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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – September 2019

Here are some excellent theology books * that will be released in September 2019 :

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

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Theology Books September 2019

That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation

David Bentley Hart

Yale UP

A stunning reexamination of one of the essential tenets of Christian belief from one of the most provocative and admired writers on religion today

The great fourth‑century church father Basil of Caesarea once observed that, in his time, most Christians believed that hell was not everlasting, and that all would eventually attain salvation. But today, this view is no longer prevalent within Christian communities.

In this momentous book, David Bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation. On the basis of the earliest Christian writings, theological tradition, scripture, and logic, Hart argues that if God is the good creator of all, he is the savior of all, without fail. And if he is not the savior of all, the Kingdom is only a dream, and creation something considerably worse than a nightmare. But it is not so. There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved. With great rhetorical power, wit, and emotional range, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity’s most important themes.

Theology Books September 2019

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church 

Scot McKnight

Brazos Press

Being a pastor is a complicated calling. Pastors are often pulled in multiple directions and must “become all things to all people” (1 Cor. 9:22). What does the New Testament say (or not say) about the pastoral calling? And what can we learn about it from the apostle Paul?

According to popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight, pastoring must begin first and foremost with spiritual formation, which plays a vital role in the life and ministry of the pastor. As leaders, pastors both create and nurture culture in a church. The biblical vision for that culture is Christoformity, or Christlikeness. Grounding pastoral ministry in the pastoral praxis of the apostle Paul, McKnight shows that nurturing Christoformity was at the heart of the Pauline mission. The pastor’s central calling, then, is to mediate Christ in everything. McKnight explores seven dimensions that illustrate this concept–friendship, siblings, generosity, storytelling, witness, subverting the world, and wisdom–as he calls pastors to be conformed to Christ and to nurture a culture of Christoformity in their churches.

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  1. I would have loved to see Jerry Sittser’s new book, Resilient Faith, on this list. I have read it and it will be an incredibly helpful resource.

    • I’ve read a good chunk of Sittser’s book and agree that it’s excellent.
      HOWEVER, its release date in in October, not September. 🙂

      I haven’t done an in-depth survey yet of all the October theology book releases, but I’d bet there’s a good chance it will be on our October list.

      – Chris

      • Thanks for your reply. Full disclosure: Jerry is both a good friend and a trusted colleague at Whitworth. I love the guy, and his passionate and careful scholarship. Matt Bates is also a good friend (Whitworth grad). I did his wedding. One of the smartest people I’ve ever met.

  2. Two additional works by top notch biblical scholars released in September.

    1. Participating in Christ: Explorations in Paul’s Theology and Spirituality by Michael Gorman

    2. The Symphony of Mission: Playing Your Part in God’s Work in the World by Michael Goheen