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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – June 2021

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

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

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The Strangers in Our Midst: American Evangelicals and Immigration from the Cold War to the Twenty-First Century

Ulrike Elisabeth Stockhausen

Oxford University Press

Evangelical Christians in the United States today are known for their hard-line, restrictive approach to immigration and refugees. This book shows that this has not always been the case and is, in fact, a relatively new position. The history of evangelical involvement with refugees and
immigrants has been overlooked in the current debate. Since the early 1960s, evangelical Christians have been integral players in US immigration and refugee policy. Motivated by biblical teachings to “welcome the stranger,” they have helped tens of thousands of newcomers by acting as refugee sponsors or providing legalization assistance to undocumented immigrants. Until the 1990s, many evangelicals did not distinguish between documented and undocumented newcomers DS all were to be loved and welcomed. In the last decade of the twentieth century, however, a growing anti-immigrant consensus in American society grew alongside evangelicals’ political alignment with the Republican Party, leading to a rethinking of their theology.

Following the GOP’s lead, evangelicals increasingly emphasized the need to obey American law, which many argued undocumented immigrants failed to do. Today, the evangelical movement is more divided than ever about immigration policy. While conservative evangelicals are often immigration hard-liners, many progressive and Latinx evangelicals hope to convince their fellow evangelicals to take a more welcoming approach. The Strangers in Our Midst argues that the key to understanding evangelicals’ divided approaches to immigration is to look at both their theology and their politics.
Both of which have shaped how―and especially to whom―they extend their biblical values of hospitality.



Resacralizing the Other at the US-Mexico Border: A Borderland Hermeneutic

Gregory L. Cuéllar


This book focuses on the themes of border violence; racial criminalization; competing hermeneutics of the sacred; and State-sponsored modes of desacralizing black and brown-bodied people, all in the context of the US-Mexico borderlands. It provides a much-needed substantive response to the State’s use of sacrilization to justify its acts of violence and offers new ways of theologizing the acceptance of the “other” in its place.

As a counter-hermeneutic of the sacred, the ultimate objective of the book is to offer an alternative epistemological, theoretical and practical framework that resacralizes the other. Rejecting the State-driven agenda of othering border-crossers, it follows Gloria Anzaldúa’s healing move to the Sacred Other and creates a new hermeneutic of the sacred at the borderlands. One that resacralizes those deemed by the State as the non-sacred human other anywhere in the world.

This is an important and topical book that addresses one of the key issues of our time. As such, it will be of keen interest to any scholar of Religious Studies and Liberation Theology as well as religion’s interaction with migration, race and contemporary politics.

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