George Ladd made significant impacts upon American evangelical scholarship and the church far more than he realized or understood. Now a biography on Ladd is available. It tells the story, exposing the man's brilliance but also his dark side. I remember well the day, many years ago, that I learned how Ladd's profound disappointment over a withering review of his work by Norman Perrin ruined him. So determined to achieve the praise of non-evangelicals, when he did not attain it, he spiralled downward in alcoholism, bitterness, and despair.
Read Michael Bird's review of John A. D'Elia's biography of George Ladd.
Book Review: A Place at the Table by John A. D'Elia
John A. D'Elia
A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America
Oxford: OUP, 2008.
Available at OUP in the UK and US
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