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A Truly Transforming Theology
A Feature Review of 

Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
Richard Rohr
With Mike Morrell

Hardback: Whittaker House, 2016
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Reviewed by Amy Neftzger.
Richard Rohr’s latest book The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your Transformation is both rich and revolutionary.  It’s rich in the sense that it discusses deep theological issues about the nature and structure of the Trinity, while at the same time describing a need for a radical paradigm shift in the way modern Christians think about the Trinitarian God. The concepts outlined in the book are revolutionary not because they’re new, but rather because they challenge the mindset of our current culture and longstanding beliefs about God.

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One of this month’s most interesting new books is…

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
Richard Rohr

With Mike Morrell
Hardback: Whitaker House, 2016.
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Rohr and Morrell recorded a series of video clips that introduce the book…
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The Curving, Twisting, Intertwining Nature of Reality

A Feature Review of

Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience
Peter Leithart                                  

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrew Stout


Trinitarian theology can often seem more confounding than illuminating, a matter simply of creedal affirmation rather than practical living. In Traces of the Trinity, Peter Leithart, president of the Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, upends this impression by examining the world through a trinitarian lens. The goal of the book is “to point to the traces of what theologians call ‘perichoresis’ in creation and in human experience” (vii). He defines perichoresis as the “mutual indwelling,” or “reciprocal penetration,” of the three persons of the Trinity. The term originates in patristic theology and has seen a revival among contemporary theologians. Leithart characterizes his task as “an exercise in trinitarian ‘worldview’” (viii), working from the assumption that “Christians believe that the Triune God created the world, and that should have some implications for the kind of world that it is” (ix). This is Trinitarian theology that goes all the way down.
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Andrew Hedges - Creative Bible Lessons on the TrinityRightly Setting A High Bar for Teens

A Brief Review of

Creative Bible Lessons on The Trinity:

12 Sessions to Help Students Understand Their Place in God’s Story.

Andrew Hedges.

Paperback: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2012.
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith

The Trinity. What a difficult and yet essential concept of Christian theology! Think of all the heresies that have arisen over the span of the church’s history from misunderstanding the Trinity, and of course, our theological misgivings shape the ways in which our faith gets embodied in practice.  Andrew Hedges has offered in his new book Creative Bible Lessons on The Trinity: 12 Sessions to Help Students Understand Their Place in God’s Story a wonderful and meaty resource for providing youth with a solid theological framework.  What is extraordinary about this little book — the newest in a series of “Creative Bible Lessons” series —  is that Hedges combines substantial ideas with a presentation style that is appropriate for and sensitive to the learning styles of youth (the book begins, for instance, with particularly helpful chapter on the learning styles of teens).

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“Specific, Strange and Special”

A Review of
Sun of Righteousness, Arise!
God’s Future for Humanity and The Earth.
By Jürgen Moltmann

Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.

Sun of Righteousness, Arise!
God’s Future for Humanity and The Earth.
Jürgen Moltmann
Paperback: Fortress, 2010.
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Sun of Righteousness, Arise!  Jurgen MoltmannToo often we’re presented with theological “choices” that are either so narrow that they exclude a vast number of those who call themselves Christian, or so broad that there is little substance left.   Jürgen Moltmann walks down a middle path, not too light or too heavy, not to narrow and not so broad as to leave the faith empty.  For many modern Christians, Moltmann has been and continues to be a faithful theological companion, opening new vistas, offering new ways of seeing God and God’s relationship with humanity and the world.  His is a theology that is both evangelical in the truest sense of the word and ecumenical.  It recognizes the suffering present in the world, but it also foresees a time when God will be all in all, so that suffering will be no more.  When a new book emerges from his pen, many gravitate toward it, hoping to find something that will help sustain one’s faith journey.

In The Sun of Righteousness, Arise! Moltmann takes up many of the issues that have been close to his heart over the years – the future of the world, the resurrection of Christ and humanity, justice, the Trinity and creation.  The chapters in this book, seventeen in all, are not original creations; rather this book is a gathering together of lectures, meditations, sermons, and essays that were either presented at the meetings of the Gesellschaft für Evangelische Theologie or published in the journal Evangelische Theologie over the past the past ten years.  They may have previous incarnations, but they are available for the first time in English translation (ably provided by Margaret Kohl).

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by Leonardo Boff.


Reviewed by Chris Smith.


I’ll be honest, I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book on St. Joseph, the father of Jesus, before, or even really thought too much about him.  But now, thanks to Leonardo Boff’s new book SAINT JOSEPH: THE FATHER OF JESUS IN A FATHERLESS SOCIETY (Cascade Books 2009), I realize that Joseph is a significant figure in the life of the Church.  Boff overviews the place of Joseph in the roles he played, in the text of the Gospels and Apocryphal literature and in the history of theology (there was basically no theological reflection on Joseph in the first 1500 years of the Church!).  Having laid this foundation, Boff offers up and defends his thesis that Joseph is a “shadow” representation of God the Father, and thus that in the holy family, we have a representation (on different levels) of God the Father (Joseph), God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit (Mary).  I’m not sure that I completely buy this thesis, but Boff has done his research well, argues persuasively for it and leaves me mulling it over.  Certainly, there are reasons that his argument is compelling: viz., providing vivid imagery for the Trinity and the Church as family and defending the significance of families in human culture.  Boff concludes with a striking “Prayer to St. Joseph,” which is worth quoting (in part) as an eloquent and concise summary of the book:

… Dear St. Joseph,
In your human face we see portrayed the face of the divine Father.
May He welcome us, protect us, and provide us with the assurance
that we walk in the palm of his hand.

Show us, St. Joseph, the power of your fatherhood:
Give us the determination in the face of problems,
courage in the face of peril,
awareness of the limits of our powers,
and infinite trust in the celestial Father.

Leonardo Boff.

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2009.
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