Ten Theology Books to Watch For – March 2018

March 15, 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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Traditional Ritual As Christian Worship: Dangerous Syncretism or Necessary Hybridity? 

R. Daniel Shaw and William R. Burrows, Eds.

Orbis Books

A necessary task of missionaries in recent decades has been to help local Christians “inculturate” or “contextualize” their faith, although the criteria for doing so often came from outside the context in which new believers developed their understanding of Christianity.

Highlighting the voices of non-Western scholars, this work recognizes the importance of ritual and ceremony in the life of communities that seek to worship God in ways that reflect culturally appropriate responses to Scripture. The contributors– some of missiology’s leading lights– discuss rituals, beliefs, and practices of diverse peoples, supporting the conclusion that orthodox Christianity is hybrid Christianity.

 







 

  

Melodies of a New Monasticism: Bonhoeffer’s Vision, Iona’s Witness 

Craig Gardiner

Cascade Books

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The New Monastic Movement is a vibrant source of renewal for the church’s life and mission. Many involved in this movement have quoted Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s conviction that the church must recover ancient spiritual disciplines if it is to effectively engage “the powers that be.” Melodies of a New Monasticism adopts a musical metaphor of polyphony (the combination of two or more lines of music) to articulate the way that these early Christian virtues can be woven together in community. Creatively using this imagery, this book draws on the theological vision of Bonhoeffer and the contemporary witness of George MacLeod and the Iona Community to explore the interplay between discipleship, doctrine, and ethics. A recurring theme is the idea of Christ as the cantus firmus (the fixed song) around which people perform the diverse harmonies of God in church and world, including worship, ecumenism, healing, peace, justice, and ecology.

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