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Theology

The Future of Christian Theology

D. F. Ford

Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Pp.xiv, 239. Pb.

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Reviewed by George Pattison, University of Oxford in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Between Truth and Fiction: A Reader in Literature and Christian Theology

D. Jasper and A. P. Smith, eds.

London: SCM Press, 2010. Pp.x, 179. Pb.

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Reviewed by Sophie Rudland, University of Warwick in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Who Is Jesus Christ for Us Today? Pathways to Contemporary Christology

A. K. Schuele and G. Thomas, eds.

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009. Pp.xx, 263. Pb.

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Reviewed by Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Theology for a Troubled Believer: An Introduction to the Christian Faith

D. Allen

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. Pp.xxiv, 223. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Saxbee, Haverfordwest in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Grace, Order, Openness and Diversity: Reclaiming Liberal Theology

I. C. Bradley

London and New York: Continuum, 2010. Pp.xviii, 190. Pb.

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Reviewed by Peter Sedgwick, St Michael's College, Llandaff in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Divine Transcendence and the Culture of Change

D. H. Hopper

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011. Pp.xiv, 262. Pb.

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Reviewed by David Brown, University of St Andrews in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Reformed Theology

R. M. Allen

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2010. Pp.xii, 217. Pb.

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Reviewed by Theo Hobson, New York in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering

J. F. Keating and T. J. White, eds.

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009. Pp.x, 357. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

The Sovereignty of God Debate

G. S. Long and G. Kalantzis, eds.

Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2010. Pp.x, 193. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Tillich

D. W. Musser and J. L. Price

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010. Pp.xiv, 95. Pb.

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Reviewed by Mary Ann Stenger, University of Louisville, Kentucky in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Forrester on Christian Ethics and Practical Theology: Collected Writings on Christianity, India, and the Social Order

D. B. Forrester

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp.xiv, 521. Hb.

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Reviewed by Tim Gorringe, University of Exeter in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Controversies in Interreligious Dialogue and the Theology of Religions

P. M. Hedges

London: SCM Press, 2010. Pp.viii, 287. Pb.

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Reviewed by Ian Markham, Virginia Theological Seminary in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, 2nd edn

M. M. Ellison and K. B. Douglas, eds.

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. Pp.xxii, 439. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jenny Gaffin, Parkstone, Poole in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Christianity

S. J. Hunt, ed.

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp.xxviii, 508. Hb.

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Reviewed by Adrian Thatcher, University of Plymouth in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Georgia Harkness: The Remaking of a Liberal Theologian

R. Miles, ed.

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. Pp.xiv, 186. Pb.

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Reviewed by Christopher H. Evans, Boston University, Massachusetts in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Thomas Torrance's Mediations and Revelation

T. Chung

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2011. Pp.xx, 205. Hb.

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Reviewed by Alister E. McGrath (short review), King's College, London in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age: 25th Anniversary Edition

G. A. Lindbeck

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009. Pp.xxxviii, 170. Pb.

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Reviewed by Andrew Shanks (short review), Manchester Cathedral in Modern Believing Jan 2012.

Words Made Flesh: Writings in Pastoral and Practical Theology

E. L. Graham

London: SCM Press, 2009. Pp. xviii, 3666. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice and William Temple Foundation in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Let's Do Theology: Resources for Contextual Theology, 2nd edn.

L. A. Green

London and New York: Mowbray, 2009. Pp. xii, 196. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jeff Astley, North of England Institute for Christian Education in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Beauty, Truth and Love: Essays in Honour of Enda McDonagh

P. Hannon and E. Duffy, eds.

Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Columba Press, 2009. Pp. 236. Pb.

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Reviewed by Kevin T. Kelly, Liverpool Hope University in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Visions of Agapé: Problems and Possibilities in Human and Divine Love

C. A. Boyd, ed.

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. xii, 151. Hb.

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Reviewed by George Newlands, Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Divine Love: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions

J. Levin and S. G. Post, eds.

West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 274. Pb.

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Reviewed by George Newlands, Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and His Thought

A. C. Thiselton

London: SPCK, 2009. Pp. x,190. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael J. Lakey, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

The Ultimacy of Jesus: The Language and Logic of Christian Commitment

T. S. M. Williams

St Bride's Major: Aureus Publishing, 2009. Pp. xii, 171. Pb.

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Reviewed by Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition

A. MacIntyre

London: Continuum, 2009. Pp. vi, 193. Hb.

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Reviewed by Sarah Rowland Jones, Cape Town in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Why Believe?

J. Cottingham

London and New York: Continuum, 2009. Pp. xvi, 186. Hb.

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Reviewed by Paul Badham, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

God as Poet of the World: Exploring Process Theologies, tr. D. W. Stott

R. Faber

Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. Pp. x, 365. Pb.

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Reviewed by Bruce Epperly, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed

B. G. Epperly

London and New York: T. and T. Clark Internationa, 2011. Pp. x, 177. Pb.

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Reviewed by Keith Ward, Heythrop College, London in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Reason, Faith and History: Philosophical Essays for Paul Helm

M. W. F. Stone, ed.

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. xiv, 243. Hb.

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Reviewed by Brian R. Clack, University of San Diego, California in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Derrida and Theology

S. Shakespeare

London and New York: T. and T. Clark, 2009. Pp. xii, 233. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian

Beaudoin

Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008. Pp. xxii, 200. Pb.

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Reviewed by Matt Thompson, Bolton in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Encounter Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy: Transfiguring the World Through the Word

A. Pabst and C. Schnieder, eds.

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. xvi, 297. Hb.

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Reviewed by Gregory Platten, University of Oxford in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Church, Community and Power

R. Kearsley

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. viii, 246. Hb.

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Reviewed by Jane Steen, Southwark Cathedral and Diocese of Southwark in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry

S. Pickard

Farnham and Burlington, KY: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. x, 256. Pb.

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Reviewed by Keith Lamdin, Sarum College, Salisbury in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church: A Congregational Study of a Vineyard Church

C. E. Labanow

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. viii, 148. Hb.

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Reviewed by Philip Richter, Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Kierkegaard

L. C. Barrett

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010. Pp. xii, 86. Pb.

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Reviewed by Clare Carlisle, King's College, London in Modern Believing Oct 2011.

Revising Christian Humanism: The New Conversation on Spirituality, Theology and Psychology

D. S. Browning

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress press, 2010. Pp. vi, 186. Pb.

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Reviewed by Laura G. E. Smith, University of Bath in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Soundings in the Theology of Psalms: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary Scholarship

R. A. Jacobsen, ed.

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress press, 2011. Pp. xiv, 197. Pb.

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Reviewed by Susan Gillingham, University of Oxford in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Scripture, Tradition and Reason: A Selective View of Anglican Theology through the Centuries

W. J. Marshall

Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Columba Press, 2010. Pp. 264. Pb.

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Reviewed by Nicholas P. Henderson, Ealing Common, London in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Four Philosophical Anglicans: W. G. De Burgh, W. R. Matthews, O. C. Quick, H. A. Hodges

A. P. F. Sell

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp. xii, 327. Hb

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Reviewed by Alex Hughes, Southsea in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Progressive and Conservative Religious Ideologies: The Tumultuous Decade of the 1960s

R. Lints

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp. vii, 224. Hb

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Reviewed by Hugh McLeod, University of Birmingham in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Believing the Creed: A Metaphorical Approach

J. Ogden

London: Epworth Press, 2009. Pp. xviii, 202. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Saxbee, Haverfordwest in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Eucharist: A Guide for the Perplexed

R. N. McMichael

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2010. Pp. viii, 164. Pb.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Taylor, Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions

A. P. Davison and A. G. Milbank

London: SCM Press, 2010. Pp. xii, 251. Pb.

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Reviewed by Martyn Percy, Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology

M. W. Percy

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp. x, 193. Pb.

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Reviewed by Edward Bailey, Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spirituality, Oxford in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Globalization and Theology

J. Rieger

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010. Pp. vi, 70. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice and William Temple Foundation in Modern Believing Jul 2011.

Anti-Human Theology: Nature, Technology and the Post Natural

P. M. Scott

London, SCM Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 208. Pb.

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Reviewed by Mark Bernstein, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in Modern Believing Apr 2011.

Britain's Chief Rabbis and the Religious Character of Anglo-Jewry, 1880-1970

B. J. Elton

Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2009. Pp. x, 290. Hb.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Romain, Maidenhead Synagogue in Modern Believing Apr 2011.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: Essential Writings

G. Crow, ed.

Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010. Pp. 189. Pb.

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Reviewed by Michael Bourdeaux, Oxford in Modern Believing Apr 2011.

The Apostles' Creed: The Apostles' Creed and Its Early Christian Context

P. Ashwin-Siejkowski

London and New York: T. and T. Clark, 2009. Pp. viii, 197. Pb.

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Reviewed by Morwenna Ludlow, University of Exeter in Modern Believing Jan 2011.

Crucifixions and Resurrections of the Image: Christian Reflections on Art and Modernity

G. L. Pattison

London: SCM Press, 2009. Pp. viii, 181. Pb.

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Reviewed by Patrick Sherry, Lancaster University in Modern Believing Jan 2011.

The Future of Love: Essays in Political Theology

J. Milbank

London: SCM Press, 2009. Pp. xxii, 382. Pb.

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Reviewed by Steven Shakespeare, Liverpool Hope University in Modern Believing Oct 2010.

Who They Were: In the Reformed Churches of England and Wales

C. Binfield and J. Taylor (eds.)

Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2007. Pp. xii, 254. Hb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock in Modern Believing Oct 2010.

Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity

P. D. Molnar

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. viii, 373. Pb.

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Reviewed by Alister McGrath, King's College, London in Modern Believing Jul 2010.

Cambridge Theology in the Nineteenth Century: Enquiry, Controversy and Truth

David M. Thompson

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. xiv, 208. Hb.

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Reviewed by Geoffrey R. Treloar, Alphacrusis College, New South Wales in Modern Believing Apr 2010.

Exodus Church and Civil Society: Public Theology and Social Theory in the Work of Jurgen Moltmann

Scott R. Paeth

Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. viii, 223. Hb.

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Reviewed by Brock Bingaman, Wesleyan College, Georgia, USA in Modern Believing Apr 2010.

Grasping Truth and Reality: Leslie Newbigin's Theology of Mission to the Western World

Donald Leroy Stults

Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2009. Pp. x, 295. Pb.

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Reviewed by Duncan B. Forrester, University of Edinburgh in Modern Believing Apr 2010.

Shaping a Global Theological Mind

Darren C. Marks (ed.)

Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. Pp. xii, 198. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Reader, Diocese of Oxford in Modern Believing Oct 2009.

Entering the New Theological Space: Blurred Encounters of Faith, Politics and Community

J. Reader and C. R. Baker (eds.)

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. xiv, 241. Hb.

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Reviewed by Christine Jones, Urban Theology Unit, Sheffield in Modern Believing Oct 2009.

Remoralizing Britain? Political, Ethical and Theological Perspectives on New Labour

P. M. Scott, C. R. Baker and E. L. Graham (eds.)

London and New York: Continuum, 2009. Pp. xx, 258. Pb.

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Reviewed by Graeme Smith, University of Chichester in Modern Believing Oct 2009.

A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism

P. S. Williams

Carlisle: Paternoster, 2009. Pp. viii, 304. Pb.

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Reviewed by David Leech, University of Oxford in Modern Believing Oct 2009.

Theological Aesthetics After Von Balthasar

Oleg V. Bychkov, James Fodor (eds.)

Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. Pp. xxxii, 238.

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Reviewed by Mary Taylor, Belfast in Modern Believing Oct 2009.

Milton's Vision: The Birth of Christian Liberty

T. Hobson

London and New York: Continuum, 2008. Pp. xiv, 178. Hb.

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Reviewed by Richard Harries, Barnes, London in Modern Believing Jul 2009.

Hinterland Theology: A Stimulus to Theological Construction

A. P. F. Sell

Carlisle: Paternoster, 2008. Pp. xvi, 715. Pb.

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Reviewed by Mark D Chapman, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford in Modern Believing Jul 2009.

The God Who Leads Us On: Story Meditations on Salvation

R. Lamont

London: SPCK, 2008. Pp. x, 116. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Pridmore, Hove in Modern Believing Jul 2009.

Participation and Mediation: A Practical Theology for the Liquid Church

Pete Ward

London: SCM, 2008. Pp. viii, 192. Pb.

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Reviewed by Rob Warner, University of Wales, Lampeter in Modern Believing Apr 2009.

Exploring Kenotic Christology: The Self-Emptying of God

C. Stephen Evans (ed.)

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Pp. xii, 348. Hb.

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Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Tavistock in Modern Believing Jan 2009.

Times and Seasons: Creating Transformative Worship Throughout the Year

Richard Giles

Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008. Pp. xii, 201. Pb.

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Reviewed by Thomas O’Loughlin, University of Wales, Lampeter in Modern Believing Jan 2009.

Children of God: Towards a Theology of Childhood

Angela Shier-Jones (ed.)

Peterborough: Epworth, 2007. Pp. xvii, 205.

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Reviewed by Steve Dixon, Diocese of Manchester, Board of Education in Modern Believing Jul 2008.

Habermas and Theology

Nicholas Adams

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp. 278.

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Reviewed by Johannes Hoff, University of Wales, Lampeter in Modern Believing Apr 2008.

Transformation Theology: Church in the World

Oliver Davies, Paul D. Janz and Clemens Sedmak

London: T & T Clark, 2007. Pp. 179.

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Reviewed by Rob Warner, University of Wales, Lampeter in Modern Believing Apr 2008.

The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Theology

Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004. Pp. 488.

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Reviewed by Gerard Mannion, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Modern Believing Apr 2008.

Christianity with Attitude

Giles Fraser

Norwich: The Canterbury Press, 2007. Pp. 176.

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Reviewed by Robert Thompson, Kensington and Chelsea Primary Care Trust in Modern Believing Oct 2007.

Making Sense of God's Love: Atonement and Redemption

Lorraine Cavanagh

SPCK Publishing, June 2011. Paperback, 96 pages.

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Many people are put off Christianity by the idea of God punishing his Son for our sins. They find it hard to believe in a loving God who appears to be so angry and vindictive. This book addresses some of these difficult questions. It will form ideal reading for those wanting to return to their faith, or those who would like to explore it in greater depth. The book aims to create an open theological landscape, which will take account of the many different ways in which we are saved and restored.

Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians

Alison Milbank

T & T Clark, reprint edition 2009. Paperback, 208 pages.

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This book offers a new reading of Tolkien in terms of Chesterton's literary and theological project. It takes Chesterton's 'natural theology' through fairytales seriously as a theological project appropriate to an intellectual attempt to return to faith in a secular age. It argues that Tolkien's fiction makes sense also as the work of a Catholic writer steeped in Chestertonian ideas and sharing his literary-theological poetics. While much writing on religious fantasy moves quickly to talk about wonder, Milbank shows that this has to be hard won and that Chesterton is more akin to the modernist writers of the early twentieth-century who felt quite dislocated from the past.

Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology

Gerard Loughlin

Wiley-Blackwell, 2003. Paperback, 336 pages.

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Gerard Loughlin is one of the leading theologians working at the interface between religion and contemporary culture. In this exceptional work, he uses cinema and the films it shows to think about the church and the visions of desire it displays.

  • Discusses various films, including the Alien quartet, Christopher Nolan's Memento, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth and Derek Jarman's The Garden.
  • Draws on a wide range of authors, both ancient and modern, religious and secular, from Plato to Levinas, from Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar to Andr Bazin and Leo Bersani.
  • Uses cinema to think about the church as an ecclesiacinema, and films to think about sexual desire as erotic dispossession, as a way into the life of God.
  • Written from a radically orthodox Christian perspective, at once both Catholic and critical.

Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology

Susannah Cornwall

Equinox, 15 Sep 2010. Paperback, 192 pages.

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The book explores the theological implications of physical intersex conditions and their medical treatment. Christian theology has valued the integrity of the body and the goodness of God reflected in creation, but has also set much store by the complementarity of "normal" male and female physiology. However, a deconstruction or querying of male and female as essential or all-embracing human categories changes conceptions of legitimate bodiliness and of what it means for human sex to reflect God. Theologies which value incarnation and bodiliness must speak with stigmatized or marginal bodies too: the Body of Christ is comprised of human members, and each member changes the Body's definition of itself as well as being defined by it.

The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion - 1805-1900

Gary Dorrien

Westminster John Knox Press, 2001. Paperback: 528 pages.

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The first in a three-volume history, this text identifies the indigenous roots of American liberal theology and uncovers a wider, longer-running tradition than has been thought. Taking a narrative approach the text provides a biographical reading of important religious thinkers of the time, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Charles Briggs. It notes that although liberal theology moved into elite academic institutions, its conceptual foundations were laid in the pulpit rather than the classroom.

The Making of American Liberal Theology: Idealism, Realism and Modernity - 1900-1950

Gary Dorrien

Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. Paperback: 666 pages.

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In the second of this three-volume history Gary Dorrien tells the story of American theological liberalism in its heyday, exploring the diversity of liberal theologians and schools of thought, as well as the central importance of liberal debates over idealism, realism, naturalistic empiricism, and 'making Christianity modern'. Breaking with previous interpretations, he treats Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich as theorists of a 'neoliberal' position within the liberal tradition.

The Making of American Liberal Theology: Crisis, Irony, and Postmodernity: 1950-2005

Gary Dorrien

Westminster John Knox Press, 2006. Paperback: 688 pages.

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In this concluding volume of his magisterial trilogy, Gary Dorrien sustains his previous definition of liberal theology and his mixture of theological, philosophical, and historical analysis, while emphasizing the unprecedented diversity of liberal theology in the postmodern age. Dorrien argues that liberal theology has been in crisis for the past half-century, yet despite the crisis, and also because of it, it has also experienced a 'hidden renaissance' of intellectual creativity. Liberal theology in the early twenty-first century is more diverse, complex, and marginalized than ever before in its history, he concludes, but its essential idea - creating a progressive, credible, integrative third way between orthodox over-belief and secular unbelief - remains as necessary as ever.

Barthian Revolt in Modern Theology: Theology without Weapons

Gary Dorrien

Westminster John Knox Press, 2000. Paperback: 256 pages.

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An analysis of the rise, development and near-demise of Barth's theology.

The Remaking of Evangelical Theology

Gary Dorrien

Westminster John Knox Press, 1998. Paperback: 262 pages.

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God: A Guide for the Perplexed

Keith Ward

Oneworld Publications, reprint edition, 2003. Paperback: 272 pages.

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This is a wonderful book. Ward is a philosopher as well as a theologian and he succeeds in presenting the sweep of mankind's religious and philosophical thought with style, reverence and a wry humour. He is to be congratulated in producing a book that avoids churchy claptrap, academic jargon, religious clich and mushy spirituality.

God Outside the Box: Why spiritual people object to Christianity

Richard Harries

SPCK Publishing, 2002. Paperback: 192 pages.

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Is the Church a box from which God has escaped? Are people finding spirituality and relating to God in ways that have nothing to do with the Church? Men and women today have strong values and beliefs about caring for animals and for the environment, about tolerance for others of different beliefs and customs, and about how we each may live mature and fulfilled lives. They often feel that the Church's moral teaching does not come up to their standards. In this book Richard Harries takes seriously their thoughts and criticisms.

Tomorrow's Faith: A New Framework of Christian Belief

Adrian B. Smith

O Books, 2005. Paperback: 128 pages.

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There is a gap between the formulation of the ancient Creeds and the way we understand religious truths today. Scientific knowledge and Biblical studies have evolved. We no longer express an understanding of our world as our grandparents or even parents did. 30 short chapters each of which offers a contemporary alternative to traditional expressions of belief.

The Future of Liberation Theology: An Argument and Manifesto

Ivan Petrella

SCM Press, 2006. Paperback: 176 pages.

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Petrella shows that liberation theology can be reinvented to bring its preferential option for the poor into the real world. The actualisation of historical projects is possible by adopting the methods developed by the Brazilian champion of critical legal studies, Robert Unger.

Consuming Passion

Simon Barrow, Jonathan Bartley (eds.)

Darton,Longman & Todd, 2005. Paperback: 128 pages.

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A series of thought-provoking studies of the atonement, challenging prevailing views amongst Christians about why Jesus died; uses the Mel Gibson film 'The Passion' as a cue for the discussion.

Being Human: Confessions of a Christian Humanist

John De Gruchy

SCM Press, 2006. Paperback: 228 pages.

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'If the incarnation provides the basis for Christian humanism by overcoming the dualism between the sacred and the secular, reconciling God and humanity and asserting human dignity, and if the cross roots such humanism in the reality of a suffering world and the struggle for justice, it is through the resurrection that the power of death is broken and human hope fulfilled'.

Heresies and How to Avoid Them

Ben Quash and Michael Ward

SPCK Publishing, 2007. Paperback: 160 pages.

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'This is a deeply refreshing book, full of exciting ideas. It manages both to be generous to the heretics and also to show the beauty of orthodoxy. It is theologically profound while being immensely readable.'

Timothy Radcliffe, Former Master of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans).

Black Theology and Transatlantic Dialogue: Black Theology in Transatlantic Dialogue

Anthony Reddie

Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Hardcover: 272 pages.

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Anthony Reddie creates a dynamic conversation between black theologies in the US and in the UK, comparing and highlighting divergences in the respective movements.

The Inclusive God: Reclaiming Theology for an Inclusive Church

Steven Shakespeare and Hugh Rayment-Pickard

Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2006. Paperback: 128 pages.

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This short, accessible and compelling book argues that an inclusive vision of God lies at the heart of Christian theology. Since the 1960s liberal theology has been driven by social justice issues and an ethic of tolerance. This has not been enough to check the rise of neoconservative theologies that now predominate in the Churches. Liberal theology now needs to stake a claim for the very identity of Christianity itself, showing how mainstream and inclusive values have always been a central strand of Christian thinking and represent the majority view.

Liberal Theology: A Radical Vision

Peter C. Hodgson

Augsburg Fortress, 2007. Paperback: 148 pages.

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In this incisive work, distinguished theologian Peter Hodgson reflects on the precarious yet vital role of theology today and its nearly lost and sometimes discredited tradition of liberal thought, especially liberal theology. Liberal theology has been the main thread of Christian thinking over the last 200 years, but it threatens to be obscured by a rising tide of conservative and even fundamentalist Christianity, on the one hand, and a secular materialism, on the other.

The Old Creed and the New

Don Cupitt

SCM Press, 2006. Paperback: 151 pages.

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Cupitt sharply juxtaposes the traditional Apostles' Creed of Western Christianity and the emergent creed of modern radical theology. Side by side they look amazingly different, and Cupitt carefully explains what is happening and why. The main change is that the old creed situated the believer within a huge narrative cosmology, the central myth of a great religion-based civilization, whereas the new creed merely defines the bare outlines of a modern spirituality.

The God Problem: Alternatives to Fundamentalism

Nigel Leaves

Polebridge Press, 2006. Paperback: 98 pages.

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The Cost of Certainty: How Religious Conviction Betrays the Human Psyche

Jeremy Young

Darton,Longman & Todd, 2004. Paperback: 192 pages.

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Why Liberal Churches Are Growing

Ian Markham

Continuum, T & T Clark, 2006. Paperback: 183 pages.

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This book examines why liberal churches remain appealing, where they are growing and why liberal theological approaches to ministry are more widespread than many assume to be the case.

The Thoughtful Guide to Faith

Tony Windross

O Books, 2003. Paperback: 240 pages.

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This book is for anyone who would like to take faith seriously but finds their intelligence getting in the way. It outlines, in 37 short chapters, many of the objections raised to formal Christian religion, and suggests ways of dealing with them which do not compromise people's intellectual integrity.

Perfect Freedom

Brian Mountford

O Books, 2005. Paperback: 108 pages.

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Brian Mountford sets out a liberal Christian position that is biblical, open, liturgically conservative, traditional, ethical and concerned with Christian action. He believes in the reality of God but finds him 'in the wound rather than the bandage'. For those searching for a credible faith this book is the perfect introduction to the best that Christianity has to offer.

Growing into God: Exploring Our Call to Grow into God's Image and Likeness

Jean Mayland (ed.)

Church House Publishing, 2003. Paperback: 272 pages.

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Did God really create us? Were we once perfect and then fell from perfection into sin? Should human life be cloned? These are just some of the questions and topical issues handled in this book, which comes in the form of a collection of essays. The book covers genetic engineering and cloning, feminist, womens' and gay issues, as well as racism and disabilities. It also discusses who we are and our calling to be like God.

The Contemporary Challenge of Modernist Theology

Paul Badham

University of Wales Press, 1998. Paperback: 179 pages.

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The Modernists claim that core beliefs like faith in God, hope for life after death and respect for the teaching of the historical Jesus, could be freed from outmoded supernatural ideas like six-day creation, virgin birth, substitution atonement and Hell. They argue that for Christianity to survive it must be brought into line with the best of modern thought.

Trading Faith: Global Religion in and Age of Rapid Change

David A. Hart

O Books, 2006. Paperback: 260 pages.

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In an age of terrorism and increasing Christian/Muslim conflict it's time for a new look at how different religions can be reconciled, and contribute to the peace of the world rather than its destruction.

David Hart finds the answer in the similarity of the philosophical traditions at the heart of each, rather than in the particular dogmas and doctrines that divide.

Dr David Hart is an Anglican priest and Hindu, living and working in South India. He is the India Secretary for the World Congress of Faiths.