Tomorrow (June 2) marks the birthday of philosopher and social critic Cornel West…
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of our favorite brief video clips featuring West…
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|A Review of The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere.
By Judith Butler, Jürgen Habermas,
Charles Taylor, and Cornel West, et al.
Paperback: Columbia UP, 2011.
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Reviewed by Josh Wallace.
When I hear a sermon or a lecture, I often wonder what sort of script the speaker is using. Not just prepared remarks propped on the lectern or stored in the memory. I’m curious about the cultural scripts that shape and guide what she has to say, the tacitly assumed goals, strategies, evaluative criteria of public discourse.
The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere is less scripted than most essays collections in ethics or political philosophy. That’s because The Power of Religion isn’t an essay collection. It’s a conversation, minimally edited by Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, between Judith Butler, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and Cornel West. And conversation occasionally careens outside the parameters of the lecture hall.
In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors. Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.
This week’s Bargains:
|African American Religious Thought: An Anthology
By Cornel West / Westminster John Knox Press
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Believing that African American religious studies has reached a crossroads, Cornel West and Eddie Glaude seek, in this landmark anthology, to steer the discipline into the future. Arguing that the complexity of beliefs, choices, and actions of African Americans need not be reduced to expressions of black religion, West and Glaude call for more careful reflection on the complex relationships of African American religious studies to conceptions of class, gender, sexual orientation, race, empire, and other values that continue to challenge our democratic ideals.
|Christian Faith and Public Choices: The Social Ethics of Barth, Brunner and Bonhoeffer
By Robin W. Lovin / Fortress Press
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This work traces the development of social ethics in European Protestantism from Barth’s early dialectical theology (circa 1920) through Bonhoeffer’s “Ethics,” written during World War II. In this development, two major approaches to social ethics emerge: a theological radicalism, championed by Barth, which emphasizes the difference between Christian action and ordinary moral reflection; and a theological realism, exemplified by Brunner and Bonhoeffer, which stresses the possibilities for Christian cooperation in making and sustaining the social order. A final chapter traces the continuing influence of these approaches in Christian ethics today.
|Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society
By Edited by Susan R. Holman / Baker Academic
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This inaugural volume in the Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History Series provides an ecumenical roster of leading scholars examining issues of prosperity and penury in the theology, social practices, and institutions of early Christianity. These contributors explain poverty in the New Testament period, explore developments among Christians in Egypt, Asia Minor, and early Byzantium, and connect patristic theology with contemporary public policy and religious dialogue.
|Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity: Collected Essays
By David E. Aune / Baker Academic
* Here the well-respected New Testament scholar offers 20 significant essays on apocalypticism, the Book of Revelation, and related topics. Aune investigates issues of discipleship, narrative Christology, genre, and the problem of God and time; and illuminates the social, literary, historical, and theological contexts of early Christian prophetic writings. Essential for students, seminary libraries, and personal research. 496 pages, softcover from Baker.
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|The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology
By Edited by Mark Husbands & Daniel J. Treier / Inter-varsity Press
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Do North American evangelicals have a clear and strong doctrine of the church? Can we generate one? In this volume, The Community of the Word top evangelical theologians Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier bring together thirteen scholars and teachers to explore the history of evangelical ecclesiology and attempt to steer the ongoing discussion about the nature of the church towards a positive and constructive ecclesiological statement. Questions of sacraments, the relation of church to society, and the church’s moral character and missional witness are all discussed in detail.