Most Christians are unaware of the doctrinal debates taking place within the religious academic community. When they "are "aware of these discussions, they may consider them irrelevant or even harmful to Christian practice. Jaime Clark- Soles invites seminarians, seminary faculty, and church leaders to find common ground by considering the various debates, the reasons they persist, the implications of each, and how they pertain to Christian identity and faith within the larger contemporary culture. Includes study questions. Sections include: Packaging the Word of God in America Today; Different Ways of Reading: Promises and Pitfalls; Four Gospels: Problem or Gift?; The Synoptic Problem Authorship Issues: The Pauline Trajectory; The Historical Jesus Debate; and The Politics of Biblical Interpretation.