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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – April 2022

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in April 2022 :

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

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The Christian Invention of Time: Temporality and the Literature of Late Antiquity

Simon Goldhill

(Cambridge UP)

Time is integral to human culture. Over the last two centuries people’s relationship with time has been transformed through industrialisation, trade and technology. But the first such life-changing transformation – under Christianity’s influence – happened in late antiquity. It was then that time began to be conceptualised in new ways, with discussion of eternity, life after death and the end of days. Individuals also began to experience time differently: from the seven-day week to the order of daily prayer and the festal calendar of Christmas and Easter. With trademark flair and versatility, world-renowned classicist Simon Goldhill uncovers this change in thinking. He explores how it took shape in the literary writing of late antiquity and how it resonates even today. His bold new cultural history will appeal to scholars and students of classics, cultural history, literary studies, and early Christianity alike.


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Saints of Feather and Fang: How the Animals We Love and Fear Connect Us to God

Caryn Rivadeneira

(Broadleaf Books)

From sheepdogs to wombats to coyotes to jellyfish, animals serve important biological roles in the world. But those who love animals know there’s more. We know our connection to other creatures is more than fur, scale, or feather deep.

In Saints of Feather and Fang, writer and lifelong animal lover Caryn Rivadeneira looks at the ways that animals–from the pets who share our homes to the mysterious creatures of the deep–serve as spiritual guides for our hearts, minds, and souls.

Christian scripture teems with mammals, birds, and reptiles, and research on animals’ sensory responses suggests that we not only care for our beloved animals but they, at times, care for us. A therapy pony who visits stroke victims, a rescued pit bull who shows restraint, hedgehogs that scurry down highways made just for them: these stories offer entrée to tender, whimsical, and deeply theological reflection on creaturely delight, instinct, curiosity, adaptation, fear, and awe. In them we discover and connect with the God who beckons, rescues, and shelters us with stretched-out wings.

*** Which of these theology books of April 2022 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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