News, VOLUME 12

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

Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology

Daniel Horan, OFM

Orbis Books

By humbly seeking wisdom from the scientific, philosophical, and social-scientific communities, Horan argues, we can gain new insight on personhood and a wider perspective of where the human stands in the overall sphere of nature itself.” — From the Foreword by Ilia Delio

Traditional theological considerations of the human person presume a radically anthropocentric starting point. Yet, ongoing discoveries in the natural sciences and a renewed attention to the theological tradition pose challenges to this inherited way of thinking about personhood. This book offers a constructive theological reflection on the meaning and identity of the human person through the lens of evolution and contemporary science.

Each chapter builds on a foundational reconsideration of the theological anthropological tradition to resituate humanity within the broader community of creation while highlighting the true catholicity of personhood within Christian tradition.


Theology Books September 2019

Emotions: Problems and Promise for Human Flourishing

Barbara McClure

Baylor UP

Emotions are two-sided. They contain deep truths about what it means to be human, but they also deceive, mislead, and manipulate. They are celebrated for the insights they provide, but they also are denied, repressed, and dismissed. Though many institutions recognize and study the power of emotion, its potential has yet to be fully realized.

Barbara J. McClure seeks to rectify this. In  Emotions: Problems and Promise for Human Flourishing, she examines how emotions can be properly engaged for health and healing both individually and corporately. Starting with the current understandings of emotion, she notes the limitations of current thought. She then draws on significant emotions theories from ancient philosophy, Christian theology, natural sciences, psychology, social theory, and contemporary neuroscience to create a more well-rounded understanding of emotions and their place in Western society. Ultimately, McClure argues that emotions, if understood and engaged correctly, can be a source of guidance for flourishing and a resource for nurturing the common good.

With this wide-ranging multidisciplinary approach, McClure proposes an understanding of emotions that allows for a new model of human flourishing: one that does not dismiss emotions but utilizes them properly to engage life’s challenges. Emotions should not be censored, silenced, or sidelined―they are important tools for discerning and cultivating what is Good and resisting what is not.

*** Which of these September 2019 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:

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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