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Books reviewed October 2019

from Modern Believing Vol 60:4

 A. Brown and L. Woodhead, That Was the Church, That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People.
London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. Pp. viii, 255. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4729-2164-2.

Review by Mark Dorsett, King's School, Worcester


D. M. Hoyle, The Pattern of Our Calling: Ministry Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 192. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05472-6.

Review by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, LIverpool


S.-O. Back and E. Koskenniemi, eds., Institutions of the Emerging Church.
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xx, 156. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-0-567-66643-7.

Review by Andrew Gregory, University of Oxford                                                                                  


D. J. Grumett, Material Eucharist.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 322. Hb. £75. ISBN 978-0-19-876707-7.

Review by Alvyn Pettersen, Oxford       


A. S. Bishop, Eucharist Shaping and Hebert’s Liturgy and Society: Church, Mission and Personhood.
Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xvi, 160. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-6328-9.          

Review by Bridget Nichols , Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin


M. Patten, Leading a Multicultural Church.
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xii, 164. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07504-1.

Review by Douglas Brouwer, Holland, MI    


D. J. Brouwer, How to Become a Multicultural Church.
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7393-4.

Review by Malcolm Patten, Walthamstow, London


B. S. Fulton, China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot Be Hidden.
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 145. Pb. £15. ISBN 978-0-7188-9447-4.

Review by Gerda Wielander, University of Westminster


H. Askeland and U. Schmidt, eds., Church Reform and Leadership of Change.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 203. Pb. £17. ISBN 978-0-227-17618-4.

Review by Tim Harle, Sarum College, Salisbury             


D. Brown, Leaven: The Hidden Power of Culture in the Church.
Weybridge: RoperPenberthy Publishing, 2016. Pp. 254. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-903905-93-7.                     

Review by Jeremy Worthen, Council for Christian Unity, London   


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.       

Review by Simon J. Taylor, Diocese of Bristol   


C Deacy, Christmas as Religion: Rethinking Santa, the Secular, and the Sacred.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 223. Hb. £30. ISBN 978-0-19-875456-5.  

Review by William Keenan, Nottingham       


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.    

Review by Chris Deacy, University of Kent


D. J. Shepherd, ed., The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927).
New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2016. Pp. xii, 292. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-415-74169-9.

Review by   Robert Pope, Westminster College, Cambridge     


 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.     

Review by Adam Powell, Durham University       


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.

Review by Steven Shakespeare, Liverpool Hope University           


P. Schmidt-Leukel and A. Nehring, eds., Interreligious Comparisons in Religious Studies and Theology: Comparison Revisited.
London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Pp. x, 228. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-4742-8513-1.                                                               

Review by Elizabeth Harris, University of Birmingham     


D. Y. Schumm and M. J. Stoltzfus, eds., Disability and World Religions: An Introduction.
Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 258. Hb. £43.50. ISBN 978-1-4813-0521-1.     

Review by Sarah Jean Barton, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI      


U. M. King, Christ in All Things: Exploring Spirituality with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 2nd edn.
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xxii, 234. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-190-4.       

Review by David Grumett,University of Edinburgh          


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

P. M. Tyler, Christian Mindfulness: Theology and Practice.
London: SCM Press, 2018. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-334-05671-3.

Review by Gordon Mursell, Kircudbright


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.              

Review by Angela Tilby, Portsmouth


R. D. Harries, The Beauty and the Horror.
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. viii, 240. Hb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07693-2.     

Review by Ann Loades, St Andrews


M. C. Moschella, Caring for Joy: Narrative, Theology, and Practice.
Leiden and Boston, MA: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2016. Pp. xvi, 303. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-32499-2.

Review by Deborah Casewell, Liverpool Hope University


 J. M. Bryan, Human Being: Insights from Psychology and the Christian Faith.
London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. x, 270. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-04924-1.         

Review by Jim McManus, University of Hertfordshire


 S. M. Barr, The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion.
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. vi, 226. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7370-5. 

A. E. McGrath, Enriching Our Vision of Reality: Theology and the Natural Sciences in Dialogue.
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xii, 215. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07544-7.

Review by Michael Fuller, University of Edinburgh   


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.   

Review by Doug Chaplin, Diocese of Worcester


D. M. Doyle, What is Christianity? A Dynamic Introduction.
Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 305. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4993-3.

Review by Jonathan Clatworthy, Liverpool


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

Review by Lorraine Cavanagh, Abergavenny


 K. E. Lassiter, Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity.
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. x, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-0-7188-9446-7.

Review by Sophie Witherstone, University of Chester


 C. Beardsley and M. O’Brien, eds., This Is My Body: Hearing the Theology of Transgender Christians.
London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016. Pp. xiv, 224. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53206-7.

Review by Alison Webster, Diocese of Oxford


 Short Reviews:

A. P. Davison, Amazing Love: Theology for Understanding Discipleship, Sexuality and Mission.
London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016. Pp. xii, 113. £8.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53265-4

Review by Susannah Cornwall, University of Exeter


E. T. Oakes, A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies.
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xxii, 248. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7320-0.

Review by Peter Groves, Oxford


 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.

Review by Beverley Clack, Oxford Brookes University


R. A. Streett, Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. x, 327. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-227-17615-3.

Review by Nicholas Taylor, Glasgow


 J. W. Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality.
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 206. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7505-1

Review by Amy Oden, Saint Paul School of Theology, Oklahoma City    


S. M. B. Wells, Face to Face: Meeting Christ in Friend and Stranger.
London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2019. Pp. xii, 97. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-78622-129-2.  

Review by Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral


 

Books received January 2019

Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.


G. V. Allen, C. R. Brewer and D. F. Kinlaw, eds., The Moving Text: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on David Brown and the Bible.  London: SCM Press, 2018.  Pp. xx, 273.  Pb.  £35.  ISBN 978-0-334-05526-6.


S. T. Asma, Why We Need Religion.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.  Pp. x, 256.  Hb.  £20.  ISBN 978-0-19-046967-2.


H. Boersma, Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.  Pp. xx, 467.  Hb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7604-1.


B. A. Cummings, The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.  Pp. xviii, 139.  Pb.  £7.99.  ISBN 978-0-19-880392-8.


J. Fea, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.Pp. x, 238.Hb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7641-6.


A. C. Florence, Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.Pp. xii, 203.Pb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7412-2.


E. Gerle, Passionate Embrace: Luther on Love, Body and Sensual Presence.Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2018.Pp. xii, 323.Pb.£27.50.  ISBN 978-0-227-17689-4.


J. E. Goldingay and N. T. Wright, The Bible for Everyone: A New Translation.London: SPCK, 2018.Pp. xxii, 1268.Hb.£25.  ISBN 978-0-281-07401-3.


D. M. Greenwood, Art and Spiritual Experience: Exploring the Romantic Period.Leominster: Gracewing, 2018.Pp. xvi, 246.Pb.£14.99.  ISBN 978-0-85244-925-7.


A. W. Hearlson, The Holy No: Worship as a Subversive Act.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.Pp. xiv, 184.Pb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7385-9.


C. Hovorun, Scaffolds of the Church: Towards Poststructural Ecclesiology.Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2018.Pp. xii, 262.Pb.£22.50.  ISBN 978-0-227-17687-0.


A. Jacobs, The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis.New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.Pp. xx, 256.Hb.£20.  ISBN 978-0-19-086465-1.


H. Joas, ed., David Martin and the Sociology of Religion.Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018.Pp. x, 215.Hb.£115.  ISBN 978-0-815-39330-6.


V. Lee and R. J. Eke, Is Grief a Women’s Room?  Some Feminist Aspects of Practical Theology in Responding to the Death of a Life Partner.2017.Pp. xviii, 247.Pb.  ISBN 9781547041145.


J. A. Linebaugh, ed., God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.Pp. xii, 253.Pb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7475-7.


A. and C. Linzey, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics.London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.Pp. xxvi, 598.Hb.  ISBN 978-1-137-36670-2.


P. B. Mojzes, ed., North American Churches and the Cold War.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.Pp. xviii, 593.Hb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7526-6.


N. C. Murphy, A Philosophy of the Christian Religion for the Twenty-First Century.London: SPCK, 2018.Pp. xviii, 330.Pb.£25.99.  ISBN 978-0-281-06692-6.


M. T. Novick, An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel: History and Theology.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.Pp. x, 203.Pb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-7542-6.


E. E. Olson, And God Created Wholeness: A Spirituality of Catholicity.Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.Pp. xvi, 237.Pb.£23.99.  ISBN 978-1-62698-268-0.


P. W. Rosemann, Charred Root of Meaning: Continuity, Transgression, and the Other in Christian Tradition.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.Pp. xxii, 237.Hb.  ISBN 978-0-8028-6345-4.


C. C. B. Southgate, Theology in a Suffering World: Glory and Longing.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.Pp. x, 281.Hb.£75.  ISBN 978-1-107-15369-1.


M. D. Stark, Untruth: Musings with Kierkegaard on Christian Living in a Fractured World.London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2018.Pp. viii, 157.Pb.  ISBN 978-0-232-53313-2. 


A. M. Steane, Science and Humanity: A Humane Philosophy of Science and Religion.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.Pp. xii, 289.Hb.£25.  ISBN 978-0-19-882458-9.


P. J. Webster, Church and Patronage in 20th Century Britain: Walter Hussey and the Arts.  London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.  Pp. xii, 256.  Hb.  ISBN 978-1-137-36909-3.


P. J. Whitworth, Suffering and Glory: The Church from the Apostles to Constantine.  Durham: Sacristy Press, 2018.  Pp. xii, 400.  Pb.  ISBN 978-1-910519-89-9.


N. Wolterstorff, Acting Liturgically: Philosophical Reflections on Religious Practice.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.Pp. x, 306.Hb.  ISBN 978-0-19-880538-0.


S. S. Yarrow, Saints: A Very Short Introduction.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.Pp. xviii, 149.Pb.£7.99.  ISBN 978-0-19-967651-4.


Books received April 2019

Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.


R. M. Allen, Grounded in Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life on God. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. x, 176. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7453-5.


C. R. Baker and E. L. Graham, eds., Theology for Changing Times: John Atherton and the Future of Public Theology. London: SCM Press, 2018. Pp. xii, 192. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-334-05695-9.


J. B. Boyce-Tillman, Freedom Song: Faith, Abuse, Music and Spirituality: A Lived Experience of Celebration. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018. Pp. xxiv, 528. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78874-219-1.


S. Brewitt-Taylor, Christian Radicalism in the Church of England and the Invention of the British Sixties, 1957–1970: The Hope of a World Transformed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. xiv, 272. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-882700-9.


R. A. Burridge and J. H. Sacks, eds., Confronting Religious Violence: A Counternarrative. London: SCM Press, 2018. Pp. xxvi, 284. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-0-334-05713-0.


J. D. Caputo, On Religion, 2nd edn. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 217. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-138-71486-1.


L. M. Cavanagh, In Such Times: Reflections on Living with Fear. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018. Pp. xvi, 127. Pb. ISBN 978-1-5326-4176-3.


P. D. Clayton, Religion and Science: The Basics, 2nd edn. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 201. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-138-56276-9.


D. L. Clough, On Animals, vol. 2: Theological Ethics. London and New York: T. and T. Clark, 2019. Pp. xxvi, 299. Hb. £100. ISBN 978-0-567-66086-2.


S. A. Cummins and J. Zimmermann, eds., Acts of Interpretation: Scripture, Theology, and Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xii, 252. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7500-6.


O. Davies, A Supernatural War: Magic, Divination, and Faith during the First World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. x, 284. Hb. £20. ISBN 978-0-19-879455-4.


T. E. Dowley, Christian Music: A Global History, 2nd edn. London: SPCK, 2018. Pp. viii, 328. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07926-1.


J. D. G. Dunn, Jesus according to the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xvi, 211. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7669-0.


G. Evolvi, Blogging My Religion: Secular, Muslim, and Catholic Media Spaces in Europe. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 173. Hb. £110. ISBN 978-1-138-56211-0.


W. C. T. Gardiner, Melodies of a New Monasticism: Bonhoeffer’s Vision, Iona’s Witness. London: SCM Press, 2018. Pp. xvi, 335. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-334-05720-8.


D. J. Goodhew and A.-P. Cooper, eds., The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xviii, 365. Hb. £115. ISBN 978-0-8153-4817-7.


T. G. Guarino, The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II: Continuity and Reversal in Catholic Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. x, 214. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7438-2.


R. D. Harries, Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith. London: SPCK, 2018. Pp. xvi, 240. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07933-9.


L. D. Hawk, The Violence of the Biblical God: Canonical Narrative and Christian Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xviii, 222. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7244-9.


K. S. Hendricks and J. B. Boyce-Tillman, eds., Queering Freedom: Music, Identity, and Spirituality. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018. Pp. xx, 374. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78874-508-6.


D. G. Horrell, The Making of Christian Morality: Reading Paul in Ancient and Modern Contexts. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xxiv, 264. Pb. $45. ISBN 978-0-8028-7607-2.


M. G. Karris, Divine Echoes: Reconciling Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God. Orange, CA: Quoir, 2018. Pp. 259. Pb. ISBN 978-1-938480-25-6.


K. R. Keen, Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xii, 148. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7654-6.. 


C. E. Keller, Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public. New York and Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2018. Pp. xii, 229. Pb. ISBN 978-0-231-18991-0.


M. J. Lakey, The Ritual World of Paul the Apostle: Metaphysics, Community and Symbol in 1 Corinthians 10–11. London and New York: T. and T. Clark, 2019. Pp. xiv, 218. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-12034-2.


A. E. H. Lim, Digital Spirits in Religion and Media: Possession and Performance. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 222. Hb. £115. ISBN 978-0-8153-9332-0.


A. and C. Linzey, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xx, 389. Hb. £175. ISBN 978-1-138-59272-8.


O. J. Løland, The Reception of Paul the Apostle in the Works of Slavoj Žižek. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Pp. xiv, 224. Hb. ISBN 978-3-319-91727-6.


F. D. Macchia, Jesus the Spirit Baptizer: Christology in Light of Pentecost. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xii, 371. Hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7389-7.


G. M. Marsden, Religion and American Culture: A Brief History, 3rd edn. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xii, 292. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7539-6.


D. M. McCarthy and J. M. Donohue, Moral Vision: Seeing the World with Love and Justice. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xii, 195. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7487-0.


J. C. McDowell and S. A. Kirkland, Eschatology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xiv, 151. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-6458-1.


A. E. McGrath, Mere Discipleship: On Growing in Wisdom and Hope. London: SPCK, 2018. Pp. viii, 158. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07994-0.


A. E. McGrath, The Territories of Human Reason: Science and Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Pp. x, 288. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-0-19-881310-1.


T. R. Nevin, Nietzsche’s Protestant Fathers: A Study in Prodigal Christianity. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 281. Hb. £115. ISBN 978-1-138-39120-8.


M. S. Philps, Kingdom Come: Essential Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 158. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78959-003-6.


C. E. Poole, Buying God: Consumerism and Theology. London: SCM Press, 2018. Pp. xviii, 174. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-334-05674-4.


J. A. Reeves, Against Methodology in Science and Religion: Recent Debates on Rationality and Theology. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 141. Hb. £115. ISBN 978-1-138-47794-0.


N. J. Roberts, Addiction and Pastoral Care. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2018. Pp. xiv, 97. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-84825-974-4.


C. D. Rodkey and J. E. Miller, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Radical Theology. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Pp. xxiv, 793. Hb. ISBN 978-3-319-96594-9.


F. Rutledge, Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xx, 406. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7619-5.


E. J. Schnabel, Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xxiv, 680. Hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7580-8.


N. M. Slee, F. P. Porter and A. J. Phillips, eds., Researching Female Faith: Qualitative Research Methods. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. x, 239. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-138-73737-2.


R. L. Starr, Reimagining Theologies of Marriage in Contexts of Domestic Violence: When Salvation Is Survival. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018. Pp. viii, 225. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4724-7253-3.


Š. Štofaník, The Adventure of Weak Theology: Reading the Work of John D. Caputo though Biographies and Events. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2018. Pp. xx, 288. Hb. $90. ISBN 978-1-4384-7195-2.


P. Stuhlmacher, Biblical Theology of the New Testament, tr. and ed. D. P. Bailey. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018. Pp. xxxiv, 935. Hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-4080-6.


B. B. Taylor, God in Pain: The Mystery of Suffering. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2018. Pp. 138. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-1-78622-094-3.


T. K. Taylor, Christ the Tragedy of God: A Theological Exploration of Tragedy. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. x, 155. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-138-09214-3.


J. Thacker, Global Poverty: A Theological Guide. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. viii, 277. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-334-05515-0.


S. J. Tham, C. Durante and A. García Gómez, eds., Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self: Emerging Technologies and Human Identity. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xx, 217. Hb. £115. ISBN 978-1-138-31575-4.


M. O. Throup, All Things Anglican: Who We Are and What We Believe. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2018. Pp. xii, 144. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-78622-067-7.


P. M. Tyler, Christian Mindfulness: Theology and Practice. London: SCM Press, 2018. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-334-05671-3.


S. M. B. Wells, Speaking the Truth: Preaching in a Diverse Culture. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2018. Pp. xx, 264. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-1-78622-123-0.


N. Wolterstorff, In This World of Wonders: Memoir of a Life in Learning. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xvi, 318. Hb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7679-9.


 

 

Books received October 2019

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 W. J. Abraham, Methodism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Pp. xviii, 143. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-0-19-880231-0.


M. Accad, Sacred Misinterpretation: Reaching across the Christian-Muslim Divide. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xxx, 366. Pb. $38. ISBN 978-0-8028-7414-6.


J. P. R. Blakely, The Persuasion of Love: Is There a Theological Theory of Everything? Alresford: Circle Books, 2019. Pp. x, 125. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-1-78904-000-5.


P. C. Borgman and K. J. Clark, Written to Be Heard: Recovering the Messages of the Gospels. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xiv, 375. Pb. $30. ISBN 978-0-8028-7704-8.


F. G. Bosman, Gaming and the Divine: A New Systematic Theology of Video Games. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 265. Hb. ISBN 978-1-138-57956-9.


T. L. Carson, ed., Neither Here nor There: The Many Voices of Liminality. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2019. Pp. xxiv, 244. Pb. ISBN 978-0-7188-9543-3.


M. D. Chapman and D. Janes, eds., New Approaches in History and Theology to Same-Sex Love and Desire. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Pp. xiv, 270. Hb. ISBN 978-3-319-70210-0.


K. J. Clark, God and the Brain: The Rationality of Belief. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xviii, 222. Pb. $25. ISBN 978-0-8028-7691-1.


C. E. Deane-Drummond and R. G. Artinian-Kaiser, eds., Theology and Ecology across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home. London and New York: T. and T. Clark, 2018. Pp. xii, 261. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-0-567-67273-5.


C. D. Field, British Religion and the World Wars: A Subject Bibliography of Modern Literature. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. Pp. viii, 159. Hb. £58.99. ISBN 978-1-5275-3349-3.


J. J. Fitzgerald and A. J. Moyse, eds., Treating the Body in Medicine and Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xvi, 247. Hb. £115. ISBN 978-1-138-48485-6.


D. G. Ford, J. L. Mann and P. M. Phillips, The Bible and Digital Millennials. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xii, 126. Hb. ISBN 978-1-138-35068-7.


J. L. González, Knowing Our Faith: A Guide for Believers, Seekers, and Christian Communities. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xiv, 156. Pb. ISBN 978-0-8028-7706-2.


C. T. Goto, Taking on Practical Theology: The Idolization of Context and the Hope of Community, Theology in Practice 6. Leiden: Brill, 2018. Pp. xx, 289. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-34988-9.


M. W. Hamilton, Jesus, King of Strangers: What the Bible Really Says about Immigration. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2019. Pp. xii, 171. Pb. $20. ISBN 978-0-8028-7662-1.


B. G. Hankins, Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 235. Pb. ISBN 978-0-19-882228-8.


R. E. Harper and A. T. L. Wilson, To Heal and Not to Hurt: A Fresh Approach to Safeguarding in Church. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2019. Pp. 223. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53394-1.


J. G. Hunter, The Beginning of Tomorrow: Call to the North: Churches Working Together in Mission. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2019. Pp. x, 272. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78959-029-6.


J. A. Huxley, ed., Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019. Pp. 284. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-305-0.


M. Kahlos, H. J. Koskinen and R. A. Palmén, eds., Recognition and Religion: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. x, 299. Hb. ISBN 978-0-367-13359-7.


H. Kasimow and A. Race, eds., Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue: Religious Thinkers Engage with Recent Papal Initiatives. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Pp. xxviii, 348. Hb. $139.99. ISBN 978-3-319-96094-4.


M. Knowles, The Meeting that Changed the World: The Council of Jerusalem, AD 49. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 359. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78959-026-5.


D. C. J. Lacorne, The Limits of Tolerance: Enlightenment Values and Religious Fanaticism, tr. C. J. Delogu and R. Emlein. New York and Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2019. Pp. xiv, 280. Hb. £27. ISBN 978-0-231-18714-5.


T. Larsen, John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. xii, 242. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-875315-5.


C. Lynch, Ecclesial Leadership as Friendship. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xviii, 258. Hb. £115. ISBN 978-0-367-02893-0.


E. J. Mason, Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. xvi, 212. Hb. ISBN 978-0-19-872369-1.


E. J. Newell, The Sacramental Sea: A Spiritual Voyage through Christian History. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2019. Pp. xii, 173. Pb. ISBN 978-0-232-53396-5.


D. M. F. Newman, Growing Up into the Children of God: Exploring the Paradoxes of Christian Maturity. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2019. Pp. vi, 143. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78959-020-3.


L. R. Oakley and J. Humphreys, Escaping the Maze of Spiritual Abuse: Creating Healthy Christian Cultures. London: SPCK, 2019. Pp. xxvi, 180. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-0-281-08131-8.


K. M. O’Donnell, Broken Bodies: The Eucharist, Mary and the Body in Trauma Theology. London: SCM Press, 2019. Pp. x, 224. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-334-05837-3.


M. M. O’Keefe, American Catholic Bishops and the Politics of Scandal: Rhetoric of Authority. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. viii, 177. Hb. ISBN 978-0-367-02955-5.


J. E. Portmann, Celebrity Morals and the Loss of Religious Authority. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xvi, 168. Hb. ISBN 978-0-367-22138-6.


A. M. Priddis, Forgiveness: A Practical and Pastoral Companion. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2019. Pp. vi, 130. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-78622-138-4.


R. M. Pryce, Poetry, Practical Theology and Reflective Practice. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xviii, 196. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-4724-8425-3.


M. W. Scarlata, Sabbath Rest: The Beauty of God’s Rhythm for a Digital Age. London: SCM Press, 2019. Pp. xii, 128. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-334-05806-9.


A. J. Takken, Churches, Chaplains and the Great War. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xx, 270. Hb. £105. ISBN 978-1-138-30803-9.


B. B. Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2019. Pp. xii, 238. Hb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-78622-079-0.


D. R. Tomlinson, Leading a Church to Maturity in Love: A Theological and Practical Guide to Church Leadership. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2019. Pp. xiv, 224. Pb. ISBN 978-1-78959-023-4.


F. E. F. Ward, Full of Character: A Christian Approach to Education for the Digital Age. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019. Pp. 262. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-339-5.


P. J. Whitworth, Gospel of Fulfilment: Exploring the Gospel of Matthew. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 173. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78959-044-9.


T. K. Wilson, Hospitality, Service, Proclamation: Interfaith Engagement as Christian Discipleship. London: SCM Press, 2019. Pp. viii, 176. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-334-05799-4.


 

Modern Believing editorial October 2018

Editorial by Steven Shakespeare
from Modern Believing Vol 59:4 - October 2018

Poets often put things with a clarity that those who use supposedly ‘rigorous’ language can only dream of.

Academic theology and philosophy of religion has sometimes searched for a kind of systematic consistency; but it can come at the expense of those searing insights which refuse to be tamed by sterile concepts.

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