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A. Alker, Is a Radical Church Possible? Reshaping Its Life for Jesus’ Sake. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2016. Pp. viii, 155. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-250-8.


A. W. Baan, The Necessity of Witness: Stanley Hauerwas’s Contribution to Systematic Theology. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015. Pp. xii, 233. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0162-9.


A. Bash, Forgiveness: A Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xiv, 154. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0148-3.


A. C. Bingemer, Simone Weil: Mystic of Passion and Compassion, tr. K. M. Kraft. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xx, 146. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-2066-8.


J. P. Bradbury and S. Cornwall, eds., Thinking Again about Marriage: Key Theological Questions. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. x, 220. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05369-9.


B. R. Brock and M. G. Mawson, eds., The Freedom of a Christian Ethicist: The Future of a Reformation Legacy. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xii, 206. Hb. £65. ISBN 978-0-567-66595-9.


W. Brueggemann, Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xiv, 165. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7072-8.


D. E. Capps, The Religious Life: The Insights of William James. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xiv, 247. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-1994-5.


S. A. Cherry, The Dark Side of the Soul: An Insider’s Guide to the Web of Sin. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. Pp. xii, 265. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-4729-0081-4.


C. M. Collier, ed., The Difference Christ Makes: Celebrating the Life, Work, and Friendship of Stanley Hauerwas. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. x, 103. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-056-7.


G. B. Connell, Kierkegaard and the Paradox of Religious Diversity. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6804-6.


C. R. Cotter and D. G. Robertson, eds., After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xviii, 203. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-1-138-91913-6.


A. F. Day, ed., Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion: Powers and Pieties. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. xviii, 270. Hb. £65. ISBN 978-1-4724-4413-4.


G. D’Costa and R. K. A. Thompson, eds., Buddhist-Christian Dual Belonging: Affirmations, Objections, Explorations. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. x, 252. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-6091-2.


C. E. Deane-Drummond, The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 346. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6867-1.


D. E. DeCosse and K. E. Heyer, eds., Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities, and Institutional Responses. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxiv, 216. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-144-7.


M. A. De La Torre, ed., Introducing Liberative Theologies. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxviii, 260. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-140-9.


I. Delio, Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxii, 218. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-136-2.


E. S. Dodd, Boundless Innocence in Thomas Traherne’s Poetic Theology: ‘Were All Men Wise and Innocent …’ Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xii, 242. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-1-4724-5397-6.


B. D. Ehrman, Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior. New York: HarperOne, 2016. Pp. x, 326. Pb. $27.99.


D. A. S. Fergusson, Creation. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. viii, 149. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7196-1.


L. J. Francis, ed., Anglican Cathedrals in Modern Life: The Science of Cathedral Studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp. xiv, 267. Hb. ISBN 978-1-137-55301-0.


J. E. Goldingay, An Introduction to the Old Testament: Exploring Text, Approaches and Issues. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. 394. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07535-5.


A. C. Greene, No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 317. Hb. £22.99. ISBN 978-0-19-937187-7.


R. P. Greenwood, Sharing God’s Blessing: How to Renew the Local Church. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xx, 184. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07215-6.


C. R. Hallpike, Do We Need God to Be Good? An Anthropologist Considers the Evidence. Alresford: Circle Books, 2016. Pp. x, 220. Pb. £13.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-217-1.


J. Haynes, ed., Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics, 2nd edn. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xxiv, 395. Hb. £150. ISBN 978-1-138-82699-1.


J.-O. Henriksen, Life, Love, and Hope: God and Human Experience. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 372. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7149-7.


S. Hensman, Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church. London: Ekklesia, 2015. Pp. xvi, 255. Pb. ISBN 978-0-9932942-0-4.


S. C. Henson and M. J. Lakey, eds., Academic Vocation in the Church and Academy Today: ‘And with All of Your Mind’. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. xii, 235. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-5454-6.


K. W. Irwin, The Sacraments: Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 388. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4955-1.


T. P. Jackson, Political Agape: Christian Love and Liberal Democracy. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. xiv, 427. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7246-3.


R. M. Kearney and J. M. Zimmermann, eds., Reimagining the Sacred: Richard Kearney Debates God. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 286. Pb. £20. ISBN 978-0-231-16103-9.


D. G. R. Keller, ed., Boundless Grandeur: The Christian Vision of A. M. Donald Allchin. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015. Pp. xxxvi, 203. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0319-7.


J. F. Kilner, Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. xii, 402. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6764-3.


E. E. Lemcio, ed., A Man of Many Parts: Essays in Honor of John Westerdale Bowker on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015. Pp. xiv, 235. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-071-0.


A. E. McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Sceptics Find Faith. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. 197. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07510-2.


N. G. Messer, Flourishing: Health, Disease, and Bioethics in Theological Perspective. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013. Pp. xviii, 238. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6899-2.


A. E. Nekola and T. J. Wagner, eds., Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xiv, 263. Hb. £65. ISBN 978-1-4724-5919-0.


L. A. Nelstrop and B. B. Onishi, eds., Mysticism in the French Tradition: Eruptions from France. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xviii, 295. Hb. £70. ISBN 978-1-4724-3939-0.


G. M. Newlands, Spirit of Liberality: Collected Essays. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014. Pp. xii, 251. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-561-6.


R. A. Newson and B. J. Kallenberg, eds., Practicing to Aim at Truth: Theological Engagements in Honor of Nancey Murphy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. x, 280. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-994-2.


D. W. Norwood, Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. Pp. xxii, 263. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7210-4.


L. Novakovic, Resurrection: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 208. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-567-02815-0.


R. M. Oxtoby, The Trouble with Christianity: A Psychological Perspective. Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2016. Pp. viii, 105. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-289-8.


S. Palmisano, Exploring New Monastic Communities: The (Re)invention of Tradition. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. x, 195. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-1-4724-3191-2.


M. K. Paul, The Evil that Men Do: Faith, Injustice and the Church. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 258. Pb. ISBN 978-1-908381-95-8.


H. E. Russell, A Faithful Presence: Working Together for the Common Good. London: SCM Press, 2015. Pp. vi, 137. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05389-7.


E. P. Sanders, Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, and Thought. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xxxvi, 862. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05455-9.


R. J. Schreiter, Constructing Local Theologies: 30th Anniversary Edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xx, 204. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-146-1.


L. A. Schumacher, Theological Philosophy: Rethinking the Rationality of Christian Faith. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xii, 210. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-1-4724-4262-8.


C. B. Simpson, Modern Christian Theology. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xxii, 375. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-567-66477-8.


C. W. Skinner, Reading John. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xii, 152. Pb. ISBN 978-1-61097-803-3.


T. J. Stead, Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality: Making Space for God. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xvi, 144. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07486-0.


J. Stolz, J. Könemann, M. Schneuwly Purdie, T. Englberger and M. Krüggeler, (Un)Believing in Modern Society: Religion, Spirituality, and Religious-Secular Competition. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. Pp. xviii, 296. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-6128-5.


M. H. Suchocki, Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015. Pp. xii, 121. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4982-0313-5.


M. A. Sutton and D. T. Dochuk, eds., Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 302. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-19-937270-6.


A. C. Thiselton, Discovering Romans: Content, Interpretation, Reception. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xiv, 297. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07376-4.


P. M. Tyler, The Pursuit of the Soul: Psychoanalysis, Soul-Making and the Christian Tradition. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. vi, 200. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-14077-7.


J. R. Tyson, The Way of the Wesleys: A Short Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pp. x, 202. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6954-8.


J. Vanier, Life’s Great Questions. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xvi, 172. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07595-9.


G. T. Wakefield and N. J. Rooms, eds., Northern Gospel, Northern Church: Reflections on Identity and Mission. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 226. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-19-6.


A. D. C. Wingate, The Meeting of Opposites? Hindus and Christians in the West. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014. Pp. x, 216. Pb. ISBN 978-1-62564-468-8.


T. L. Winwright and L. E. Johnston, eds., Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xxviii, 201. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-158-4.


L. Woodhead, C. H. Partridge and H. Kawanami, eds., Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations, 3rd edn. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xvi, 598. Pb. £39.99. ISBN 978-0-415-85881-6.


N. T. Wright, The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. x, 110. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07411-2.


F. M. Young, Construing the Cross: Type, Sign, Symbol, Word, Action: The Didsbury Lectures 2014. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xiv, 141. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07550-8.