Ten Theology Books to Watch For – Jan. 2018

January 4, 2018 — Leave a comment


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

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Lying and Christian Ethics

Christopher Tollefsen

Cambridge UP

Lying and Christian Ethics defends the controversial “absolute view” of lying, which maintains that an assertion contrary to the speaker’s mind is always wrong, regardless of the speaker’s intentions. Whereas most people believe that a lie told for a good cause, such as protecting Jews from discovery by Nazis, is morally acceptable, Christopher Tollefsen argues that Christians should support the absolute view. He looks back to the writings of Augustine and Aquinas to illustrate that lying violates the basic human goods of integrity and sociality and severely compromises the values of religion and truth. He critiques the comparatively permissive views espoused by Cassian, Bonhoeffer, and Niebuhr and argues that lies often jeopardize the good causes for which they are told. Beyond framing a moral absolute against lying, this book explores the questions of to whom we owe the truth and when, and what steps we may take when we should not give it.


Misusing Sin: Sinful Uses of Christian Doctrine 

Tatha Wiley

World Council of Churches


Some of Christianity’s most sacred sources are themselves marred by sin. Focusing in particular on problematic passages in the Bible, on Christian valorization of slavery, and on Christianity’s checkered gender legacy, Wiley lifts up the question of unacknowledged interests in our use of sacred sources and poses the perennial challenge of honesty and authenticity about our received traditions and how we employ them in our lives and work.


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