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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – April 2021

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in April 2021 :

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

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St. Benedict’s Rule: An Inclusive Translation and Daily Commentary

Judith Sutera, OSB

(Liturgical Press)

The Rule of St. Benedict forms the foundation for one of the oldest ongoing institutions in all of Western civilization. The Rule not only defines life for men and women in monasteries but has also become central to the spirituality of lay Christians across the globe.

This gender-neutral translation is true to the original text but provides an alternative for individuals and groups who prefer such a version over the masculine language of the original as it was written for St. Benedict’s monks. It also offers some background into the context in which it was written, as well as reflections on its meaning for contemporary life, making it a resource for those encountering the Rule for the first time or those who have cherished it for years.


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Catechisms and Women’s Writing in Seventeenth-Century England

Paula McQuade

Cambridge UP

Catechisms and Women’s Writing in Seventeenth-Century England is a study of early modern women’s literary use of catechizing. Paula McQuade examines original works composed by women – both in manuscript and print, as well as women’s copying and redacting of catechisms – and construction of these materials from other sources. By studying female catechists, McQuade shows how early modern women used the power and authority granted to them as mothers to teach religious doctrine, to demonstrate their linguistic skills, to engage sympathetically with Catholic devotional texts, and to comment on matters of contemporary religious and political import – activities that many scholars have considered the sole prerogative of clergymen. This book addresses the question of women’s literary production in early modern England, demonstrating that reading and writing of catechisms were crucial sites of women’s literary engagements during this time.

*** Which of these April 2021 theology books do you want to read first?

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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