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Theological Perspectives on a Surveillance Society: Watching and Being Watched

E. Stoddart

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2011. Pp. viii, 198. Hb. £50

ISBN 978-0754667971

Reviewed by Esther Reed, University of Exeter


Theology in the Public Sphere

S. C. H. Kim

London: SCM Press, 2011 Pp. xii, 260. Pb. £40

ISBN 978-0334043775

Reviewed by Richard Impey, Lancaster


Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics

N. J. Biggar

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011. Pp. xviii, 124. Pb. £10.99

ISBN 978-0802864000

Reviewed by Graeme Smith, University of Chichester


An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues

R. W. Lovin

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2011. Pp. x, 262. Pb. £19.99

ISBN 978-0687467365

Reviewed by Gifford Grobien, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN


Robust Liberalism: H. Richard Niebuhr and the Ethics of American Public Life

T. A. Beach-Verhey

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011. Pp. xii, 238. Hb. £41.99

ISBN 978-1602582521

Reviewed by Adam Hollowell, Duke University, Durham, NC


The Theological and the Political: On the Weight of the World

M. L. Taylor

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011. Pp. xviii, 236. Hb. £19.99

ISBN 978-0800697891

Reviewed by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice and William Temple Foundation


Virtually Christian: How Christ Changes Human Meaning and Makes Creation New

A. W. Bartlett

Winchester and Washington: O-Books, 2011. Pp. xii, 277. Pb. £14.99

ISBN 978-1846943966

Reviewed by Simon J. Taylor, Derby Cathedral


Mashup Religion: Pop Music and Theological Invention

J. S. McClure

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011. Pp. xvi, 240. Pb. £20.99

ISBN 978-160258357-3

Reviewed by Steve Knowles, University of Chester


Preaching Death: The Transformation of Christian Funeral Sermons

L. Bregman

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011. Pp. viii, 255. Pb. £20.99

ISBN 978-160258320-7

Reviewed by Brenda Mathijssen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands


‘All Shall Be Well’: Explorations in Universalism and Christian Theology from Origen to Moltmann

G. MacDonald, ed.

Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2011. Pp. xii, 447. Pb. £27.50.

ISBN 978-0227680285

The Evangelical Universalist: The Biblical Hope that God’s Love Will Save Us All

G. MacDonald

2nd edn.London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. xxiv, 271. Pb. £14.99

ISBN 978-0-281-06875-3

Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral


Relics and Miracles: Two Theological Essays

S. N. Bulgakov, tr. B. Jakim

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011. Pp. xii, 116. Pb. £16.99

ISBN 978-0802865311

Reviewed by Gregory Platten, Friern Barnet, London


Practicing Witness: A Missional Vision of Christian Practices

B. T. Conner

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011. Pp. vi, 129. Pb. £10.99

ISBN 978-0802866110

Bearing True Witness: Truthfulness in Christian Practice

C. Hovey

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011. Pp. x, 258. Pb. £17.99

ISBN 978-0802865816

Reviewed by Edmund Newey, Christ Church, Oxford


A Theological Diagnosis: A New Direction on Genetic Therapy, ‘Disability’ and the Ethics of Healing

M. Edmonds

London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011. Pp. 208. Pb. £25

ISBN 978-1843109983

Reviewed by John Gillibrand, Llangeler, Carmarthenshire


The Church’s Healing Ministry: Practical and Pastoral Reflections

D. J. Atkinson

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2011. Pp. x, 99. Pb. £14.99

ISBN 978-1848250772

Reviewed by John Atkinson, Swansea


Gift or a Given? A Theology of Healing for the Twenty-First Century

J. P. Atkinson

Winchester and Washington: Circle Books, 2012. Pp. x, 110. Pb. £9.99

ISBN 978-1-78099-426-0

Reviewed by David Atkinson, South Croydon


Just Forgiveness: Exploring the Bible, Weighing the Issues

A. Bash

London: SPCK, 2011. Pp. viii, 162. Pb. £10.99

ISBN 978-0281063994

Reviewed by Liz Gulliford, University of Birmingham


Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

F. J. Clingerman and M. H. Dixon, eds.

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate

Publishing, 2011. Pp. xiv, 224. Hb. £50

ISBN 978-1409420446

Reviewed by John Inge, Diocese of Worcester


Rethinking Faith: A Constructive Practical Theology

J. N. Poling

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011. Pp. vi, 193. Pb. £16.99

ISBN 978-0800697549

Reviewed by Peter Babington, Bournville, Birmingham


The Faith of Girls: Children’s Spirituality and Transition to Adulthood

A. Phillips

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2011. Pp. xiv, 203. Hb. £45

ISBN 978-1409421986

Reviewed by Marian Carter, Chelmondiston, Ipswich


Why Women Believe in God

L. Hodgkinson

Winchester and Washington: Circle Books, 2012. Pp. vi, 156. Pb. £11.99

ISBN 978-1-78099-221-1

Getting Here from There: Conversations on Life and Work

M. R. Miles and H. Sakomura

Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011. Pp. xiv, 128. Pb. $18

Reviewed by Dawn Llewellyn, University of Chester


Introducing the Qur’an: For Today’s Reader

J. Kaltner

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011. Pp. xiv, 251. Pb. £16.99

ISBN 978-0800696665

Reviewed by Tim Winter, University of Cambridge


Issues in Contemporary Christian Thought: A Fortress Introduction

D. Olson

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011. Pp. xiv, 296. Pb. £16.99

ISBN 978-0800696658

Reviewed by Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter


God of the Living: A Biblical Theology

R. Feldmeier and H. Spieckermann,,tr. M. E. Biddle

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011. Pp. x, 612. Hb. £49.99

ISBN 978-160258394-8

Reviewed by Richard S. Briggs, Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham


People of the Book? The Authority of the Bible in Christianity

J. Barton

3rd edn., London: SPCK, 2011. Pp. xxiv, 120. Pb. £9.99

ISBN 978-0281063789.

The New Testament for Everyone

N. T. Wright, tr.

London: SPCK, 2011. Pp. xx, 570. Hb. £14.99

Reviewed by Helen-Ann Hartley, Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand


Parallel Lives of Jesus: Four Gospels – One Story

E. Adams

London: SPCK, 2011. Pp. xii, 195. Pb. £14.99

ISBN 978-0281063772

Listen to the Gospels

R. A. Ferguson

Durham: Memoir Club, 2011. Pp.xx, 138. Pb. £12.50

ISBN 978-1841045344

Reviewed by Mary Marshall, University of Oxford


Abuse, Power and Fearful Obedience: Reconsidering 1 Peter’s Commands to Wives

J. G. Bird

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2011. Pp. xii, 166. Hb. £65

ISBN 978-0567213495

Reviewed by Travis B. Williams, Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN


Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation

R. B. Hays and S. Alkier, eds.

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. vi, 233. Hb. £41.99

ISBN 978-160258561-4

What Does Revelation Reveal? Unlocking the Mystery

W. Carter

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2011. Pp. vi, 137. Pb. £8.99

ISBN 978-1426710148.

Reviewed by Ian Boxall, Catholic University of America, Washington DC


Is Christianity Good for You?

D. Fontana

Winchester and Washington: O-Books, 2011. Pp. vi, 245. Pb. £12.99

ISBN 978-1846944413

Reviewed by Jonathan Clatworthy, Liverpool


Short Reviews


Making Sense of the Bible

H.-A. M. Hartley

London: SPCK, 2011. Pp.viii, 88. Pb. £7.20

ISBN 978-0281064052

Reviewed by Christopher Rowland, Cambridge


Temple Mysticism: An Introduction

M. Barker

London: SPCK, 2011. Pp. x, 181. Pb. £12.99

ISBN 978-0-281-06483-0

Reviewed by John Goldsmith, Derby


The Church in the Time of Empire: Resistance and Resources

D. O. Woodyard

Winchester and Washington: Circle Books, 2011. Pp. viii, 159. Pb. £9.99

ISBN 978-1846945953

Reviewed by Ian Markham, Virginia Theological Seminary


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: A Selective Summary of His Life

J. Cowburn

Preston, Australia: Mosaic Press, 2013. Pp. viii, 130. Pb. £14.99

ISBN 978-1-74324-085-4

Reviewed by Ursula King, University of Bristol


Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Study of Religion:Religion Explained

A. Visala

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2011. Pp. x, 218. Hb. £50

ISBN 978-1409424260

The Cognitive Science of Religion

J. A. Van Slyke

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2011. Pp. x, 178. Hb. £45

ISBN 978-1409421238

Science and Faith within Reason: Reality, Creation, Life and Design

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2011. Pp. xiv, 231. Hb. £50

ISBN 978-1409426080

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


Fear and Trust: God-Centred Leadership

D. C. Runcorn

London: SPCK, 2011. Pp. x, 114. Pb. £9.99

ISBN 978-0-281-06389-5

Reviewed by Vanessa Herrick, Wimborne Minster