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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – June 2023

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in June 2023:

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

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The Unfinished Search for Common Ground: Reimagining Howard Thurman’s Life and Work

Walter Earl Fluker, Ed.

( Orbis Books )

This book aims to summarize the life and work of Howard Thurman while also stimulating Thurman scholars in their ongoing explorations of his importance. One of the leading religious figures of twentieth-century America, Thurman was one of the first prominent African American pacifists. He led the first delegation of African Americans to meet with Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, and his theology of radical nonviolence, outlined in Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists. And his insistence on the integrity and centrality of personal religious experience was communicated for a half-century in books, and through a personal presence, that continues to have an impact on religious thought and spiritual practice.


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Do Black Lives Matter?: How Christian Scriptures Speak to Black Empowerment

Lisa Bowens and Dennis Edwards, Eds.

( Cascade Books )

In this book Lisa Bowens and Dennis R. Edwards collate a virtual manifesto on the way the Bible serves as inspiration, theological grist, and even the language needed to be the change to people of good faith everywhere. The authors of this book challenge the forces of racism that are so deeply entrenched in church and society today offering prophetic insight into Black resilience and the historic and ongoing importance of Scripture to that resilience. The authors also forefront the significance of Scripture to the Black struggle for justice by bringing together here prominent, gifted Black scholars in biblical studies, ethics, history, and theology, as their work and writing contribute so much to the ongoing struggle against injustice. The book will offer both biblical reflection celebrating an African American theological reading and a prophetic call to arms by means of sermons and other reflections. The book includes contributions from: Jaime L. Waters Jennifer Kaalund Angela Parker Reggie Williams Antonia Daymond Brian Bantum Danjuma Gibson David Daniels Y. Joy Harris-Smith Vince Bantu Ralph Basui Watkins Marcia Clarke Valerie Landfair Antipas Harris Luke Powery Efrem Smith Donyelle McCray Jamal-Dominique Hopkins.

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