Founded in 1911, Eerdmans has cultivated a reputation of publishing the best modern Christian scholarship. Through the years, Eerdmans has introduced hundreds of new, responsible thinkers and thoughts to the space where Christ and culture meet—emphasizing open, earnest dialogue across the range of religious perspectives. The Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle collects 309 volumes that will dramatically enhance your library’s scholarly clout in biblical, theological, and ministerial studies, as well as the fields of philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, literary criticism, and more, as they interact with Christianity, the church, and the Bible today. With The Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle, you can add all of these volumes to your library in one massively discounted package.
The Bundle comprises 34 collections and 49 other individual titles, including:
This bundle gathers the trusted voices of D. A. Carson, Mark Noll, and James D. G. Dunn alongside groundbreaking work from Larry W. Hurtado, Prudence Allen, and many others.
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Full of ritualistic sacrifices, pantheistic religions, and nomadic oral narratives, the Old Testament is a theologically challenging and culturally distant text to interpret. In the Eerdmans Old Testament Studies Collection, scholars like Bruce K. Waltke, Walter Brueggemann, Craig G. Bartholomew, and Daniel J. Berrigan light the way to solid hermeneutics and fruitful study of the Old Testament. Analyzing Israelite national identity, the Hebrew text, canonicity, prophecy, and law, this collection clears away misunderstandings, processes cultural and linguistic difficulties, and provides recent scholarship on the Old Testament Scriptures.
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This collection gathers the insights of some of the brightest New Testament scholars, presenting their careful research and lively commentary on a wide variety of topics. You’ll get a first-class overview of the New Testament, perfect for solidifying and refreshing foundational knowledge of the text, and many engaging studies on specific subjects within the New Testament. Dive into an interactive study of Roman house churches, explore Luke’s portrayal of women, examine Jesus’ attitude towards the Law, study different interpretations the book of Revelation, and learn about poverty in the first century as well as Paul’s teaching on it. You’ll also find studies on communal meals, the art of reading Scripture, Jesus in relation to the fundamentalism of his day, imaginative storytelling as applied to the New Testament, and much more.
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The Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection brings together 19 volumes examining the accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. With these texts, readers can learn about Jesus’ use of parables, analyze the literary features of the canonical Gospels, and examine the Gospel of Thomas. This collection also includes an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, studies on the named women of the Gospels, and comprehensive guides to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These thorough studies are ideal for New Testament scholars and students, and anyone interested in furthering their study of the Bible.
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These volumes provide a comprehensive treatment of the whole Bible, as well as exhaustive analyses of several individual books in the Old and New Testaments. Written by the most respected scholars in the field, this collection includes works that have set the standard by which all other commentaries are measured. For those wanting the best in Bible commentary, this collection is essential.
Edited by James D. G. Dunn and John Rogerson, Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible provides pastors, students, and interested laity with the finest, most up-to-date single-volume Bible handbook available. With Jack Lundbom’s exhaustive Deuteronomy commentary, explore the linchpin of the Old Testament that connects the Pentateuch with the Former and Latter Prophets. A Commentary on Jeremiah by premier Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggeman presents a combined and updated version of his classic two-volume work. Bruce Waltke’s masterful commentary on Micah displays an unprecedented exegetical thoroughness, an expert understanding of historical context, and a keen interest in illuminating Micah’s contributions to Christian theology. Arland J. Hultgren’s The Parables of Jesus provides comprehensive commentary on these rich, yet often enigmatic lessons. Craig S. Keener’s exhaustive socio-rhetorical commentary presents an exegetical tour de force of Matthew in its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman context. The Letter to the Romans from The Bible in Medieval Tradition series offers an invaluable analysis of the book’s history of interpretation from eight representative medieval interpreters between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, as well as substantial translations of key medieval commentaries.
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This collection gathers an engaging variety of scholarly texts that tackle important issues in biblical interpretation. Gain a helpful overview of hermeneutical and interpretive thought, learn about the history of biblical interpretation from ancient times through the Reformation, explore typology, and dive into a Festschrift honoring one of twentieth-century biblical hermeneutics’ most prominent figures, Anthony Thiselton. You can also investigate taking a historical-critical approach to the Bible in the postmodern era, learn about the major literary forms found in Scripture, gain insights on approaching difficult passages, learn how historical exegetes approached these “dark passages,” and much more.
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The apostle Paul is one of Christianity’s most important figures. From the famous story of his conversion, to the stories of his missionary journeys, to his house arrest in Rome, the life of Paul, the letters he wrote, and the theology he articulated profoundly influenced the early history of Christianity, as well as the trajectory of Christian theology through the centuries. Writing a large portion of the New Testament and perhaps the most outspoken proponent of Christian theology in the early Church, Paul continues to exert a powerful influence in the lives of Christians today. The Eerdmans Pauline Studies Collection gathers a diverse set of scholarly voices addressing a wide range of issues surrounding Paul and his writings.
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This collection gathers bold and insightful voices in theological studies, both new and familiar. It features a robust array of resources from experts exploring topics such as the tradition of liberal theology, the reinvention liberal Christianity in the twenty-first century, theological anthropology, stewardship, and much more. With this collection, you can deepen your knowledge of central historical theologians, as these volumes dive into the thought and works of Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Karl Barth, and Søren Kierkegaard. Discover how their theology intersects and how it is interpreted by theologians today. You’ll also be able to gain theological insights into important contemporary issues such as postcolonialism; health, medicine, and disease; and the evangelical mission.
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The Eerdmans Studies in Early Christianity collection gathers nine volumes of modern scholarship on the nascent Christianity of the first century and beyond. Included are works on the earliest development of worship for Jesus as God, including Larry W. Hurtado’s standard setting Lord Jesus Christ. Other volumes from Hurtado study the origins of Christianity’s sacred texts and liturgy. In The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture, Michael Graves explores the beginnings of biblical exegesis and the implications of a divinely inspired text. This collection is a valuable addition to the library of church historians, ministers, and anyone interested in the unique and fascinating spread of the gospel of Jesus.
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The Eerdmans Biblical Studies collection offers 10 volumes designed to enhance your biblical and theological studies. This collection supports Bible study in both breadth and depth. Study the Bible in its entirety—survey the content of all the biblical books, explore connecting themes, investigate the cultural contexts, learn about each and every person mentioned in the Bible, and understand how the Bible was written. Go deeper with topical studies—delve into Scripture about the sacredness of human life, learn about the range and nature of the Holy Spirit’s gifts, understand how Scripture speaks about God’s character, analyze biblical perspectives on same-sex relationships, and apply biblical teachings on marriage to the modern world. Perfect for preachers, teachers, and students, the Eerdmans Biblical Studies collection equips you for thorough study.
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The Eerdmans Early Judaism Collection from Eerdmans provides a comprehensive overview of the literature and culture of Judaism leading up to the arrival of Christ. Focusing predominantly on the Second Temple period, this collection some of the most recent Judaic scholarship is a valuable addition to the library of those interested in the history, theology, and culture of the society through which the gospel first came to the world.
Matthias Henze covers the exegesis of the Hebrew Bible before the birth of Christ in A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism. Gerbern S. Oegema examines the theological implications of apocryphal texts associated with the Hebrew Bible in Early Judaism and Modern Culture. James C. VanderKam uses the latest archaeological data to take us on an illustrated adventure of early Jewish culture and literature in An Introduction to Early Judaism. Joseph A Fitzmyer explores how Jews before Christ came to anticipate a coming messiah. These and other volumes provide a comprehensive and authoritative guide to Judaism as it was when Jesus was born.
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When a group of Bedouin shepherds first stumbled upon the Dead Sea Scrolls in a group of caves, they hung them on tent poles and sold them for a few dollars each. The Scrolls source and substance now realized, they are among the most important manuscripts for our knowledge of the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, and the history of Judaica. The Eerdmans Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls offers reliable scholarship on a range of issues from how the Scrolls impact modern biblical exegesis, to current debates on the Scrolls’ illumination of Second Temple Judaism. In addition to the valuable scholarly work from experts like John J. Collins and James C. VanderKam, this collection includes a layman’s crash course in the Scrolls’ substance and significance from Pam Fox Kuhlken and Noel Freedman.
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The Eerdmans Philosophy Collection features six volumes surveying concepts and characters in philosophy’s history. Four volumes from Eerdmans’ Interventions series deal with the theological and philosophical implications of provocative such figures as Heidegger and Slavoj Žižek, and survey the concepts of naturalism and hierarchy. Of particular interest is Prudence Allen’s magisterial two-volume, The Concept of Woman, wherein Allen surveys 2,000 years, especially in relation to man. Her insights are an essential addition to the library of students of philosophy, history, theology, literature, and politics.
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Does the essence of Christianity rest on Jesus as presented in the Gospels, or can he be substituted with a demythologized stand-in? Who was Jesus of Nazareth and what can we know about him? These questions drive the search for the historical Jesus, and the volumes in this collection set out to answer them. Investigate this influential subject which has shaped New Testament studies and lays at the very foundation of the Christian faith.
In The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus, Princeton professor Dale C. Allison Jr. candidly presents his examination of the evidence throughout his career as a New Testament scholar and offers a tempered assessment. In Who Is Jesus?, Carl E. Braaten presents an informative survey of the first, second, and third quests for the historical Jesus, and he offers a compelling case for the canonical Jesus as the only one relevant for Christianity. Drawing on extensive research and vast erudition, Craig S. Keener’s The Historical Jesus of the Gospels demonstrates that, when thoroughly grounded in its early Jewish setting, Scripture’s testimony concerning Jesus offers a more coherent and plausible interpretation than competing theories. Paul Barnett’s Finding the Historical Christ offers a well-researched, historically rigorous case for the accuracy of the canonical account of Jesus and his messianic identity, even marshaling hostile witnesses who attest to the reliability of the gospels. And in the massive Jesus Research, renowned Princeton scholar James H. Charlesworth gathers distinguished Jewish and Christian contributors to weigh in on the state of nearly every facet of Jesus research.
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Over the course of a 30-year career as a professor and researcher, eminent scholar William G. Dever has conducted many archaeological excavations in the Near East, resulting in a large body of award-winning fieldwork and a fascinating understanding of this period. The Eerdmans Israelite Studies Collection gathers four of Dever’s valuable texts on ancient Israelite society, history, and religion. Carefully researched and meticulously analyzed, his work presents a powerful case against revisionist claims attacking the historicity of ancient Israel and the Hebrew Bible. Throughout these volumes, he shows how modern archaeology brilliantly illuminates both life in ancient Palestine and the sacred Scriptures as we have them today. He builds the clearest, most complete picture yet of the Israel that existed during the Iron Age of ancient Palestine (1200–600 BC).
In this collection, you’ll find Dever’s analysis of folk religion in ancient Israel, which gives special attention to the goddess Asherah; his exploration of the history of ancient Israelites, the lives of ordinary Israelites, and the archaeological evidence for their origins; and much more. You’ll also benefit from an additional volume from scholar Nathan MacDonald which examines the diet of ancient Israelites, further fleshing out your study.
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D. A. Carson is one of today’s brightest and most prolific evangelical scholars. This collection features two of his most timely works that help Christians speak thoughtfully and live faithfully in a pluralistic world. In The Intolerance of Tolerance, Carson skillfully analyzes the current trend of pluralistic “tolerance,” discusses its development, and offers an enlightening and winsome Christian response. In Christ and Culture Revisited, Carson broaches the perennial Christian struggle of how to be in the world without being of the world. He orients readers to Niebuhr’s classic taxonomy and the current state of the discussion, and provides a practical guide for faithful living in the world.
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James Dunn is regarded as one of the most prolific New Testament scholars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The James D. G. Dunn Collection brings together five groundbreaking works of New Testament scholarship. Study the origins of the early Christian movement, gain fresh perspectives on the oral tradition of Jesus’ teachings, and investigate the early Christians’ convictions concerning the Holy Spirit. Scholars, students, and anyone interested in early Christianity will find this collection a valuable addition to their digital library.
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The Mark A. Noll Collection brings together four award-winning works by this renowned historian and author. In the first two volumes, Noll argues that evangelical American Christians should participate more in intellectual scholarship, and that the Christian faith can richly enhance academic pursuits. In the second two volumes, Noll looks to the past, exploring the roots of North American Christianity. He writes about Christianity’s arrival in the New World and the development of the immigrant church. This collection is perfect for scholars, students, and anyone interested in the interaction between Christianity and North American culture.
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Abraham Kuyper was one of the most significant theologians, churchmen, and institution builders to contribute to Christian thought and practices concerning the intersection of Christianity and culture. His work continues to impact the discussion and direction of faithful living in the world today. This collection features key texts for discovering and understanding his thought and personal life. It includes an orienting introduction to Kuyper that synthesizes his multifaceted writing, definitive and pictorial biographies providing vivid portrayals of his life, a new English translation of his Onze Eredienst on worship, and several monographs and essays analyzing his thought and contributions, offering applications for today’s church.
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This collection features select works from George Ladd, whose writings on eschatology and New Testament studies represent a major contribution to evangelical scholarship. With careful and compelling scholarship, Ladd shows that the study of last things is not a purely futuristic enterprise. Rather, the work of Christ, culminating in his resurrection, ascension, and enthronement, has inaugurated an eschatological “already and not yet” tension in which Christians have already begun to experience the in-breaking of the latter days as a foretaste of the coming consummate kingdom of God.
In The Blessed Hope, Ladd distills scholarly research into a reader-friendly study of Christ’s second coming and the rapture that surveys differing views and presents the biblical testimony on the issue. In The Presence of the Future, Ladd presents a detailed case for the thesis that Christ has brought in the kingdom of God comes in two stages—inauguration and consummation. I Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus is Ladd’s able defense of that indispensable doctrine. In The New Testament and Criticism, he urges conservative Christians not to retreat from the academy and demonstrates that biblical criticism can be wielded for good. In The Pattern of New Testament Truth, Ladd shows how the diversity of the New Testament text can be taken seriously without undermining its fundamental unity and distinctness from the Greco-Roman worldview. In The Gospel of the Kingdom, Ladd revives a unified view of Scripture by presenting the Kingdom of God as the permeating theme of the Bible. And, in his commentary on Revelation, Ladd condenses his brilliant contributions on eschatology into a manageable guide to one of the most enigmatic books of the Bible. Glean from Ladd’s keen eschatological insights with these important volumes.
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This collection gathers seven popular and enduring works from prolific writer and Reformed theologian Anthony A. Hoekema. Throughout these texts Hoekema brings both his compassionate council from his years as a pastor as well as his erudite expertise from his 25 years of work in academia as a professor of Bible and systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. In books like Saved by Grace, The Christian Looks at Himself, and Created in God’s Image, Hoekema speaks of identity in Christ with experience from the trenches of ministry supported by a scholarly background in biblical theology. In The Bible and the Future, What about Tongue-Speaking?, Holy Spirit Baptism, and The Four Major Cults, he brings clear biblical answers to controversial questions within the church today.
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The Sexuality in Early Judaism and Christianity Collection brings together seven works by William Loader, a leading expert on sexuality in early Judaism and early Christianity. In these volumes, Loader looks to ancient writings—including the works of Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Gospels—to find their primary perspectives on sexuality and the cultural values of their era. Loader’s insightful study equips you to understand how Christianity’s sacred tradition defines healthy sexuality, and how these past teachings continue to guide us today.
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With over 1.5 billion followers worldwide, Islam is the second-largest religion in the world. It is also one of the fastest-growing and increasingly influential faiths. What should the Christian response be? The Eerdmans Christianity and Islam Collection provides a guide to the Islamic faith, its history, and Christian-Muslim interactions. This collection focuses on understanding Islam, fostering dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and seeing interactions between different faith traditions as an opportunity for cooperation instead of conflict.
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This collection offers substantial orientation to and discussion of key issues at the heart of the Roman Catholic tradition, from the legacies of major theologians to the role of the papacy in the Church. In After Vatican II, James L. Heft analyzes the impact of Vatican II on the trajectory of the Church and introduces readers to the hermeneutical controversies that it has sparked. Karen Kilby’s Balthasar offers an intriguing and notably critical examination of this significant Roman Catholic theologian praised so highly by John Paul II and Benedict XVI. In The Blessed Virgin Mary, Anglican priest Tim Perry and Jesuit priest Daniel Kendall team up to present a readable and informative introduction to the way the Church has viewed the Lord’s mother throughout history. In How Can the Petrine Ministry Be a Service to the Unity of the Universal Church?, editor James Puglisi assembles a transdenominational team of scholars to explore ways that the papacy—the historically dividing feature of the Roman Church—can be used for ecumenical advancement. Erich Przywara’s Analogia Entis presents the doctrine of the analogy between God and creation that is so foundational for theological and philosophical discussion of how finite man can know the transcendent God. And in New Proofs for the Existence of God, philosopher and Catholic Priest Robert J. Spitzer presents exciting discoveries from quantum physics and the philosophy of time with significant theistic implications.
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This comprehensive grammar and workbook offers instruction in New Testament Greek from Stanley Porter—one of today’s most innovative, prolific, and influential New Testament Greek scholars. Featuring pedagogically sound and linguistically informed techniques of language instruction, this first-year textbook and companion workbook will propel students further than ever in their knowledge of the New Testament’s original language. Even advanced students familiar with traditional grammars will discover valuable information in these volumes.
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This English translation of Leonhard Goppelt’s two-volume New Testament theology provides scholars, pastors, students, and interested laity with a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of biblical theology. In these volumes, Goppelt advances the discussion of New Testament theology by integrating it into an entire Bible theology that recognizes the interconnectedness of both testaments. Presenting biblical theology as a dialogue between exegetical and systematic theology, these volumes have much to offer systematicians and exegetes alike.
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The Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament collection provides significant insights into Jewish thought and practice prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in AD 70. These volumes present rabbinic sources relating to prayer, agriculture, feasts, and Sabbaths. Author David Instone-Brewer thoroughly discusses the meaning and importance of each rabbinic tradition for Second Temple Judaism, and also analyzes their presence in the New Testament writings. Students of Judaism and Christianity, as well as anyone interested in Old Testament scholarship, will find this collection a useful reference work.
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The Eerdmans Orthodox Studies Collection presents three works capturing the spirit of Orthodox Christianity. These volumes offer a survey of the Orthodox Church, its impacts, and its perspectives. The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key explores the fundamental beliefs of Orthodox Christianity through the metaphor of music. In The Witness of Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch, leading theologians examine Bartholomew I’s influence on the modern ecumenical movement. Johannes M. Oravecz’s God as Love: The Concept and Spiritual Aspects of Agape in Modern Russian Thought studies prominent Russian thinkers’ perspectives on the concept of agape. These volumes provide an accessible overview of the practices of one of the largest Christian denominations. Anyone interested in the traditions and perspectives of the Orthodox Church will appreciate this collection.
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The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting (5 vols.) series explains the culture and context surrounding the New Testament’s history of how the gospel began its journey to all nations. Volume 1 examines Luke’s place as a legitimate Hellenistic historian, as well as the tropes and schemes of historical literature of the time. In volume 3 Brian Rapske provides an often-overlooked perspective of Paul as Roman prisoner, exploring the custodial system of the Graeco-Roman world along with Paul’ persona and mission. Other volumes draw on expert contributions from archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians to recreate the world the church was born into.
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The Church at Worship series presents case studies of worshiping communities around the world and throughout Christian history, designed to inform and enrich worship practices today. Rather than survey historical developments of worship, this series closely examines worship practices of particular times and places. Each volume includes a map, a timeline, a summary of noteworthy aspects of worship in the relevant time period and region, an anthology of primary sources, and questions for congregational and student study groups.
Explore the worship of the most significant African-American congregation in the South at the turn of the twentieth century with Lester Ruth’s, Longing for Jesus. Learn from the Early Medieval church’s liturgy with Walter Rayrsquo;s vibrant snapshot of sixth-century Byzantine Christianity, Tasting Heaven on Earth. Discover the worship of the ancient church with Ruth, Steenwyk, and Witvliet’s rich and readable presentation of fourth-century Christianity in Jerusalem, Walking Where Jesus Walked.
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In the early church, all discussion of theological topics, moral issues, and Christian practices started with the biblical text, resulting in a substantial library of biblical commentaries and homilies. Unfortunately, this ancient body of writings is now known only in bits and pieces—if at all. The Church's Bible series brings this rich classical tradition of biblical interpretation to life once again. Compiled, translated, and edited by leading scholars, these volumes draw extensively from early and medieval commentators, illuminating Holy Scripture as it was understood during the first millennium of Christian history. Designed for clergy, Bible teachers, men and women in religious communities, and all serious students of Scripture, The Church's Bible will lead contemporary readers into the inexhaustible spiritual and theological world of the early church and the Bible itself.
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Christians have many different views about baptism. Should infants be baptized, or is baptism for believers only? What does baptism mean? What is the biblical mode of baptism: immersion, sprinkling, pouring, or dipping? Or do several methods find warrant in Scripture? The Eerdmans Baptism Collection provides two volumes addressing these often debated questions. Read about the scriptural basis for baptism from a Reformed perspective, study the practice of baptism in the New Testament, and learn about the meaning of this element of the Christian faith.
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Each volume of The Kuyper Center Review, produced by the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, presents historical and critical essays exploring the relation between Reformed Christianity and culture. It focuses on the writings of Abraham Kuyper, whose life as a pastor, theologian, journalist, and politician remarkably exemplified expressions of confidence in the Christian worldview in both theory and practice. This annual publication offers readers the best new works exploring the history and contemporary relevance of Reformed theology for key topics in politics, economics, and culture.
Volume 1 explores Kuyper’s influential concept of sphere sovereignty as a way of delineating the boundaries of authority encompassing the various areas of life—private and public, ecclesial and secular. Volume 2 discusses the theological lens of common grace, which offers an accurate view of the relationship between Christianity and the broader culture. Volume 3 provides historical, theological, and practical treatments of the positive neo-Calvinist view of the arts and their place within Christianity. Volume 4 examines Kuyper’s contributions to the development of democracy in the Netherlands at the turn of the twentieth century, and suggests ways that Kuyper’s work can guide democracy today.
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These volumes on practical and pastoral theology offer a wide variety of resources designed to equip ministers of the Word to care for the people of God. This collection offers enduring and timely insights from contemporary pastors as well as the early church on important issues ranging from joining a new congregation to transitioning out after years of ministry. More than theoretical discussions, these volumes offer real-life examples and eminently practical guidance.
In The Pastor as Minor Poet, seasoned pastor Craig Barnes presents pastoral ministry as helping others become fully alive in Christ by being a poet of the soul who understands the text of Scripture, as well as the “text” of people’s lives. In Leading God’s People, Christopher A. Beeley brings the lasting wisdom of the ancient church to bear on the issues facing today’s ministers. In This Odd and Wondrous Calling, Lillian Daniel and Martin B. Copenhaver share instructive anecdotes from their own lives that offer guidance and encouragement for daily ministry. Lawrence W. Farris’ Ten Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation and Ten Commandments for Pastors Leaving a Congregation offer sound advice and guidelines for navigating the universal pastoral experience of first entering the pastorate as well as the difficult circumstance when a pastor is called elsewhere. In Straining at the Oars, H. Dana Fearon III and Gordon S. Mikoski provide an invaluable ensemble of case studies offering careful guidance on sensitive issues that pastors often face, but struggle to successfully field. In Blessings of the Burden, social worker Alan R. Burt provides a readable discussion of the most perennial concerns of Christian charity—helping the homeless. And in Learning to Dream Again, Samuel Wells offers thought-provoking and devotion inspiring reflections designed to help Christians rediscover the heart of God on a number of key issues intersecting Christianity and culture.
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The Eerdmans Preaching Resources Collection (9 vols.) is full of material to help preachers and teachers more effectively communicate the Gospel to their congregations. The collection includes five volumes from preaching professor Sidney Greidanus that focus on communicating the gospel through the Old Testament. Richard F. Ward and David J. Trobisch discuss the oral tradition of the New Testament in Bringing the Word to Life. Cornelius Plantinga Jr. argues for the benefits of a well-read preacher in Reading for Preaching. With a focus on bringing the whole Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to the church, this collection will be an essential addition to the libraries of preachers, teachers, and those interested in applying the whole Bible to their lives.
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An enlightening “intellectual biography” of Lincoln, Allen Guelzo’s peerless account of America’s most celebrated president explores the role of ideas in Lincoln’s life, treating him as a serious thinker deeply involved in the nineteenth-century debates over politics, religion, and culture. Written with passion and dramatic impact, Guelzo’s masterful study offers a revealing new perspective on a man whose life was in many ways a paradox.
Since its original publication in 1999, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President has garnered numerous accolades, not least the prestigious 2000 Lincoln Prize. As journalist Richard N. Ostling has noted, “Much has been written about Lincoln’s belief and disbelief,” but Guelzo’s extraordinary account “goes deeper.”
One of the subtlest and deepest studies of Lincoln’s faith and thought in many years . . . Seldom has the complex connection between Lincoln’s predispositions and Lincoln’s achievements been more insightfully studied than in Allen Guelzo’s superb book.
—The Weekly Standard
Allen C. Guelzo is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was formerly dean of the Templeton Honors College and Grace F. Kea Professor of American History at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
One of the most influential and dynamic evangelists of the 20th century, Aimee Semple McPherson (1890–1944) was a complex, controversial figure with a flair for the dramatic. Against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Sister Aimee, as she was widely known, cultivated her ministry, preaching the “old-time religion” and calling for a return to simple biblical Christianity. A religious leader who strongly identified with ordinary folk, McPherson attracted thousands of fiercely loyal followers throughout the United States and Canada.
Edith Blumhofer’s thorough biography is grounded in extensive research and academic scholarship. The book offers unique insights into McPherson’s Canadian and Salvation Army roots and her relationship with Pentecostalism. Significantly, Blumhofer had access to selected minutes of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a resource not available to previous biographers, and contact with both of McPherson’s children, Roberta Semple Salter and Rolf McPherson. Dozens of photographs also help to illustrate McPherson’s multiple roles as missionary, radio broadcaster, editor, mother, wife, and—above all—colorful and inspiring evangelist.
Edith L. Blumhofer is to be congratulated for her detailed, scholarly study . . . Aimee McPherson is an important figure in the history of North American religion and merits attention as a woman who had a major effect on our culture. Yet she has received only modest attention and nothing to match this work, distinguished as it is by a searching and comprehensive scholarship, a rare biography that exists neither to praise nor to bury its subject.
—American Historical Review
Edith L. Blumhofer is professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
According to Johannes Hoff, societies today are characterized by their inability to reconcile seemingly black-and-white scientific rationality with the ambiguity of postmodern pop culture. In the face of this crisis, The Analogical Turn recovers the fifteenth-century thinker Nicholas of Cusa’s alternative vision of modernity to develop a fresh perspective on the challenges of our time.
In contrast to his mainstream contemporaries, Cusa’s appreciation of individuality, creativity, and scientific precision was deeply rooted in the analogical rationality of the Middle Ages. He revived and transformed the tradition of scientific realism in a manner that now, retrospectively, offers new insights into the “completely ordinary chaos” of postmodern everyday life.
Hoff’s original study offers a new vision of the history of modernity and the related secularization narrative, a deconstruction of the basic assumptions of postmodernism, and an unfolding of a liturgically grounded concept of common-sense realism.
The Analogical Turn by Johannes Hoff for the first time locates Nicholas of Cusa without anachronism as a post-nominalist realist, who reworked the inherited analogical vision of Christian theology in a simultaneously late Gothic and Renaissance manner. As Hoff explains, this idiom offers us a new way forward today. . . . Much more than a monograph on a historical figure, this imaginatively crafted and extremely scholarly volume constitutes one of the most significant works of theology in the twenty-first century so far. I believe that it will exert a very considerable influence on future theoretical reflections both within theology and without.
—John Milbank, professor in religion, politics, and ethics, University of Nottingham
Johannes Hoff is professor of systematic theology at Heythrop College in the University of London. He previously taught at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and received his doctorate from the University of Tübingen. His other works include Kontingenz, Berührung, Überschreitung: Zur philosophischen Propädeutik christlicher Mystik nach Nikolaus von Kues and Spiritualität und Sprachverlust: Theologie nach Foucault und Derrida.
First United Methodist Church in Augusta, Georgia, gives concerts to raise money for local service organizations. Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, Kansas, has been sponsoring a religious art show for more than 25 years. Fellowship Lutheran Church runs a Christian arts camp for young people every summer. These are just three of the 18 case studies of practicing arts ministries in Arts Ministry, in which Michael Bauer encourages the nurture and support of all the creative gifts of God’s people.
Bauer lays a solid foundation for arts ministry, grounding it in the historic Christian tradition and urging churches to expand their engagement with the creative arts—“to live and worship in full color,” as he puts it. A concluding chapter clearly lays out how to develop an arts ministry, helping readers to take these ideas from theory to practice, to embrace and celebrate the continuing creative activity of God in the church.
This volume is the best available guidebook to the emerging field of Christian arts ministry. Michael Bauer lays a solid foundation for arts ministry, grounding it in the historic Christian tradition and urging churches to expand their engagement with the creative arts—‘to live and worship in full color.’ Eighteen illustrative case studies help round out Bauer’s rich discussion.
—John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Michael J. Bauer is professor of organ and church music at the University of Kansas. In addition to his university work he has served on the music staff of 12 different churches and established arts ministries at three of those churches.
In The Catholicity of Reason, D. C. Schindler compellingly argues for recovering a robust notion of reason and truth. Responding to modern rationalism and postmodern skepticism, Schindler explains the “grandeur of reason”—the recollection of which Benedict XVI has presented as a primary task of Christian engagement with the contemporary world.
Schindler deftly argues that many postmodern thinkers—religious and secular alike—have responded to the arrogance of earlier Western thought with relativistic humility, critiquing these kinds of claims to knowledge as presumptuous. However, Schindler believes that only a robust confidence in reason allows us to remain genuinely humble in light of God and the great mysteries of existence. Drawing from contemporary and classical theologians and philosophers alike, Schindler explores basic philosophical questions of truth, knowledge, and being. Schindler proposes a new model for thinking about the relationship between faith and reason, bringing forth a dramatic conception of human knowing that both strengthens our trust in reason, and opens our minds in faith.
Ressourcement and modern Augustinian philosophical theology have been called on their apparent ‘fideism’: Schindler’s response is a resounding philosophical ‘Come at me, bro!’ The Catholicity of Reason is the most stimulating text in philosophy of religion to appear for many years. . . . It’s the must read book of 2013.
—Francesca Murphy, professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
D. C. Schindler is associate professor of philosophy at Villanova University. His books include Plato’s Critique of Impure Reason: On Truth and Goodness in the Republic.
In Christ Across the Disciplines, a group of distinguished scholars from across the theological spectrum explores the dynamic relationship between the Christian faith and the life of the mind. Although the essays in this volume are rooted in a rich understanding of the past, they focus primarily on how Christian students, teachers, and scholars might best meet the challenges of intellectual and cultural life in a global world.
This volume ranges widely over the broad terrain of contemporary academic and cultural life, covering such topics as the enormous growth of political activism in late twentieth-century evangelicalism, the dynamics of literature and faith in the African-American experience, the dramatic implications of globalization for those who profess Christ and practice the life of the mind, and more!
This pace-setting volume offers a most helpful account of the effort to ‘integrate faith and learning’ as that effort has been understood by Christian scholars and Christian colleges since mid-century. Even more, it shows many and varied ways for moving beyond ‘integration’ to other fruitful practices for promoting scholarship as faithful believers. It is a compelling book of unusual insight.
—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Roger Lundin is Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, Illinois. His other books include From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority.
This volume offers a fresh report and interpretation of the intersection of two great contemporary movements: the rapid growth of higher education worldwide and the rise of global Christianity. It features empirical and evaluative studies by scholars from Africa, Asia, North America, and South America.
Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance visits some of the hot spots of Christian university development—including South Korea, Kenya, and Nigeria—and compares development there to development in Canada, the United States, and Europe—where Christian higher education has a long history. This volume fills a gap in research on the scope and direction of Christian higher education worldwide.
Joel Carpenter is professor of history and director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College.
Perry L. Glanzer is professor of educational foundations at Baylor University and a resident scholar with Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.
Nicholas S. Lantinga is a professor at Handong Global University in South Korea and former director of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education.
Since its founding in 1865, The Salvation Army has grown from a small London movement, to an internationally renowned organization, virtually synonymous with “charity.” In this volume, General Henry Gariepy documents that growth, exploring the thrilling history of the worldwide movement, and the incredible things God has accomplished through it. Gariepy’s work serves as a reminder of the power Scripture has, when applied, to change the world—of Christianity, in action.
Henry Gariepy (1930–2010) was a retired Salvation Army officer and the former national editor in chief and literary secretary for The Salvation Army.
The Conversion of the Māori is the latest volume in the Studies in the History of Christian Missions series, which explores the significant, yet often contested, impact of Christian missions around the world.
Timothy Yates introduces the history of missions among the Māori people of New Zealand in the mid-1800s. On the basis of painstaking archival research, Yates charts the change in society and religion over the course of nearly thirty years in detail, describing the historical development of the conversion process. The Conversion of the Māori is ecumenical and historically informed to give a balanced presentation of the conversion of a whole people.
Conversion of the Māori and the impact of missionary Christianity in New Zealand have been matters of considerable debate among historians. Timothy Yates provides a careful analysis of these areas and offers carefully nuanced insights into these complex issues, taking particular note of indigenous initiatives.
—Allan Davidson, research fellow, St. John’s Theological College in Auckland, New Zealand
Timothy Yates is docent in mission studies at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, an Honorary Fellow of St. John's College, University of Durham, and Canon Emeritus of Derby Cathedral, England. His other books include The Expansion of Christianity and Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century.
This fifth Missional Church Series volume seeks to bring historical clarity, biblical and theological substance, and practical guidance to church planting. The nine contributors—many of them experienced church-planting pastors—offer diverse yet cohesive perspectives on the Spirit’s missional church planting in our time.
Section One presents three essays which address missional church planting as a theological practice, with particular attention given to the activity of the Holy Spirit within the context of God’s Trinitarian life. Section Two grounds church planting initiatives in the generative soil of story. The two essays in this section narrate how specific congregations provide glimpses of the Holy Spirit in action, supplying the reader with hints for how history might lead to future expectations of the Holy Spirit’s ongoing church planting activity.
Three essays in Section Three focus on new frontiers appearing on the church planting horizon, and an epilogue provides a sermon which orients church planting efforts in witness that flows from the heart of God. In this book readers will find fresh insights into an exciting new future created and led by the Spirit.
Finally—the absolutely necessary conversation between missional theology, church planting, and the divine agency of the Holy Spirit! Those who plant new churches, or facilitate those plantings, or educate and mentor planters, dare not miss a careful reading of this fresh articulation of what is happening as the Spirit births new churches and what that means.
—George R. Hunsberger, professor of missiology, Western Theological Seminary
Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier is associate professor of pastoral care and missional leadership at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, and an ordained Lutheran minister who served 25 years as a pastor in rural, suburban, and church-planting calls.
Since the spectacular rise of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and the remarkable election of Barack Obama as president of the United States, the phrase “hopeful politics” has dominated our public discourse. But what happens when that hope disappoints? Can it be salvaged? What is the relationship between faith, hope, and politics?
In this volume Allan Boesak meditates on what it really means to hope in light of present political realities and growing human pain. He argues that hope comes to life only in situations of vulnerability—in struggles for justice, dignity, and the life of the Earth. Dare We Speak of Hope? is a critical, provocative, prophetic—and, above all, hopeful—volume.
Allen Aubrey Boesak is the first holder of the Desmond Tutu Chair for Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, a joint position at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis. His previous books include Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, The Tenderness of Conscience: African Renaissance and the Spirituality of Politics, and Farewell to Innocence.
With roots in British and American endeavors to restore apostolic Christianity, the Stone-Campbell Movement drew its inspiration from the independent efforts of nineteenth-century religious reformers Barton W. Stone and the father-son team of Thomas and Alexander Campbell. The union of these two movements in the 1830s and the growth of the new body thrust it into a place of significance in early nineteenth-century America, and it quickly spread to other parts of the English-speaking world.
From its beginnings the Movement has developed into one of the most vital and diverse Christian traditions in the world. Today it encompasses three major American communions—Churches of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Christian Churches/Churches of Christ—as well as united churches in several other countries.
Over 10 years in the making, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement offers for the first time a sweeping historical and theological treatment of this complex, vibrant global communion. Written by more than 300 contributors, this major reference work contains over 700 original articles covering all of the significant individuals, events, places, and theological tenets that have shaped the Movement. Much more than simply a historical dictionary, this volume also constitutes an interpretive work reflecting historical consensus among Stone-Campbell scholars, even as it attempts to present a fair, representative picture of the rich heritage that is the Stone-Campbell Movement.
Scores of photographs and illustrations (many quite rare) enrich and enliven the text, and an extensive, carefully prepared index facilitates ready access to important information throughout the volume. The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement—a standard reference work for religious, academic, public, and personal libraries everywhere.
This encyclopedia should be in every church, every involved disciple’s home library, and every church-related institution.
Douglas A. Foster is professor of church history and director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
Paul M. Blowers is Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Anthony L. Dunnavant (1954–2001) was the dean and professor of church history at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.
D. Newell Williams is president and professor of modern and American church history at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
The early Enoch literature does not refer to the Mosaic Torah or emphasize the distinctively Mosaic laws designed for Israel. But the book of Jubilees gives room to both Mosaic and Enochic traditions within the Sinaitic revelatory framework. What, then, should we make of such differences?
This question and related speculations were on the minds of scholars gathered from around the world at the fourth Enoch Seminar at Camaldoli, Italy, in July 2007. Four tendencies emerged from the discussion at the seminar. Some scholars claimed that Jubilees was a direct product of Enochic Judaism with subordinated Mosaic features. Some suggested that Jubilees was a conscious synthesis of Enochic and Mosaic tradition, yet remaining autonomous from both. Some asserted that Jubilees was essentially a Mosaic text with some Enochic influence. And others questioned the very existence of a gulf between Enochic and Mosaic traditions as competing forms of Judaism at the time of Jubilees.
Gabriele Boccaccini and Giovanni Ibba have carefully collected the countervailing views into this volume. What readers will find here is a lively debate among the most distinguished international specialists, together striving for a better understanding of a puzzling ancient document.
Gabriele Boccaccini is professor of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins at the University of Michigan and director of the Enoch Seminar, a biennial international conference on the Enoch literature.
Giovanni Ibba is adjunct professor of biblical Hebrew at Central Italy Theological Seminary in Florence and adjunct professor of history of religions at the University of Siena, Italy.
Francis Schaeffer was probably the single greatest intellectual influence on young evangelicals of the 1960s and 1970s. He was cultural critic, popular mentor, political activist, Christian apologist, founder of L’Abri, author of over 20 books, and creator of two important films. It’s impossible to understand the intellectual world of contemporary evangelicalism apart from Francis Schaeffer.
Barry Hankins has written a critical but appreciative biography that explains how Schaeffer was shaped by the contexts of his life—from young fundamentalist pastor in America, to greatly admired mentor, to lecturer and activist who encouraged world-wary evangelicals to engage the culture around them. Drawing extensively from primary sources, including personal interviews, Hankins paints a picture of a complex, sometimes flawed, but ultimately prophetic figure in American evangelicalism and beyond.
With other biographies of the late Francis Schaeffer functioning more as hagiographies, the historian Barry Hankins skillfully places the life and work of this extraordinarily complex figure in the historical and cultural contexts in which he lived . . . an excellent work on a very complex, important figure.
—Journal of American History
Barry Hankins is professor of history at Baylor University. His other books include The Second Great Awakening and the Transcendentalists and American Evangelicals: A Recent History of a Mainstream Religious Movement.
In the last century, world Christianity’s center of gravity has effectively moved from Europe to a point near Timbuktu in Africa. Never in the history of Christianity has there been such a rapid and dramatic shift in where Christians are located in the world.
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson explores the consequences of this shift for congregations in North America, specifically for the efforts to build Christian unity in the face of new and challenging divisions. Centers of religious power, money, and theological capital remain entrenched in the global, secularized North while the Christian majority thrives and rapidly grows in the global South. Granberg-Michaelson argues that world Christianity’s most decisive twenty-first-century challenge is to build meaningful bridges between faithful churches in the global North and the spiritually exuberant churches of the global South.
This is a splendid book. Of itself, the growth of Christian numbers to the Global South is no longer surprising, nor is the tension with an increasingly secularized post-Christian West. What makes this book so valuable is the author’s ability to stand back and offer an astute and wide-ranging analysis of these trends, rooted in his wide experience and his passionate ecumenical commitment. He presents a confident, well-judged survey of the emerging face of Christianity that ranges, well, from Times Square to Timbuktu. Strongly recommended.
—Philip Jenkins, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities, Pennsylvania State University, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served as general secretary of the Reformed Church in America from 1994 to 2011. He was one of the first managing editors of Sojourners magazine and has also worked with the World Council of Churches, the Global Christian Forum, and Call to Renewal. He is the author of Unexpected Destinations: An Evangelical Pilgrimage to World Christianity.
Genesis and Christian Theology contributes significantly to the renewed convergence of biblical studies and systematic theology—two disciplines whose relational disconnect has adversely affected not only the scholarship but also the church as a whole. In this book, 21 noted scholars consider the fascinating ancient book of Genesis in dialogue with historical and contemporary theological reflection. The essays included offer new vistas on familiar texts, reawakening past debates and challenging modern clichés.
This rich and fresh collection of essays pivots on the daring conviction that historical-critical study and theological interpretation (informed by ongoing church tradition) can usefully engage each other in generative ways. The outcome, in various idioms, is a deep plunge into theological exploration that reaches in many contemporary directions, notably, faith and science, covenant and creation, food, poverty, work, and attentiveness to environment. Readers will inescapably be led in new directions of thought and interpretation by these provocative studies.
—Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
Nathan MacDonald is reader in Hebrew and Old Testament at University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is coeditor of A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Contexts with Richard Bauckham.
Mark W. Elliott is senior lecturer in church history at the University of St. Andrews.
Grant Macaskill is lecturer in New Testament at the University of St. Andrews.
“So you’re the little woman who started this big war,” Abraham Lincoln is said to have quipped when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin converted readers by the thousands to the anti-slavery movement and served notice that slavery’s days were numbered. Overnight Stowe became a celebrity, but to defenders of slavery she was the devil in petticoats.
Most writing about Stowe treats her as a literary figure and social reformer while underplaying her Christian faith. But Nancy Koester’s biography treats Stowe’s faith as central to her life—both her public fight against slavery, and her own struggle through deep personal grief to find a gracious God.
Nancy Koester has taught religion and church history at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, and at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. An ordained Lutheran minister and a spiritual director, she has also written Journeying through Lent with Luke and Fortress Introduction to the History of Christianity in the United States.
Stanley Hauerwas is one of the most important and robustly creative theologians of our time, and his work is well known and much admired. But Nicholas Healy—himself an admirer of Hauerwas’s thought—believes that it has not yet been subjected to the kind of sustained critical analysis that is warranted by such a significant and influential Christian thinker. As someone interested in the broader systematic-theological implications of Hauerwas’s work, Healy fills that gap in Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction.
After a general introduction to Hauerwas’s work, Healy examines three main areas of his thought: his method, his social theory, and his theology. According to Healy, Hauerwas’s overriding concern for ethics and church-based apologetics so dominates his thinking that he systematically distorts Christian doctrine. Healy illustrates what he sees as the deficiencies of Hauerwas’s theology and argues that it needs substantial revision.
Nicholas M. Healy is professor of theology and religious studies at St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York. His other books include Church, World and the Christian Life: Practical-Prophetic Ecclesiology and Thomas Aquinas: Theologian of the Christian Life.
Her Heart Can See offers an intimate, informed look at Fanny J. Crosby (1820–1915), the most prolific of all American hymn writers. Having lost her sight in infancy through a doctor’s negligence, Fanny went on to compose more than 9,000 hymns, as well as various other songs, cantatas, and lyrical productions. Crosby’s hymns, including such all-time favorites as “Blessed Assurance,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” “Rescue the Perishing,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” and “I Am Thine, O Lord,” continue to be sung around the world.
Celebrated in her own day for her gospel hymns, Crosby was also very publicly involved with New York City’s rescue missions and with other benevolent efforts. She rubbed shoulders with the likes of Henry Clay, Grover Cleveland, Winfield Scott, Dwight L. Moody, Ira Sankey, Jenny Lind, P. T. Barnum, and many other famous figures who people these pages. More than two dozen black-and-white photographs depict the people and settings among which Crosby moved.
Drawing on primary sources—including thousands of unpublished Crosby manuscripts—Edith Blumhofer sorts fact from fiction in the life of this remarkable woman. Blumhofer responsibly limns Crosby’s life as a gifted nineteenth-century northeastern Protestant woman, in the process showing why “this diminutive woman” was—and is—so beloved.
Edith Blumhofer has written the definitive biography and authoritative work on Fanny Crosby. Previous studies of Crosby have been inspirational, sentimental pieces that have hallowed her as a glorified saint. Blumhofer has brought together extensive research with creative analysis to tell the real life story of Fanny Crosby as a strong, independent woman.
—Rosemary Skinner Keller (1934–2008), first female dean, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Edith L. Blumhofer is a professor of history and the director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.
Called “a pioneer contribution” by Church History when it was first published in 1971 as The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States, this volume has now been revised and enlarged by Vinson Synan to account for the incredible changes that have occurred in the church world during the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Synan brings together the stories of the many movements usually listed as “holiness,” “pentecostal,” or “charismatic,” and shows that there is an identifiable “second blessing” tradition in Christianity that began with the Catholic and Anglican mystics, that was crystallized in the teaching of John Wesley, and that was further perpetuated through the holiness and Keswick movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the appearance of modern Pentecostalism. Synan then chronicles the story of the spread of Pentecostalism around the world after the heady days of the Azusa Street awakening, with special attention given to the beginnings of the movement in those nations where Pentecostalism has become a major religious force. He also examines the rise of various mainline-church charismatic movements that have their roots in Pentecostalism.
Because of the explosive growth of the Pentecostal movement in the last half of the century, Pentecostals and Charismatics now constitute the second largest family of Christians in the world after the Roman Catholic Church. “This could well be the major story of Christianity in the twentieth century,” writes Synan. “Pentecostalism has grown beyond a mere passing ‘movement’ . . . and can now be seen as a major Christian ‘tradition’ alongside the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Reformation Protestant traditions.”
The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition will continue to be an important handbook for shaping our understanding of this phenomenon.
An indispensable and highly readable account of the origins and growth of what is clearly the most significant movement in the twentieth-century church. . . . With the growing ‘charismaticization’ of the contemporary church, this book should be of interest to Christians in all academic disciplines.
—Christian Scholars Review
Vinson Synan is distinguished professor of Christian history at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Modern Protestant debates about spousal relations and the meaning of marriage began in a forgotten international dispute some 300 years ago. The Lutheran-Pietist ideal of marriage as friendship, and mutual pursuit of holiness, battled with the idea that submission defined spousal roles.
Exploiting material culture artifacts, broadsides, hymns, sermons, private correspondence, and legal cases on three continents—Europe, Asia, and North America—A. G. Roeber reconstructs the roots and the dimensions of a continued debate that still preoccupies international Protestantism and its Catholic and Orthodox critics and observers in the twenty-first century.
A scholarly tour de force that ingeniously interrogates the theological discourse around the seminal institution of marriage. A. G. Roeber interconnects with empirical dexterity sociological developments across the expanse of three continents, with influences ranging from polygamy to pietism during the early modern epoch. A refreshingly insightful comparative study.
—Gita Dharampal-Frick, professor of modern South Asian history, University of Heidelberg
A. G. Roeber is professor of early modern history and religious studies and codirector of the Max Kade German-American Research Institute at Penn State University.
Revisiting the important topic of covenant fulfillment, Reformed theologian David Holwerda argues that God’s promises to Old Testament Israel cannot be understood apart from Jesus Christ. Based on careful exposition of key New Testament texts—including a significant in-depth study of Romans 9:11—in dialogue with a wide variety of interpreters and theologians, Holwerda maintains that the Old Testament promises of God find their complete fulfillment in Jesus Christ and the church.
An insightful analysis of ‘promise and fulfillment,’ specifically as it is seen in the theological significance of the relationship of Jesus to Israel.
David E. Holwerda is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Johan Herman Bavinck (1895–1964) was a prominent twentieth-century Dutch Calvinist missiologist who wrestled with the tension between religious absolutism and relativism, as many Christians do in today’s pluralistic context.
The J. H. Bavinck Reader gathers together a choice selection of Bavinck’s significant writings that are essential for understanding his theology of missions, his approach to world religions, and his religious psychology. His treatment of religious consciousness, and Christian faith, expands on the brief treatment of it in his own work The Church between Temple and Mosque. The concluding chapters show how Bavinck’s theoretical reflection on religious consciousness was rooted in his close observation during his years as a missionary in Indonesia.
Offering a constructive way forward, Bavinck affirms both the particularity of salvation in Christ and the universality of the Christian hope. A substantial introduction enhances the book with the most thorough biographical sketch of Bavinck available.
J. H. Bavinck’s wonderful contributions to missiology and the theology of culture have been a well-kept secret in the English-speaking world. Now, however, we have this marvelous reader! I pray not only that this volume will let the secret out about Bavinck’s genius but also that the gems in this book will stimulate a renewal of creative thinking about the mission to which God calls us in contemporary life.
—Richard J. Mouw, professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
James D. Bratt is professor of history at Calvin College.
John Bolt is professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Paul J. Visser is pastor of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (Amsterdam), and chairman of the Foundation for the Promoting of Reformed Missiology and Ecumenics.
Pop worship music. Falling in love with Jesus. Mission trips. Wearing jeans and t-shirts to church. Spiritual searching and church hopping. Faith-based political activism. Seeker-sensitive outreach. These now-commonplace elements of American church life all began as innovative ways to reach young people, yet they have gradually become accepted as important parts of a spiritual ideal for all ages. What on earth has happened?
In this volume Thomas E. Bergler traces the way in which, over 75 years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions—African American, Evangelical, mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic. Bergler shows how this “juvenilization” of churches has also led to widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, popularizing a feel-good faith with neither intergenerational community nor theological literacy. Bergler’s critique further offers constructive suggestions for taming juvenilization.
One of the key themes within the American church since the 1930s—and particularly since the 1960s—has been the change in how congregations approach youth ministry and youth culture. The Juvenilization of Christianity by Thomas Bergler explores the wide-ranging ramifications of this revolution across the denominational spectrum, examining not only its impact upon young people but also the larger implications—positive and negative—for the entire church. Anyone really trying to understand the dynamics of American Christianity must read this book.
—Larry Eskridge, associate director of the institute for the study of American evangelicals and guest faculty, Wheaton College
Thomas E. Bergler is professor of ministry and missions at Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana, where he has taught youth ministry for 10 years. He also serves as senior associate editor for The Journal of Youth Ministry.
The achievements of John Paul II in recent years cannot be overstated. Led by this man and his profound contribution to Catholic social thought, the Catholic Church has become the world’s single greatest voice for democracy and human rights. Protestants, too, have found in Pope John Paul II a brave and steadfast Christian pastor. Few people, however, know the Pope’s background or the philosophy behind his thinking.
Written by Rocco Buttiglione, one of the Pope’s closest friends and counselors, this volume is the standard work for all who want to understand the philosophical mind of Karol Wojtyla, the man who became Pope John Paul II. Based on an accurate reading of all of Wojtyla’s works and of all relevant secondary literature, this English edition of Buttiglione’s book provides a complete introduction to the Pope’s philosophy and his original contribution to the philosophy of freedom.
The early chapters give biographical information on Wojtyla, and examine his early philosophical formation. The middle chapters explore in depth two of the Pope’s central philosophical and theological conceptions—human love and the acting person. The closing chapters look at Wojtyla’s role at the Second Vatican Council, examine his poetic works, and place his thought in dialogue with contemporary philosophy.
New to this English edition of Buttiglione’s work are a foreword by Michael Novak, an appendix published for the third edition of The Acting Person, and an afterword that updates the book with a survey of secondary literature on the Pope’s thought published between 1982 and 1996.
Rocco Buttiglione’s insight into the formative stages of the Pope’s mature thought offers a priceless gate of entry into the thinking of John Paul II. . . . A work of considerable ecumenical importance, this book provides the best available introduction to Wojtyla’s thought in any language.
—Michael Novak, journalist, novelist, diplomat
Rocco Buttiglione is professor of politics, social ethics, and economics at the International Academy for Philosophy in Liechtenstein.
This volume traces the history of the idea that the king and later the messiah, is Son of God, from its origins in ancient Near Eastern royal ideology to its Christian appropriation in the New Testament.
Both highly regarded scholars, Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins argue that Jesus was called “the Son of God” precisely because he was believed to be the messianic king. This belief and tradition, they contend, led to the identification of Jesus as pre-existent, personified Wisdom, or a heavenly being in the New Testament canon. However, the titles Jesus is given are historical titles tracing back to Egyptian New Kingdom ideology. Therefore the title “Son of God” is likely solely messianic and not literal. King and Messiah as Son of God, is distinctive in its range, spanning both Testaments and informed by ancient Near Eastern literature and Jewish noncanonical literature.
This volume addresses one of the most important yet difficult questions in all of the Bible—the divinity of Jesus. To understand this issue, two world-class scholars have collaborated to produce an insightful survey of the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Second Temple literature, and the New Testament. The result is a very readable and engaging study.
—Mark S. Smith, professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern studies interests, New York University
John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School, and has served as president of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association. His many books include Beyond the Qumran Community, King and Messiah as Son of God, The Bible after Babel, and The Apocalyptic Imagination.
Adela Yarbro Collins is Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University.
Readers of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion often regard this masterwork of doctrine as a cold, sterile, and merely intellectual project. But Matthew Myer Boulton reads it very differently, arguing that for Calvin, Christian doctrine is properly conceived and articulated primarily for the sake of practical Christian formation—the immersive, restorative training for wholeness and holiness embodied in the church’s disciplinary treasury.
Although Calvin famously opposed the cloister, Boulton shows that his purpose was not the eradication but the democratization of monastic spiritual disciplines. Just as Calvin endorsed the “priesthood of all believers,” so too did he envision that ordinary disciples could live with God daily, consecrate themselves to the art of knowing God, and embrace spiritually formative practices including scriptural and theological study, daily prayer and worship, regular Psalm singing, frequent reception of the Lord’s Supper, renunciation of “the world,” rigorous moral accountability, and the like.
Life in God is a beautiful example of how patient theological and historical reflection can be a catalyst for contemporary renewal. . . . This volume calls us to dispense with the destructive dichotomy of doctrine and practice and to embrace approaches to theology that explicitly strengthen a Christian way of life. Boulton demonstrates how the writings of John Calvin continue to serve as a provocative, inspiring, and clarifying conversation partner for contemporary theologians.
—John D. Witvliet, professor of music and worship, Calvin Theological Seminary
Matthew Myer Boulton is professor of theology and president at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Among his other books is God against Religion: Rethinking Christian Theology through Worship.
Uchimura Kanzo (1861–1930) was an independent, original, and thought-provoking pioneer of Christianity in modern Japan. His theological values were organically linked with his aspiration for living and practicing such evangelical ideas as prophetic existence, neighborly love, social justice, pacifism, patriotism, and internationalism in the sphere of public life. Uchimura’s commitment to the interaction between religious thought and social life is apparent in his well-known epitaph: “I for Japan; Japan for the World; the World for Christ; and All for God.”
In this interdisciplinary, multi-angled approach to Uchimura Kanzo, the contributors shed light on the inner logic, meanings, and modes of interaction between the religious and social thought observable in Kanzo.
In these essays on Uchimura Kanzo, readers will discover fresh perspectives on the United States, love of God and nation, pacifism, missionary movement, Bible, church, and Christian doctrine from one of the most extraordinary Christians of late Meiji and Taisho Japan. Written mainly by scholars working in Japan, this collection represents an outstanding contribution to Uchimura scholarship in English.
—Thomas John Hastings, senior research fellow, Japan International Christian University Foundation
Shibuya Hiroshi is professor emeritus at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. His other books include The Revolutionary Ideas of Puritanism and Uchimura Kanzo in Modern History of Thought.
Chiba Shin is a professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. He has also coedited Building New Pathways to Peace and Christian Ethics in Ecumenical Context.
Long before Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago came Dostoevsky’s Notes from the House of the Dead, a compelling account of the horrific conditions in Siberian labor camps. First published in 1861, this novel, based on Dostoevsky’s own experience as a political prisoner, is a forerunner of his famous novels Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
The characters and situations that Dostoevsky encountered in prison, were so violent and extraordinary, that they changed his psyche profoundly. Through that experience, he later said, he was resurrected into a new spiritual condition—one in which he would create some of the greatest novels ever written.
This volume includes an illuminating introduction by James Scanlan on Dostoevsky’s prison years. The totally new translation by Boris Jakim captures Dostoevsky’s semi-autobiographical narrative—at times coarse, at times intensely emotional, at times philosophical—in rich American English.
As usual, Boris Jakim offers a fluent and accessible translation, giving us a new opportunity to encounter one of Dostoevsky’s most seminal works. So much of the vision and insight of the great novels, have their roots here in his nightmare experience in the Siberian penal camps. Here we have a first-class new rendering of this unique chronicle.
—Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Fyodor Dostoevsky was born to minor Russian nobility in 1821. He entered the military academy at age 17. While an engineer in the army, he translated works from French and wrote his first fiction for money on the side. He became a member of the utopian socialist Petrashevsky circle. He was arrested for reading banned political literature and sentenced to death by firing squad in 1849. The execution was stayed at the last moment when a letter arrived from the Tsar pardoning him. Instead, Dostoevsky was exiled to Siberia and four years hard of labor, shackled hand and foot. During his sentence, the only thing he could read was the New Testament. Upon his release, his gambling addiction frequently left him in poverty, and he began a financially tumultuous marriage to his secretary. He died in 1881 after suffering a pulmonary hemorrhage. Together with Tolstoy, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential novelist of Russian literature’s golden age.
Boris Jakim is the foremost translator of Russian religious thought into English. His published translations include works by S. L. Frank, Pavel Florensky, Vladimir Solovyov, and Sergius Bulgakov.
Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy is the first sweeping overview of the vast international media, business, humanitarian, educational, political, legal, and religious empire created by one of the consummate—and most controversial—American visionaries of the twentieth century.
Based on thousands of documents from the files of the Christian Broadcasting Network and the private correspondence of Robertson himself, this meticulously researched book will become the definitive account of Pat Robertson’s life and legacy. Author David Edwin Harrell Jr. has conducted more than 100 hours of interviews with 75 people in seven countries—including extensive interviews with the Robertson family. He brings these numerous resources—covering everything from Robertson’s unique position of influence to his son’s drug addiction to the truth behind the caricature often painted of him—together in one captivating biography.
I am impressed with the breadth of Harrell’s treatment of Robertson’s life and impact. I commend this significant resource to readers and leaders from all streams of the church. . . . An important contribution.
—Kevin Mannoia, editor, The Holiness Manifesto
David Edwin Harrell Jr. is Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Auburn University. One of our leading scholars of American religious history, he is also the author of The Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century and coauthor of Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People.
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) has been called the father of the symphony and the string quartet. A friend of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, “Papa” Haydn composed an amazing variety of music—symphonies, string quartets, concerti, masses, operas, oratorios, keyboard works—and his prolific output celebrates both the heights and depths of life.
In this fascinating book Calvin Stapert combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to recount Haydn’s steady rise from humble origins to true musical greatness. Unlike other biographers, Stapert argues that Haydn’s work was a product of his devout Catholic faith, even though he worked mainly as a court musician and the bulk of his output was in popular genres. In addition to telling Haydn’s life story, Stapert includes accessible listening guides to The Creation and portions of other well-known works to help Haydn listeners more fully appreciate the brilliance behind his music.
Calvin R. Stapert is professor emeritus of music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His previous books include My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach; Handel’s Messiah: Comfort for God’s People; and A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church.
Much current commentary on climate change, both secular and theological, focuses on the duties of individual citizens to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels. In A Political Theology of Climate Change, however, Michael Northcott discusses nations as key agents in the climate crisis.
Against the anti-national trend of contemporary political theology, Northcott renarrates the origins of the nations in the divine ordering of history. In dialogue with Giambattista Vico, Carl Schmitt, Alasdair MacIntyre, and other writers, he argues that nations have legal and moral responsibilities to rule over limited terrains and to guard a just and fair distribution of the fruits of the earth within the ecological limits of those terrains.
As part of his study, Northcott brilliantly reveals how the prevalent nature-culture divide in Western culture, including its notion of nature as “private property,” has contributed to the global ecological crisis. While addressing real difficulties and global controversies surrounding climate change, Northcott presents substantial and persuasive fare in A Political Theology of Climate Change.
This book offers us a new level of seriousness in developing a theological ecology. . . . Michael Northcott has the unusual intelligence to be able to see the link between ‘soft’ green issues on the one hand and ‘hard’ issues of international relations theory on the other. . . . If we are not once more to resort to an oppressive mode of imperialism which is only likely to speed up global warming, then we have to discover a more cultural and consensual mode of international collaboration, within a horizon of virtue. Since any such collaboration must take a substantive form, the role of the church here remains crucial.
—John Milbank, professor in religion, politics and ethics, University of Nottingham
Michael S. Northcott is professor of ethics at the University of Edinburgh. His previous books include The Environment and Christian Ethics and A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming.
Tradition has painted a portrait of a Savior who stands aloof from governmental concerns and who calls his disciples to an apolitical life. But such a picture of Jesus is far from accurate, according to John Howard Yoder. This watershed work in New Testament ethics leads us to a Savior who was deeply concerned with the agenda of politics and the related issues of power, status, and right relations. By canvassing Luke’s Gospel, Yoder argues convincingly that the true impact of Jesus’ life and ministry on his disciples’ social behavior points to a specific kind of Christian pacifism in which “the cross of Christ is the model of Christian social efficacy.”
This second edition of The Politics of Jesus interacts with more recent publications that touch on Yoder’s timely topic. Following most of the chapters are “epilogues” summarizing research conducted since the book first came out in 1972—research that continues to support the outstanding insights set forth in Yoder’s original work.
I am convinced that when Christians look back on this century of theology in America, The Politics of Jesus will be seen as a new beginning.
—Stanley Hauwerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School
John Howard Yoder (1927–1997) was a Mennonite theologian most widely known for his work in Christian social ethics. His other books include The Royal Priesthood and Preface to Theology.
What did German preachers opposed to Hitler say in their Sunday sermons? When proclaiming Christ could cost a pastor his life, what words encouraged and challenged him and his congregation?
Preaching in Hitler’s Shadow begins with an extended exploration of preaching inside the Third Reich that enables readers to better understand the danger each pastor confronted every time he went into the pulpit. Dean Stroud pays special attention to the role language played in the battle over the German soul, pointing out the use of Christian rhetoric in opposition to Nazi language.
The second part of the book presents 13 translated full-length sermons by a variety of preachers, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, and others. A running commentary on each text offers cultural and historical insights. Each sermon is also preceded by a short biography of the preacher.
After his thorough and superb presentation of the historical context, Dean Stroud provides captivating examples of biblical preaching and prophetic witness by pastors of the Confessing Church in Nazi Germany. He leaves no doubt about the life–threatening crisis the Nazis presented to Germany and the church. Neither is there any doubt about the response of the prophets here brought to life. One is simply stunned by the courage of prophetic faithfulness and by the sheer power of the Word preached in persistent obedience and at enormous risk. Here are voices that cannot be stilled. . . . Preaching in Hitler's Shadow is simply a towering book. It will inform, provoke, unsettle, move, and inspire.
—Allan Boesak, cleric, politician, and anti-apartheid activist
Dean G. Stroud is professor emeritus of German studies at the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse. As a former Presbyterian pastor, he has long been interested in sermons preached by opposition pastors in Hitler’s Germany.
Though there are currently a number of texts for teaching biblical Greek, most of them are plagued by various deficiencies. Written with these flaws in mind, this new primer by N. Clayton Croy offers an effective, single-volume introduction to biblical Greek that has proven successful in classrooms around the country.
This volume takes a primarily deductive approach to teaching biblical Greek, and assumes that students have no prior knowledge of the language. Divided into 32 separate lessons, each containing a generous number of exercises, the text leads students from the Greek alphabet to a working understanding of the language of the Septuagint and the New Testament.
Special features of A Primer of Biblical Greek:
This new textbook provides a traditional presentation of beginning Greek grammar ideally suited for college and seminary courses . . . The abundance and variety of exercises provide flexibility for use with different class formats and teaching styles and prevent students’ familiarity with the NT from becoming a hindrance . . . A strong contender for instructors unhappy with outdated and idiosyncratic grammars.
—Religious Studies Review
N. Clayton Croy is associate professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
Charles Hodge, James McCosh, B. B. Warfield—these leading professors at Princeton College and Seminary in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are famous for their orthodox Protestant positions on the doctrine of evolution. In this book Bradley Gundlach explores the surprisingly positive embrace of developmental views by the whole community of thinkers at old Princeton, showing how they embraced the development not only of the cosmos and life-forms but also of Scripture and the history of doctrine, even as they defended their historic Christian creed.
Decrying an intellectual world gone “evolution-mad,” the old Princetonians nevertheless welcomed evolution “properly limited and explained.” Rejecting historicism and Darwinism, they affirmed developmentalism and certain non-Darwinian evolutionary theories, finding process over time through the agency of second causes—God’s providential rule in the world—both enlightening and polemically useful. They also took care to identify the pernicious causes and effects of anti-supernatural evolutionisms. By the 1920s their nuanced distinctions, together with their advocacy of both biblical inerrancy and modern science, were overwhelmed by the brewing fundamentalist controversy.
From the first American review of the pre-Darwinian Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation to the Scopes Trial and the forced reorganization of Princeton Seminary in 1929, Process and Providence reliably portrays the preeminent conservative Protestants in America as they defined, contested, and answered—precisely and incisively—the many facets of the evolution question.
Bradley Gundlach has written the best kind of history—deeply researched, beautifully written, carefully thought through. He rehearses how scholars at Princeton Seminary and Princeton University dealt with the evolution question(s).—with balance, learning, nuance, perception, and theological depth—the very qualities that mark this book. One can only hope that this fine historical study will encourage those in our day who continue to wrestle with the evolution question(s).
—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Bradley J. Gundlach is professor of history at Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois. He also serves as book review editor for Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History.
In Prophetess of Health, respected historian of science Ronald Numbers examines one of the most influential, yet least examined, religious leaders in American history—Ellen G. White, the enigmatic visionary who founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Numbers analyzes White’s life (1827–1915), from her teenage visions and testimonies to her extensive advice on health reform, which influenced the direction of the church she founded. This third edition features a new preface and two key documents that shed further light on White.
An excellent, meticulously documented social history, whose author is an expert intellectual detective. . . . When one reads about her success in starting a worldwide system of medical missions and hospitals, and the continuing services performed by the Adventist groups, one is astonished again that it took so long for Ellen G. White to be written about by an able and dispassionate biographer.
Ronald L. Numbers is Hilldale and William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His other works include The Creationists and Science and Christianity in Pulpit and Pew.
The atonement lies at the very center of the Christian faith. The free and sovereign love of God is the source of the accomplishment of redemption, as the Bible’s familiar text (John 3:16) makes clear.
For thoughtful Christians since the time of the Apostle Paul, this text has started, not ended, the discussion of redemption. Yet few recent interpreters have explored in depth the biblical passages dealing with the atonement as penetratingly or precisely as John Murray, who, until his death in 1975, was regarded by many as the foremost conservative theologian in the English speaking world.
In this enduring study of the atonement, Murray systematically explains the two sides of redemption: its accomplishment by Christ and its application to the life of the redeemed. In part one, Murray considers the necessity, nature, perfection, and extent of the atonement. In part two, Murray offers careful expositions of the scriptural teaching about calling, regeneration, faith and repentance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, union with Christ, and glorification.
John Murray (1898–1975) studied at the University of Glasgow following his service in the British Army in the First World War. Following his acceptance as a theological student of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, he pursued further studies at Princeton Theological Seminary under J. Gresham Machen and Geerhardus Vos, but broke with the Free Presbyterian Church in 1930 over that Church’s treatment of the Chesley, Ontario congregation. He taught at Princeton for a year and then lectured in systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary from 1930 to 1966, and was an early trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust. Murray preached at Chesley and Lochalsh from time to time until his retirement from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1968.
Self, World, and Time takes up the question of the form and matter of Christian ethics as an intellectual discipline. What is it about? How does Christian ethics relate to the humanities, especially philosophy, theology, and behavioral studies? How does its shape correspond to the shape of practical reason? In what way does it participate in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Oliver O’Donovan discusses ethics with self, world, and time as foundation poles of moral reasoning; and with faith, love, and hope as the virtues anchoring the moral life. Blending biblical, historico-theological, and contemporary ideas in its comprehensive survey, Self, World, and Time is an exploratory study that adds significantly to O’Donovan’s previous theoretical reflections on Christian ethics.
Writing with a clarity that comes from a lifetime of reflection, Oliver O’Donovan here gives us an account of practical reason that shows why and how ethics is at the beginning, middle, and end of a theological work. I suspect this book is destined to become a classic because few authors are as capable as O’Donovan in combining wisdom and erudition. We are in his debt.
—Stanley Hauerwas, professor of theological ethics, Duke Divinity School of Law
Oliver O’Donovan is a fellow of the British Academy and professor emeritus of Christian ethics and practical theology at the University of Edinburgh. Besides these several books published by Eerdmans, his other works include The Desire of the Nations: Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology and Church in Crisis: The Gay Controversy and the Anglican Communion.
Max L. Stackhouse is one of the most prolific and influential American theologians of the last half century. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to the emerging field of public theology.
This volume compiles some of Stackhouse’s most significant shorter writings. These selections make clear his central role in the development of public theology as a distinct disciplinary perspective in the fields of Christian theology and theological ethics. Shaping Public Theology serves as an introduction to Stackhouse’s extensive corpus; readers will see the depth and breadth of his comprehensive public theology while also gaining insight into his singular importance for the field.
Scott R. Paeth is associate professor of religious studies at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
E. Harold Breitenberg Jr. is associate professor of religious studies at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia.
Hak Joon Lee is professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Jonathan Edwards is one of the most extraordinary figures in American history. Arguably the most brilliant theologian ever born on American soil, Edwards (1703–1758) was also a pastor, a renowned preacher, a missionary to the Native Americans, a biographer, a college president, a philosopher, a loving husband, and the father of eleven children.
George M. Marsden—widely acclaimed for his magisterial large study of Edwards—has now written a new, shorter biography of this many-sided, remarkable man. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards is not an abridgment of Marsden’s earlier award-winning study but is instead a completely new narrative based on his extensive research. The result is a concise, fresh retelling of the Edwards story, rich in scholarship yet compelling and readable for a much wider audience, including students.
Known best for his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards is often viewed as a proponent of fire, brimstone, and the wrath of God. As Marsden shows, however, the focus of Edwards’s preaching was not God’s wrath but rather his overwhelming and all-encompassing love. Marsden also rescues Edwards from the high realms of intellectual history, revealing him more comprehensively through the lens of his everyday life and interactions. Further, Marsden shows how Edwards provides a window on the fascinating and often dangerous world of the American colonies in the decades before the American Revolution.
Marsden here gives us an Edwards who illumines both American history and Christian theology, an Edwards that will appeal to readers with little or no training in either field. This short life will contribute significantly to the widespread and growing interest in Jonathan Edwards.
Lucid and wise, brief but broadly informative, this book introduces present-day Americans to the greatest of early American Christian thinkers and to the colonial society in which he lived.
—Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University
George M. Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame, is currently a scholar-in-residence at Calvin College. Among his many other books is the full-length biography Jonathan Edwards: A Life, which received nine awards, including the Bancroft Prize in history and the Grawemeyer Award in religion.
As Margaret Bendroth argues in The Spiritual Practice of Remembering, modern disengagement from the past puts us fundamentally out of step with the long witness of the Christian tradition. The past tense is essential to our language of faith, and without this essential element, the conversation becomes limited and thin.
In this insightful volume, Bendroth presents a fresh argument for the importance of honoring the past. The Christian tradition gives us the powerful image of a vast communion of saints, all of God’s people, both living and dead, in vibrant conversation with each other. However, this kind of connection with ancestors in the faith, Bendroth maintains, will only be created by the intentional effort to remember. She argues that remembering must become a regular spiritual practice, part of the rhythm of our daily lives as we recognize our world to be, in many ways, a gift from others who have gone before.
Margaret Bendroth shows once again that she is an artist who happens to work with words rather than paint or clay; she is also a Christian and a historian. Bendroth makes a powerful case that the past is never totally past but remains a rich resource for the practice of our faith. The point is less the mastery of this or that ‘dry’ detail than to see that our spiritual parents often faced questions similar to ours yet gave answers different from ours—answers more practical, more creative, and more faithful. It pays to pay attention. The book is at once learned, thought-filled, and wonderfully engaging.
—Grant Wacker, professor of Christian history, Duke Divinity School
Margaret Bendroth is executive director of the American Congregational Association and director of the Congregational Library in Boston. Her other books include Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism and Fundamentalism and Gender.
The all-too-frequent disregard of historical and social contexts by many wisdom scholars often leads to the distortion of this literature and transforms its teachings into abstract ideas lacking any incarnation in the social and historical world of human living. In The Sword and the Stylus, Leo Perdue argues from a sociohistorical approach that the proper understanding of ancient wisdom literature requires one to move out of the realm of philosophical idealism into the flesh and blood of human history.
Arguing that wisdom was international in practice and outlook, Perdue traces the interaction between both ruling and subject nations and their sages who produced their respective cultures and their foundational worldviews. While not always easy to reconstruct, he acknowledges, the historical and social settings of texts provide necessary contexts for interpretation and engagement by later readers and hearers. Wisdom texts did not transcend their life settings to espouse values regardless of time and circumstance. Rather, they are located in a variety of historical events in an evolving nation, reflecting a vast array of different and changing moral systems, epistemologies, and religious understandings.
Perdue has crafted a masterful introduction to wisdom literature, designed especially for use on the seminary and graduate level.
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Leo G. Perdue is professor of Old Testament at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. His several previous works include Wisdom Literature: A Theological History, Blackwell’s Companion to the Old Testament, and Sages, Scribes, and Seers.
This acclaimed biography explores the religious life of Thomas Jefferson, and the contribution his strident commitment to religious liberty made to the formation of the nation. Renowned historian, Edwin Gaustad, chronicles Jefferson’s intellectual growth. He pays particular attention both to Jefferson’s private struggle to come to grips with his own faith, and to his public role as champion of religious liberty. This volume is a must read for anyone interested in the religious life of one of America’s most significant figures.
A thorough treatment of Jefferson’s thinking on religious freedom as well as his private testaments of faith.
—American Historical Review
Edwin S. Gaustad was professor emeritus of history and religious studies at the University of California, Riverside. He also taught at Shorter College, the University of Redlands, Baylor University, and Auburn University. He received a BA from Baylor University and an MA and a PhD from Brown University. He is the author of, among other works, Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America, Historical Atlas of Religion in America, The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today (with Leigh Schmidt), and Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: A History of Church and State in America.
In Theological Diversity and the Authority of the Old Testament, John Goldingay examines how the diverse viewpoints reflected in the Old Testament may be acknowledged, interrelated, and allowed to function theologically. In doing so, he analyzes as well as synthesizes, treating both the biblical text and scholarly interpretations.
Following an introductory overview of the theological diversity in the Old Testament and the questions raised by this diversity, Goldingay examines three approaches: the contextual or historical approach, the evaluative or critical approach, and the unifying or constructive approach. In each case he devotes one chapter to explaining the particular approach, and immediately follows with a chapter applying that approach to a particular Old Testament theme.
A thoroughly researched and original work, this book will appeal to students and scholars interested in ways of moving from acknowledgment of diversity in the Old Testament to a creative but disciplined recognition that those diverse viewpoints belong to one canon.
A book that is bold, daring, and compelling in its argument . . . a serious and formidable theological statement that is neither insensitive to critical problems nor immobilized by them. . . . Goldingay not only talks about biblical theology, but does it—and with power!
—Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. An internationally respected Old Testament scholar, Goldingay is the author of many commentaries and books, including Models for Scripture, Models for Interpretation of Scripture, Walk On, and commentaries on Psalms, Isaiah, and Daniel in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament series.
Over the past two decades, studies on Karl Barth have become increasingly technical. The ironic result is that although Barth wrote chiefly for preachers, scholars have become the primary gatekeepers to his rich theological thought.
The collection of essays in Thy Word Is Truth introduces Karl Barth with both clarity and depth, providing pastors and other serious readers with a valuable overview of Barth’s views on Scripture. George Hunsinger, a recognized expert on Barth, and eight other scholars cover such topics as Barth’s belief that Scripture is both reliable and inspired, his typological exegesis, his ideas about time and eternity, and more. Reading this book will whet the reader’s appetite to engage further with Barth himself.
In this exciting volume George Hunsinger (our finest contemporary interpreter of our greatest contemporary theologian, Karl Barth) gathers a distinguished group of scholars to assess and interpret Barth as a reader of Scripture. Each of these essays, in different ways, offers fresh insights into the theology of Karl Barth and into Scripture as a living witness to the truth who is Jesus Christ.
—William H. Willimon, bishop, North Alabama Conference, United Methodist Church
George Hunsinger is Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and recipient of the 2010 Karl Barth Award from the Union of Evangelical Churches in Germany. He is the author of The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast and Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and People of Conscience Speak Out.
Spanning early Christian writings from the Gospel of Mark to the Acts of John, this book by Vernon Robbins explores the various ways early Christians explained their understanding of the special nature of Jesus beyond the canonical Gospels.
Who Do People Say I Am? shows how second-and third-century Christian authors of additional Gospels and Gospel-like writings expanded and elaborated on Jesus’ divinity in the context of his earthly existence. According to Robbins, these Christian authors thought that the New Testament Gospel writers could and should have emphasized the divinity of Jesus more than they did.
Throughout the book Robbins asks and answers questions such as these:
Jesus seen through many eyes, heard through many voices. That is what this terrific book by Vernon Robbins is all about. Robbins sets the more commonly known representations of Jesus in the Bible alongside lesser-well-known portraits of him found in texts like the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, and the Acts of John. . . . Robbins’s careful attention to historical detail and his accessible style make this the best book available on the subject of Jesus and the Gospels.
—April DeConick, Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in Religion, Rice University
Vernon K. Robbins is professor of New Testament and comparative sacred texts at Emory University in Atlanta, where he has taught for twenty-nine years. Among his other books are Jesus the Teacher: A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of Mark, The Invention of Christian Discourse, and Sea Voyages and Beyond: Emerging Strategies in Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation.
This detailed history of the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City, begins with its organization in 1809 and continues through its relocations, its famous senior pastors, and its many crises and triumphs, up to the present. Considered the largest Protestant congregation in the United States during the pre-megachurch 1930s, this church plays a very important part in the history of New York City.
This much-needed history of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem is a ‘must-read’ for generations of Americans who want to know the complex and complicated story of the black religious tradition, the black church tradition, and the intersectionality of race, religion, and politics amidst the ever-changing and evolving landscape of life for Africans in New York City—from the days following the Civil War up through the Great Migration and on into the twenty-first century. . . . A debt of gratitude is owed to Genna Rae McNeil, Houston Bryan Roberson, Quinton Hosford Dixie, and Kevin McGruder! These dedicated historians have captured an important segment of black church history and written about it with passion and with care.
—Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
Genna Rae McNeil is a professor at the University of North Carolina and specializes in African-American history and twentieth-century social movements in the United States. She is the author of Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights.
Houston Bryan Roberson is the author of Fighting the Good Fight: The Story of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 1865–1977.
Quinton Hosford Dixie is the coauthor of Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurman’s Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence and coeditor of Courage to Hope: From Black Suffering to Human Redemption.
Kevin McGruder is a professor of African and African-American studies at Lehman College in New York City.
According to Eugene Peterson, American pastors are abandoning their posts at an alarming rate. They are not leaving their churches and getting other jobs. Instead, they have become “a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches.” Pastors and the communities they serve have become preoccupied with image and standing, with administration, measurable success, sociological impact, and economic viability.
In Working the Angles, Peterson calls the attention of his fellow pastors to three basic acts—which he sees as the three angles of a triangle—that are so critical to the pastoral ministry that they determine the shape of everything else. The acts—prayer, reading Scripture, and giving spiritual direction—are acts of attention to God in three different contexts: oneself, the community of faith, and another person. Only by being attentive to these three critical acts, says Peterson, can pastors fulfill their prime responsibility of keeping the religious community attentive to God.
A provocative book. Peterson offers a stimulating challenge to much current pastoral practice. . . . His writing has the unmistakable ring of truth.
Eugene H. Peterson was a longtime pastor and is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His many other acclaimed books include Tell It Slant, The Jesus Way, Eat This Book, and the contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message.
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