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The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender
A. P. A. Thatcher, ed.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xii, 719. Hb.
ISBN 978-0-19-966415-3.

Review by Duncan Dormor, United Society Partners in the Gospel, London


Redeeming Gender
A. P. A. Thatcher
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 225. Hb. £25.
ISBN 978-0-19-874475-7.

Review by Elaine Graham, University of Chester


Thinking Again about Marriage: Key Theological Questions.
J. P. Bradbury and S. Cornwall, eds.
London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. x, 220. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-334-05369-9.

Revew by Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter


An Honest Life: Faithful and Gay
G. M. Hooper
Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2015. Pp. x, 147. Pb. £9.99.
ISBN 978-1-78279-921-4.

Review by Savitri Hensman, East London


Intimate Jesus: The Sexuality of God Incarnate
A. R. Angel
London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 176. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-281-07240-8.

Review by Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester


Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul
S. J. Gathercole
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015. Pp. 128. Pb. £11.99.
ISBN 978-0-8010-4977-4.

Review by Andrew Angel, Burgess Hill


The Day the Revolution Began
N. T. Wright
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. viii, 440. Hb. £16.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-06145-7.

Review by Doug Chaplin, Diocese of Worcester


The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology
J. R. Farris and C. C. Taliaferro, eds.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xx, 384. Hb. £90.
ISBN 978-1-4724-1093-1.

Review by Michele Saracino, Manhattan College, New York


Reason and Wonder: Why Science and Faith Need Each Other
E. R. Priest, ed.
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xx, 211. Pb. £12.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-07524-9.

Review by Michael Fuller, University of Edinburgh


Citizens of the Broken Compass: Ethical and Religious Disorientation in the Age of Technology.
J. E. Brush,
Alresford: iff Books, 2015. Pp. vi, 124. Pb. £9.99.
ISBN 978-1-78279-954-2.

Review by Ben Humphris, Hodge Hill College, Birmingham


Animals Are Not Ours (No, Really, They’re Not): An Evangelical Animal Liberation Theology
S. W. King
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 184. Pb. £15.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9448-1.

Review by Jennifer Brown, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, and Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford.


The Spirit of Peace: Pentecost and Affliction in the Middle East
M. C. Grey
Durham: Sacristy Press, 2015. Pp. viii, 146. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-908381-20-0.

Review by Samuel McBratney, Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham


Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology: The Gifford Lectures – An Extended Edition
P. Schmidt-Leukel
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 291. Pb. £29.99.
ISBN 978-1-62698-230-7.

Review by Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


The Soul of Doubt: The Religious Roots of Unbelief from Luther to Marx
D. F. Erdozain
New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 320. Hb. £22.99.
ISBN 978-0-19-984461-6.

Review by Guy Collins, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA


Christ, Church and World: New Studies in Bonhoeffer’s Theology and Ethics.
M. G. Mawson and P. G. Ziegler, eds.
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 201. Hb. £65.
ISBN 978-0-567-66591-1.

Review by Ann Nickson, Mortlake, London


Theology after Lacan: The Passion for the Real
C. C. Davis, M. J. P. Pound and C. S. Crockett, eds.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2015. Pp. viii, 286. Pb. £22.50.
ISBN 978-0-227-17470-8.

Review by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice, William Temple Foundation and University of Worcester


Practical Theology and Pierre-André Liégé: Radical Dominican and Vatican II Pioneer.
J. N. A. Bradbury
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xvi, 249. Hb. £65.
ISBN 978-1-4724-1870-8.

Review by Derrick Witherington, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


Academic Vocation in the Church and Academy Today: ‘And with All of Your Mind’
S. C. Henson and M. J. Lakey, eds.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. xii, 235. Hb. £95.
ISBN 978-1-4724-5454-6.
For God’s Sake: Re-Imagining Priesthood and Prayer in a Changing Church
J. H. Martin and S. A. Coakley, eds.
London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. xx, 183. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-84825-814-3.

Reviews by Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral


Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives
A. Reid, ed.
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xxvi, 367. Pb. £17.99.
ISBN 978-0-567-66809-7.

Bridget Nichols, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin


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The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies
M. D. Chapman, S. Clarke and M. W. Percy, eds.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 657. Hb.
ISBN 978-0-19-921856-1.

Review by Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


The Anglican Imagination: Portraits and Sketches of Modern Anglican Theologians
R. B. Slocum
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xvi, 177. Hb. £60.
ISBN 978-1-4724-4735-7.

Review by Andrew Chandler, University of Chichester


Anglican Cathedrals in Modern Life: The Science of Cathedral Studies
L. J. Francis, ed.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp. xiv, 267. Hb.
ISBN 978-1-137-55301-0.

Reveiw by Stephen Platten, Ludgate, London


Holy Ground: Cathedrals in the Twenty-First Century
S. G. Platten, ed.
Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 181. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-910519-73-8.

Review by Judith Muskett, York St John University


A Voice to Be Heard: Christian Entrepreneurs Living Out Their Faith
R. A. Higginson and K. P. N. Robertshaw
London: Inter-Varsity Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 212. Pb. £9.99.
ISBN 978-1-78359-565-5

Review by Edward Carter, Chelmsford Cathedral


The Liquidation of the Church
C. N. de Groot
Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. x, 191. Hb. £105.
ISBN 978-1-472-47786-6.

Review by Martyn Percy, University of Oxford


International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies: Itineraries, Gaps and Obstacles
D. Albera and P. J. K. Eade, eds.
New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2015. Pp. xii, 213. Hb. £85.
ISBN 978-1-138-84035-5.

Review by Marion Bowman, Open University, Milton Keynes


Liturgy and Power, Annual Publication of the College Theology Society 62
B. P. Flanagan and J. M. Vento, eds.
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xvi, 208. Pb. £31.99.
ISBN 978-1-62698-217-8.

Review by Bridget Nichols, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin


Poetry and the Religious Imagination: The Power of the Word
F. Bugliani Knox and D. Lonsdale, eds.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xii, 268. Hb. £60.
ISBN 978-1-4724-2624-6.
Poetry and Prayer: The Power of the Word II
F. Bugliani Knox and J. F. Took, eds.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xii, 249. Hb. £65.
ISBN 978-1-4724-2621-5.

Reviews by Mark Pryce, Diocese of Birmingham


The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry
M. D. Oakley
London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. xxxvi, 216. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-84825-468-8.

Review by Nicola Slee, Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham


In the Beauty of Holiness: Art and the Bible in Western Culture
D. L. Jeffrey
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxiv, 424. Hb. £40.99.
ISBN 978-0-8028-7470-2.

Review by Richard Harries, Barnes, London


Introducing the New Testament
J. H. Wansbrough
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015. Pp. xii, 406. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-567-65668-1.

Review by Andrew Angel, Burgess Hill


The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle.
N. T. Wright
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. x, 110. Pb. £19.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-07411-2.

Review by Doug Chaplin, Diocese of Worcester


Returning to Reality: Christian Platonism for Our Times
P. G. Tyson
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. x, 218. Pb. £17.50.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9385-9.

Review by David Leech, University of Bristol


Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present
A. Louth
London: SPCK, 2015. Pp. xvi, 382. Pb. £25.
ISBN 978-0-281-07127-2.

Review by Gregory Platten, Friern Barnet, London


Reading Barth with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal
G. Hunsinger
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015. Pp. xvi, 186. Pb. £14.99.
ISBN 978-0-8010-9531-3.

Review by Matthias Grebe, University of Bonn


The Only Mind Worth Having: Thomas Merton and the Child Mind
F. Gardner
Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xiv, 228. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-4982-3022-3.

Review by Anne Richards, Church of England Mission and Public Affairs Division, London


Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion
L. Powell-Jones and F. L. Shults, eds.
London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Pp. viii, 194. Hb. £85.
ISBN 978-1-4742-6689-5.

Review by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice, William Temple Foundation and University of Worcester


Grounded: Finding God in the World: A Spiritual Revolution
D. Butler Bass
New York: HarperOne, 2015. Pp. xii, 323. Hb. £14.99.
ISBN 978-0-06-232854-0.

Review by Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral


Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach
J. B. Martin-Schramm, D. T. Spencer and L. A. Stivers
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxii, 314. Pb. £25.99.
ISBN 978-1-62698-156-0.

Review by Frances Ward, Mirfield


Religion, Violence, and the Secular State
J. C. Caiazza
New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xvi, 140. Pb. £40.99.
ISBN 978-1-138-10692-5.

Review by Esther Reed, University of Exeter


Muslim Identity in a Turbulent Age: Islamic Extremism and Western Islamophobia
M. C. Hardy, F. Mughal and S. Markiewicz, eds.
London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. Pp. xiv, 258. Pb. £14.99.
ISBN 978-1-78592-152-0.

Review by Richard Sudworth, Sparkbrook, Birmingham


Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition
T. L. Winright and L. E. Johnston, eds.
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxviii, 201. Pb. £23.99.
ISBN 978-1-62698-158-4.

Review by Rosemary Durward, East Horsley, Surrey


Encountering ETI: Aliens in Avatar and the Americas
J. W. Hart
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. x, 296. Pb. £21.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9397-2.

Review by Douglas Cowan, Renison University College, Waterloo, ON


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W. J. Abraham, Among the Ashes: On Death, Grief, and Hope. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 113. Hb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7528-0.


J. L. Alberg, ed., Apocalypse Deferred: Girard and Japan. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. x, 274. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10016-2.


S. A. Bell, Faith in Conflict: The Impact of the Great War on the Faith of the People of Britain. Solihull: Helion and Co., 2017. Pp. 240. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-1-911512-67-7.


M. F. Bird, Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 155. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7506-8.


M. J. Borg, Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the Twenty-First Century. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 271. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07825-7.


M. W. Brierley and G. A. Byrne, eds., Life after Tragedy: Essays on Faith and the First World War Evoked by Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 254. Pb. $31. ISBN 978-1-5326-0226-9.


D. J. Brouwer, How to Become a Multicultural Church. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7393-4.


S. L. Brown and F. J. Moloney, Interpreting the Gospel and Letters of John: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 355. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7338-5.


K. A. Cahalan and B. J. Miller-McLemore, eds., Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. vi, 238. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7424-5.


A. J. Carroll and R. J. Norman, eds., Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xviii, 260. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-1-138-89191-3.


J. C. Cavadini and D. M. Peters, eds., Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 355. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10158-9.


Y. S. L. Chan, J. F. Keenan and R. Zacharias, eds., The Bible and Catholic Theological Ethics. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 299. Pb. £37.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-218-5.


P. S. Chung, Postcolonial Public Theology: Faith, Scientific Rationality, and Prophetic Dialogue. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 234. Pb. £21. ISBN 978-0-227-17576-7.


K. W. Clements, Look Back in Hope: An Ecumenical Life. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2017. Pp. xxii, 423. Pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-1855-0.


A. J. W. Copson, Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 153. Hb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-19-880913-5.


J. C. Davis, Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 226. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7510-5.


K. J. Eyeons, The Theology of Everything: Renaissance Man Joins the 21st Century. Cambridge: Ellis and Maultby, 2017. Pp. viii, 237. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-1-9997631-1-4.


B. P. Flanagan and J. M. Vento, eds., Liturgy and Power, Annual Publication of the College Theology Society 62. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xvi, 208. Pb. £31.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-217-8.


P. A. Florensky, Early Religious Writings, 1903–1909, tr. B. Jakim. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 228. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7495-5.


R. L. Gallagher and P. A. Hertig, eds., Contemporary Mission Theology: Engaging the Nations: Essays in Honor of Charles E. Van Engen. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxxii, 307. Pb. £34.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-211-6.


L. S. Graybill, Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 307. Hb. $45. ISBN 978-0-268-10189-3.


N. L. Gross, Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxiv, 158. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7322-4.


H. S. Gustafson, Finding All Things in God: Pansacramentalism and Doing Theology Interreligiously. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 339. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-7188-9490-0.


M. Harding and A. M. Nobbs, eds., Into All the World: Emergent Christianity in Its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxii, 403. Pb. £45.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7515-0.


R. A. Higginson and K. P. N. Robertshaw, A Voice to Be Heard: Christian Entrepreneurs Living Out Their Faith. London: Inter-Varsity Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 212. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78359-565-5.


A. S. Holmes, The Church of England and Divorce in the Twentieth Century: Legalism and Grace. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. Pp. x, 195. Hb. £110. ISBN 978-1-848-93617-1.


D. T. Irvin, ed., The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 189. Pb. £32.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7304-0.


J. W. Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 206. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7505-1.


U. M. King, Christ in All Things: Exploring Spirituality with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 2nd edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xxii, 234. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-190-4.


J. E. Kirby, Historians and the Church of England: Religion and Historical Scholarship, 1870–1920. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 257. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-876815-9.


M. J. Kruger, Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xii, 256. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07131-9.


E. J. Kyle, Spiritual Being and Becoming: Western Christian and Modern Scientific Views of Human Nature for Spiritual Formation. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 296. Pb. £27.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9491-7.


D. A. Lee, The Gospels Speak: Addressing Life’s Questions. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 157. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-5324-4.


R. Mann, Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53278-4.


P. Marshall, Invisible Worlds: Death, Religion and the Supernatural in England, 1500–1700. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. viii, 260. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07522-5.


V. Moffatt, ed., Reclaiming the Common Good: How Christians Can Help Re-build Our Broken World. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. x, 207. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53315-6.


F. J. Moloney, Eucharist as a Celebration of Forgiveness. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 136. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-5316-9.


A. I.-R. Mong, Dialogue Derailed: Joseph Ratzinger’s War against Pluralist Theology. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xxxii, 325. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-227-17640-5.


J. N. Morris, ed., The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume IV: Global Western Anglicanism, c. 1910–present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 449. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-964140-6.


M. D. Moynagh, Church in Life: Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 446. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05451-1.


R. D. Nelson and C. D. Raith, Ecumenism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 194. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-567-57346-9.


K. Nikondeha, Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 185. Pb. £13.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7425-2.


T. A. Noble, S. K. Whittle and P. S. Johnston, eds., Marriage, Family and Relationships: Biblical, Doctrinal and Contemporary Perspectives. London: Apollos, 2017. Pp. xii, 291. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78359-539-6.


C. M. Pepinster, The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xii, 245. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-5676-6631-4.


P. C. Phan, The Joy of Religious Pluralism: A Personal Journey. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 235. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-225-3.


S. G. Platten, Animating Liturgy: The Dynamics of Worship and the Human Community. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-54-7.


S. G. Platten, ed., Holy Ground: Cathedrals in the Twenty-First Century. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 181. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-73-8.


S. G. Platten, ed., Oneness: The Dynamics of Monasticism. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 209. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05532-7.


P. Potter and I. J. Mobsby, eds., Doorways to the Sacred: Developing Sacramentality in Fresh Expressions of Church. London: Canterbury Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 196. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-951-5.


A. S. Radcliff, The Claim of Humanity in Christ: Salvation and Sanctification in the Theology of T. F. and J. B. Torrance. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 208. Pb. £20. ISBN 978-0-227-17636-8.


M. Raheb and S. W. Henderson, The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. vi, 151. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-229-1.


T. M. Rajendra, Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 169. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6882-4.


J. Reader, Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Pp. viii, 162. Hb. ISBN 978-3-319-54510-3.


A. P. Rumsey, Parish: An Anglican Theology of Place. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. x, 203. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05484-9.


J. M. Rziha, The Christian Moral Life: Directions for the Journey to Happiness. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. x, 357. Pb. $40. ISBN 978-0-268-10182-4.


P. Schmidt-Leukel, Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology: The Gifford Lectures – An Extended Edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 291. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-230-7.


L. A. Squires, Healing the Nation: Literature, Progress, and Christian Science. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 214. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-253-03037-5.


R. G. W. Strong, ed., The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume III: Partisan Anglicanism and Its Global Expansion, 1829–c. 1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 490. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-969970-4.


J. L. Sumney, Steward of God’s Mysteries: Paul and Early Church Tradition. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 209. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7361-3.


A. C. Thiselton, Approaching the Study of Theology: An Introduction to Key Thinkers, Concepts, Methods and Debates. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 240. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07759-5.


E. J. Van Kuiken, Christ’s Humanity in Current and Ancient Controversy: Fallen or Not? London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xii, 220. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-67555-2.


S. J. Walton, P. R. Trebilco and D. W. J. Gill, eds., The Urban World and the First Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 388. Pb. £39.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7451-1.


J. S. K. Ward, Love Is His Meaning: Understanding the Teaching of Jesus. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. x, 97. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07763-2.


M. Westphal, In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 241. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-0-253-02652-1.


W. H. Whyte, Unlocking the Church: The Lost Secrets of Victorian Sacred Space. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 241. Hb. £18.99. ISBN 978-0-19-879615-2.


C. E. Wolfteich, Mothering, Public Leadership, and Women’s Life Writing: Explorations in Spirituality Studies and Practical Theology, Theology in Practice 3. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. x, 208. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-35066-3.


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M. Amaladoss, Interreligious Encounters: Opportunities and Challenges, ed. J. Y. Tan. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxxvi, 250. Pb. £37.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-221-5.


B. E. Beck, Methodist Heritage and Identity. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. vi, 188. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-138-63619-4.


K. van Bekkum, J. Dekker, H. R. van de Kamp and H. G. L. Peels, eds., Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 315. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-33795-4.


C. Bird, The Divine Heart of Darkness: Finding God in the Shadows. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017. Pp. x, 155. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-58-5.


M. I. Bochenski, Transforming Faith Communities: A Comparative Study of Radical Christianity in Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism and Late Twentieth-Century Latin America. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 334. Pb. £27.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9499-3.


A. A. Buckareff and Y. Nagasawa, eds., Alternative Concepts of God: Essays on the Metaphysics of the Divine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 299. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-872225-0.


R. A. Burridge, Four Ministries, One Jesus: Exploring Your Vocation with the Four Gospels. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 260. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07597-3.


J. C. Caiazza, Religion, Violence, and the Secular State. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xvi, 140. Pb. £40.99. ISBN 978-1-138-10692-5.


C. Chalamet, Revivalism and Social Christianity: The Prophetic Faith of Henri Nick and André Trocmé. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 213. Pb. £20. ISBN 978-0-7188-9503-7.


J. R. Clatworthy, Why Progressives Need God: The Ethical Defence of Monotheism. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2017. Pp. vi, 374. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-78099-774-2.


C. L. Cohen, P. F. Knitter and U. Rosenhagen, eds., The Future of Interreligious Dialogue: A Multireligious Conversation on Nostra Aetate. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. viii, 327. Pb. £33.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-245-1.


C. C. H. Cook, J. McLean and P. M. Tyler, eds., Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xvi, 128. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-4724-8009-5.


C. N. de Groot, The Liquidation of the Church. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. x, 191. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-472-47786-6.


A. M. de Lange, B. T. Lloyd, T. R. Stratford and I. D. Tarrant, eds., Reimagining Worship: Renewing Worship in a Changing Church. London: Canterbury Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 273. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-913-3.


M. A. De La Torre, ed., Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxxii, 240. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-247-5.


P. B. Duff, Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 263. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6878-7.


S. G. Eastman, Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul’s Anthropology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 207. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6896-1.


S. van Erp, C. Cimorelli and C. Alpers, eds., Salvation in the World: The Crossroads of Public Theology. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 260. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-67815-7.


J. Gabelman, A Theology of Nonsense. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 221. Pb. £17.95. ISBN 978-0-7188-9519-8.


P. W. Goodliff, Shaped for Service: Ministerial Formation and Virtue Ethics. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 313. Pb. £35. ISBN 978-0-7188-9521-1.


M. R. Gornik and M. L. Wong, Stay in the City: How Christian Faith Is Flourishing in an Urban World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 83. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7404-7.


M. Graves, Insight to Heal: Co-creating Beauty amidst Human Suffering. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 305. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-7188-9508-2.


G. L. Green, S. T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo, eds., So Great a Salvation: Soteriology in the Majority World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. vi, 193. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7274-6.


M. L. Harris, Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xiv, 162. Pb. £22.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-201-7.


E. L. Hinson-Hasty, The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 244. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-238-3.


K. J. Hiuser, Animals, Theology and the Incarnation. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. vi, 290. Hb. ISBN 978-0-334-05538-9.


M. J. Hughes, Archbishop Randall Davidson. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. viii, 230. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-4724-1866-1.


J. G. Janzen, When Prayer Takes Place: Forays into a Biblical World, ed. B. A. Strawn and P. D. Miller. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xx, 430. Pb. £33. ISBN 978-0-227-17673-3.


D. L. Jeffrey, In the Beauty of Holiness: Art and the Bible in Western Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxiv, 424. Hb. £40.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7470-2.


E. M. Katongole, The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for New Creation in Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 189. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-250-5.


B. F. Le Beau, A History of Religion in America: From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xiv, 253. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-138-71133-4.


C. M. Loy, Development Beyond the Secular: Theological Approaches to Inequality. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 173. Hb. ISBN 978-0-334-05565-5.


L. N. M. McGrow, Missionary Positions: A Postcolonial Feminist Perspective on Sex Work and Faith-Based Outreach from Australia, Theology in Practice 5. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. viii, 251. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-35317-6.


R. J. McKelvey, Pioneer and Priest: Jesus Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 250. Pb. £22.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9506-8.


A. G. Milbank, J. M. D. Hughes and A. M. Milbank, eds., Preaching Radical and Orthodox: Sermons for the Christian Year. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 220. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05641-6.


R. B. Mitchell, Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 229. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-214-7.


J. N. Morris, The High Church Revival in the Church of England: Arguments and Identities. Leiden: Brill, 2016. Pp. xii, 288. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-32679-8.


R. T. Murray, Anglicans and Catholics in Dialogue on the Papacy: A Gift for All Christians. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017. Pp. x, 333. Pb. £33.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4960-5.


Y. Nagasawa, Maximal God: A New Defence of Perfect Being Theism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 225. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-875868-6.


Y. Nagasawa, Miracles: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xxii, 115. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-0-19-874721-5.


A. P. Pauw, Church in Ordinary Time: A Wisdom Ecclesiology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 188. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7186-2.


R. Payne, The Authority of Service and Love: A Recovery of Meaning. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2017. Pp. viii, 174. Pb. £13.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-482-3.


V. S. Roberts and D. B. P. Sims, Leading by Story: Rethinking Church Leadership. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. iv, 219. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05547-1.


H. E. Root, Theological Radicalism and Tradition: ‘The Limits of Radicalism’ with Appendices, ed. C. R. Brewer. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. xii, 165. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-138-09246-4.


D. Sarisky, ed., Theologies of Retrieval: An Exploration and Appraisal. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 359. Hb. £110. ISBN 978-0-567-66679-6.


M. L. Skinner, A Companion to the New Testament: The Gospels and Acts. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 274. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0000-1.


S. C. Spencer, ed., Theology Reforming Society: Revisiting Anglican Social Theology. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05373-6.


G. S. Tomlin, Luther’s Gospel: Reimagining the World. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 173. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-567-67739-6.


I. J. Tomlinson, Clergy, Culture and Ministry: The Dynamics of Roles and Relations in Church and Society, ed. M. W. Percy. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 186. Hb. ISBN 978-0-334-05618-8.


A. R. Webster, Found Out: Transgressive Faith and Sexuality. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xii, 159. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53263-0.


S. M. B. Wells, Incarnational Ministry: Being with the Church. London: Canterbury Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 233. Pb. ISBN 978-1-848-25926-3.


S. M. B. Wells, R. D. Rook and D. Barclay, For Good: The Church and the Future of Welfare. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2017. Pp. xx, 90. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78622-023-3.


M. J. Whipp, The Grace of Waiting. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2017. Pp. vi, 104. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-1-84825-977-5.


K. Yuasa, C. S. Lewis and Christian Postmodernism: Word, Image, and Beyond. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 197. Pb. £18.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9509-9.


Guest editorial by Susannah Cornwall
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Variant Sex and Gender, Law and the Churches

Whilst sex, gender and sexuality in religious perspective are impassioned topics of discussion both within faith communities themselves and among their observers, variant sex and gender are still relatively under examined. This special issue of Modern Believing focuses in particular on intersex and transgender, and examines how legal recognition of transgender and intersex people impacts on religious (especially Christian) communities, and on the implications for intersex and transgender people’s spiritual wellbeing of their participation in and full recognition by churches.