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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – August 2022

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

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

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The Gospel of Peace in a Violent World: Christian Nonviolence for Communal Flourishing

Marlena Graves / Shawn Graves, Eds.

(IVP Academic)

“Blessed are the peacemakers.”

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of peace: peace between God and humanity, peace among humans. And yet it can be difficult to see that peace in our broken, violent world.

In this volume, Shawn Graves and Marlena Graves have gathered contributions from theologians, pastors, and practitioners on the importance and implementation of Christian nonviolence in today’s world. The vision they cast not only responds to the realities of war and conflict but also offers a broader, deeper understanding of peace that addresses topics such as race, gender, disability, immigration, the environment, food scarcity, and more―a holistic shalom that is evidence of God’s presence.

May it be so.


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Intercommunal Ecclesiology: The Church, Salvation, and Intergroup Conflict

Steven Battin

(Cascade Books)

What do Christian communities imagine when they think of themselves as “church”? And how do these ecclesiological imaginations inform Christianity’s past and present entanglements with violence and injustice? Intercommunal Ecclesiology addresses these questions by examining the distinctive role intergroup dynamics play in shaping Christian collective behaviors against the “other” that are incongruent with Christian theological principles, such as love of neighbor. Through interdisciplinary engagement with social psychology, systems theory, biblical criticism, and studies in the early history of Christianity, this book makes a case for a theological re-envisioning of the church at the three-way intersection of an anthropology of intergroup dynamics, a soteriology adequately rooted in God’s historical salvation plan, and a Christology sensitive to Christ’s collective embodiment. The book argues that within God’s plan of historical salvation, the church is supposed to function as God’s communal response to intercommunal disunity, a role it fulfills with integrity only when and where it enacts itself as a counterperformance to aggression, conflict, and indifference between human communities.

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