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Destroyer of the gods
Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World
Larry W. Hurtado
“Silly,” “stupid,” “irrational,” “simple.” “Wicked,” “hateful,” “obstinate,”
“anti-social.” “Extravagant,” “perverse.” The Roman world rendered harsh
judgments upon early Christianity—including branding Christianity “new.”
Novelty was no Roman religious virtue.
Nevertheless, as Larry W. Hurtado shows in Destroyer of the gods,
Christianity thrived despite its new and distinctive features and opposition to
them. Unlike nearly all other religious groups, Christianity utterly rejected the
traditional gods of the Roman world. Christianity also offered a new and
different kind of religious identity, one not based on ethnicity. Christianity was
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distinctively a “bookish” religion, with the production, copying, distribution,
and reading of texts as central to its faith, even preferring a distinctive
book-form, the codex. Christianity insisted that its adherents behave
differently: unlike the simple ritual observances characteristic of the pagan
religious environment, embracing Christian faith meant a behavioral
transformation, with particular and novel ethical demands for men.
Unquestionably, to the Roman world, Christianity was both new and different,
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and, to a good many, it threatened social and religious conventions of the day.
In the rejection of the gods and in the centrality of texts, early Christianity
obviously reflected commitments inherited from its Jewish origins. But these
particular features were no longer identified with Jewish ethnicity and early
Christianity quickly became aggressively trans-ethnic—a novel kind of religious
movement. Its ethical teaching, too, bore some resemblance to the philosophers
of the day, yet in contrast with these great teachers and their small circles of
dedicated students, early Christianity laid its hard demands upon all adherents
from the moment of conversion, producing a novel social project.
Christianity’s novelty was no badge of honor. Called atheists and suspected
of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal
amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the
very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable
in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go
unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.
larry w. hurtado is Emeritus
Professor of New Testament
Language, Literature & Theology
in the School of Divinity at the
University of Edinburgh and
a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Edinburgh. Born in Kansas
City (Missouri), he now lives in
1. Early Christians and Christianity
in the Eyes of Non-Christians
2. A New Kind of Faith
3. A Different Identity
4. A “Bookish” Religion
5. A New Way to Live
How Christianity destroyed one
world—and created another
“Hurtado sets out to awaken us from our
‘cultural amnesia,’ to remind us that the origin of
Christianity and its remarkable success has more
to do with its ability to distinguish itself from other
religions in antiquity than to be one with them.
Hurtado challenges readers to reconsider what have
become common assumptions of religion today—that
there is a single God and that religious affiliation is
a voluntary choice. Without the distinctive rise of
Christianity, none of these would be so.”
—april d. deconick,
Rice University
“A fascinating survey”
—jörg frey,
University of Zürich
“Comprehensive and
quietly authoritative”
—paula fredriksen,
The Hebrew University
“An exciting read across
a wide range of interests
in early Christianity”
—jan n. bremmer,
University of Groningen
“Lucid and wide-ranging”
—paul trebilco,
University of Otago
“Clear and enlightening”
—robin cormack,
Courtauld Institute of Art
Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels
Richard B. Hays
The claim that the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection took
place “according to the Scriptures” stands at the heart of the New
Testament’s message. All four canonical Gospels declare that the Torah
and the Prophets and the Psalms mysteriously prefigure Jesus. Yet
modern historical criticism characteristically judges that the New
Testament’s christological readings of Israel’s Scripture misrepresent
the original sense of the texts; this judgment forces fundamental
questions to be asked: Why do the Gospel writers read the Scriptures
in such surprising ways? Are their readings intelligible as coherent or
persuasive interpretations of the Scriptures? Does Christian faith
require the illegitimate theft of someone else’s sacred texts?
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Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels answers these questions. Richard B.
Hays chronicles the dramatically different ways the four Gospel writers
interpreted Israel’s Scripture and reveals that their readings were as
complementary as they were faithful. In this long-awaited sequel to his
Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, Hays highlights the theological
consequences of the Gospel writers’ distinctive hermeneutical
approaches and asks what it might mean for contemporary readers to
attempt to read Scripture through the eyes of the Evangelists. In
particular, Hays carefully describes the Evangelists’ practice of figural
reading—an imaginative and retrospective move that creates narrative
continuity and wholeness. He demonstrates how each Gospel artfully
uses scriptural echoes to re-narrate Israel’s story, to assert that Jesus is
the embodiment of Israel’s God, and to prod the church in its vocation to
engage the pagan world.
Hays shows how the Evangelists summon readers to a conversion of
their imagination. The Evangelists’ use of scriptural echo beckons
readers to believe the extraordinary: that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah,
that Jesus is Israel’s God, and that contemporary believers are still on
mission. The Evangelists, according to Hays, are training our scriptural
senses, calling readers to be better scriptural people by being better
scriptural poets.
richard b. hays, George
Washington Ivey Professor of New
Testament at Duke Divinity School,
is internationally recognized for his
work on the letters of Paul and on
New Testament ethics. His
scholarship has bridged the
disciplines of biblical criticism and
literary studies, exploring the
innovative ways in which early
Christian writers interpreted Israel’s
Scripture. His works include Echoes
of Scripture in the Letters of Paul
(Yale University Press, 1989), The
Conversion of the Imagination: Paul
as Interpreter of Israel’s Scripture
(Eerdmans, 2005), and Reading
Backwards: Figural Christology and
the Fourfold Gospel Witness
(Baylor University Press, 2014).
1. The Gospel of Mark
2. The Gospel of Matthew
3. The Gospel of Luke
4. The Gospel of John
Strangers to Family
Diaspora and 1 Peter’s Invention of God’s Household
Shively T. J. Smith
In Strangers to Family Shively Smith reads the Letter of 1 Peter through a new
model of diaspora. Smith illuminates this peculiarly Petrine understanding of
diaspora by situating it among three other select perspectives from extant
Hellenist Jewish writings: the Daniel court tales, the Letter of Aristeas, and
Philo’s works.
While 1 Peter tends to be taken as representative of how diaspora was
understood in Hellenistic Jewish and early Christian circles, Smith
shively t. j. smith is Assistant Professor of
New Testament at Wesley Theological
Seminary in Washington, D.C.
1. Chosen Kinship
2. The Cultic Life
3. Provinces and Households
4. Diaspora Life in Babylon
5. Diaspora in Egypt
6. Diaspora in Alexandria
demonstrates that 1 Peter actually reverses the most fundamental meaning
of diaspora as conceived by its literary peers. Instead of connoting the
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scattering of a people with a common territorial origin, for 1 Peter, diaspora
constitutes an “already-scattered-people” who share a common, communal,
celestial destination.
Smith’s discovery of a distinctive instantiation of diaspora in 1 Peter capitalizes
on her careful comparative historical, literary, and theological analysis of
diaspora constructions found in Hellenistic Jewish writings. Her reading of
1 Peter thus challenges the use of the exile and wandering as master concepts
to read 1 Peter, reconsiders the conceptual significance of diaspora in 1 Peter
“A careful and complex analysis of
‘diaspora thinking.’”
—Gerald O. West,
Senior Professor in Biblical Studies,
University of KwaZulu-Natal
and in the entire New Testament canon, and liberates 1 Peter from being
interpreted solely through the rubrics of either the stranger-homelessness or
household codes. First Peter does not recycle standard diasporic identity, but
is, as Strangers to Family demonstrates, an epistle that represents the earliest
Christian construction of diaspora as a way of life.
“In this stimulating study, Shively Smith examines the constructions of diaspora in 1 Peter as
well as its presentation and negotiation in Daniel, the Letter of Aristeas, and Philo. The result
is a rich, multi-dimensional exploration of a versatile and elastic category of importance not
only for reading these ancient texts but also for contemporary diaspora peoples.”
—Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School,
Texas Christian University
“Strangers to Family is necessary reading for
everyone interested in the social history of early
Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism, as well as
for everyone interested in the theological
interpretation of exile and diaspora in the New
—Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey
Professor of New Testament, Duke
Divinity School
is William
Marcellus McPheeters Professor of
Old Testament Emeritus at
Columbia Theological Seminary.
God, Neighbor, Empire
1. The Nature and Mission of God
2. Justice
3. Grace
4. Law
Justice, mercy, and the public good all find meaning in relationship—a
walter brueggemann
The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good
Walter Brueggemann
relationship dependent upon fidelity, but endlessly open to the
betrayals of infidelity. This paradox defines the story of God and Israel in
the Old Testament. Yet the arc of this story reaches ever forward, and
its trajectory confers meaning upon human relationships and
communities in the present. The Old Testament still speaks.
Israel, in the Old Testament, bears witness to a God who initiates and
then sustains covenantal relationships. God, in mercy, does so by
making promises for a just well-being and prescribing stipulations for
the covenant partner’s obedience. The nature of the relationship itself
decisively depends upon the conduct, practice, and policy of the
covenant partner, yet is radically rooted in the character and agency
of God—the One who makes promises, initiates covenant, and
sustains relationship.
This reflexive, asymmetrical relationship, kept alive in the texts and
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tradition, now fires contemporary imagination. Justice becomes
shaped by the practice of neighborliness, mercy reaches beyond a
pervasive quid pro quo calculus, and law becomes a dynamic norming
of the community. The well-being of the neighborhood, inspired by the
biblical texts, makes possible—and even insists upon—an alternative
to the ideology of individualism that governs our society’s practice and
policy. This kind of community life returns us to the arc of God’s
gifts—mercy, justice, and law. The covenant of God in the witness of
biblical faith speaks now and demands that its interpreting community
resist individualism, overcome commoditization, and thwart the rule of
empire through a life of radical neighbor love.
“Always provocative and insightful,
Walter Brueggemann brilliantly helps us
see how the ancient text has stunning
implications for how we think and live
today. His deep love of God, Scripture,
and humanity reverberates throughout
this incisive exploration of God’s
excessive faithfulness.”
—Tremper Longman III, Robert H.
Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies,
Westmont College
“God, Neighbor, Empire sets its compass to truths from ancient Israel, but it is a map
for finding our way in a contemporary world where ‘liberty and justice for all’ is often
hard to find.”
—Samuel E. Balentine, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of
Old Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Becoming Friends of Time
Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship
john swinton is Professor in Practical
Theology and Pastoral Care at the University
of Aberdeen in Scotland.
John Swinton
Time is central to all that humans do. Time structures days, provides goals,
shapes dreams—and limits lives. Time appears to be tangible, real, and
progressive, but, in the end, time proves illusory. Though mercurial, time can
be deadly for those with disabilities. To participate fully in human society has
come to mean yielding to the criterion of the clock. The absence of thinking
rapidly, living punctually, and biographical narration leaves persons with
disabilities vulnerable. A worldview driven by the demands the clock makes on
the lives of those with dementia or profound neurological and intellectual
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disabilities seems pointless.
And yet, Jesus comes to the world to transform time. Jesus calls us to slow
down, take time, and learn to recognize the strangeness of living within God’s
time. He calls us to be gentle, patient, kind; to walk slowly and timefully with
those whom society desires to leave behind. In Becoming Friends of Time,
John Swinton crafts a theology of time that draws us toward a perspective
wherein time is a gift and a calling. Time is neither a commodity nor is time to
“How Swinton brings together God,
time, and disability transforms the
understanding not only of disability,
but also of church, society, and
ordinary life. This is a profound and
moving book, both pastoral and
prophetic. It takes further the insights
of Jean Vanier, and above all invites us
into the truth that ‘time is for God,
God is love, time is for love.’”
—David F. Ford, Emeritus Regius
Professor of Divinity, Selwyn
College, University of Cambridge
be mastered. Time is a gift of God to humans, but is also a gift given back to
God by humans.
Swinton wrestles with critical questions that emerge from theological
reflection on time and disability: rethinking doctrine for those who can never
grasp Jesus with their intellects; reimagining discipleship and vocation for
those who have forgotten who Jesus is; reconsidering salvation for those who,
due to neurological damage, can be one person at one time and then be
someone else in an instant. In the end, Swinton invites the reader to spend
time with the experiences of people with profound neurological disability,
people who can change our perceptions of time, enable us to grasp the fruitful
rhythms of God’s time, and help us learn to live in ways that are unimaginable
within the boundaries of the time of the clock.
1. Thinking about Time
2. Time and Progress
3. Time and Christ
4. Becoming Friends of Time
5. Time and Discipleship
6. Time and Vocation
7. Time and Memory
8. Time and the Heart
9. The Horror of Time
10. The Time Before and the Time After
11. Time and Ritual
is Professor of
Historical Theology at Wycliffe
College at the University of
Toronto. His books include A Brutal
Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the
Christian Church (Baylor University
Press, 2012), The End of the
Church: A Pneumatology of
Christian Division in the West
(Eerdmans, 1998), and Hope among
the Fragments: The Broken Church
and Its Engagement of Scripture
(Brazos Press, 2004). He lives in
Toronto, Ontario.
ephraim radner
1. Clocks, Skins, and Mortality
2. How Life Is Measured
3. Death and Filiation
4. The Arc of Life
5. The Vocation of Singleness
6. Working and Eating
A Time to Keep
Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life
Ephraim Radner
The miracle of birth and the mystery of death mark human life. Mortality,
like a dark specter, looms over all that lies in between. Human character,
behavior, aims, and community are all inescapably shaped by this
certainty of human ends. Mortality, like an unwanted guest, intrudes,
becoming a burden and a constant struggle. Mortality, like a thief who
steals, even threatens the ability to live life rightly. Life is short. Death is
certain. Mortality, at all costs, should be resisted or transcended.
In A Time to Keep Ephraim Radner revalues mortality, reclaiming it as
God’s own. Mortality should not be resisted but received. Radner
reveals mortality’s true nature as a gift, God’s gift, and thus reveals that
the many limitations that mortality imposes should be celebrated.
Radner demonstrates how faithfulness—and not resignation, escape,
denial, redefinition, or excess—is the proper response to the gift of
humanity’s temporal limitation. To live rightly is to recognize and then
willingly accept life’s limitations.
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In chapters on sex and sexuality, singleness and family, education and
vocation, and a panoply of end of life issues, A Time to Keep plumbs the
depths of the secular imagination, uncovering the constant struggle
with human finitude in its myriad forms. Radner shows that by wrongly
positioning creaturely mortality, these parts of human experience
have received an inadequate reckoning. A Time to Keep retrieves the
most basic confession of the Christian faith, that life is God’s, which
Radner offers as grace, as the basis for a Christian understanding of
human existence bound by its origin and telos. The possibility and
purpose of what comes between birth and death is ordered by the
pattern of Scripture, but is performed faithfully only in obedience to
“Ephraim Radner is one of the most
profound and creative theologians of our
day. In A Time to Keep he examines
some fundamental questions that lie at
the root of how we understand ourselves
as human beings. Every careful reader
will come away from this book with
significant new insights as to where the
human project sits in the modern age.”
—Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor
of Catholic Theology, Notre Dame
the limits that bind it.
An Introduction to Practical Theology
History, Theory, and the Communication of the Gospel in the Present
Christian Grethlein
Translated by Uwe Rasch
Serious theology is systematic theology. Or so the story goes. Practical
theology—with its focus on the church, its life, and its practices—has
sometimes been understood as the second order application of the real work
of academic theology. However, in this abridged translation of his magisterial
Praktische Theologie, Christian Grethlein realizes the rigorous methodology,
critical commitments, and expansive sweep of practical theology ​as both an
academic and an ecclesial discipline.
Grethlein roots his practical theology in communication theory, but does so in a
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way ordered to a specific end: the communication of the Christian gospel in the
present day. He distinguishes practical theology from simply a guide to specific
ecclesial praxis, on the one hand, and some general theory of religion, on the
is, among other things, a
freelance academic translator and Assistant
Editor of Aldous Huxley Annual and the Human
Potentialities series of the Center for Aldous
Huxley Studies at the University of Münster.
uwe rasch
1. Practical Theology in Germany
2. Practical Theology in Catholicism and the
United States
3. The Hermeneutical Framework
4. The Empirical Conditions
5. The Theological Foundations
6. Understanding Time and Place
7. Communicating About, With, and From God
other. Grethlein then blends empirical observation with biblical texts to reveal
practical theology’s unique nature as a discipline oriented toward rigorous
examination of both the gospel and the intentional ways in which it is shared.
In so doing, Grethlein opens the possibility of a truly encyclopedic and
embedded practical theology.
Part 1 provides a historical introduction to practical theology, positioning it on
a global stage, and in relation to other academic disciplines—
particularly the modern sciences—as well as within ecclesial and theological
traditions. In part 2 Grethlein develops practical theology as communication of
the gospel by examining the hermeneutical, empirical, and theological
foundations necessary for a systematic practical theology. In part 3 Grethlein
turns his attention to ways the gospel is communicated both in time and place,
as well as the forms of that communicating (telling, talking, preaching,
praying, and singing).
In An Introduction to Practical Theology, Christian Grethlein offers students the
foundations and frameworks for practical theology while guiding its scholars in
the crafting of their academic discipline.
is Professor of Practical
Theology at Westfalian Wilhelms-University.
christian grethlein
“English readers have good reason to welcome
this book, translated and abridged from its
original edition, for giving us a wonderful grasp
of a German perspective on practical theology
and an approach that is exceptional even in its
own context, turning the discipline’s attention
from generic study of religion to a more focused
exploration of how the ‘gospel’ is conveyed
through teaching, celebrating, and instruction on
living, modeled after Jesus’ ministry.”
—Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, E. Rhodes
and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of
Religion, Psychology, and Culture,
Vanderbilt University
darla y. schumm is Professor of
Religious Studies at Hollins
University in Virginia.
is Professor of
Religious Studies at Georgia
Gwinnett College.
michael stoltZFus
1. Hinduism and Disability
2. Buddhism and Disability
3. Confucianism and Disability
4. Daoism and Disability
5. Judaism and Disability
6. Catholicism and Disability
7. Protestant Christianity
and Disability
8. Islam and Disability
9. Indigenous Traditions in the
Western Hemisphere and
Amy Donahue
Stephen E. Harris
Benjamin Lukey
Andrew Lambert
Julia Watts Belser
Mary Jo Iozzio
Thomas Reynolds
Vardit Rispler-Chaim
Lavonna Lovern
Disability and World Religions
An Introduction
Darla Y. Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus, editors
Religion plays a critical role in determining how disability is understood and
how persons with disabilities are treated. Examining the world’s religions
through the lens of disability studies not only peers deeply into the character
of a particular religion, but also teaches something brand new about what it
means to respond to people living with physical and mental differences.
Disability and World Religions introduces readers to the rich diversity of the
world’s religions—Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism,
Confucianism, Daoism, and Native American traditions. Each chapter
introduces a specific religious tradition in a manner that offers innovative
approaches to familiar themes in contemporary debates about religion and
disability, including personhood, autonomy, community, ability,
transcendence, morality, practice, the interpretation of texts, and
conditioned claims regarding the normal human body or mind.
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By portraying varied and complex perspectives on the intersection of
religion and disability, this volume demonstrates that religious teachings and
practices across the globe help establish cultural constructions of normalcy.
The volume also interrogates the constructive role religion plays in
determining expectations for human physical and mental behavior and in
establishing standards for measuring conventional health and well-being.
Disability and World Religions thus offers a respectful exploration of global
faith traditions and cultivates creative ways to respond to the fields of both
religious and disability studies.
“Disability and World Religions fills a significant gap in the literature on religion and
disability by engaging a wide range of the world’s religious traditions rather than
privileging or focusing solely on a single one. This volume will be a wonderful resource for
religious studies courses, even beyond those engaged in the explicit study of disability and
religion, and should be of interest to a wide audience, including those in religious
communities or those interested in disability studies.”
—Deborah Beth Creamer, Director of Accreditation, Association of Theological Schools
“For students, scholars, and clergy alike,
Disability and World Religions promises
to go far in cultivating readers’ interest
in how the diverse experiences of
disability and religious thought and
practice mutually shape each other. Each
clearly written chapter makes this
engaging book an invaluable classroom
resource for anyone teaching or taking a
course on disability, gender, theology, or
religious studies.”
—Jeremy Schipper, author of Disability
and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant
“Philosophers startle ordinary people.
Christians astonish the philosophers.”
n Wagering on an Ironic God Thomas S. Hibbs both
startles and astonishes. He does so by offering a new
interpretation of Pascal’s Pensées and by showing the
importance of Pascal in and for a philosophy of religion.
Hibbs resists the temptation to focus exclusively
on Pascal’s famous “wager” or to be beguiled by the
fragmentary and presumably incomplete nature of
Pensées. Instead he discovers in Pensées a coherent and
comprehensive project, one in
which Pascal contributed to the
ancient debate over the best way
of life—a life of true happiness
and true virtue.
Hibbs situates Pascal
in relation to early modern
French philosophers,
particularly Montaigne and
Descartes. These three French
thinkers offer three distinctly
modern accounts of the good life.
Montaigne advocates the private
life of authentic self-expression,
while Descartes favors the public
goods of progressive enlightenment science and its
promise of the mastery of nature. Pascal, by contrast,
renders an account of the Christian religion that engages
modern subjectivity and science on its own terms and
seeks to vindicate the wisdom of the Christian vision
by showing that it, better than any of its rivals, truly
understands human nature.
Though all three philosophers share a preoccupation
with Socrates, each finds in that figure a distinct account
of philosophy and its aims. Pascal finds in Socrates a
philosophy rich in irony: philosophy is marked by a
deep yearning for wisdom that is never wholly achieved.
Philosophy is a quest without
attainment, a love never
obtained. Absent Cartesian
certainty or the ambivalence of
Montaigne, Pascal’s practice of
Socratic irony acknowledges
the disorder of humanity
without discouraging its
quest. Instead, the quest for
wisdom alerts the seeker to the
presence of a hidden God.
God, according to Pascal,
both conceals and reveals,
fulfilling the philosophical
aspiration for happiness
and the good life only by subverting philosophy’s
very self-understanding. Pascal thus wagers all on
the irony of a God who both startles and astonishes
wisdom’s true lovers.
thomas s. hibbs
is Dean of the
Honors College and Distinguished
Professor of Ethics and Culture at
Baylor University.
1. Irony, Philosophy, and the
Christian Faith
2. Socratic Immanence
3. The Virtue of Science and the
Science of Virtue
4. The Quest for Wisdom
5. Wagering on an Ironic God
Wagering on an Ironic God
Pascal on Faith and Philosophy
Thomas S. Hibbs
“This is the most profoundly relevant book I’ve read in years. Hibbs,
with a rigorous and meticulous marshaling of all the available
evidence, shows us how to live as if the truth and my particular
life really matter. The ‘Christian Socratism’ of Hibbs and Pascal is
the most wondrous and dialogic form of inquiry around these (and
all) days, and we can hope it saves many—including most
professors of philosophy—from their dreary restlessness in the
midst of prosperity.”
—Peter Lawler, Dana Professor in Government, Berry College
“This exceptionally rich book will challenge the way many people
understand modern philosophy by showing the often unnoticed
continuities with ancient philosophy as the Socratic quest for the
best way of life. In reconstructing the trialogue between Montaigne,
Descartes, and Pascal, Hibbs also presents the claims of both
philosophy and of Christianity with the radical immediacy often
obscured by the common interpretations of these thinkers and by the
characteristic prejudices of our time.”
—V. Bradley Lewis, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
The Catholic University of America
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“Tom Hibbs’ new book invites the reader into a fascinating debate
about Socratic irony among three great French thinkers—Montaigne,
Descartes, and Pascal. With many fresh insights for the scholar,
Wagering on an Ironic God will draw in any reader responsive to
Socrates’ challenge to live the examined life.”
—David O’Connor, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
University of Notre Dame
The Place of Imagination
Wendell Berry and the Poetics of Community, Affection, and Identity
Joseph R. Wiebe
Wendell Berry teaches us to love our places—to pay careful attention to
where we are, to look beyond and within, and to live in ways that are not
captive to the mastery of cultural, social, or economic assumptions about our
life in these places. Creation has its own integrity and demands that we
confront it.
In The Place of Imagination, Joseph R. Wiebe argues that this confrontation is
precisely what shapes our moral capacity to respond to people and to places.
Wiebe contends that Berry manifests this moral imagination most acutely in his
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fiction. Berry’s fiction, however, does not portray an average community or
even an ideal one. Instead, he depicts broken communities in broken places—
sites and relations scarred by the routines of racial wounds and ecological
harm. Yet, in the tracing of Berry’s characters with place-based identities,
Wiebe demonstrates the way in which Berry’s fiction comes to embody
Berry’s own moral imagination. By joining these ambassadors of Berry’s moral
imagination in their fictive journeys, readers, too, can allow imagination to
transform their affection, thereby restoring place as a facilitator of identity as
well as hope for healed and whole communities. Loving place translates into
loving people, which in turn transforms broken human narratives into restored
lives rooted and ordered by their places.
“This superbly researched book not only depicts the moral landscape of Wendell Berry’s
fiction, it also interprets why that world bears such wide cultural significance. In sharp
conversation with critics and admirers of Berry, Wiebe explains how the sort of moral
imagination cultivated by Berry matters for everyone thinking about community, land, and
—Willis Jenkins, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies,
University of Virginia
joseph r. wiebe is Assistant Professor
of Religious Studies at the University of
Alberta, Augustana.
1. Imagination
2. Affection
3. Style
4. Jack’s Mind
5. Jayber’s Soul
6. Hannah’s Body
is Professor
of Environmental Studies at Baylor
susan power bratton
1. Greens
2. Symbols
3. Gateways
4. Corporate Campuses
5. Fountains
6. Iconography
7. Gardens, Plazas, and Fields
8. Woodlands, Wetlands,
and Wildlife
9. Fences, Gates, and Commons
10. Stages and Stadiums
Megachurches and the Iconography of Environment
Susan Power Bratton
The purpose driven lawn
Buildings and landscapes are as much a part of the Christian church as its
creeds—reflecting the faith and proclaiming God. The architecture of the
church’s structures and the curating of its grounds are unique windows into
the church’s history and the shape of its theological commitments.
Birthed in the iconoclastic spirit of the Reformation, the scapes of Protestant
churches have experienced massive shifts in design and scope. From
humble beginnings—small buildings and cemeteries—churches today can
occupy thousands of square feet across hundreds of acres. The modern
megachurch, with its extensive campuses, parking lots, and sprawling
lawns, has changed how we think about the church and its spaces. Form
follows function, and theology is in both. The shifts in scale, style, and
symbol within the church’s common spaces reflect changes in ecclesial
priorities, even as they form the theological imagination in new ways.
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In ChurchScape, Susan Bratton chronicles the story of the Protestant church’s
transformation of landscape and building. Citing the influence of college
campuses on megachurch architecture, Bratton examines the features that are
a part of many megachurch complexes, including waterscapes, iconography,
and outdoor art. Taking readers on a cross-country journey to over two hundred
churches, Bratton traces the movement from the small parish building of the
nineteenth century to the extensive complexes that form today’s churchscapes.
As she moves from church to church, Bratton describes how all the church’s
spaces—buildings, greens, gardens, and gateways—together shape its
practices, name its beliefs, and form its life together.
Bratton’s work offers the first historical and theological analysis for the
megachurch and its physical planners and planters. She demands that all of
“A creative and fascinating book. Susan
Bratton critically examines the
relationship between megachurch
campuses and their natural
environments as well as surrounding
urban-social space. She reflects
thoughtfully on the link between church
landscapes, practical theology, and
social ethics.”
—Philip Sheldrake, Senior Research
Fellow, Westcott House and the
Cambridge Theological Federation
us look with new eyes at the ways the church may be an innovator without
being disruptive, a place of community without becoming exclusive, and a
site of abundance without decadence. The church-in-place must consider
how its scapes and spaces reflect its sacred life.
Preacher Girl
Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revival
Thomas A. Robinson
Uldine Utley defined the “girl evangelist” of the 1920s and 1930s. She began
her preaching career at age eleven, published a monthly magazine by age
twelve, and by age fourteen was regularly packing the largest venues in major
American cities, including Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. She
stood toe to toe with Billy Sunday and Aimee Semple McPherson, the most
famous revivalist preachers of the day. She became a darling of the secular
press and was mimicked and modeled in fiction and plays.
In Preacher Girl, the first full biography of Utley, author Thomas Robinson
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“The life of Uldine Utley is a story of
audacity, innovation, defiance, and
unspeakable tragedy. Thomas A.
Robinson tells it well.”
—Randall Balmer, Dartmouth College,
Author of The Making of
Evangelicalism: From Revivalism
to Politics and Beyond
shows that Utley’s rise to fame was no accident. Utley’s parents and staff
carefully marked out her path early on to headline success. Not unlike
Hollywood, revivalism was a business in which celebrity equaled success.
Revivalism mixed equal parts of glamour and gospel, making stars of its
preachers. Utley was its brightest.
But childhood fame came at a price. As a series of Utley’s previously
unpublished poems reveal, after a decade of preaching, she was facing a
near-constant fight against physical and mental exhaustion as she
experienced the clash between the expectations of revivalism and her desires
for a normal life. Utley burned out at age twenty-four. The revival stage folded;
fame faded; only a broken heart and a wounded mind remained.
Both Utley’s meteoric rise and its tragic outcome illuminate American religion as a
business. In his compelling chronicle of Utley’s life, Robinson highlights the
surprising power of American revivalism to equal Hollywood’s success as well as
the potentially devastating private costs of public religious leadership.
The marketing and promotion machine of revivalism brought both fame and hardship
for Utley—clashing by-products in the business of winning souls for Christ.
“With lively narrative and vivid detail, Robinson provides a complete account of the life and
ministry of Uldine Utley, one of the most prominent, and certainly one of the most fascinating,
figures in the history of American revivalism. Those interested in the story of this ‘preacher
girl’ can find no better introduction than Robinson’s sympathetic and engaging account.”
—Kristin Du Mez, Associate Professor of History, Calvin College
thomas a. robinson is Professor of
Religious Studies at The University of
Lethbridge in Canada.
1. Dreaming Dreams
2. Seeing Visions
3. Utley, Inc.
4. Utley’s Religion
5. Utley’s Revivalism
6. “Kindly Remove My Halo”
randall balmer is John Phillips
Professor in Religion and Chair of
the Department of Religion at
Dartmouth College.
Evangelicalism in America
Randall Balmer
Evangelicalism has left its indelible mark on American history, politics,
1. An Altogether Conservative Spirit
2. Turning West
3. Casting Aside the Ballast
of History and Tradition
4. An End to Unjust Inequality in
the World
5. Thy Kingdom Come
6. A Pentecost of Politics
7. A Loftier Position
8. Re-create the Nation
9. His Own Received Him Not
10. Keep the Faith and Go
the Distance
11. Dead Stones
and culture. It is also true that currents of American populism and
politics have shaped the nature and character of evangelicalism.
This story of evangelicalism in America is thus riddled with paradox.
Despite the fact that evangelicals, perhaps more than any other
religious group, have benefited from the First Amendment and the
separation of church and state, several prominent evangelical leaders
over the past half century have tried to abrogate the establishment
clause of the First Amendment. And despite evangelicalism’s legacy of
concern for the poor, for women, and for minorities, some
contemporary evangelicals have repudiated their own heritage of
compassion and sacrifice stemming from Jesus’ command to love the
least of these.
In Evangelicalism in America Randall Balmer chronicles the history of
evangelicalism—its origins and development as well as its diversity
and contradictions. Within this lineage Balmer explores the social
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varieties and political implications of evangelicalism’s inception as well
as its present and paradoxical relationship with American culture and
politics. Balmer debunks some of the cherished myths surrounding this
distinctly American movement while also prophetically speaking about
its future contributions to American life.
“Randall Balmer is both one of our nation’s best historians of American
evangelicalism and an important advocate for the recovery of a long and profound
tradition of progressive, even radical, social-justice and human-dignity
evangelicalism. This book offers vintage Balmer on both fronts.”
—David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics,
Mercer University
“Randall Balmer takes us on a lively
journey through the past three centuries
of American evangelicalism. In the
process, and as he has been doing for
decades, Balmer winsomely and
compellingly calls on evangelicals to
remember their storied history as
‘agents for change’ in behalf of ‘those on
the margins.’”
—William Vance Trollinger Jr.,
co-author of Righting America at the
Creation Museum
A Pursued Justice
Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights
Kenyatta R. Gilbert
The narrative of Civil Rights often begins with the prophetic figure of Martin
Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. City squares became a church, the body politic a
congregation, and sermons a jeremiad of social change—or so the story goes.
In A Pursued Justice, Kenyatta Gilbert instead traces the roots of King’s call
for justice to African American prophetic preaching that arose in an earlier
moment of American history.
kenyatta r. gilbert is Associate Professor
of Homiletics at Howard University School
of Divinity.
1. The Exodus
2. The Promised Land
3. Preaching as Exodus
4. Exodus Preaching
5. Exodus as Civil Rights
In the wake of a failed Reconstruction period, widespread agricultural
depression, and the rise of Jim Crow laws, and triggered by America’s entry
into World War I, a flood of southern Blacks moved from the South to the
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urban centers of the North. This Great Migration transformed northern Black
churches and produced a new mode of preaching—prophetic Black
preaching—which sought to address this brand new context.
Black clerics such as Baptist pastor Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Sr.,
A.M.E. Bishop Reverdy Cassius Ransom, and A.M.E. Zion pastor Reverend
Florence Spearing Randolph rose up within these congregations. From their
pulpits, these pastors proclaimed “truth to power” for hope across racial,
ethnic, and class lines both within their congregations and between the Black
community and the wider culture.
A Pursued Justice profiles these three ecclesiastically inventive clerics of the first
half of the twentieth century whose strident voices gave birth to a distinctive form
of prophetic preaching. Their radical sermonic response to injustice and suffering,
both in and out of the Black church, not only captured the imaginations of
participants in the largest internal mass migration in American history but also
inspired the homiletical vision of Martin Luther King Jr. and subsequent
generations of preachers of revolutionary hope and holy disobedience.
“Kenyatta R. Gilbert offers readers a definitive
analysis of the prophetic wisdom, witness, and
worth of Black Preaching during the mass exodus
of African Americans who moved off of
sharecropping plantations and out of the South,
beginning in 1910. In A Pursued Justice, Dr.
Gilbert makes a forceful argument, backed up by
insightful homiletical discourse, about the sacred
rhetoric that sustained Black Christians who left
the familiar and signed up for a ‘justice ticket’ in
search of jobs and freedom.”
—Katie G. Cannon, Annie Scales Rogers
Professor of Christian Ethics, Union
Presbyterian Seminary
angela d. sims
is Dean of Academic
Programs, Robert B. and Kathleen
Rogers Chair in Church and Society,
and Associate Professor of Ethics and
Black Church Studies at Saint Paul
School of Theology.
1. Echoes of a Not So Distant Past
2. Courageous Truth Telling
3. Faithful Witness
4. Unrelenting Tenacity
5. Lessons, Concerns, Hopes
The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror
Angela D. Sims
Lynched chronicles the history and aftermath of lynching in America.
By rooting her work in oral histories, Angela D. Sims gives voice to the
memories of African American elders who remember lynching not only
as individual acts but as a culture of violence, domination, and fear.
Lynched preserves memory even while it provides an analysis of the
meaning of those memories. Sims examines the relationship between
lynching and the interconnected realities of race, gender, class, and
other social fragmentations that ultimately shape a person’s—and a
community’s—religious self-understanding. Through this
understanding, she explores how the narrators reconcile their personal
and communal memory of lynching with their lived Christian
experience. Moreover, Sims unearths the community’s truth that this is
sometimes a story of words and at other times a story of silence. Revealing the bond between memory and moral formation,
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Sims discovers the courage and hope inherent in the power of
recall. By tending to the words of these witnesses, Lynched exposes
not only a culture of fear and violence but the practice of story and
memory, as well as the narrative of hope within a renewed possibility
for justice.
“We need to remember the horror of domestic terrorism that black people have
experienced for centuries in the United States, the land of their birth. Remembering
and resisting are the only ways to stop terrorism today. We are in debt to Angela
Sims and her interviewees for this important work of remembrance, which should
inspire us to never forget and never stop resisting.”
—James H. Cone, Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology,
Union Theological Seminary
“Lynched brings a novel and innovative
approach to the study of the horrific
history of lynching in the United States.
Angela Sims has gathered a gold mine
of information contained in the oral
histories of elderly African Americans
which forms the basis for Lynched. The
respondents’ memories about, and
reckoning with, lynching provide rich
texture to the burgeoning literature that
documents and analyzes a shameful
period of American history.”
—Stewart E. Tolnay, S. Frank Miyamoto
Professor of Sociology, University
of Washington
“Muslims and the Making of America is an
accessible and engaging book that tells the
story of Muslim contributions to American
history and creativity. From early medieval
intimations of an ‘unknown land’ across the
Atlantic, through west African plantation
slaves, to the contemporary accomplishments
of athletes, musicians, and artists, Islam has
been a force in the United States and
Muslims have played a vital role in making
America great.”
“Lucid, erudite and provocative, only Amir
Hussain can make us see the multiple
dimensions of the world’s second largest faith
in America’s cultural icons, musical stars,
political history, cultural values, and public life
at large in his unique masterful style. A mustread for anyone wishing to observe Islam
beyond sensational headlines in order to grasp
the complex lives of Muslim Americans.”
—Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic
Studies and Religion, University of Notre Dame
—Jane McAuliffe, Director of National
and International Outreach, United States
Library of Congress
“A sparkling text. Amir Hussain arrives early to tell a story
that has long needed telling.”
—Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and
Religious Studies, University of California at Irvine
Portrait of Yarrow Mamout, a freed Muslim slave from
Guinea who lived in Georgetown, D.C., by American artist
Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827)
is Professor of
Theological Studies at Loyola
Marymount University in Los Angeles.
amir hussain
1. Islam in America
2. Blues for Allah
3. The Greatest
4. Muslims on the American
Muslims and the Making
of America
Amir Hussain
“There has never been an America without Muslims”—so begins Amir
Hussain, one of the most important scholars and teachers of Islam in
America. Hussain, who is himself an American Muslim, contends that
Muslims played an essential role in the creation and cultivation of the
United States.
Memories of 9/11 and the rise of global terrorism fuel concerns about
American Muslims. The fear of American Muslims in part stems from the
stereotype that all followers of Islam are violent extremists who want to
overturn the American way of life. Inherent to this stereotype is the
popular misconception that Islam is a new religion to America.
In Muslims and the Making of America Hussain directly addresses both of
these stereotypes. Far from undermining America, Islam and American
Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of
American life. Hussain chronicles the history of Islam in America to
underscore the valuable cultural influence of Muslims on American life.
He then rivets attention on music, sports, and culture as key areas in
which Muslims have shaped and transformed American identity. America,
Hussain concludes, would not exist as it does today without the essential
contributions made by its Muslim citizens.
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Human in Death
kecia ali is Associate Professor of Religion
at Boston University.
Kecia Ali
1. Intimacy in Death
2. Friendship in Death
3. Vocation in Death
4. Violence in Death
5. Perfection in Death
Morality and Mortality in J. D. Robb’s Novels
Fiction, by effectively combining profit with delight, creates a world for
entertainment and moral reflection.
Kecia Ali’s Human in Death explores the best-selling futuristic suspense series
In Death, written by romance legend Nora Roberts under the pseudonym J. D.
Robb. Centering on troubled NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire
tycoon husband Roarke, the In Death novels offer a compelling model for
human flourishing.
Through close readings of more than fifty novels and novellas published over
two decades, Ali analyzes the ethical world of Robb’s New York circa 2060. Ali
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explores Robb’s depictions of egalitarian relationships, satisfying work,
friendships built on trust, and an array of models of femininity and family. At
the same time, the series’ imagined future replicates some of the least
admirable aspects of contemporary society. Sexual violence, police brutality,
structural poverty and racism, and government surveillance persist in Robb’s
fictional universe, raising urgent moral challenges. So do ordinary ethical
quandaries around trust, intimacy, and interdependence in marriage, family,
and friendship.
Ali celebrates the series’ ethical successes, while questioning its critical
moral omissions. She probes the limits of Robb’s imagined world and tests its
possibilities for fostering identity, meaning, and mattering of human
relationships across social difference. Ali capitalizes on Robb’s futuristic
fiction to reveal how careful and critical reading is an ethical act—the happy
confluence of profit and delight.
“Human in Death offers a sustained and subtle inquiry into J. D. Robb’s In Death books as
novels of ideas—texts which invite their readers to think about love, desire, and romantic
relationships. Kecia Ali demonstrates that these are thoughtful books, part of a genre that
deserves and rewards our serious attention. This is a groundbreaking contribution to the
study of mass-market fiction, the ethics of reading, and the emerging field of popular
romance studies.”
—Eric Murphy Selinger, President, International Association for the Study
of Popular Romance
is Professor of Religion
and Philosophy and the J. Richard and
Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies
at the University of Toronto.
Jewish Justice
1. Can Capital Punishment Ever Be
Justified in the Jewish Tradition?
2. The Elimination of Mutilation and
Torture in Rabbinic Thought
and Practice
3. Natural Law, Human Dignity, and
the Protection of Human Property
4. Land and People
5. Jewish Marriage and Civil Law
6. Jewish Marriage
7. Divine Justice/Divine Command
8. The Universality of Jewish Ethics
9. The Judaic Foundation of Rights
10. Social Contract in Modern
Jewish Thought
11. Toward a Jewish Public
Philosophy in America
12. Defending Niebuhr from Hauerwas
13. Is Natural Law a Border Concept
Between Judaism and Christianity?
In Jewish Justice David Novak explores the continuing role of Judaism
david novak
The Contested Limits of Nature, Law, and Covenant
David Novak
for crafting ethics, politics, and theology. Drawing on sources as
diverse as the Bible, the Talmud, and ancient, medieval, and modern
philosophy, Novak asserts Judaism’s integral place in communal
discourse of the public square.
According to Novak, biblical revelation has universal implications—
that it is ultimately God’s law to humanity because humans made in
God’s image are capable of making intelligent moral choices. The
universality of this claim, however, stands in tension with the
particularities of Jewish monotheism (one God, one people, one law).
Novak’s challenge is for Judaism to capitalize on the way God’s law
transcends particularity without destroying difference. Thus it is as
Jews that Jews are called to join communities across the faithful
denominations, as well as secular ones, to engage in debates about
the common good.
Jewish Justice follows a logical progression from grounded ethical
quandaries to larger philosophical debates. Novak begins by
considering the practical issues of capital punishment, mutilation and
torture, corporate crime, the landed status of communities and nations,
civil marriage, and religious marriage. He next moves to a
consideration of theoretical concerns: God’s universal justice, the
universal aim of particular Jewish ethics, human rights and the image
of God, the relation of post-Enlightenment social contract theory to the
recently enfranchised Jewish community, and the voices of Jewish
citizens in secular politics and the public sphere. Novak also explores
the intersection of universality and particularity by examining the
practice of interfaith dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
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“With rhetorical flair and conceptual rigor,
Novak offers an unapologetically Jewish
theology in a manner that consistently
includes non-Jewish readers and practical
implications for life together in pluralist
societies. It is this uniquely attractive way
of inviting thinkers of all stripes into the
richness of the ongoing Jewish theological
and ethical conversation that makes Novak
so great.”
—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary
D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology,
Mundelein Seminary
Evangelizing Lebanon
melanie e. trexler is Assistant Professor of
Theology at Valparaiso University.
Melanie E. Trexler
1. Landmarkers in the Holy Land
2. Building a Baptist Community in Beirut
3. Reform, Resistance, and Rebellion
4. A Mission to Muslims
5. Reconciliation
6. Breaking the Ties That Bind
7. Conclusion
Baptists, Missions, and the Question of Cultures
In 1893, Said Jureidini an Arabic-speaking Christian from the Ottoman Empire,
experienced an evangelical conversion while attending the Chicago World’s
Fair. Two years later he founded the first Baptist church in modern-day
Lebanon. For financial support, he aligned his fledgling church with American
Landmark Baptists and, later, Southern Baptists. By doing so, Jureidini linked
the fate of Baptists in Lebanon with those in the United States.
In Evangelizing Lebanon, Melanie E. Trexler explores the complex, reflexive
relationship between Baptist missionaries from the States and Baptists in
Lebanon. Trexler pays close attention to the contexts surrounding the
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“Evangelizing Lebanon is a study of
Lebanese Baptist identity. The
Arabic-speaking Baptist community that
coalesced in 1895 under Lebanese
leadership represented a new way to be
Protestant in Beirut. Trexler carefully sorts
through the complicated relationships that
Lebanese Baptists have cultivated since
then with several generations of Southern
Baptist missionaries from America, other
Middle Eastern Protestants, and the
Muslim majority of Lebanon. She
demonstrates how a small evangelical
minority group has sought to exercise
influence within the particular context of
Lebanese society.”
—Stanley H. Skreslet, F. S. Royster
Professor of Christian Missions, Union
Presbyterian Seminary
relationships, the consequences, and the theologies inherent to missionary
praxis, carefully profiling the perspectives of both the missionaries and the
Lebanese Baptists.
Trexler thus discovers a fraught mutuality at work. U.S. missionaries presented
new models of church planting, evangelism, and educational opportunities
that empowered the Lebanese Baptists to accomplish personal and communal
goals. In turn, Lebanese Baptists prompted missionaries to rethink their ideas
about mission, Muslim-Christian relations, and even American foreign policy
in the region.
But Trexler also reveals how missionaries’ efforts to evangelize Muslims came to
threaten the very security of the Lebanese Baptists. Trexler shows how Baptist
missionary theology and praxis in Lebanon had more to do with bolstering an
insular Baptist identity in the United States than it did in engaging with interfaith
relationships with Lebanese Muslims. Ironically, American Baptists’ efforts to help
ultimately spun out of control and led to unintended consequences. Trexler’s study
of Baptists in Lebanon serves as a warning for missional identity everywhere,
Baptist or not: missionary insistence on a narrow and politically useful definition of
what it means to be Christian can both aid and undermine, build and destabilize.
andrew e. barnes is Associate
Professor of History at Arizona State
1. The Spectacle Reversed
2. Making People
3. The Advancement of the African
4. An Attentive Ear
5. On the Same Lines as Tuskegee
6. Men Who Can Build Bridges
Global Christianity and
the Black Atlantic
Tuskegee, Colonialism, and the Shaping of African Industrial Education
Andrew E. Barnes
Many Europeans saw Africa’s colonization as an exhibition of
European racial ascendancy. African Christians saw Africa’s
subjugation as a demonstration of European technological superiority.
If the latter was the case, then the path to Africa’s liberation ran
through the development of a competitive African technology.
In Global Christianity and the Black Atlantic, Andrew E. Barnes
chronicles African Christians’ turn to American-style industrial
education—particularly the model that had been developed by Booker
T. Washington at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute—as a vehicle for
Christian regeneration in Africa. Over the period 1880–1920, African
Christians, motivated by Ethiopianism and its conviction that Africans
should be saved by other Africans, proposed and founded schools
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based upon the Tuskegee model.
Barnes follows the tides of the Black Atlantic back to Africa when
African Christians embraced the new education initiatives of African
American Christians and Tuskegee as the most potent example of
technological ingenuity. Building on previously unused African
sources, the book traces the movements to establish industrial
education institutes in cities along the West African coast and in
South Africa, Cape Province, and Natal. As Tuskegee and African
schools modeled in its image proved, peoples of African descent
could—and did—develop competitive technology.
Though the attempts by African Christians to create industrial education
schools ultimately failed, Global Christianity and the Black Atlantic
“With over three decades of serious scholarship
on Christianity, Andrew Barnes demonstrates
yet again that he is at the forefront of originality
and innovative scholarship. He emphasizes,
with remarkable skill and compassion, how
Africans extended ideas of modernization and
education, thereby transforming Christianity
itself, in this impressive book on the connection
between religion, change, and progress.”
—Toyin Falola, University Distinguished
Teaching Professor and Jacob and Frances
Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, University
of Texas at Austin
demonstrates the ultimate success of transatlantic black identity
and Christian resurgence in Africa at the turn of the twentieth century.
Barnes’ study documents how African Christians sought to maintain
indigenous identity and agency in the face of colonial domination by the
state and even the European Christian missions of the church.
The Psalter as
Introduction to the
New Testament
Theology, Poetry, and Genre
Reference Edition
W. Dennis Tucker, Jr. and
W. H. Bellinger, Jr., editors
Carl R. Holladay
The Psalter as Witness considers the complexity of the Psalms as well as their
role in bearing witness to the theological claims that comprise Israel’s
traditions. While no single volume can readily capture the full range of the
Psalter’s theology, these chapters provide rich reflection on significant themes
in selected psalms, in collections of psalms, and even across the structure of
the Psalter itself. The result of the Baylor-Bonn symposium, The Psalter as
Witness employs the full array of methodological approaches to the Psalms
practiced in both Germany and North America. It thus effectively mirrors the
theological, thematic, and generic intricacies of the Psalms in the myriad ways
interpreters read the Psalter. The Psalms here become a window into the
central, life-giving commitments of Israel in its call to justice and mercy, its
practice of ethics and politics, and its worship and life with God.
“The Psalter as Witness engages with concerns such as the nature of community,
feminism, ethics, politics, the poor, and Zionism in the Psalms; with theological themes
such as the mercy and transcendence of God; and with literary issues such as the shaping
of the Psalter. Its non-partisan approach makes for stimulating reading for anyone who is
interested in exploring what the Psalms say about God and his people then and now.”
—Susan Gillingham, Professor of the Hebrew Bible, Worcester College, University of Oxford
w. dennis tucker jr. is Professor of Christian Scripture at George W. Truett
Theological Seminary.
w. h. bellinger jr. is Chair of the Department of Religion, W. Marshall and Lulie
Craig Chairholder in Bible, and Professor of Religion at Baylor University.
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Christian interpretation of the Bible is not a simple task. While finding both its
beginning and end in the theological claim that Scripture reveals to us “what God
has done in Christ,” Christian interpretation demands much more. The interaction
between believer and text is also conversation between reader and interpretive
community, both ancient and modern. Theological interpretation entails close
readings of texts but also a close analysis of contexts—the social and political
shape of the Mediterranean world as well as our own. Interpretation requires
the interweaving of theology, history, and literature.
In Introduction to the New Testament Carl R. Holladay does just that. He roots
each of the New Testament’s twenty-seven writings in their historical, literary,
and theological contexts. A true “Reference Edition,” Holladay provides thorough,
detailed, and exacting overviews, background material, and textual analysis.
Holladay leads readers to consider questions of canon, authority, and genre that
shape the formation of the text and the text’s formation of the identity, theology,
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carl r. holladay is C. H. Candler Professor of New Testament at Emory University’s
Chandler School of Theology.
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michael wolter is Professor of New
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Germany and Honorary Professor at the
Theological Faculty at the University of
Pretoria in South Africa. His book Paul:
An Outline of His Theology is also
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The Gospel According to Luke
wayne coppins is Associate Professor
Christianity, Michael Wolter provides a detailed, verse-by-verse
of Religion at the University of Georgia.
interpretation of the Third Evangelist. Wolter’s commentary fully
is a doctoral
candidate in religion at the University
of Zürich.
christoph heilig
Luke 1.1–4 Proem
1.5–79 (80)
2.1–39 (40–52)
Volume I (Luke 1-9:50)
Michael Wolter
Wayne Coppins and Christoph Heilig, translators
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Wolter’s approach to a sustained reading of Luke’s Gospel is
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Buchanan Harrison Professor of New
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Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary
represents a new moment in Israel’s history. But in surprising new
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Tutor in Hebrew and Old Testament,
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
max rogland is Associate Professor
of Old Testament at Erskine Theological
Deuteronomy 1-11
Haggai and Zechariah 1-8
James E. Robson
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