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UnderstandingFaith

Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and Its Place in Society

S. R. L. Clark

Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2009. Pp. vi, 280. Pb.

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Reviewed by Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Notre Dame, Indiana


ReligiousAmericaSecularEurope

Religious America, Secular Europe? A Theme and Variations

P. Berger, G. Davie and E. Fokas

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. viii, 168. Pb.

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Reviewed by Greg Hoyland, York St John University


WordsMadeFlesh

Words Made Flesh: Writings in Pastoral and Practical Theology

E. L. Graham

London: SCM Press, 2009. Pp. xviii, 3666. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice and William Temple Foundation


LetsDoTheology

Let's Do Theology: Resources for Contextual Theology, 2nd edn.

L. A. Green

London and New York: Mowbray, 2009. Pp. xii, 196. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jeff Astley, North of England Institute for Christian Education


BeautyTruthLove

Beauty, Truth and Love: Essays in Honour of Enda McDonagh

P. Hannon and E. Duffy, eds.

Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Columba Press, 2009. Pp. 236. Pb.

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Reviewed by Kevin T. Kelly, Liverpool Hope University


VisionsAgape

Visions of Agapé: Problems and Possibilities in Human and Divine Love

C. A. Boyd, ed.

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. xii, 151. Hb.

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Reviewed by George Newlands, Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh


DivineLove

Divine Love: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions

J. Levin and S. G. Post, eds.

West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 274. Pb.

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Reviewed by George Newlands, Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh


XtnOtherFaiths

Christian Approaches to Other Faiths: A Reader

A. Race and P. M. Hedges, eds.

London: SCM Press, 2009. Pp. xviii, 302. Pb.

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Reviewed by Ian Markham, Virginia Theological Seminary


HeartBrokenOpen

A Heart Broken Open: Radical Faith in an Age of Fear

Ray Gaston

Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 2009. Pp. 202. Pb.

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Reviewed by Adrian Alker, Diocese of Ripon and Leeds

Publisher's description: A Heart Broken Open is the moving and insightful reflection  by a Christian minister on his grassroots engagement with Islam - from inner-city parish ministry in Leeds  to the streets of Karbala at a time of rising Islamophobia and the 'War on Terror'. The book also includes responses from some of the author's partners in dialogue.Ray Gaston was in parish ministry in inner-city Leeds for 12 years. He is now Interfaith Studies Tutor  and Enabler with the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and the Birmingham District  of the Methodist Church. He lives with his family in Sparkhill, Birmingham.

ReligConvStarter

Religion as a Conversation Starter: Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans

I. Merdjanova and P. Brodeur

London and New York: Continuum, 2009. Pp. viii, 185. Hb.

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Reviewed by Donald Reeves, Soul of Europe, Crediton


LivingPaul

The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and His Thought

A. C. Thiselton

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. x,190. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael J. Lakey, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford


UltimacyJesus

The Ultimacy of Jesus: The Language and Logic of Christian Commitment

T. S. M. Williams

St Bride's Major: Aureus Publishing, 2009. Pp. xii, 171. Pb.

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Reviewed by Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester


GodPhilUni

God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition

A. MacIntyre

London: Continuum, 2009. Pp. vi, 193. Hb.

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Reviewed by Sarah Rowland Jones, Cape Town


WhyBelieve

Why Believe?

J. Cottingham

London and New York: Continuum, 2009. Pp. xvi, 186. Hb.

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Reviewed by Paul Badham, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David


GodPoetWorld

God as Poet of the World: Exploring Process Theologies, tr. D. W. Stott

R. Faber

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. Pp. x, 365. Pb.

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Reviewed by Bruce Epperly, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania


ProcessPerplexed

Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed

B. G. Epperly

London and New York: T. and T. Clark Internationa, 2011. Pp. x, 177. Pb.

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Reviewed by Keith Ward, Heythrop College, London


ReasonFaithHistory

Reason, Faith and History: Philosophical Essays for Paul Helm

M. W. F. Stone, ed.

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. xiv, 243. Hb.

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Reviewed by Brian R. Clack, University of San Diego, California


DerridaTheology

Derrida and Theology

S. Shakespeare

London and New York: T. and T. Clark, 2009. Pp. xii, 233. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania


WitnessDispossession

Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian

Beaudoin

Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008. Pp. xxii, 200. Pb.

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Reviewed by Matt Thompson, Bolton


EncounterOrthodoxy

Encounter Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy: Transfiguring the World Through the Word

A. Pabst and C. Schnieder, eds.

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. xvi, 297. Hb.

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Reviewed by Gregory Platten, University of Oxford


ReconstructingWorship

Reconstructing Early Christian Worship

P. F. Bradshaw

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. viii, 151. Pb.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Taylor, Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church


ExtendedCommunion

The Theory and Practice of Extended Communion

P. Tovey

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. xiv, 196. Hb.

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Reviewed by John Ford, Diocese of Exeter


JoiningSpirit

Joining in with the Spirit: Connecting World Church and Local Mission

K. Kim

London: Epworth Press, 2009. Pp. xii, 319. Pb.

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Reviewed by Janice Price, Church House, Westminster


MissionAfterXndom

Mission after Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission

O. U. Kalu, P. Vethanayagmony and E. K-F. Chia, eds.

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. Pp. xxvi, 177. Pb.

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Reviewed by Janice Price, Church House, Westminster


ChurchCommunityPower

Church, Community and Power

R. Kearsley

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. viii, 246. Hb.

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Reviewed by Jane Steen, Southwark Cathedral and Diocese of Southwark


CollabMinistry

Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry

S. Pickard

Farnham and Burlington, KY: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. x, 256. Pb.

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Reviewed by Keith Lamdin, Sarum College, Salisbury


MethodistPresentPotential

Methodist Present Potential and Realistic Hopes for the Future

L. Curran and A. Shier-Jones, eds.

London: Epworth Press, 2009. Pp. xvi, 240. Pb.

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Reviewed by Will Adam, Winchmore Hill, London


ThisWeBelieve

This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice

W. H. Willimon

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010. Pp. xviii, 155. Pb.

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Reviewed by Martin Camroux, Sutton


WordsWonder

Can Words Express Our Wonder? Preaching in the Church Today

R. Brown

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009. Pp. xiv, 190. Pb.

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Reviewed by Geoffrey Stevenson, University of Edinburgh


SustainPreach

Sustaining Preachers and Preaching: A Practical Guide

G. Lovell and N. G. Richardson

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2011. Pp. xiv, 248. Pb.

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Reviewed by Geoffrey Stevenson, University of Edinburgh


EvalFreshXpress

Evaluating Fresh Expressions: Explorations in Emerging Church

L. Nelstrop and M. W. Percy, eds.

Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008. Pp. xx, 234. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Pridmore, Hove


PioneerMinistry

Pioneer Ministry and Fresh Expressions of Church

A. Shier-Jones

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. xii, 148. Pb.

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Reviewed by Debbie Forman, Honeybourne, Gloucestershire


EvangelismEmerging

Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church: A Congregational Study of a Vineyard Church

C. E. Labanow

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. viii, 148. Hb.

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Reviewed by Philip Richter, Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme


JesusUni

Meeting Jesus at University: Rites of Passage and Student Evangelicals

E. Dutton

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. xii, 163. Hb.

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Reviewed by Samuel Gibson, University of Birmingham


DevilsChildren

The Devil's Children: From Spirit Possession to Witchcraft: New Allegations that Affect Children

J. La Fontaine, ed.

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. xvi, 204. Hb.

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Reviewed by George D. Chryssides, University of Birmingham


Space4Grace

Space for Grace: Creating Inclusive Churches

G. W. Goddard

Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008. Pp. xx, 140. Pb.

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Reviewed by Ann Morisy, Streatham, London


CaughtReading

Caught Reading Again: Scholars and Their Books

R. S. Sugirtharajah, ed.

London: SCM Press, 2009. Pp. xviii, 204. Pb.

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Reviewed by Angie Pears, Nottingham Trent University


FaithFun

From Faith to Fun: The Secularisation of Humour

R. Heddendorf

Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2009. Pp. xvi, 202. Pb.

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Reviewed by Becky Garrison, New York


ServitudeFreedom

Servitude and Freedom: Reading the Christian Tradition

J. Dean

London: Epworth, 2009. Pp. xiv, 170. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Clatworthy, Modern Church, Liverpool


Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard

L. C. Barrett

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010. Pp. xii, 86. Pb.

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Reviewed by Clare Carlisle, King's College, London


XtnEthics

Christian Ethics: A Historical Introduction, 2nd edn.

J. P. Wogaman

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. Pp. xvi, 376. Pb.

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Reviewed by Alison Joyce, Edgbaston, Birmingham


MissionActionPlanning

How to Do Mission Action Planning: A Vision-centred Approach

M. Chew and M. C. Ireland

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. xii, 148. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock