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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – September 2023

Theology Books September 2023

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in September 2023 :

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

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Theology Books September 2023

The Bible Is Not Enough: Imagination and Making Peace in the Modern World 

Scot McKnight

(Fortress Press)

The rise of Christian nationalism has exposed how our imagination as Americans has been shaped by stories of conflict and conquest: might makes right. But what if our patterns of life were shaped instead by the whole of Scripture? What if we confronted evil with peaceable means to make peace? Scot McKnight’s insightful book takes us into the heart of God’s agenda in Scripture as it propels us along the path of living out a peaceful imagination.
Joel B. Green, Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary

The Bible offers a beginning. But the Bible itself has become another tool of the “humane.” The audaciousness of the Bible has been tamed–tamed and then co-opted. All too often the Bible is weighed against itself, allowing extreme to mitigate extreme. But that is not how the Bible works. The Bible takes a stand by pressing for one end of the extreme, sometimes even pushing the other end off stage. The Bible did so in the past because the times called for it. And that is exactly what the Bible does today, regarding peace. The Bible imagines a peaceful world and then insists upon improvisation to realize that peace.

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Theology Books September 2023

Christianity as a Way of Life: A Systematic Theology

Kevin W. Hector

( Yale University Press )

Focusing on Christianity’s core practices, a leading theologian imagines Christianity as a way of life oriented toward wisdom

In this book, Kevin W. Hector argues that we can understand Christianity as a set of practices designed to transform one’s way of perceiving and being in the world. Hector examines practices that reorient us to God (imitation, corporate singing, eating together, friendship, and likemindedness), that transform our way of being in the world (prayer, wonder, laughter, lament, and vocation), and that reshape our way of being with others (benevolence, looking for the image of God in others, forgiveness, and activism).

Taken together, the aim of these practices is to transform one’s way of perceiving and acting in the face of success and failure, risk and loss, guilt and shame, love, and loss of control. These transformations can add up to a transformation of one’s very self.

To make sense of Christianity as a way of life, in turn, these practices must be understood within the context of Christian beliefs about sin, Jesus, redemption, and eternal life. Understanding them thus requires a systematic theology, which Hector offers in this clear-eyed, ambitious, and elegant interpretation of the Christian tradition.

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