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PoliticsReligion

Why Politics Can't Be Freed From Religion

I. Strenski

Chichester:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.  Pp.xii, 204.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Elaine Graham, University of Chester


XtyContempPolitics

Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness

L. Bretherton

Chichester:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.  Pp.xvi, 251.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Anna Thompson, University of Chester and Eden Network


RadicalTheology

Radical Democracy and Political Theology

J. W. Robbins

New York and Chichester:  Columbia University Press, 2011.  Pp.xiv, 213.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Esther D. Reed, University of Exeter


DiscDivine

Disciplining the Divine: Toward an (Im)political Theology

P. Fletcher

Farnham and Burlington, VT:  Ashgate Publishing, 2009.  Pp.xiv, 203.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Mark Chapman, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford


MertonContempAction

Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Political Action

M. I. Aguilar

London:  SPCK, 2011.  Pp.x, 150.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Fiona Gardner, Bath Spa University


LongingSpring

Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community

E. A. Heath and S. T. Kisker

Cambridge:  Lutterworth Press, 2011.  Pp.xiv, 104.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Cliver Marsh, University of Leicester


SharingPossessions

Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands, 2nd edn.

L. T. Johnson

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011.  Pp.viii, 170.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Clare Bryden, University of Exeter


FamiliarStrangers

Familiar Strangers:  The Church and the Vegetarian Movement in Britain (1809-2009)

J. M. Gilheany

Cardiff:  Ascendant Press, 2010.  Pp.x, 274.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Matthew Barton, University of Leeds


ChangHumNature

Changing Human Nature: Ecology, Ethics, Genes, and God

J. C. Peterson

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010.  Pp.viii, 259.  Pb.

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


NatureAlter

Nature and Altering It

A. Verhey

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010.  Pp.x, 150.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Ann Marie Mealey, Leeds Trinity University College


RespectLife

Respecting Life: Theology and Bioethics

N. Messer

London:  SCM Press, 2011.  Pp.xii, 236.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Agneta Sutton, Heythrop College, London


GodBedside

Is God Still at the Bedside? The Medical, Ethical and Pastoral Issues of Death and Dying

A. R. Evans

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011. Pp.xviii, 484. Pb.

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Reviewed by Robin Gill, University of Kent


XtyScience

Christianity and Science

J. Weaver

London:  SCM Press, 2010.  Pp.x, 259.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Fuller, Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church


FlawUniverse

Flaw in the Universe: Natural Disaster and Human Sin

A. M. Hough

Winchester and Washington:  O Books, 2010.  Pp.x, 166.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Helge Kragh, Aarhus University, Denmark


DisabledChurch

Disabled Church - Disabled Society: The Implications of Autism for Philosophy, Theology and Politics

J. N. Gillibrand

London and Philadelphia, PA:  Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010.  Pp.206.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Deborah Beth Creamer, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado


ControvQueerTheo

Controversies in Queer Theology

S. Cornwall

London:  SCM Press, 2011.  Pp.x, 294.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Jenny Gaffin, Parkstone, Poole


SavingDesire

Saving Desire: The Seduction of Christian Theology

F. LeR. Shults and J.-O. Henriksen, eds.

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011.  Pp.x, 194.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Susannah Cornwall, Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester


ThruUsWithUsInUs

Through Us, With Us, In Us: Relational Theologies in the Twenty-First Century

L. Isherwood and E. Bellchambers, eds.

London:  SCM Press, 2010.  Pp.viii, 263.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock


FountainSecularTheo

The Fountain: A Secular Theology

D. Cupitt

London:  SCM Press, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 86.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Steven Shakespeare, Liverpool Hope University


TheoStrangeReturn

Theology's Strange Return

D. Cupitt

London:  SCM Press, 2010.  Pp.xviii, 133.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Steven Shakespeare, Liverpool Hope University


SCMXtnDoctrine

SCM Study Guide to Christian Doctrine

J. Astley

London:  SCM Press, 2010.  Pp.vi, 250.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Lindsey Hall, Diocese of Lichfield


MCmsGodsLove

Making Sense of God's Love: Atonement and Redemption

Lorraine Cavanagh

SPCK Publishing, June 2011. Paperback, 96 pages.

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Reviewed by Jeyan Anketell, Lichfield

Publisher's description: Many people are put off Christianity by the idea of God punishing his Son for our sins. They find it hard to believe in a loving God who appears to be so angry and vindictive. This book addresses some of these difficult questions. It will form ideal reading for those wanting to return to their faith, or those who would like to explore it in greater depth. The book aims to create an open theological landscape, which will take account of the many different ways in which we are saved and restored.


OTWisdomIntro3rded

Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction, 3rd edn.

J. L. Crenshaw, ed.

Louisville, KY:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.  Pp.xviii, 308.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Katharine J. Dell, University of Cambridge


GodInNT

God in New Testament Theology

L. W. Hurtado

Nashville, TN:  Abingdon Press, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 152.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Neil Richardson, Orleton, Herefordshire


ReadingPaulContext

Reading Paul in Context: Explorations in Identity Formation: Essays in Honour of William S. Campbell

K. Ehrensperger and J. B. Tucker, eds.

London and New York:  T. and T. Clark International, 2010.  Pp.xiv, 270.  Hb.

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


DanielicEschatologicalJjohannine

The Danielic Eschatological Hour in the Johannine Literature

S. Mihalios

London and New York:  T. and T. Clark International, 2011.  Pp.xiv, 209.  Hb.

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Reviewed by Dorothy A. Lee, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Australia


JCBiog

Jesus: A Biography

A. Puig i Tàrrech

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011.  Pp.xvi, 674.  Pb.

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Reviewed by David Catchpole, Sarum College, Salisbury


ContempXtologies

Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction

D. Schweitzer

Minneapolis, MN:  Fortress Press, 2010.  Pp.viii, 188.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester


RisenXta

Seeking the Risen Christa

N. M. Slee

London:  SPCK, 2011.  Pp.xii, 175.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Ann Christie, York St John University


WorshipShapedLife

Worship-Shaped Life: Liturgical Formation and the People of God

R. A. Meyers and P. Gibson, eds.

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010.  Pp.xviii, 138.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Christopher Irvine, Canterbury Cathedral


WorshipMatters

Worship Matters: A Study for Congregations

J. R. Vann

Louisville, KY:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.  Pp.xii, 140.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Bridget Nichols, Ely


PriestBothSex

A Priesthood of Both Sexes: Paying Attention to Difference

A. M. Green

London:  SPCK, 2011.  Pp.vi, 153.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Jean Mayland, Hexham


TrustArrogance

Trust in an Age of Arrogance

C. F. Allison

Cambridge:  Lutterworth Press, 2011.  Pp.xx, 180.  Pb.

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Reviewed by Lorraine Cavanagh, Abergavenny