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R. M. Allen and S. R. Swain, Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.  Pp. viii, 168.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-0-8010-4979-8.


S. J. Bachelard, Resurrection and Moral Imagination.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. x, 209.  Pb.  ISBN 978-1-4094-0637-2.


H. Bacon, W. E. Dossett and S. D. Knowles, eds., Alternative Salvations: Engaging the Sacred and the Secular.  London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.  Pp. xii, 222.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-1-4725-7994-2.


D. H. Bertschmann, Bowing Before Christ  -  Nodding to the State?  Reading Paul Politically with Oliver O’Donovan and John Howard Yoder.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2014.  Pp. xvi, 208.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-0-567-23473-5.


L. Boeve, Lyotard and Theology: Beyond the Christian Master Narrative of Love.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2014.  Pp. x, 162.  Pb.  £15.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-28948-3.


C. C. Brittain, A Plague on Both Their Houses: Liberal vs. Conservative Christians and the Divorce of the Episcopal Church USA.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. xvi, 263.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-0-567-65845-6.


H. W. Carter, Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.  Pp. xiv, 277.  Hb.  £22.99.  ISBN 978-0-19-938595-9.


E. M. Conradie, S. Bergmann, C. E. Deane-Drummond and J. D. Edwards, eds., Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2014.  Pp. vi, 261.  Pb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-66527-0.


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


C. L. Downing, Salvation from Cinema: The Medium is the Message.  New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.  Pp. viii, 196.  Pb.  ISBN 978-1-138-91394-3.


J. D. G. Dunn, ed., Fundamentalisms: Threat and Ideologies in the Modern World.  London and New York: I. B. Tauris and Co., 2016.  Pp. xii, 189.  Hb.  ISBN 978-1-78076-950-9.


K. B. Edwards, ed., Rethinking Biblical Literacy.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. x, 218.  Pb.  £22.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-05098-4.


R. A. Eklund, Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. xvi, 207.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-0-567-65654-4.


C. S. Evans, Why Christian Faith Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.  Pp. x, 145.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-0-8010-9660-0.


R. D. Fotiade, D. Jasper and O. Salazar-Ferrer, eds., Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. x, 235.  Hb.  £95.  ISBN 978-1-4724-1052-8.


J. A. Fout, Fully Alive: The Glory of God and the Human Creature in Karl Barth, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Theological Exegesis of Scripture.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. viii, 213.  Hb.  £70.  ISBN 978-0-567-65943-9.


F. Gardner, The Only Mind Worth Having: Thomas Merton and the Child Mind.  Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015.  Pp. xiv, 228.  Pb.  ISBN 978-1-4982-3022-3.


S. J. Gathercole, Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.  Pp. 128.  Pb.  £11.99.  ISBN 978-0-8010-4977-4.


G. K. Goulding, A Church of Passion and Hope: The Formation of an Ecclesial Disposition from Ignatius Loyola to Pope Francis and the New Evangelization.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016.  Pp. x, 330.  Pb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-66467-9.


K. E. Greene-McCreight, Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness, 2nd edn.  Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015.  Pp. xxiv, 216.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-1-58743-372-6.


G. Hunsinger, Reading Barth with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.  Pp. xvi, 186.  Pb.  £14.99.  ISBN 978-0-8010-9531-3.


M. C. Ireland and M. P. M. Booker, Making New Disciples: Exploring the Paradoxes of Evangelism.  London: SPCK, 2015.  Pp. x, 206.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-0-281-07336-8.


A. S. Jensen, Divine Providence and Human Agency: Trinity, Creation and Freedom.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. viii, 215.  Hb.  £95.  ISBN 978-1-4094-3530-3.


A. J. Johnson, Atonement: A Guide for the Perplexed.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. viii, 212.  Pb.  £16.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-25402-3.


E. A. Johnson, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love.  London: Bloomsbury, 2014.  Pp. xviii, 323.  Hb.  £18.99.  ISBN 978-1-4729-0373-0.


I. Katznelson and M. E. Rubin, eds., Religious Conversion: History, Experience and Meaning.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. x, 266.  Hb.  £75.  ISBN 978-1-4724-2149-4.


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


P. F. Knitter and R. Haight, Jesus and Buddha: Friends in Conversation.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.  Pp. xviii, 253.  Pb.  £17.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-151-5.


K. A. Kuhn, The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts: A Social, Literary, and Theological Introduction.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.  Pp. xxiv, 310.  Pb.  £18.99.  ISBN 978-0-8010-4887-6.


S. H. LeDrew, The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.  Pp. xii, 262.  Hb.  £18.99.  ISBN 978-0-19-022517-9.


Z. C. Lehmann Imfeld, P. J. Hampson and A. G. Milbank, eds., Theology and Literature after Postmodernity.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. xii, 286.  Hb.  £70.  ISBN 978-0-567-25114-5.


P. J. Leithart, Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience.  Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015.  Pp. x, 165.  Pb.  £10.99.  ISBN 978-1-58743-367-2.


C. A. Lewis and D. M. Cohn-Sherbok, eds., Sensible Religion.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. xx, 214.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-1-4094-6808-0.


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


D. L. Llewellyn, Reading, Feminism, and Spirituality: Troubling the Waves.  Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.  Pp. xiv, 258.  Hb.  £58.  ISBN 978-1-137-54995-2.


A. T. E. Loke, A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. xiv, 185.  Hb.  £75.  ISBN 978-1-4724-4573-5.


M. N. Marsh, On Being Human: Distinctiveness, Dignity, Disability and Disposal.  Alresford: Iff Books, 2015.  Pp. xii, 282.  Pb.  £15.99.  ISBN 978-1-78279-451-6.


J. B. Martin-Schramm, D. T. Spencer and L. A. Stivers, Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.  Pp. xxii, 314.  Pb.  £25.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-156-0.


A. M. McKinnon and M. K. Trzebiatowska, eds., Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. x, 264.  Hb.  £70.  ISBN 978-1-4094-6551-5.


F. J. Moloney, Reading the New Testament in the Church: A Primer for Pastors, Religious Educators, and Believers.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.  Pp. xiv, 226.  Pb.  £13.99.  ISBN 978-0-8010-4980-4.


F. A. Murphy, B. M. Mezei and K. R. Oakes, Illuminating Faith: An Invitation to Theology.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. viii, 164.  Pb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-65605-6.


R. L. Neilson and M. J. Grow, eds., From the Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.  Pp. xxiv, 414.  Pb.  £22.99.  ISBN 978-0-19-024466-8.


T. J. Oord, The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.  Pp. 228.  Pb.  $22.  ISBN 978-0-8308-4084-7.


L. M. Parker, A Fool for Thy Feast: The Life and Times of Tubby Clayton, 1885-1972.  Solihull: Helion and Co., 2015.  Pp. 282.  Hb.  ISBN 978-1-910777-35-0.


A. M. Pazos, ed., Redefining Pilgrimage: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Pilgrimages.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. x, 188.  Hb.  £75.  ISBN 978-1-4094-6823-3.


M. W. Percy and P. Ward, eds., The Wisdom of the Spirit: Gospel, Church and Culture.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. xii, 216.  Hb.  £75.  ISBN 978-1-4724-3565-1.


G. S. Peters, The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.  Pp. x, 278.  Pb.  £13.99.  ISBN 978-0-8010-4891-3.


N. G. Richardson, Who on Earth is God?  Making Sense of God in the Bible.  London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.  Pp. xii, 246.  Pb.  £14.99.  ISBN 978-0-567-47243-4.


R. A. G. Shanks, A Neo-Hegelian Theology: The God of Greatest Hospitality.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. vi, 151.  Hb.  £95.  ISBN 978-1-4724-1087-0.


R. J. Sider, Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried.  Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015.  Pp. xvi, 191.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-1-58743-366-5.


M. M. Smith, Fragile Mystics: Reclaiming a Prayerful Life.  London: SPCK, 2015.  Pp. viii, 159.  Pb.  ISBN 978-0-281-07384-9.


D. P. Sullins, Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.  Pp. xiv, 322.  Hb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-19-986004-3.


W. Vander Lugt, Living Theodrama: Reimagining Theological Ethics.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. xiv, 241.  Hb.  £95.  ISBN 978-1-4724-1943-9.


G. L. Vincett and E. O. Obinna, eds., Christianity in the Modern World: Changes and Controversies.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. xii, 196.  Hb.  £65.  ISBN 978-1-4094-7025-0.


J. A. P. Walker, Testing Fresh Expressions: Identity and Transformation.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. xvi, 254.  Hb.  £75.  ISBN 978-1-4724-1184-6.


J. L. Walls, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things that Matter Most.  Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015.  Pp. 235.  Pb.  £12.99.  ISBN 978-1-58743-356-6.


B. P. Waters, Christian Moral Theology in the Emerging Technoculture: From Posthuman Back to Human.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. x, 260.  Hb.  £95.  ISBN 978-0-7546-6691-2.


S. M. B. Wells, A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God.  Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.  Pp. viii, 328.  Pb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-470-67326-3.


R. D. Williams, Meeting God in Paul.  London: SPCK, 2015.  Pp. xvi, 96.  Pb.  ISBN 978-0-281-07338-2.


K. B. Wilson, The Theological Roots of Christian Gratitude.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.  Pp. viii, 239.  Hb.  £63.  ISBN 978-1-137-53691-4.


R. W. K. Wilson, George Augustus Selwyn (1809-1878): Theological Formation, Life and Work.  Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.  Pp. xii, 206.  Hb.  £95.  ISBN 978-1-4724-3889-8.


R. J. Wuthnow, Inventing American Religion: Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous Quest for a Nation’s Faith.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.  Pp. viii, 247.  Hb.  £19.99.  ISBN 978-0-19-025890-0.


N. K. Zimmermann, ed., The Great Grace: Receiving Vatican II Today.  London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2015.  Pp. xvi, 143.  Hb.  ISBN 978-0-567-65731-2.