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in Modern Believing Jan 2012  •  previous edition

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

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

Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices

D. D. Hopkins and M. S. Koppel

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010. Pp.xiv, 262. Pb.

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Reviewed by Paul Ballard, Peterborough

Saint Peter: The Underestimated Apostle, tr. T. H. Trapp

M. Hengel

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010. Pp.xiv, 161. Pb.

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Reviewed by Ben Edsall, University of Oxford

'Who Is This Son of Man?' The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus

L. W. Hurtado and P. L. Owen, eds.

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2011. Pp.xvi, 191. Hb.

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Reviewed by Andrew Angel, St John's College, Nottingham

The Use of Scripture in the Markan Passion Narrative

K. S. O'Brien

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2010. Pp.xiv, 328. Hb.

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Reviewed by Steve Moyise, University of Chichester

Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke

R. Nadella

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2011. Pp.xii, 148. Hb.

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Reviewed by Christopher Hays, University of Oxford

The Jewish Targums and John's Logos Theology

J. L. Ronning

Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010. Pp.xx, 315. Pb.

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Reviewed by Stephen W. Need, Essex

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

Jesus after Modernity: A Twenty-First-Century Critique of Our Modern Concept of Truth and the Truth of the Gospel

J. P. Danaher

Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011. Pp.xii, 145. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Clatworthy, Modern Church, Liverpool

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

No Faith in Religion

J. C. Saxbee

Winchester and Washington: O Books, 2009. Pp.vi, 165. Pb.

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Reviewed by Vaughan S. Roberts, Warwick

Publisher's review: If religion is characterised by the recruitment of God to serve our agendas, and faith is about putting our agendas at the service of God, then clearly there is too much religion in the world, and not enough faith. The first eight chapters of this book apply this religion/faith dichotomy to some crucial areas of interest to those exploring what it might mean to be people of faith in a world saturated with religion. The remaining chapters address issues of crucial importance to the future of organised religion in general, and the role of the Church of England in particular. From mediaeval polyphony to Andrew Lloyd Webber the development of a given theme through a sequence of variations has proved attractive to composers anxious to demonstrate the sometimes surprising potential of a simple melody. "No Faith in Religion" is a modest attempt to do something similar with two concepts, religion and faith, which are usually seen as simply synonymous but which are in fact subtly different and subject to being interwoven in numerous complex and unexpected ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gospel in the Global Village: Seeking God's Dream of Shalom

K. Jefferts Schori

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009. Pp.viii, 184. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jody Stowell, Harrow Weald

Publishers notes: These memorable, beautifully written reflections reveal the concerns and passions of the first woman presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church as she looks back on the first two years of her episcopate. Leading the Episcopal Church during a time when many have held it responsible for the threat of schism hich faces the Communion, has been stormy at times and she has had her fair share of vitriol, yet her calm and unhurried demeanor belies a profound wisdom and unwavering spiritual stability. Here she openly writes about the joys and the trials of being appointed to an office that she never sought, she engages imaginatively with scripture, she considers the fraught internal issues she has faced in the church and - more important to her - the scandal of poverty and violence that cripples so many lives worldwide and its prophetic challenge the Church to rise above its own preoccupations and bring healing and release.

Christ and Culture

M. W. Percy, M. D. Chapman, I. S. Markham and J. B. Hawkins, eds.

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010. Pp.xviii, 201. Pb.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Henderson, Ealing Common, London

The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West... Again, 2nd edn

G. G. Hunter

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010. Pp.xiv, 154. Pb.

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Reviewed by Patricia Rumsey, Sarum College, Salisbury

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

The Dialogue Comes of Age: Christian Encounters with Other Traditions

J. B. Cobb and W. M. McAfee, eds.

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010. Pp.vi, 242. Pb.

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Reviewed by Paul Hedges, University of Winchester

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

Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society

K. Rountree

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp.xii, 194. Hb.

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Reviewed by Anne Richards, Church House, Westminster

My God, My Land: Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji

J. Ryle

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp.xxxvi, 304. Hb.

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Reviewed by Brian Macdonald-Milne, Waterbeach

Vision upon Vision: Processes of Change and Renewal in Christian Worship

G. Guiver

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009. Pp.viii, 257. Pb.

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Reviewed by Alex Hughes, Southsea

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

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

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

The Improbable Bishop: Ian Ramsey of Durham

J. S. Peart-Binns

Durham: Memoir Club, 2010. Pp.xxii, 215. Pb.

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Reviewed by Jeff Astley, North of England Institute for Christian Education

Christ Alive and at Large: Unpublished Writings of C. F. D. Moule

R. C. Morgan and P. Moule, eds.

London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2010. Pp.x, 219. Pb.

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Reviewed by Morna D. Hooker, Robinson College, Cambridge

Contours in the Text: Textual Variation in the Writings of Paul, Josephus and the Yahad

J. D. H. Norton

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2011. Pp.xiv, 210. Hb.

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Reviewed by David Parker (short review), University of Birmingham

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

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

Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Identity in Late Modernity

S. Jakelic

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp.viii, 210. Hb.

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Reviewed by Donald Reeves (short review), Soul of Europe, Crediton