Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.


A. Alker, Is a Radical Church Possible? Reshaping Its Life for Jesus’ Sake. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2016. Pp. viii, 155. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-250-8.


A. W. Baan, The Necessity of Witness: Stanley Hauerwas’s Contribution to Systematic Theology. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015. Pp. xii, 233. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0162-9.


A. Bash, Forgiveness: A Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xiv, 154. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0148-3.


A. C. Bingemer, Simone Weil: Mystic of Passion and Compassion, tr. K. M. Kraft. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xx, 146. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-2066-8.


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


B. R. Brock and M. G. Mawson, eds., The Freedom of a Christian Ethicist: The Future of a Reformation Legacy. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xii, 206. Hb. £65. ISBN 978-0-567-66595-9.


W. Brueggemann, Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xiv, 165. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7072-8.


D. E. Capps, The Religious Life: The Insights of William James. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xiv, 247. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-1994-5.


S. A. Cherry, The Dark Side of the Soul: An Insider’s Guide to the Web of Sin. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. Pp. xii, 265. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-4729-0081-4.


C. M. Collier, ed., The Difference Christ Makes: Celebrating the Life, Work, and Friendship of Stanley Hauerwas. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. x, 103. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-056-7.


G. B. Connell, Kierkegaard and the Paradox of Religious Diversity. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6804-6.


C. R. Cotter and D. G. Robertson, eds., After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xviii, 203. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-1-138-91913-6.


A. F. Day, ed., Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion: Powers and Pieties. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. xviii, 270. Hb. £65. ISBN 978-1-4724-4413-4.


G. D’Costa and R. K. A. Thompson, eds., Buddhist-Christian Dual Belonging: Affirmations, Objections, Explorations. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. x, 252. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-6091-2.


C. E. Deane-Drummond, The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 346. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6867-1.


D. E. DeCosse and K. E. Heyer, eds., Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities, and Institutional Responses. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxiv, 216. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-144-7.


M. A. De La Torre, ed., Introducing Liberative Theologies. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxviii, 260. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-140-9.


I. Delio, Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxii, 218. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-136-2.


E. S. Dodd, Boundless Innocence in Thomas Traherne’s Poetic Theology: ‘Were All Men Wise and Innocent …’ Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xii, 242. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-1-4724-5397-6.


B. D. Ehrman, Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior. New York: HarperOne, 2016. Pp. x, 326. Pb. $27.99.


D. A. S. Fergusson, Creation. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. viii, 149. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7196-1.


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


J. E. Goldingay, An Introduction to the Old Testament: Exploring Text, Approaches and Issues. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. 394. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07535-5.


A. C. Greene, No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 317. Hb. £22.99. ISBN 978-0-19-937187-7.


R. P. Greenwood, Sharing God’s Blessing: How to Renew the Local Church. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xx, 184. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07215-6.


C. R. Hallpike, Do We Need God to Be Good? An Anthropologist Considers the Evidence. Alresford: Circle Books, 2016. Pp. x, 220. Pb. £13.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-217-1.


J. Haynes, ed., Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics, 2nd edn. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xxiv, 395. Hb. £150. ISBN 978-1-138-82699-1.


J.-O. Henriksen, Life, Love, and Hope: God and Human Experience. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 372. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7149-7.


S. Hensman, Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church. London: Ekklesia, 2015. Pp. xvi, 255. Pb. ISBN 978-0-9932942-0-4.


S. C. Henson and M. J. Lakey, eds., Academic Vocation in the Church and Academy Today: ‘And with All of Your Mind’. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. xii, 235. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-5454-6.


K. W. Irwin, The Sacraments: Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 388. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4955-1.


T. P. Jackson, Political Agape: Christian Love and Liberal Democracy. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. xiv, 427. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7246-3.


R. M. Kearney and J. M. Zimmermann, eds., Reimagining the Sacred: Richard Kearney Debates God. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 286. Pb. £20. ISBN 978-0-231-16103-9.


D. G. R. Keller, ed., Boundless Grandeur: The Christian Vision of A. M. Donald Allchin. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015. Pp. xxxvi, 203. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0319-7.


J. F. Kilner, Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. xii, 402. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6764-3.


E. E. Lemcio, ed., A Man of Many Parts: Essays in Honor of John Westerdale Bowker on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015. Pp. xiv, 235. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-071-0.


A. E. McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Sceptics Find Faith. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. 197. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07510-2.


N. G. Messer, Flourishing: Health, Disease, and Bioethics in Theological Perspective. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013. Pp. xviii, 238. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6899-2.


A. E. Nekola and T. J. Wagner, eds., Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xiv, 263. Hb. £65. ISBN 978-1-4724-5919-0.


L. A. Nelstrop and B. B. Onishi, eds., Mysticism in the French Tradition: Eruptions from France. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xviii, 295. Hb. £70. ISBN 978-1-4724-3939-0.


G. M. Newlands, Spirit of Liberality: Collected Essays. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014. Pp. xii, 251. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-561-6.


R. A. Newson and B. J. Kallenberg, eds., Practicing to Aim at Truth: Theological Engagements in Honor of Nancey Murphy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. x, 280. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-994-2.


D. W. Norwood, Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. xxii, 263. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7210-4.


L. Novakovic, Resurrection: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 208. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-567-02815-0.


R. M. Oxtoby, The Trouble with Christianity: A Psychological Perspective. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2016. Pp. viii, 105. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-289-8.


S. Palmisano, Exploring New Monastic Communities: The (Re)invention of Tradition. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. x, 195. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-1-4724-3191-2.


M. K. Paul, The Evil that Men Do: Faith, Injustice and the Church. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 258. Pb. ISBN 978-1-908381-95-8.


H. E. Russell, A Faithful Presence: Working Together for the Common Good. London: SCM Press, 2015. Pp. vi, 137. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05389-7.


E. P. Sanders, Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, and Thought. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xxxvi, 862. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05455-9.


R. J. Schreiter, Constructing Local Theologies: 30th Anniversary Edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xx, 204. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-146-1.


L. A. Schumacher, Theological Philosophy: Rethinking the Rationality of Christian Faith. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xii, 210. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-1-4724-4262-8.


C. B. Simpson, Modern Christian Theology. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xxii, 375. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-567-66477-8.


C. W. Skinner, Reading John. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xii, 152. Pb. ISBN 978-1-61097-803-3.


T. J. Stead, Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality: Making Space for God. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xvi, 144. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07486-0.


J. Stolz, J. Könemann, M. Schneuwly Purdie, T. Englberger and M. Krüggeler, (Un)Believing in Modern Society: Religion, Spirituality, and Religious-Secular Competition. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. xviii, 296. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-6128-5.


M. H. Suchocki, Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xii, 121. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0313-5.


M. A. Sutton and D. T. Dochuk, eds., Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 302. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-19-937270-6.


A. C. Thiselton, Discovering Romans: Content, Interpretation, Reception. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xiv, 297. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07376-4.


P. M. Tyler, The Pursuit of the Soul: Psychoanalysis, Soul-Making and the Christian Tradition. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. vi, 200. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-14077-7.


J. R. Tyson, The Way of the Wesleys: A Short Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. x, 202. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6954-8.


J. Vanier, Life’s Great Questions. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xvi, 172. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07595-9.


G. T. Wakefield and N. J. Rooms, eds., Northern Gospel, Northern Church: Reflections on Identity and Mission. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 226. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-19-6.


A. D. C. Wingate, The Meeting of Opposites? Hindus and Christians in the West. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014. Pp. x, 216. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-468-8.


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


L. Woodhead, C. H. Partridge and H. Kawanami, eds., Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations, 3rd edn. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xvi, 598. Pb. £39.99. ISBN 978-0-415-85881-6.


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


F. M. Young, Construing the Cross: Type, Sign, Symbol, Word, Action: The Didsbury Lectures 2014. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xiv, 141. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07550-8.


Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.


J. Barton and P. J. Groves, eds., The New Testament and the Church: Essays in Honour of John Muddiman.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016.  Pp. xii, 189.  Hb.  £70.  ISBN 978-0-567-66037-4.


R. J. Bauckham, The Bible in the Contemporary World: Exploring Texts and Contexts  -  Then and Now.  London: SPCK, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 178.  Pb.  ISBN 978-0-281-07484-6.


C. Beardsley and M. O’Brien, eds., This Is My Body: Hearing the Theology of Transgender Christians.  London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 224.  Pb.  £14.99.  ISBN 978-0-232-53206-7.


K. A. Bendoraitis and N. K. Gupta, eds., Matthew and Mark across Perspectives: Essays in Honour of Stephen C. Barton and William R. Telford.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016.  Pp. xl, 196.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-0-567-65590-5.


A. S. Bishop, Eucharist Shaping and Hebert’s Liturgy and Society: Church, Mission and Personhood.  Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016.  Pp. xvi, 160.  Hb.  £95.  ISBN 978-1-4724-6328-9.


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


M. F. Camroux, Ecumenism in Retreat: How the United Reformed Church Failed to Break the Mould.  Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016.  Pp. xii, 238.  Pb.  ISBN 978-1-4982-3400-9.


A. M. Chandler, George Bell, Bishop of Chichester: Church, State, and Resistance in the Age of Dictatorship.  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. xii, 212.  Pb.  £23.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7227-2.


C. E. Curran, Tradition and Church Reform: Perspectives on Catholic Moral Teaching.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. x, 294.  Pb.  £21.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-171-3.


P. R. Davies, The History of Ancient Israel: A Guide for the Perplexed.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. xiv, 186.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-65585-1.


A. P. Davison, Amazing Love: Theology for Understanding Discipleship, Sexuality and Mission.  London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016.  Pp. xii, 113.  £8.99.  ISBN 978-0-232-53265-4.


C. Deacy, Christmas as Religion: Rethinking Santa, the Secular, and the Sacred.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 223.  Hb.  £30.  ISBN 978-0-19-875456-5.


O. Edgar, Things Seen and Unseen: The Logic of Incarnation in Merleau-Ponty’s Metaphysics of Flesh.  Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2016.  Pp. xii, 263.  Pb.  ISBN 978-1-4982-0261-9.


L. G. Friesen, Transcendent Love: Dostoevsky and the Search for a Global Ethic.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 224.  Hb.  $50.  ISBN 978-0-268-02897-8.


P. R. Gooder, Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person.  London: SPCK, 2016.  Pp. x, 162.  Pb.  ISBN 978-0-281-07100-5.


R. Haight, Spiritual and Religious: Explorations for Seekers.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. xviii, 203.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-161-4.


A. E. Harvey, Drawn Three Ways: Memoir of a Ministry, a Profession, and a Marriage.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. x, 182.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7332-3.


N. M. Healy, Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction.  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014.  Pp. xii, 142.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-2599-5.


J.-O. Henriksen and K. O. Sandnes, Jesus as Healer: A Gospel for the Body.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. x, 273.  Pb.  £23.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7331-6.


W. A. Hill, Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters.  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015.  Pp. xiv, 210.  Pb.  £17.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-6964-7.


B. E. Hinze, Prophetic Obedience: Ecclesiology for a Dialogical Church.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. xxiv, 264.  Pb.  £28.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-167-6.


S. S. Horujy, Practices of the Self and Spiritual Practices: Michel Foucault and the Eastern Christian Discourse, ed. K. Stoeckl, tr. B. Jakim.  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015.  Pp. xxvi, 181.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7226-5.


C. J. Insole, The Intolerable God: Kant’s Theological Journey.  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. x, 176.  Pb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7305-7.


M. A. Jeeves, ed., The Emergence of Personhood: A Quantum Leap?  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015.  Pp. x, 246.  Pb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7192-3.


K. L. Johnson and D. E. Lauber, eds., T&T Clark Companion to the Doctrine of Sin.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 472.  Hb.  £100.  ISBN 978-0-567-45115-6.


E. A. Jones, J. Frederick, J. A. Dunne, E. Lewellen and J. Park, eds., Ecclesia and Ethics: Moral Formation and the Church.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 212.  Hb.  £70.  ISBN 978-0-567-66400-6.


S. M. Jones, Celebrating Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Rites for the Christian Journey, Alcuin Liturgy Guides 7.  London: SPCK, 2016.  Pp. xx, 124.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-0-281-07537-9.


J. Ö. Jonson, Nathan Söderblom: Called to Serve, tr. N. A. Hjelm.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. xii, 449.  Pb.  £29.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7308-8.


K. P. Kinghorn, A Framework for the Good.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016.  Pp. x, 348.  Pb.  $45.  ISBN 978-0-268-03330-9.


G. H. Kreglinger, The Spirituality of Wine.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. xviii, 282.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-6789-6.


E. Lothes Biviano, Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. xxxiv, 286.  Pb.  £23.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-163-8.


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


M. Mühling, T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Eschatology, tr. J. Adams-Maßmann and D. A. Gilland.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. xvi, 411.  Pb.  £24.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-63282-1.


E. T. Oakes, A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. xxii, 248.  Pb.  £18.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7320-0.


B. J. Pierce, Jesus and the Prodigal Son: The God of Radical Mercy.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. xviii, 219.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-174-4.


P. A. Riches, Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. xxii, 279.  Pb.  £21.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7231-9.


R. Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality.  London: SPCK, 2016.  Pp. x, 238.  Pb.  ISBN 978-0-281-07516-4.


D. J. Shepherd, ed., The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927).  New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.  Pp. xii, 292.  Hb.  £85.  ISBN 978-0-415-74169-9.


A. Sloane, Vulnerability and Care: Christian Reflections on the Philosophy of Medicine.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016.  Pp. viii, 211.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-0-567-31677-6.


D. W. Smith, Liberating the Gospel: Translating the Message of Jesus Christ in a Globalised World.  London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 258.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-0-232-53233-3.


J. K. A. Smith, How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor.  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014.  Pp. xii, 148.  Pb.  £10.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-6761-2.


J. Sobrino, Archbishop Romero: Memories and Reflections, 2nd edn, tr. R. R. Barr, J. M. Ashley and M. D. Wilde.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. xii, 243.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-176-8.


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


M. E. Tucker and J. A. Grim, eds., Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 338.  Pb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-178-2.


M. H. Turnham, Catholic Faith and Practice in England 1779-1992: The Role of Revivalism and Renewal.  Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2015.  Pp. xii, 222.  Hb.  ISBN 978-1-78327-034-7.


E. C. Walker, Treasure Beneath the Hearth: Myth, Gospel, and Spirituality Today.  Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2015.  Pp. xii, 135.  Pb.  £9.99.  ISBN 978-1-78279-679-4.


S. M. B. Wells, How Then Shall We Live?  Christian Engagement with Contemporary Issues.  London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016.  Pp. xvi, 185.  Pb.  ISBN 978-1-84825-862-4.


S. and M. Westerholm, Reading Sacred Scripture: Voices from the History of Biblical Interpretation.  Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016.  Pp. x, 470.  Pb.  £26.99.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7229-6.


V. P. White, Purpose and Providence: Taking Soundings in Western Thought, Literature and Theology.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. viii, 176.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-0-567-66342-9.


V. L. Wimbush, ed., Refractions of the Scriptural: Critical Orientation as Transgression.  New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 160.  Hb.  £85.  ISBN 978-1-138-64366-6.


N. T. Wright, God in Public: How the Bible Speaks Truth to Power Today.  London: SPCK, 2016.  Pp. x, 190.  Pb.  £9.99.  ISBN 978-0-281-07423-5.


T. J. Ziolkowski, Uses and Abuses of Moses: Literary Representations since the Enlightenment.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016.  Pp. xii, 352.  Hb.  $60.  ISBN 978-0-268-04502-9.


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 P. D. L. Avis, The Vocation of Anglicanism. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xii, 191. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-0-567-66462-4.


S.-O. Back and E. Koskenniemi, eds., Institutions of the Emerging Church. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xx, 156. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-0-567-66643-7.


J. Barton, ed., The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion. Princeton, NJ, and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 613. Hb. £34.95. ISBN 978-0-691-15471-8.


C. R. Bell and R. S. White, eds., Creation Care and the Gospel: Reconsidering the Mission of the Church. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2016. Pp. xii, 353. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-61970-725-2.


M. C. L. Bingemer, Latin American Theology: Roots and Branches. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. x, 133. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-184-3.


G. N. Blainey, A Short History of Christianity. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xxii, 615. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07619-2.


T. M. Block, The Secular Northwest: Religion and Irreligion in Everyday Postwar Life. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 231. Hb. £82. ISBN 978-0-7748-3128-4.


S. P. Bratton, Churchscape: Megachurches and the Iconography of Environment. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 440. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0383-5.


A. M. Brazal and M. T. Dávila, eds., Living with(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migration of Peoples. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xii, 260. Pb. £28.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-166-9.


K. A. Briggs, The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xvi, 239. Hb. $25. ISBN 978-0-8028-6913-5.


D. Brown, Leaven: The Hidden Power of Culture in the Church. Weybridge: RoperPenberthy Publishing, 2016. Pp. 254. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-903905-93-7.


W. Brueggemann, The Bible Makes Sense. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016. Pp. vi, 133. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53254-8.


J. M. Bryan, Human Being: Insights from Psychology and the Christian Faith. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. x, 270. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-04924-1.


M. J. Bullimore, ed., Graced Life: The Writings of John Hughes. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xl, 198. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05447-4.


S. S. Bullivant, E. M. O. Genilo, D. F. Pilario and A. M. Brazal, eds., Theology and Power: International Perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 230. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4945-2.


K. A. Cahalan and D. J. Schuurman, eds., Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xviii, 238. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7367-5.


D. Dorr, Option for the Poor and for the Earth, 4th edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. x, 548. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-162-1.


J. W. Draper, Listening to God - Fuel for Ministry? An Examination of the Influence of Prayer and Meditation, Including the Use of Lectio Divina, in Christian Ministry. Alresford: Circle Books, 2016. Pp. x, 69. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-448-9.


R. B. Ellsberg, ed., A Harvey Cox Reader. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xviii, 414. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-170-6.


V. I. Ezigbo, Introducing Christian Theologies: Voices from Global Christian Communities, 2 vols. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 288; xiv, 365. Pb. £22.50; £25. ISBN 978-0-7188-9442-9; 978-0-7188-9445-0.


M. Faggioli, The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. x, 165. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4934-6.


S. Finlan, Sacrifice and Atonement: Psychological Motives and Biblical Patterns. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2016. Pp. xx, 234. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-1-5064-0196-6.


C. Grethlein, An Introduction to Practical Theology: History, Theory, and the Communication of the Gospel in the Present, tr. U. Rasch. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 268. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0517-4.


D. P. Gushee and G. H. Stassen, Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xxiv, 526. Hb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7421-4.


A. A. Hafer, The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 229. Pb. £18.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9420-7.


T. Halík, I Want You to Be: On the God of Love, tr. G. Turner. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 189. Hb. $25. ISBN 978-0-268-10072-8.


R. S. Hanson, City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 309. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-0-8232-7160-3.


R. D. Harries, The Beauty and the Horror. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. viii, 240. Hb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07693-2.


B. A. Harvey, Taking Hold of the Real: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Profound Worldliness of Christianity. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 342. Pb. £21.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17597-2.


S. L. Hausner, The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard: Time, Ritual, and Sexual Commerce in London. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 234. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-253-02136-6.


R. B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xx, 504. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0491-7.


E. A. Johnson, ed., The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xiv, 354. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-172-0.


C. S. Keener, Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xxviii, 522. Hb. £31.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7439-9.


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


J. R. D. Kirk, A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xviii, 638. Hb. £40.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6795-7.


E. A. Lee and S. C. Kimbriel, eds., The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xvi, 405. Pb. £27.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17598-9.


J. G. McConville and L. K. Pietersen, eds., Conception, Reception, and the Spirit: Essays in Honour of Andrew T. Lincoln. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xxii, 352. Pb. £22. ISBN 978-0-227-17599-6.


J. T. Nielsen and M. Müller, eds., Luke’s Literary Creativity. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xxviii, 299. Hb. £80. ISBN 978-0-567-66582-9.


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


G. D. Osborne, Be a Better Leader: Personality Type and Difference in Ministry. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xvi, 252. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07583-6.


M. Patten, Leading a Multicultural Church. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xii, 164. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07504-1.


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


B. G. Prusak, Catholic Moral Philosophy in Practice and Theory: An Introduction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 302. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4978-0.


E. Radner, A Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 290. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0506-8.


R. P. Reiss, Sceptical Christianity: Exploring Credible Belief. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016. Pp. 185. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-062-2.


T. A. Robinson, Preacher Girl: Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revival. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 320. Hb. £43.50. ISBN 978-1-4813-0395-8.


D. Y. Schumm and M. J. Stoltzfus, eds., Disability and World Religions: An Introduction. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 258. Hb. £43.50. ISBN 978-1-4813-0521-1.


O. Sigurdson, Heavenly Bodies: Incarnation, the Gaze, and Embodiment in Christian Theology, tr. C. G. Olsen. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. x, 673. Hb. £40.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7166-4.


M. N. A. Torry, Citizen’s Basic Income: A Christian Social Policy. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016. Pp. xx, 178. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53260-9.


R. J. Webster, ed., Perfecting Perfection: Essays in Honour of Henry D. Rack. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 297. Pb. £24. ISBN 978-0-227-17588-0.


R. D. Williams, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. x, 86. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07662-8.


D. O. Woodyard, Liberating Privilege: The Breakthrough of God and the Persistence of Normality. Arlesford: Circle Books, 2016. Pp. x, 150. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-462-5.


N. G. Wright, Vital Truth: Convictions of the Christian Community. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 262. Pb. £16.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9434-4.


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


P. G. Ziegler, ed., Eternal God, Eternal Life: Theological Investigations into the Concept of Immortality. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xiv, 215. Hb. £70. ISBN 978-0-567-66683-3.


Editorial by Anthony Freeman
from Modern Believing Vol 57:2 - April 2016

It is over twenty years since Nobel laureate Francis Crick published The Astonishing Hypothesis, a book whose opening paragraph reads:

The Astonishing Hypothesis is that ‘You,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. As Lewis Carroll’s Alice might have phrased it: ‘You’re nothing but a pack of neurons.’ This hypothesis is so alien to the ideas of most people alive today that it can truly be called astonishing.[1]

Crick’s book was subtitled ‘The scientific search for the soul’, and by using that provocative word soul, rather than the more neutral ‘self’, he threw down the gauntlet to Christians and other religious adherents to take seriously the advances in neuroscience then under way, and still making giant strides year on year. This themed issue of Modern Believing is offered as a contribution to that engagement.

by Michael Fuller
from Modern Believing Vol 57:2 - April 2016

Abstract

This paper brings religion into dialogue with three prominent current theories that purport to explain religion, and shows why none of them undermines the truth or integrity of religion.

Keywords:

COGNITIVE SCIENCE, EVOLUTION, MEMES, NATURALISM, NEUROTHEOLOGY


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