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Paul among the Postliberals: Pauline Theology Beyond Christendom and Modernity
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Paul among the Postliberals: Pauline Theology Beyond Christendom and Modernity


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Douglas Harink’s Paul Among the Postliberals sheds new light on Paul’s letters and thought by creating links between contemporary scholarship and the writings of theologians such as Stanley Hauerwas and John Howard Yoder. Harink argues that Paul’s central doctrine of justification by faith has been widely misunderstood; he emphasizes instead that the goal of the gospel is to free Christians for faithful action.

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Key Features

  • Evaluates interpretations of Paul in the postliberal era
  • Critiques the biblical exegesis of John Howard Yoder and Stanley Hauerwas
  • Balances the tension between Reformation and Modern interpretations of Paul


  • Introduction: Paul among the Postliberals
  • Justification: Beyond Protestantism
  • Apocalypse: Galatians and Hauerwas
  • Politics: Yoder’s Pauline Theology
  • Israel: “Who Will Bring any Charge against God’s Elect?”
  • Culture: Religion and Pluralism in Pauline Perspective
  • Conclusion: Preaching Paul beyond Christendom and Modernity

Praise for the Print Edition

This book is changing my mind on more themes than any publication since Hans Frei's The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative.

—George Lindbeck, author, The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age

Harink brings several postliberal theologians—mainly Yoder and Hauerwas—into genuine conversation with the church’s original apocalyptic theologian, the Apostle Paul. The attentive reader will come away, then, with an energized hope for the whole of humanity, a hope focused on the corporate, political nature of God's apocalyptic invasion in Christ.

J. Louis Martyn, author, History and Theology in the Fourth Gospely

Doug Harink has knocked a hole in the artificial wall separating the theological disciplines and has established a working coalition between the various ‘new perspectives’ that seek to supplant older reformational models of interpreting Paul, and the work of various theologians who seek to subvert the established theological strategy of accommodating the gospel to the canons and criteria of modernity.

Terence L. Donaldson, professor, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

One of the most creative and exciting books that I have read in years.

Jonathan R. Wilson, professor, Westmont College

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About Douglas Harink

Douglas Harink is a professor of theology at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry and the author of Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: 1 and 2 Peter, Paul, Philosophy and the Theopolitical Vision, and coauthor of Apocalyptic and the Future of Theology.

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