Over at Ethics and Culture is a great review of What Christians Ought To Believe, here’s my favourite part:
Everything Bird writes is entertaining. His punchy prose springs from the page, even when he’s writing deep theology. He intentionally uses attention grabbing language and examples to make important points memorable. The purposefulness of Bird’s exuberant writing is what keeps his books from being over the top. He uses snappy rhetoric only to punctuate the most important points, not merely to entertain.
The one potential weakness of this volume is that there are a few cases where some readers may find Bird’s illustrations to be excessively shocking. This will depend on the audience. One example is in Bird’s account of first hearing the gospel, he relates a humorous story that includes monkeys giving themselves testicular exams. Many readers will find it funny and move on, and the story serves to wake the reader up to get the gospel in the same paragraph. However, some readers may find a few such flourishes to be a little too much locker room talk for a serious theology text.
Well, I do aspire to be a cross between Conan O’Brian and Leon Morris!