Archives For Theology

 

Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary

Jonathan Pennington

Listen to a talk that the author gave related to this book

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A Disentangled Deity.

A Feature Review of 

Jesus Untangled:
Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb

Keith Giles

Paperback: Quoir Books, 2017
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Reviewed by James Matichuk
 

This review originally appeared on the reviewer’s blog.
Reprinted with permission. 
*** Visit his blog for many other insightful reviews!

 
Keith Giles is an Anabaptist in the house church movement.  His new book, Jesus Untangled is an attempt to disentangle Jesus from the political Right. He doesn’t advocate for wedding Jesus to the Left either. The problem with American Christianity is that Jesus is so enmeshed with nationalism that we fail to see Jesus on his own terms. In 186 pages, Giles offers his diagnostic of American Christianity and offers a solution: the recovery of Jesus as the central component of Christianity. The implication is that following Jesus chastens our nationalism, empire building, militarism, and violence.

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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

   

The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary

Jonathan Pennington

Baker Academic
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Unraveling the Tension
Between Faith and Science

 
A Review of 

Aquinas and Modern Science: A New Synthesis of Faith and Reason
Gerard Verschuuren

Paperback: Angelico Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Amy Gentile
 
 
Faith and Reason, or religion and science, are often set up as polar opposites in modern discourse. Debates on such topics as evolution or the origins of the universe can make it seem as though faith and reason are diametrically opposed, further entrenching people in both “camps”. Yet there are many wonderful scientists who remain fully committed to reason and trust in the evidence of science while also valuing the place of faith and religious thought. It is in this vein that Gerard Verschuuren writes, and his specific focus on Thomas Aquinas and Thomistic philosophy provides a unique contribution to those interested in the intersection of faith and science.

Verschuuren’s book is impressive in its scope; he begins the book by describing the historical context of Aquinas as well as outlining the broad contours of his thought. He especially focuses on: Esse, Essence, Existence, and Substance; Matter and Form; Fivefold Causality; and Primary/Secondary Causes. Here, Verschuuren does a good job of explaining Aquinas’s thought in understandable ways: the ideas are certainly complex, but the author uses helpful analogies and explains terms thoroughly to aid the reader’s comprehension. These aspects of Thomistic philosophy are then applied to very diverse fields of scientific study, encompassing everything from Physics to Biology to Neuroscience, and even the Social Sciences.

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Rev. William Barber II has been called by Cornel West,  
“the closest thing this generation will have to a Martin Luther King, Jr.”

 
His most recent book is

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
Rev. William Barber II

Paperback: Beacon Press, 2016
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Rev. Barber was interviewed this week by Trevor Noah on the Daily Show. Watch the interview… 

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Tomorrow, June 1, marks the birthday of pastor and theologian Greg Boyd.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
 

*** Boyd’s newest book is The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, which will likely be his piece de resistance. Watch for our review in the Fall 2017 issue of our magazine.

 

1)   The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church

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A Confident Trust in the
Sovereign Purposes of God

 
A Brief Review of 

Change for the First Time, Again:
A Story of Change and How Change is our Story
Scott Lencke

Paperback: Resource Publications, 2016.
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Reviewed by Jessica Hudson
 
 
This most recent publication of work by author Scott Lencke is without doubt the most enjoyable paperback I have sat down to digest in a number of years. It is just the book I want to have with a cup of my favorite coffee in my most comfortable chair. Indeed, the further in it I read, the more I felt the impression that I might as well be sitting across a table in a pub with the author, comfortably sharing our stories together.

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Yesterday (May 10th) marked the birthday of theologian Karl Barth!

In honor of the occasion we offer the following rare video clips of him discussing theology…

*** Books by Karl Barth ***

 
 

1 – On the Confessing Church

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Persistent, Attentive Cultivation
 
A Review of 

Garden In The East:
The Spiritual Life of the Body
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Angela Doll Carlson

Paperback: Ancient Faith, 2016.
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Reviewed by Michelle Van Loon

 

I’ve spent more than four decades bouncing around Evangelicalism. The movement, disparate as it can be, has been remarkably effective at proclaiming to me that faith resides primarily in my mind  (what I think) and in my heart (what I feel).

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The Faith of a Wanderer

A Feature Review of 

The Gospel According to Star Trek: The Original Crew
Kevin Neece

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Rob O’Lynn

 

“Space…the final frontier.”  For over 50 years—five decades—that phrase has gathered generations of fans around their televisions and in the cinemas to join in the ongoing mission of the starship Enterprise as it seeks out new life and new civilizations, as it boldly goes where no one has gone before!  Wow, I am getting chills just typing it out.

Culturally speaking, Star Trek is at the pinnacle.  It has survived cancellations, mockumentaries and a bottomed-out fan base, only to become an endearing icon on the cultural landscape.  There are countless streams in which the Enterprise sails: television and films, merchandising, publishing, discography (of which the most awesome is this album), and, of course, conventions.  To be quite poignant, Star Trek has gone where, culturally, no one had gone before.

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