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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – May 2021

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

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

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Theology Books May 2021

Two Martyrs in a Godless World: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Alexander Men

Michel Evdokimov

New City Press

This compelling study introduces us to the Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the Orthodox priest, Father Alexander Men. These two martyrs each confronted a hostile, totalitarian world, and their lives show us how to speak about Christ in a world that has forgotten God. Contrasting the lives of two 20th century martyrs to Nazi and Soviet power, Michel Evdokimov challenges us to meet the world on its own terms and to meet God in the form of our neighbor. The afterword by the late Orthodox theologian Olivier Clement is a compelling call to bear witness in our own time.


Theology Books May 2021

Quakers, Christ, and the Enlightenment

Madeleine Pennington

Oxford UP

The Quakers were by far the most successful of the radical religious groups to emerge from the turbulence of the mid-seventeenth century–and their survival into the present day was largely facilitated by the transformation of the movement during its first fifty years. What began as a loose network of charismatic travelling preachers was, by the start of the eighteenth century, a well-organised and international religious machine. This shift is usually explained in terms of a desire to avoid persecution, but Quakers, Christ, and the Enlightenment argues instead for the importance of theological factors as the major impetus for change.

In the first sustained account of the theological changes guiding the development of seventeenth-century Quakerism, Madeleine Pennington explores the Quakers’ positive intellectual engagement with those outside the movement to offer a significant reassessment of the causal factors determining the development of early Quakerism. Considering the Quakers’ engagement with such luminaries as Baruch Spinoza, Henry More, John Locke, and John Norris, Pennington unveils the Quakers’ concerted attempts to bolster their theological reputation through the refinement of their central belief in the ‘inward Christ’, or ‘the Light within’. In doing so, she further challenges stereotypes of early modern radicalism as anti-intellectual and ill-educated. Rather, the theological concerns of the Quakers and their interlocutors point to a crisis of Christology weaving through the intellectual milieu of the seventeenth century, which has long been under-estimated as significant fuel for the emerging Enlightenment.

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One Comment

  1. NT Wright’s commentary on Romans in the New Interpreter’s Commentary doesn’t count as a “major Biblical commentary?”