(Tim) If erudition's your thing, the late Donald Bloesch was your man. Seminary professor, denominational prophet to his own and President Barack Obama's United Church of Christ (which he referred to as "Unitarians Considering Christ"); and theologian; Don was bonkers prolific. He never seemed to stop writing. Speaking personally, though, Don was a dear friend who taught me much about how to work for reform within the church and how to apply the truths of God's Word to this present evil day.
Which is ironic when you stop to consider Bloesch held to classic Neo-Orthodoxy--particularly its denial of the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture. Once I tried to talk Don into delaying writing the volume of his systematic theology dealing with revelation until he'd gotten older and thought better of his commitments. Of course, I failed, but the disagreement didn't end our friendship. Don understood my concern and didn't resent my attempt to keep him from the publication of his errors. (And of course, it was IVP that printed those errors. IVP has long been in thrall to the Academy, leaving far behind its earlier foundation on the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture.)
Speaking of his view of Scripture, one night Mary Lee and I were having dinner with about five other guests at Don and Brenda's home in Dubuque. Brenda had served a wonderful meal and we were gathered in their living room for conversation, afterward. There were books here, there, and everywhere. Don sat in the middle of the couch and on the coffee table at his knees was Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood which at the time was a runner-up to Clark's Man and Woman in Christ for the best book in print on the Biblical doctrine of sexuality.
Pointing to the book I asked Don if he'd read it? He said it was on his list but he hadn't gotten to it, yet. Brenda inserted that she'd been trying to get him to read it for some time, but failed. (She held the Ph.D. in French Lit and, given their childlessness, served as Don's full-time assistant in all his writing and speaking endeavors.)
With the subject broached, I asked Don what he thought of woman officers in the church?
He responded that...