Here is a book that received my “happy face” seal of approval (the highest honor possible). Roger Olson’s Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology (Baker Academic, 2007).
Some of us are thinking different theologically. Sometimes it feels like we are on shaky ground, but this way of doing theology seems to emerge from a solid Scriptural standpoint. Some call this thinking a generous orthodoxy ( such as Brian McLaren, who borrows this phrase from Hans Frei). This way of doing theology seems a bit messy sometimes, llke a jazz performance, or a not finished play (NT Wright), or a dance (Vanhoozer). Our theologically is rooted in Scripture, appreciates faith tradition, and is very aware of cultural contexts (see Grenz and Franke), and yet it moves beyond static propositions. We see revelation is not merely about information, but more importantly about transformation.
In this book Olson captures the yearning of some of us to move beyond a conservative evangelical theology (while holding onto and appreciating the very best of this thinking) towards a postconservative evangelical theology. He traces the influences that have brought us to this point in our theological musings, and points us forward. I highly recommend this book. It will help as you sort though your own theological journeying, and give you a framework as you interact with fellow travelers, and those who might be suspicious.