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Books received October 2017

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.


K. J. Ahern, M. J. Clark, K. E. Heyer and L. E. Johnston, eds., Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach, SJ. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xxviii, 190. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-202-4.


M. R. Amstutz, Just Immigration: American Policy in Christian Perspective. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 258. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7484-9.


A. R. Angel, Intimate Jesus: The Sexuality of God Incarnate. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xvi, 176. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07240-8.


R. M. Anker, Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 272. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7369-9.


R. J. Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxiv, 680. Hb. £41.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7431-3.


H. Boersma, Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017. Pp. xx, 316. Hb. ISBN 978-0-8010-1703-2.


J. Carrón Pérez, Disarming Beauty: Essays on Faith, Truth, and Freedom. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 279. Hb. ISBN 978-0-268-10197-8.


D. Castelo, Pentecostalism as a Christian Mystical Tradition. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xx, 194. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6956-2.


L. J. DeLorenzo, Work of Love: A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 346. Hb. $55. ISBN 978-0-268-10093-3.


M. T. Dickerson, The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to be Human and Why It Matters. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 211. Pb. £22.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9492-4.


F. F. Fleming, The Truth about Science and Religion: From the Big Bang to Neuroscience. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 221. Pb. £18.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9471-9.


H. W. Frei, Reading Faithfully: Writings from the Archives, ed. M. A. Higton and M. A. Bowald, 2 vols. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xx, 226; viii, 227. Pb. £45. ISBN 978-0-227-17647-4; 978-0-227-17648-1.


C. M. Frost, The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 349. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-227-17635-1.


A. Fuentes and A. O. Visala, eds., Verbs, Bones, and Brains: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. viii, 293. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10114-5.


A. L. García and J. A. Nunes, Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation at the Margins. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xx, 188. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7328-6.


J. E. Goldingay, Reading Jesus’s Bible: How the New Testament Helps Us Understand the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. viii, 262. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7364-4.


J. L. González, A Brief History of Sunday: From the New Testament to the New Creation. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 166. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7471-9.


P. M. Gubi, ed., What Counsellors and Spiritual Directors Can Learn from Each Other: Ethical Practice, Training and Supervision. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. Pp. 192. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-025-7.


H. Hagelia and M. P. Zehnder, eds., Interreligious Relations: Biblical Perspectives: Proceedings from the Second Norwegian Summer Academy of Biblical Studies (NSABS), Ansgar University College, Kristiansand, Norway, August 2015. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 353. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-67424-1.


D. B. Hart, The Hidden and the Manifest: Essays in Theology and Metaphysics. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 358. Pb. £34.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6596-0.


T. S. Hibbs, Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 204. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0638-6.


E. M. Katongole, Born from Lament: The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xx, 294. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7434-4.


S. T. Kimbrough, Radical Grace: Justice for the Poor and Marginalised: Charles Wesley’s Views for the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 154. Pb. £16.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9487-0.


C. van der Kooi and G. van den Brink, Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction, tr. R. Bruinsma. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 806. Hb. £34.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7265-4.


C. W. Lilley and D. J. Pedersen, eds., Human Origins and the Image of God: Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 322. Hb. £49.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7514-3.


W. B. Littlejohn, The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 298. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7256-2.


W. R. G. Loader, Jesus in John’s Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. x, 532. Pb. £37.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7511-2.


R. W. Lovin and J. T. Mauldin, eds., Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Learning with and from the Natural and Human Sciences. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxxiv, 168. Pb. £22.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7388-0.


P. A. Macdonald, Christian Theology and the Secular University. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. x, 231. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-472-48489-5.


J. J. McInerney, The Greatness of Humility: St Augustine on Moral Excellence. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 197. Pb. £17.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17600-9.


A. I.-R. Mong, A Tale of Two Theologians: Treatment of Third World Theologies. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 191. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-0-227-17658-0.


W. S. Morrow, An Introduction to Biblical Law. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 270. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6865-7.


S. G. Ogden, The Church, Authority, and Foucault: Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. x, 180. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-472-47496-4.


S. A. Oliver, Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xiv, 209. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-65608-7.


D. D. Potter, Angelology: Recovering Higher-Order Beings as Emblems of Transcendence, Immanence, and Imagination. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xii, 214. Pb. £18. ISBN 978-0-227-17631-3.


D. Reynolds, The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Women, Sexuality, and Nazi Germany. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 449. Pb. £35. ISBN 978-0-227-17632-0.


G. S. Rosenthal, ed., A Jubilee for All Time: The Copernican Revolution in Jewish-Christian Relations. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xxx, 330. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-7188-9489-4.



W. G. Rusch, ed., Henry Chadwick: Selected Writings. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxxii, 347. Hb. £49.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7277-7.


H. A. Russell, The Source of All Love: Catholicity and the Trinity. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 192. Pb. £22.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-234-5.


J. L. Sabella, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xvi, 155. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7527-3.


D. C. Schindler, The Perfection of Freedom: Schiller, Schelling, and Hegel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xxvi, 409. Pb. £37.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17643-6.


R. D. Sirvent, Embracing Vulnerability: Human and Divine. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. viii, 202. Pb. £19.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17649-8.


F. L. Stewart-Darling, Multifaith Chaplaincy in the Workplace: How Chaplains Can Support Organizations and Their Employees. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. Pp. 176. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-029-5.


E. A. Theoharis, Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxii, 185. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7502-0.


A. C. Thiselton, Doubt, Faith, and Certainty. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. viii, 160. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7353-8.


O.-P. Vainio, Disagreeing Virtuously: Religious Conflict in Interdisciplinary Perspective. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxii, 207. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7504-4.


G. P. Wagenfuhr, Plundering Egypt: A Subversive Christian Ethic of Economy. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. xiv, 257. Pb. ISBN 978-0-7188-9468-9.


M. P. Ward and P. S. Williams, eds., C. S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 246. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-7188-9485-6.


V. Westhelle, Transfiguring Luther: The Planetary Promise of Luther’s Theology. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2017. Pp. xiv, 338. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-0-227-17650-4.


J. R. Wiebe, The Place of Imagination: Wendell Berry and the Poetics of Community, Affection, and Identity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 262. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0386-6.


N. T. Wright, Spiritual and Religious: The Gospel in an Age of Paganism. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. xiv, 170. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07284-2.


Modern Believing editorial July 2017

Editorial by Steven Shakespeare
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

In the week before writing this editorial, Article 50 was triggered in the UK, initiating the start of its withdrawal from the EU

At the same time, Reker Ahmed, a young Kurdish asylum seeker, was viciously beaten by a gang in Croydon, leaving him in a critical condition. Commenting on the event, the head of a fostering agency which works with many young asylum seekers, said ‘We have made several reports to the police of hate crimes. We think it is rising. It is entirely linked to the environment that has been created by the public discourse about people coming to this country from overseas’ (The Guardian, Monday 3rd April 2017).

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Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy ('Woodbine Willie'): The Crucified God

by Robert B. Slocum
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy (“Woodbine Willie”) was an Anglican priest and British Army chaplain who served heroically at the front during World War I. His poems and theological reflections were inspired by times of crisis and troubling questions he faced in the war. He came to see war as an unmitigated evil. He was a Christian advocate for peace, forgiveness, and social justice. His theology focuses on reconciling belief in God with the prevalence of evil (especially war). He finds the suffering love of God revealed in Jesus, the crucified God who shares our pains and trials with us.

Keywords:

CRUCIFIED GOD, FAITH AND SUFFERING, FAITH AND WAR, INDUSTRIAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, MILITARY CHAPLAINS, PROBLEM OF EVIL, STUDDERT KENNEDY, GEOFFREY ANKETELL, SUFFERING GOD, THEODICY, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – ARMISTIC MEMORIALS, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – RELIGIOUS MEANINGS


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Taking sin away

by Simon Emdin
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

The Atonement effected by Christ has never been authoritatively defined. The notion of God’s ultimate responsibility for the behaviour of all His creatures, may now be expediently re-applied to the Atonement. This notion is explicit in the Old Testament. In the New Testament the death of Jesus results from His Divine Nature; by His death in human flesh, our Creator re-affirms and proclaims His responsibility with us for our sins. Only so can there be justice in Jesus’ death; and it must be just, as well as merciful, if it is the supreme saving act of the supremely righteous God. 

Keywords:

ATONEMENT, CREATOR, EVIL, GOD, GOOD, JESUS, JUST, MANKIND, RESPONSIBILITY, SIN, TAKE AWAY


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Social Theism: How can the liberal idea of God speak to a materialist worldview?

by Hugh Rock
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

This article proposes a way to articulate God for people with a materialist worldview.

Keywords:

AFFIRMATION OF LIFE, LIBERAL THEOLOGY, SOCIAL THEISM


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