I never considered myself a reader until I started seminary in August of 2008. Since then I have read multiple books, some of which have become instant favorites. I have read dead authors, living authors, Evangelical authors, Catholic authors, Anglican authors, Christian authors and Pagan authors. One thing that I have noticed in my reading (which pales in comparison to many) is there are not very many good Evangelical works available. As a matter of fact, I can’t really think of any Evangelical author I have read and thought, Wow this guy is a great writer!
Before you throw stones let me define what I mean by good. What I mean is the author has the ability to take a foreign or complex issue/topic and put it in language that is remarkably comprehensible for the reader. I know many people will throw out John Piper because in many ways he tends to be the unofficial spokesperson of the Evangelical world. I love John Piper and I am glad he is writing again and I am thankful for his ministry. Of all evangelical writers, I think he is the closest to what I am describing. There are many evangelical writers who are taking leadership in various theological discussions (such as the Justification debate, issues regarding the Atonement, etc…). What I am describing are writers who know how to use language and paint a picture with words. Not many can do that. I certainly cannot do that.
I started going down the list of those I consider good authors within the last 50 years. Of course this is just my opinion:
C.S. Lewis? Anglican
John Stott? Anglican
J.I. Packer? Anglican/semi-Evangelical
N.T. Wright? Anglican
What are Anglicans on that make them such great writers (hyperbole)? Hopefully this doesn’t come across the wrong way. I love and read many Evangelical authors, but there is something different between the ones I have listed here and modern Evangelical writings. This isn’t meant to undermine their efforts because I am thankful for them. Maybe I am ignorant and just need to read more. I am not saying I am right. I’m just saying that thus far this is my observation. I’m open to suggestions so please hit me up.