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Select Works of Douglas John Hall (7 vols.)
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Gathering Interest

Overview

Douglas John Hall has been teaching and writing on Christian theology and contemporary culture for more than five decades. His poignant works address the most important issues facing the church today, and demonstrates a profound grasp of Christian history and the trajectory of Western culture.

Works like Imaging God and The Steward dig into the Christian doctrine of stewardship and its significance for contemporary environmental issues. Hall also addresses centuries’ old wounds and endemic cultural problems of a world that is turning away from religion in What Christianity Is Not, Waiting for Gospel, and The End of Christendom and the Future of Christianity.

In the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Explore more of Hall’s writings on Christianity and North American culture with Douglas John Hall: Collected Readings.

Key Features

  • Gathers seven works from theologian Douglas John Hall
  • Examines the significance of Christian stewardship to environmental issues
  • Addresses growing cultural problems the church faces in a postmodern world

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The End of Christendom and the Future of Christianity

  • Author: Douglas John Hall
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 80

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Christianity can have a significant future—one that will be faithful to the original vision of the movement and of immense service to our beleaguered world. But to have that future, Western Christians must give up the future that 16 centuries of state-sponsored Christianity has conditioned them to covet.

Douglas John Hall traces the decline of Western Christendom, examining ecclesiastical responses to its fall. He proposes that the churches should use their disestablishment for good, and describes how Christians might serve dominant societies, classes, and institutions in a post-Christian era.

Imaging God: Dominion as Stewardship

  • Author: Douglas John Hall
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 256

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The deterioration of our natural environment is one of the major issues of our time. Many analysts say that the Christian concept of humanity’s “dominion” over creation is a primary cause of this crisis.

Douglas John Hall does not attempt to exonerate historical Christianity from that charge—the church must own part in this predicament. But, Hall argues, confession alone is not enough. The crisis forces us to rethink our whole understanding of the relationship between humanity and nature. This new understanding must be based on the image of God in humanity—the imago dei.

Hall carefully examines the biblical, historical, and theological meanings of this term, which became Christianity’s symbolic way of designating the essence of human beings. He argues that the image of God is not an endowment; rather, it is a quality that pertains to our relationship with God. We should think of imago as a verb, not a noun, he says. The human vocation within the created order is “to image” the creator.

The Messenger: Friendship, Faith, and Finding One’s Way

  • Author: Douglas John Hall
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 192

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When he was 20 years old, Douglas John Hall hoped to study music professionally. He met a young minister whose “different” Christianity both surprised and intrigued him. In the end, this friendship altered the course of his life. This book traces the story of their 50-year friendship and its impact upon their lives. In the process of telling his story, Hall reveals the importance of mentors in the lives of the young.

Doug Hall weighs in again with his characteristic gracefulness and his mature, uncommon wisdom.

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters professor of Old Testament emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary

The Steward: A Biblical Symbol Come of Age

  • Author: Douglas John Hall
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 272

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Many Christians are confused or ambivalent about their role as stewards. Douglas John Hall recaptures the most basic meaning of the biblical metaphor of the steward and applies that meaning to our social context. Working from numerous angles, Hall explores the rich meaning and implications of stewardship. He compares scriptural teaching on stewardship—concentrated in Jesus’ parables—with the role of stewardship in the church’s history, maintaining that ever since the fourth century, the church's understanding and practice of stewardship has been distorted by its alliance with institutional power.

Waiting for Gospel: An Appeal to the Dispirited Remnants of Protestant “Establishment”

  • Author: Douglas John Hall
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 226

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Douglas John Hall argues that Christianity first gained a foothold in the world because it proclaimed a message that awakened men and women to possibilities they had never entertained. According to Hall, Christianity’s existence is dependent on this new zest for life that is awakened in people who are transformed by a gospel that speaks to the specifics of each persons time and place. Religion is in decline in the West, but Hall challenges Christians to stop devising ever more impressive promotional schemes, and to hear and proclaim the gospel instead.

As people continue to discuss the place of the church in North America leaning on sociology and cultural studies, Doug Hall reminds us that in the end it will be only theology, a lived theology of existential depth, that will help.

Andrew Root, Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

What Christianity Is Not: An Exercise in “Negative” Theology

  • Author: Douglas John Hall
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 194

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What really is Christianity? If all the religious packaging in which it is wrapped were removed, what would remain? These were Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s questions, and Douglas John Hall argues that they must be ours today. In many quarters, Christianity is so narrowly identified with a few radical parts, cultural associations, and past ambitions that many see it as a threat to the planetary future.

Hall maintains that, though we may no longer speak clearly of the essence of Christianity, perhaps we may still have a sufficiently shared sense of the core of the faith to be able to say what Christianity is not.

In his critique of idolatrous misconstruals of the faith, Hall is himself a forceful antidote to the dysfunction of our society and to the dismay of the church.

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters professor of Old Testament emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary

As one of this generation's most profound theological thinkers, Douglas John Hall reveals his magisterial grasp of the depth and complexity of the Christian tradition.

Patricia G. Kirkpatrick, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, McGill University

When You Pray: Thinking Your Way into God’s World

  • Author: Douglas John Hall
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 158

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When life becomes complicated with problems too painful to face, Christians often turn to God as a way of turning off the world. For Douglas John Hall, prayer is more than a shield from trouble or a source of comfort. He calls Christians to experience exciting prayer possibilities that lift us out of our self-concern into a vital, worldly stewardship in harmony with the purpose of the gospel.

This thoughtful study asks two significant questions: what is prayer, and what should we be doing when we pray? Hall explores the nature of prayer, and the relationship between prayer, thought, and action. He observes that “Love for God and love for the world are not alternatives; they are part of the same seamless robe.” Through prayer “God separates us from the world in order to send us back into the world with renewed spirits.”

About Douglas John Hall

Douglas John Hall is emeritus professor of theology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Among the most widely read theologians in North America, Hall has written many popular and acclaimed works, including Lighten Our Darkness, God and Human Suffering, and Why Christian? He has also written a full-scale trilogy in systematic theology: Thinking the Faith, Professing the Faith, and Confessing the Faith.