Ten Theology Books to Watch For – January 2020

Here are some excellent theology books * that will be released in January 2020 :

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

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Theology Books January 2020

T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology

 Elizabeth Philips, Anna Rowlands, Amy Daughton, Eds

T & T Clark

T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology brings together some of the most important, up-to-date scholarly texts published on this subject. Edited by accomplished scholars this single-volume reader fills the gap in the existing literature.

Including readings from Augustine, Aquinas, Schmitt, Moltmann, Martin Luther, John Howard Yoder, Niebuhr and Hauerwas, this reader analyses and discusses major classical, medieval and modern texts and figures from the field of political theology. These texts are grouped by topic to allow students to have a clear understanding of the development of political theology.

The volume presents a range of pedagogical features – introductions, suggestions for further readings, discussion questions – that allow students to read, interpret and critically engage with the major issues in political theology.


Bonaventure, the Body, and the Aesthetics of Salvation

Rachel Davies

Cambridge UP

In this work of historical theology, Rachel Davies considers the relationship between aesthetics and anthropology in Bonaventure’s thought, and shows how bodily diminishment can become a sign and source of the self’s renewal. Drawing from texts like the Collations on the Six Days, and the Major Life of Francis, Davies reconfigures traditional accounts of the fallen body’s rebellion against the soul and emphasizes instead the soul’s original abandonment of the body. Her interpretation draws attention to the crucial but undervalued role that Bonaventure assigns to the body in the self’s coming-to-be, and shows how contemplation involves the soul’s tender recovery of the body it once rejected. Though contemplation makes body-soul integrity possible again, Davies argues that the body never fully recovers from its primordial alienation. Instead, Bonaventure suggests that individuals can experience brokenness and healing at the same time, and that suffering bodies can become paschal spaces, graced and open to beatific wholeness.

*** Which of these January 2020 new 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:

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