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FutureXtnTheo

The Future of Christian Theology

D. F. Ford

Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.  Pp.xiv, 239.  Pb.

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Reviewed by George Pattison, University of Oxford


BtwTruthFiction

Between Truth and Fiction: A Reader in Literature and Christian Theology

D. Jasper and A. P. Smith, eds.

London: SCM Press, 2010.  Pp.x, 179.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Sophie Rudland, University of Warwick


StPeterUnderestimated

Saint Peter: The Underestimated Apostle, tr. T. H. Trapp

M. Hengel

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010.  Pp.xiv, 161.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Ben Edsall, University of Oxford


ScriptureMarkPassion

The Use of Scripture in the Markan Passion Narrative

K. S. O'Brien

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 328.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Steve Moyise, University of Chichester


DialogueNotDogma

Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke

R. Nadella

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2011.  Pp.xii, 148.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Christopher Hays, University of Oxford


TargumLogos

The Jewish Targums and John's Logos Theology

J. L. Ronning

Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010.  Pp.xx, 315.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Stephen W. Need, Essex


JCtoday

Who Is Jesus Christ for Us Today?  Pathways to Contemporary Christology

A. K. Schuele and G. Thomas, eds.

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.  Pp.xx, 263.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester


JCModernity

Jesus after Modernity: A Twenty-First-Century Critique of Our Modern Concept of Truth and the Truth of the Gospel

J. P. Danaher

Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.  Pp.xii, 145.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Clatworthy, Modern Church, Liverpool


TroubledBeliever

Theology for a Troubled Believer: An Introduction to the Christian Faith

D. Allen

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.  Pp.xxiv, 223.  Pb.

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Reviewed by John Saxbee, Haverfordwest


NoFaith

No Faith in Religion

J. C. Saxbee

Winchester and Washington: O Books, 2009.  Pp.vi, 165.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Vaughan S. Roberts, Warwick

Publisher's review: If religion is characterised by the recruitment of God to serve our agendas,  and faith is about putting our agendas at the service of God, then clearly there is too much religion  in the world, and not enough faith. The first eight chapters of this book apply this religion/faith  dichotomy to some crucial areas of interest to those exploring what it might mean to be people of faith  in a world saturated with religion. The remaining chapters address issues of crucial importance  to the future of organised religion in general, and the role of the Church of England in particular.  From mediaeval polyphony to Andrew Lloyd Webber the development of a given theme through  a sequence of variations has proved attractive to composers anxious to demonstrate the sometimes  surprising potential of a simple melody. "No Faith in Religion" is a modest attempt to do  something similar with two concepts, religion and faith, which are usually seen as simply synonymous  but which are in fact subtly different and subject to being interwoven in numerous complex and unexpected ways.


GraceOrder

Grace, Order, Openness and Diversity: Reclaiming Liberal Theology

I. C. Bradley

London and New York: Continuum, 2010.  Pp.xviii, 190.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Peter Sedgwick, St Michael's College, Llandaff


DivineTranscendence

Divine Transcendence and the Culture of Change

D. H. Hopper

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011.  Pp.xiv, 262.  Pb.

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Reviewed by David Brown, University of St Andrews


ReformedTheology

Reformed Theology

R. M. Allen

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2010.  Pp.xii, 217.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Theo Hobson, New York


DivineImpassibility

Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering

J. F. Keating and T. J. White, eds.

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009.  Pp.x, 357.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock


SovereigntyGodDebate

The Sovereignty of God Debate

G. S. Long and G. Kalantzis, eds.

Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2010.  Pp.x, 193.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock


Tillich

 

Tillich

D. W. Musser and J. L. Price

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 95.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Mary Ann Stenger, University of Louisville, Kentucky


GospelGlobalVillage

The Gospel in the Global Village: Seeking God's Dream of Shalom

K. Jefferts Schori

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009.  Pp.viii, 184.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Jody Stowell, Harrow Weald

Publishers notes: These memorable, beautifully written reflections reveal  the concerns and passions of the first woman presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church  as she looks back on the first two years of her episcopate. Leading the Episcopal Church  during a time when many have held it responsible for the threat of schism  hich faces the Communion, has been stormy at times and she has had her fair share of vitriol,  yet her calm and unhurried demeanor belies a profound wisdom and unwavering spiritual stability.  Here she openly writes about the joys and the trials of being appointed to an office  that she never sought, she engages imaginatively with scripture, she considers  the fraught internal issues she has faced in the church and - more important to her -  the scandal of poverty and violence that cripples so many lives worldwide and its prophetic challenge  the Church to rise above its own preoccupations and bring healing and release.


XtCulture

Christ and Culture

M. W. Percy, M. D. Chapman, I. S. Markham and J. B. Hawkins, eds.

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010.  Pp.xviii, 201.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Henderson, Ealing Common, London


CelticEvangelism

The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West... Again, 2nd edn

G. G. Hunter

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 154.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Patricia Rumsey, Sarum College, Salisbury


ForresterXtnEthics

Forrester on Christian Ethics and Practical Theology: Collected Writings  on Christianity, India, and the Social Order

D. B. Forrester

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 521.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Tim Gorringe, University of Exeter


DialogueEncounters

The Dialogue Comes of Age: Christian Encounters with Other Traditions

J. B. Cobb and W. M. McAfee, eds.

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.  Pp.vi, 242.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Paul Hedges, University of Winchester


ControvDialogue

Controversies in Interreligious Dialogue and the Theology of Religions

P. M. Hedges

London: SCM Press, 2010.  Pp.viii, 287.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Ian Markham, Virginia Theological Seminary


PaganIdentities

Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society

K. Rountree

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.  Pp.xii, 194.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Anne Richards, Church House, Westminster


GodLandFiji

My God, My Land: Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji

J. Ryle

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.  Pp.xxxvi, 304.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Brian Macdonald-Milne, Waterbeach


VisionProcesses

Vision upon Vision: Processes of Change and Renewal in Christian Worship

G. Guiver

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009.  Pp.viii, 257.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Alex Hughes, Southsea


SexualitySacred

Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, 2nd edn

M. M. Ellison and K. B. Douglas, eds.

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.  Pp.xxii, 439.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Jenny Gaffin, Parkstone, Poole


XtyHunt

Christianity

S. J. Hunt, ed.

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.  Pp.xxviii, 508.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Adrian Thatcher, University of Plymouth


GeorgiaHarkness

Georgia Harkness: The Remaking of a Liberal Theologian

R. Miles, ed.

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 186.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Christopher H. Evans, Boston University, Massachusetts


ImprobBishop

The Improbable Bishop: Ian Ramsey of Durham

J. S. Peart-Binns

Durham: Memoir Club, 2010.  Pp.xxii, 215.  Pb.

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


XtAliveAtLarge

Christ Alive and at Large: Unpublished Writings of C. F. D. Moule

R. C. Morgan and P. Moule, eds.

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010.  Pp.x, 219.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Morna D. Hooker, Robinson College, Cambridge


ContoursText

Contours in the Text: Textual Variation in the Writings of Paul, Josephus and the Yahad

J. D. H. Norton

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2011.  Pp.xiv, 210.  Hb.

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Reviewed by David Parker (short review), University of Birmingham


MediationRevelation

Thomas Torrance's Mediations and Revelation

T. Chung

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2011.  Pp.xx, 205.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Alister E. McGrath (short review), King's College, London


NatureDoctrine

The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age: 25th Anniversary Edition

G. A. Lindbeck

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.  Pp.xxxviii, 170.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Andrew Shanks (short review), Manchester Cathedral


CollectivisticReligions

Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Identity in Late Modernity

S. Jakelic

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.  Pp.viii, 210.  Hb.

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Short review by Donald Reeves (short review), Soul of Europe, Crediton