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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – June 2024

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in June 2024 :

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

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Attunement: The Art and Politics of Feminist Theology

Natalie Carnes

(Oxford UP)

What is a feminist theologian to do with Christianity’s patriarchal inheritance? She can avoid the most patriarchal aspects of the theological tradition and seek resources for constructive work elsewhere. Or she can critique misogynistic texts and artifacts, exposing their strategies of domination to warn against replicating them. Both approaches have merits and yet, without other interpretive strategies, they reaffirm that the theological tradition does not belong to women and others marginalized by gender. They cannot transform the discourse. But within feminist theology are the seeds of another approach, aimed at just such transformation by reworking the theological landscape to become hospitable to all those marginalized by gender. Attunement: The Art and Politics of Feminist Theology identifies trajectories resonant with this alternative approach and from them, describes and develops attunement as a third, generative path for feminist theologians.

Attunement is an aesthetically-invested approach to texts and artifacts that self-consciously co-creates as it interprets. Aware of what the text affords the reader, attunement constellates images, texts, and insights to build or augment positive affordances in the text and diminish negative ones. Natalie Carnes describes why this approach is significant for feminist theology, maps its roots in a long history of gender-marginalized individuals claiming authority, describes how it casts interpretation as both an aesthetic and political event, and notes how it might provide a way forward in vexed topics in feminist theology.

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Touched by This Place: Theological Writing and the Power of Place

Benjamín Valentín

( Orbis Books )

In Touched By This Place, Benjamín Valentín brings readers on his journey to answer the question, “Can you tell us where exactly this work was born?” Paying particular attention to Spanish Harlem, where he grew up and lived for twenty-seven years, Valentín encourages readers to recognize how the reality of place as source or wellspring influences and is influenced by human thought, experience, memory, identity, and activity.

Joining a broader movement of place studies in the humanities and social sciences, Touched By This Place calls Christian theology to return to place and places-based thinking and demonstrated this return with a careful attention to and love for the place one calls “home.”

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