by Robert B. Slocum
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy (“Woodbine Willie”) was an Anglican priest and British Army chaplain who served heroically at the front during World War I. His poems and theological reflections were inspired by times of crisis and troubling questions he faced in the war. He came to see war as an unmitigated evil. He was a Christian advocate for peace, forgiveness, and social justice. His theology focuses on reconciling belief in God with the prevalence of evil (especially war). He finds the suffering love of God revealed in Jesus, the crucified God who shares our pains and trials with us.

Keywords:

CRUCIFIED GOD, FAITH AND SUFFERING, FAITH AND WAR, INDUSTRIAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, MILITARY CHAPLAINS, PROBLEM OF EVIL, STUDDERT KENNEDY, GEOFFREY ANKETELL, SUFFERING GOD, THEODICY, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – ARMISTIC MEMORIALS, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – RELIGIOUS MEANINGS


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by Simon Emdin
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

The Atonement effected by Christ has never been authoritatively defined. The notion of God’s ultimate responsibility for the behaviour of all His creatures, may now be expediently re-applied to the Atonement. This notion is explicit in the Old Testament. In the New Testament the death of Jesus results from His Divine Nature; by His death in human flesh, our Creator re-affirms and proclaims His responsibility with us for our sins. Only so can there be justice in Jesus’ death; and it must be just, as well as merciful, if it is the supreme saving act of the supremely righteous God. 

Keywords:

ATONEMENT, CREATOR, EVIL, GOD, GOOD, JESUS, JUST, MANKIND, RESPONSIBILITY, SIN, TAKE AWAY


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by Hugh Rock
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

This article proposes a way to articulate God for people with a materialist worldview.

Keywords:

AFFIRMATION OF LIFE, LIBERAL THEOLOGY, SOCIAL THEISM


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

Review by Susan Docherty, Newman University, Birmingham


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

Review by James D. G. Dunn, Chichester


The Acts of Paul: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary.
R. I. Pervo.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. xviii, 376. Pb. £25.
ISBN 978-0-227-17461-6.

Review by Andrew Gregory, University of Oxford 


Who Were the Church Fathers? From Clement of Rome to Gregory the Great..
M. G. D’Ambrosio.
London: SPCK, 2015. Pp. xvi, 304. Pb. £12.99..
ISBN 978-0-281-07412-9.

Review by Giovanni Hermanin de Reichenfeld, University of Exeter


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

Review by Gabrielle Thomas, University of Nottingham


On Augustine..
R. D. Williams.
London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. Pp. xii, 218. Hb. £25..
ISBN 978-1-4729-2527-5.

Review by Rowena Pailing, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield


Letters of Ascent: Spiritual Direction in the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux..
M. C. Voigts.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. viii, 180. Pb. £19.50..
ISBN 978-0-227-17441-8.

Review by Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen, Aarhus University, Denmark


Inferior Office? A History of Deacons in the Church of England..
F. K. Young.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2015. Pp. xxxviii, 179. Pb. £25..
ISBN 978-0-227-17488-3.

Review by Mary Tanner, Stamford


Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work..
W. B. Littlejohn.
Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xvi, 205. Pb..
ISBN 978-1-62564-735-1.

Review by Lizzie Shipp, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire


Eternal Blessedness for All? A Historical-Systematic Examination of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Reinterpretation of Predestination..
A. I. Hagan.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 282. Pb. £22.50..
ISBN 978-0-227-17430-2.

Review by Clive Marsh, University of Leicester


Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life..
N. Koester.
Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 371. Pb. £16.99..
ISBN 978-0-8028-3304-4.

Review by Claudia Stokes, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX


A Darkened Reading: A Reception History of the Book of Isaiah in a Divided Church..
R. L. Knetsch.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. viii, 264. Pb. £20..
ISBN 978-0-227-17495-1.

Review by Mark Chapman, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford 


Victorian Christianity at the Fin de Siècle: The Culture of English Religion in a Decadent Age..
F. M. R. Knight.
London and New York: I. B. Tauris and Co., 2016. Pp. x, 294. Hb..
ISBN 978-1-78076-891-5.

Review by Dominic Janes, Keele University


Theology at War and Peace: English Theology and Germany in the First World War.
M. D. Chapman
Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. viii, 174. Hb. £95.
ISBN 978-1-4724-7803-0.

Review by Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral 


Subversive Peacemakers: War Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective..
C. Barrett.
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xii, 299. Pb. £20..
ISBN 978-0-7188-9367-5.

Review by Keith Robbins, Pershore


Canadian Churches and the First World War..
G. L. Heath, ed..
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xiv, 295. Pb. £25..
ISBN 978-0-7188-9358-3.

Review by Michael Snape, Durham University.


Early Inter-Racial Oneness Pentecostalism: G. T. Haywood and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (1901-1931)..
T. L. French.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. xvi, 269. Pb. £25..
ISBN 978-0-227-17477-7.

Review by Stephen Hunt, University of the West of England


Taking Stock of Bonhoeffer: Studies in Biblical Interpretation and Ethics..
S. J. Plant.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. xvi, 166. Pb. £19.99..
ISBN 978-1-4094-4106-9.

Review by Ann Nickson, Mortlake, London


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

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


Methodists and Their Missionary Societies 1900-1996..
J. R. Pritchard.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. xxxii, 333. Hb. £75..
ISBN 978-1-4724-0914-0.

Review by Emily Manktelow, University of Kent


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

Review by Kristin Colberg, College of St Benedict / St John’s University, MN


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

Review by Richard Clutterbuck, Edgehill Theological College, Belfast


Looking Towards a Church Fully Reconciled: The Final Report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission 1983-2005 (ARCIC II)..
A. Denaux, N. Sagovsky and C. H. Sherlock, eds..
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. x, 350. Pb. £14.99..
ISBN 978-0-281-07779-3.

Review by Jeremy Worthen, Council for Christian Unity, London


Harnessing Chaos: The Bible in English Political Discourse since 1968..
J. G. Crossley.
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2014. Pp. xvi, 309. Hb. £70..
ISBN 978-0-567-65550-9.

Review by  Mark Dorsett, King’s School, Worcester


The Collar: Reading Christian Ministry in Fiction, Television, and Film..
S. Sorensen.
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. x, 306. Pb. £25..
ISBN 978-0-7188-9364-4.

Review by Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge


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H. Askeland and U. Schmidt, eds., Church Reform and Leadership of Change. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 203. Pb. £17. ISBN 978-0-227-17618-4.


J. Astley, What Do We Believe? Why Does It Matter? London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 139. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05405-4.


W. P. Atkinson, Jesus before Pentecost. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. x, 222. Pb. £17.95. ISBN 978-0-7188-9465-8.


Z. Bennett and C. C. Rowland, In a Glass Darkly: The Bible, Reflection and Everyday Life. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 234. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05422-1.


C. J. Beresford, The Christian Soldier: The Life of Lieutenant Colonel the Rev Bernard William Vann V. C., M. C. and Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme. Solihull: Helion and Co., 2017. Pp. 326. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-1-910777-31-2.


B. R. Brock and S. M. Hauerwas, Beginnings: Interrogating Hauerwas, ed. K. Hargaden. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xiv, 348. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-66995-7.


D. W. Brown, God in a Single Vision: Integrating Philosophy and Theology, ed. C. R. Brewer and R. C. MacSwain. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. x, 192. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-1-4724-6559-7.


W. Brueggemann, The God of All Flesh and Other Essays, ed. K. C. Hanson. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 173. Pb. ISBN 978-0-227-17617-7.


J. H. Brumm, ed., Yes! Well … Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of the Church: Essays in Honor of John W. Coakley, Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America 87. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xviii, 324. Pb. $30. ISBN 978-0-8028-7479-5.


L. M. Cavanagh, Waiting on the Word: Preaching Sermons that Connect People to God. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xii, 147. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53262-3.


W. T. Cavanaugh and J. K. A. Smith, eds., Evolution and the Fall. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxx, 231. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7379-8.


S. A. Cherry, God-Curious: Exploring Eternal Questions. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. Pp. 123. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-199-5.


P. S. Chung, God at the Crossroads of Worldviews: Toward a Different Debate about the Existence of God. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. x, 289. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10056-8.


H. C. Clifford, ed., Companion to the Old Testament: Introduction, Interpretation, Application. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 271. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05393-4.

V. A. Copan, Changing Your Mind: The Bible, the Brain, and Spiritual Growth. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 292. Pb. £24. ISBN 978-0-7188-9466-5.


D. M. Coulter and A. Yong, eds., The Spirit, the Affections, and the Christian Tradition. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 313. Hb. $60. ISBN 978-0-268-10004-9.


L. J. DeBoer, Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 298. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6951-7.


I. Delio, ed., Personal Transformation and a New Creation: The Spiritual Revolution of Beatrice Bruteau. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. viii, 245. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-209-3.


K. J. Dell, Who Needs the Old Testament? Its Enduring Appeal and Why the New Atheists Don’t Get It. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. x, 257. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-06504-2.


T. J. Dennis, The Gospel Beyond the Gospels. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. x, 173. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07533-1.


D. M. Doyle, What is Christianity? A Dynamic Introduction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 305. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4993-3.


E. Duffy, Reformation Divided: Catholics, Protestants and the Conversion of England. London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2017. Pp. vi, 441. Hb. £30. ISBN 978-1-4729-3436-9.


S. van Erp, M. G. Poulsom and L. Boeve, eds., Grace, Governance and Globalization. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 265. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-66764-9.


B. S. Fulton, China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot Be Hidden. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 145. Pb. £15. ISBN 978-0-7188-9447-4.


G. L. Green, S. T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo, eds., The Spirit over the Earth: Pneumatology in the Majority World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. vi, 195. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7273-9.


D. M. Gurtner, G. Macaskill and J. T. Pennington, eds., In the Fullness of Time: Essays on Christology, Creation, and Eschatology in Honor of Richard Bauckham. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 274. Hb. £42.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7337-8.


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


A. L. Harvey, Spiritual Reading: A Study of the Christian Practice of Reading Scripture. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 233. Pb. £19.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17612-2.


C. C. Hill, Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 203. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7362-0.


J. I. Holdsworth, Conversations with the Old Testament. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 127. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05401-6.


D. M. Hoyle, The Pattern of Our Calling: Ministry Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 192. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05472-6.


A. B. Kalmanofsky, Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible: The Ways the Bible Challenges Its Gender Norms. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. viii, 204. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-138-21658-7.


B. Kristensson Uggla, Becoming Human Again: The Theological Life of Gustaf Wingren, tr. D. M. Olson. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. viii, 392. Pb. ISBN 978-0-227-17603-0.


K. E. Lassiter, Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. x, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-0-7188-9446-7.


M. M. Lelwica, Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. xiv, 271. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-4725-9493-8.


J. W.-B. Lin, The Nature of Environmental Stewardship: Understanding Creation Care Solutions to Environmental Problems. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 307. Pb. £24.95. ISBN 978-0-7188-9467-2.


J. H. Martin and S. A. Coakley, eds., For God’s Sake: Re-Imagining Priesthood and Prayer in a Changing Church. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. xx, 183. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-814-3.


R. J. Miller, Helping Jesus Fulfill Prophecy. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 408. Pb. ISBN 978-0-7188-9444-3.


P. D. Molnar, Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity: In Dialogue with Karl Barth and Contemporary Theology, 2nd edn. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xxii, 591. Pb. £32.99. ISBN 978-0-567-65679-7.


P. T. Nimmo, Barth: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xiv, 210. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-567-03264-5.


D. J. O’Brien and T. A. Shannon, eds., Catholic Social Thought: Encyclicals and Documents from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis, 3rd edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. x, 687. Pb. £28.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-199-7.


M. W. Percy, The Future Shapes of Anglicanism: Currents, Contours, Charts. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xii, 217. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-4724-7717-0.


M. L. Peterson, ed., The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings, 2nd edn. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 607. Pb. $35. ISBN 978-0-268-03847-2.


T. Roberts, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xiv, 248. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-198-0.

C. Sedmak, A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xxii, 218. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-206-2.


P. K. Stevenson, SCM Studyguide to Preaching. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 268. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-04374-4.


R. A. Streett, Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. x, 327. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-227-17615-3.


V. N. H. Strudwick, The Naked God: Wrestling for a Grace-ful Humanity. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xiv, 233. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53256-2.


R. J. Sudworth, Encountering Islam: Christian-Muslim Relations in the Public Square. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 236. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05518-1.


R. S. Sugirtharajah, ed., Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World, 4th edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xvi, 623. Pb. £34.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-205-5.


N. H. Taylor, Paul on Baptism: Theology, Mission and Ministry in Context. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xxviii, 180. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05476-4.


G. Wolfe, The Operation of Grace: Further Essays on Art, Faith, and Mystery. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 207. Pb. £17.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9439-9.


S. J. Yates, Between Death and Resurrection: A Critical Response to Recent Catholic Debate Concerning the Intermediate State. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. viii, 271. Hb. £96. ISBN 978-1-5013-1228-1.