Fifty years ago, the worst insult an evangelical could hurl was "worldly." But times have changed, and, as a new book devoted to exploring "thelandscape of evangelical piety and thought" makes clear, evangelicals are now very much engaged in the world.

This collection ofessays, which emerged out of a 1998 conference at Harvard, makes clearthat evangelicals are very much engaged in the broader culture.Gordon-Conwell Seminary's David Wells explores the unique contributionsthat evangelical theologians and intellectuals are making tocontemporary American academic culture. Richard Mouw, president ofFuller Theological Seminary (and Beliefnet columnist), praisesevangelicals for "thinking and acting in recent decades in a manner thattakes our public lives more seriously." Mark Noll, in an essay onhymnody, says that "evangelicalism at its best" works to amelioratesocial ills like slavery and poverty.

This slim book packs a punch.