Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in February 2020 :
* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology
Jesus practiced materiality when he healed the bodies of the sick, proclaimed Jubilee to the poor, and fed the five thousand. He practiced materiality over materialism. In Materiality as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann defines materiality as the use of the material aspects of the Christian faith, as opposed to materialism, which places possessions and physical comfort over spiritual values. In this concise volume, Brueggemann lays out how we as Christians may reengage our materiality for the common good. How does materiality inform our faith when it comes to food, money, the body, time, and place? How does it force us to act? Likewise, how is the church obligated to use its time, money, abundance of food, the care and use of our bodies, observance of Sabbath, and stewardship of our world and those with whom we share it? With a foreword from Jim Wallis, Materiality as Resistance serves as a manifesto of Walter Brueggemann’s most important work and as an engaging call to action.
In the three short years of Oscar Romero’s episcopal ministry he emerged as a courageous prophet, a voice for those who had no voice, and truly a saint for our time. Nowhere is his theological and pastoral vision so clearly expressed as in the four pastoral letters he released from 1977-1980. Along with the other documents collected here, they represent one of the most powerful expressions of church teaching in our time: an application of the gospel to the challenges of history, especially in situations marked by injustice, inequality, and violence. These documents, sealed by his own blood, are a timeless call to follow the Good News of Jesus, wherever it leads.