus taught a gospel of conditional universal salvation, not a message of condemnation for all but a small `elect'. The four theses: conditional universalism, spiritual eschatology, responsive-participatory virtue ethics, and `unitive' idealism are less forbidding than their headings. Ward is a master of the word bite, delivering short, memorable one-liners that sum up the meaning of quite complex theological and philosophical reasoning. Whether his support of universal salvation which is met with the descriptor that it is not torturing (enemies) them in flames for eternity (page 68) or when breaking down the revelation of Christ into a meaningful sentence, a man of prayer, devoted to God, with a mission to proclaim that God was drawing near in a new way, to proclaim the kingdom of God (page 30). These word bites are one of the things that make a book that appears on the surface as suitable only for intellectual stimulation to be accessible for all. I would recommend this book to both those who are tired of fundamentalist interpretations of the sayings of Christ and wish to be able to see the locution of the text through academic reasoning.