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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – May 2020

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

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

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A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence

Eli McCarthy, Ed.

Georgetown U. Press.

The just peace movement offers a critical shift in focus and imagination. Recognizing that all life is sacred and seeking peace through violence is unsustainable, the just peace approach turns our attention to rehumanization, participatory processes, nonviolent resistance, restorative justice, reconciliation, racial justice, and creative strategies of active nonviolence to build sustainable peace, transform conflict, and end cycles of violence. A Just Peace Ethic Primer illuminates a moral framework behind this praxis and proves its versatility in global contexts.

With essays by a diverse group of scholars, A Just Peace Ethic Primer outlines the ethical, theological, and activist underpinnings of a just peace ethic.These essays also demonstrate and revise the norms of a just peace ethic through conflict cases involving US immigration, racial and environmental justice, and the death penalty, as well as gang violence in El Salvador, civil war in South Sudan, ISIS in Iraq, gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, women-led activism in the Philippines, and ethnic violence in Kenya.

A Just Peace Ethic Primer exemplifies the ecumenical, interfaith, and multicultural aspects of a nonviolent approach to preventing and transforming violent conflict. Scholars, advocates, and activists working in politics, history, international law, philosophy, theology, and conflict resolution will find this resource vital for providing a fruitful framework and implementing a creative vision of sustainable peace.



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Engaging Our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life Today

Maria Cimperman,
Roger P. Schroeder, Eds.

Orbis Books

Leading practitioners, theologians, and psychologists from across the globe engage the essential topic of intercultural life today. They explore key areas needed for communities of consecrated life to engage the gift of diversity in their community life and ministries, emphasizing the necessary motivation, spirituality, and ongoing process of conversion from all forms of ethnocentrism and racism.

*** Which of these May 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: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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