Baylor University Press
American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness
heather h. vacek is Assistant
Professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
STUDIES IN RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND DISABILITY
Heather H. Vacek Madness is a sin. The disturbed are shunned. Mental illness is not the church’s problem. All three claims are wrong. In Madness, Heather H. Vacek traces the history of Protestant reactions to mental illness in America. She reveals how two distinct forces combined to thwart Christian care for the whole person. The professionalization of medicine worked to restrict the sphere of Christian authority to the private and spiritual realms, consigning healing and care—both physical and mental—to secular, medical specialists. Equally ISBN 978-1-4813-0057-5 $39.95 S 283 pages 6 x 9 | Cloth Religion/Disability Studies/ History August 1, 2015
influential, a theological legacy that linked illness with sin deepened the social stigma surrounding the mentally ill. The Protestant church, reluctant to engage sufferers lest it, too, be tainted by association, willingly abdicated care for the mentally ill to secular professionals. While inattention formed the general rule, five historical exceptions to the pattern of benign neglect exemplify Protestant efforts to claim a distinctly Christian response. A
CONTENTS Introduction: Christianity and Mental Illness 1. Making Theological Sense out of Suffering, Sin, and Sickness: Cotton Mather 2. Christian Vocation and the Shape of the Secular Profession: Benjamin Rush 3. Advocating for the Helpless, Forgotten, and Insane: Dorothea Dix 4. Reclaiming Religious Authority in Medicine: Anton Boisen 5. A Passionate Plea to Engage Finds Lukewarm Reaction: Karl Menninger Conclusion: Suffering, Stigma, and Hospitality
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Revolutionary era physician Benjamin Rush, nineteenth-century activist Dorothea Dix, pastor and patient Anton Boisen, and psychiatrist Karl Menninger maps both the range and the progression of attentive Protestant care. Vacek chronicles Protestant attempts to make theological sense of sickness (Mather), to craft care as Christian vocation (Rush), to advocate for the helpless (Dix), to reclaim religious authority (Boisen), and to plead for the mentally ill (Menninger). Vacek’s historical narrative forms the basis for her theological reflection about contemporary Christian care of the mentally ill and Christian understanding of mental illness. By demonstrating the gravity of what appeared—and failed to appear—on clerical and congregational agendas, Vacek explores how Christians should navigate the ever-shifting lines of cultural authority as they care for those who suffer.
STUDIES IN RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND DISABILITY In Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability, series co-editors Amos Yong and Sarah J. Melcher focus on the intersection of religion and disability. This groundbreaking series emphasizes theoretical engagement with secular disability studies, re-examination of established religious doctrine and practice, and research that includes the voices of people with disabilities and their families and friends.
MADNESS “Madness offers a sensitive, in-depth treatment of the important and under-discussed subject of mental illness. Heather Vacek makes a signal contribution to histories of mental illness, medicine, and religion, and her book should be of great interest to scholars in each of these fields as well as to general audiences seeking to understand and respond to mental illness.” —Candy Gunther Brown, Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University
“Vacek’s exquisitely researched and written book gives us an account of the Protestant response to mental illness from the beginning of the nation. Though this is history done at its best, Vacek’s passion for her subject makes this a book of theological significance. I heartily recommend it.” —Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School
“Madness will help us recognize eternal questions and needs as well as the historical foundations on which new collaborations between ministry and medicine can be built for the sake of more holistic care in clinics, communities, and congregations.” —Bill Gaventa, Director, Summer Institute on Theology and Disability 1
RELIGION & CULTURE
Framing Religion in Amoral Order
Elijah Siegler, editor Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, True Grit—Joel and Ethan Coen make movies. They make movies that matter. But do these movies matter for religion? Coen is a masterful response to this question of religious significance that neither imposes alien orthodoxy nor consigns the Coens to religious insignificance. The Coen movies discussed each receive a chapter-length investigation of the specific film’s relation to the religious. Far more than just documenting religion in all Coen films—from blink-and-you’ll-miss-them biblical references to gospel tunes framing the soundtrack—the volume, ISBN 978-1-4813-0283-8 $44.95 S 325 pages 6 x 9 | Paperback Original Religion/Film March 15, 2016 CONTRIBUTORS Michael J. Altman Richard Amesbury Erica Hurwitz Andrus Jason C. Bivins Finbarr Curtis David Feltmate M. Gail Hamner Gabriel Levy Eric Michael Mazur Kerry Mitchell S. Brent Plate Ellen Posman Chad Seales Elijah Siegler
cumulatively, mounts a compelling case for the Coens’ consistent religious outlook with an original argument about precisely what constitutes religion. The volume reveals how Coen films emerge as morality tales, set in a mythological American landscape, that critique greed and self-interest. Coen heroes often confront apocalyptic and unredeemable evil, face human limitation and the banality of violence, and force audiences to wrestle with redemption and grace within the stark moral worlds portrayed on screen. This is religion on Coen terms. Coen teaches its readers something new about religion, about film, and about the kind of world-making that each claims to be.
“The Coen brothers are not just two of our finest filmmakers, but two key figures in the making of American mythology. This is a marvelous book, as much about our American selves as it is about religion and film.” —Amir Hussain, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University and Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
elijah siegler is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at The College of Charleston.
CONTENTS Introduction: Are the Coen Brothers Religious Filmmakers? Or How Simple Is Blood Simple? Act One: The Early Films: Reading Religion as . . . 1. Morality in Raising Arizona 2. Theology in Miller’s Crossing 3. World Creation in Barton Fink 4. Community in The Hudsucker Proxy First Intermission: So Are the Coen Brothers Religious Filmmakers? Fargo between Christian Moralism and Post-Modern Irony Act Two: The Middle Films: Analyzing Religion and . . . 5. Fandom in The Big Lebowski 6. Race in O Brother, Where Art Thou? 7. Money in Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers 8. The State in Burn after Reading Second Intermission: Are the Coen Brothers Formally Coherent? No Country for Old Men between Time and Eternity Act Three: The Later Films: Theorizing . . . 9. Transcendence in The Man Who Wasn’t There 10. Hermeneutics in A Serious Man 11. Death in True Grit 12. Absence in Inside Llewyn Davis Epilogue: Hail, Caesar?
“A tour de force not just for cinephiles and students of religion, Coen: Framing Religion in Amoral Order is compelling reading for anyone seeking meaning, identity, and purpose in the contemporary world. Each chapter dives deeply into a Coen film, illuminating how the brothers, and by implication, all of us, tease transcendence from the heartbreak of everyday life.”
DIANE WINSTON Knight Chair in Media and Religion, University of Southern California
leander e. keck is Winkley Professor
Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Yale Divinity School. “High caliber…enduring quality” —Frank J. Matera, Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of America
Christ’s First Theologian Why Christ Matters The Shape of Paul’s Thought
Toward a New Testament Christology
Leander E. Keck
Leander E. Keck
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For half a century Leander Keck thought, taught, and wrote about the New Testament. He first served as a Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology before becoming Dean and Professor of Biblical Theology at Yale Divinity School. Keck’s lifelong work on Jesus and Paul was a catalyst for the emerging discussions of New Testament Christology and Pauline theology in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Keck wrote a staggering number of now industry-standard articles on the New Testament. Here, they are all collected for the first time. In Christ’s First Theologian and Why Christ Matters, readers will discover how Keck gave new answers to old questions even as he carefully reframed old answers into new questions. Keck’s work is a treasure trove of historical, exegetical, and theological interpretation.
“Independent thinking, sound judgment, generous criticism, theological acuity” —Matthew V. Novenson, Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh
“Stellar contributions from one of the outstanding New Testament scholars of the last half-century” —Beverly Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University
“Keck’s incisive, magisterial essays are essential reading for all who want to understand New Testament criticism in the twentieth century: its findings, its foibles, and its future prospects.” —Richard B. Hays, Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
david j. downs is Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.
CONTENTS Introduction What Can Wash Away My Sin? 1. Redeem Your Sins with Acts of Mercy 2. Merciful Deeds Deliver from Death 3. Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice 4. Give Alms with Respect to the Things Within 5. Storing Up the Treasure for a Good Foundation 6. Love Covers a Multitude of Sins 7. Merciful Practice Is Good as Repentance for Sin 8. By Alms and Faith Sins Are Purged Away Conclusion
Charity, Reward, and Atonement in Early Christianity
David J. Downs Christianity has often understood the death of Jesus on the cross as the sole means for forgiveness of sin. Despite this tradition, David Downs traces the early and sustained presence of yet another means by which Christians imagined atonement for sin: merciful care for the poor. In Alms, Downs begins by considering the economic context of almsgiving in the Greco-Roman world, a context in which the overwhelming reality of poverty cultivated the formation of relationships of reciprocity and solidarity. Downs then provides detailed examinations of almsgiving and the rewards associated with it in the Old Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and the New Testament. He then attends to early Christian texts and authors in which a theology of atoning almsgiving is developed—2 Clement, the Didache, the Epistle of Barnabas, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Cyprian. In this historical and theological reconstruction, Downs outlines the emergence of a model for the atonement of sin in Christian literature of the first three centuries of the Common Era, namely, atoning almsgiving, or the notion that providing material assistance to the needy cleanses or covers sin.
“David Downs illuminates, corrects, clarifies, and synthesizes what can be known of a complex subject that spans both Testaments and reaches into third-century patrology. His research is thorough; his exegesis painstaking; his conclusions original, provocative, and insightful.” —C. Clifton Black, Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
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Downs shows that early Christian advocacy of almsgiving’s atoning power is located in an ancient economic context in which fiscal and social relationships were deeply interconnected. Within this context, the concept of atoning almsgiving developed in large part as a result of nascent Christian engagement with scriptural traditions that present care for the poor as having the potential to secure future reward, including heavenly merit and even the cleansing of sin, for those who practice mercy. Downs thus reveals how sin and its solution were socially and ecclesiologically embodied, a vision that frequently contrasted with disregard for the social body, and the bodies of the poor, in Docetic and Gnostic Christianity. Alms, in the end, illuminates the challenge of reading Scripture with the early church, for numerous patristic witnesses held together the conviction that salvation and atonement for sin come through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the affirmation that the practice of mercifully caring for the needy cleanses or covers sin. Perhaps the ancient Christian integration of charity, reward, and atonement has the potential to reshape contemporary Christian traditions in which those spheres are separated.
Christian Theology and Its Institutions in the Early Roman Empire Prolegomena to a History of Early Christian Theology
wayne coppins is Associate Professor of
Christoph Markschies Translated by Wayne Coppins
Religion at The University of Georgia.
development of earliest Christianity. Explanations run the gamut—from asserting the presence of a fully formed and accepted unity at the beginning of Christianity to the hypothesis that understands orthodox unity as a later imposition upon Christianity by Rome. In Christian Theology and Its Institutions in the Early Roman Empire, Christoph Markschies seeks to unravel the complex problem of unity and diversity by carefully examining the institutional settings for the development of Christian theology. Specifically, Markschies contends that theological diversity is closely bound up with institutional diversity. Markschies clears the ground by tracing how previous studies fail to appreciate the critical role that diverse Christian institutions played in creating and establishing the very theological ideas that later came to define them. He next examines three distinct forms of institutional life—the Christian institutions of (higher) learning, prophecy, and worship—and their respective contributions to Christianity’s development. Markschies then focuses his attention on the development of the New Testament Mohr Siebeck (Tübingen, Germany) and Baylor University Press (Waco, Texas, USA) proudly host a landmark, international collaboration in Christian scholarship—the Baylor–Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity series. In this series, editors Wayne Coppins (University of Georgia, USA) and Simon Gathercole (Cambridge, UK) select, translate, and edit major works from senior German scholars on early Christianity’s relationships to Second Temple Judaism and Hellenistic religious movements from the first years of the Common Era. Titles in Baylor–Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity will appear for the first time in English and make accessible the highest level of German scholarship.
Christianity at the Humboldt University and Vice President of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
BAYLOR–MOHR SIEBECK STUDIES IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY
Tension between unity and diversity plagues any attempt to recount the
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christoph markschies is Chair of Ancient
canon, demonstrating how different institutions developed their own respective “canons,” while challenging views that assign a decisive role to Athanasius, Marcion, or the Gnostics. Markschies concludes by arguing that the complementary model of the “identity” and “plurality” of early Christianity is better equipped to address the question of unity and diversity than Walter Bauer’s cultural Protestant model of “orthodoxy and heresy” or the Jesuit model of the “inculturation” of Christianity.
CONTENTS Editors’ Introduction Introduction to the English Edition Introduction to the German Edition 1. Theology and Institution 2. Three Institutional Contexts 3. Institution and Norm 4. The Identity and Plurality of Ancient Christianity Appendix: Visual Presentation of the Findings on the Lists
“Christian Theology and Its Institutions in the Early Roman Empire is one of the most important books on early Christianity published in the last twenty years. Christoph Markschies lays the groundwork for an innovative history of pre-Nicene theology that takes into account both unity and diversity. Thanks to this excellent translation, even more scholars and students will learn from this exciting study.” —David Brakke, Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and Professor of History, The Ohio State University
michael wolter is Professor of
New Testament and Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn in Germany. robert l. brawley is Albert G. McGaw Professor of New Testament Emeritus at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.
An Outline of His Theology
Michael Wolter Translated by Robert L. Brawley In this newly translated volume, Michael Wolter (University of Bonn, Germany) outlines the architecture of the Apostle’s theology. Wolter contends that it is indeed possible to discover Paul’s core theological
CONTENTS Preface to the German Edition Preface to the English Edition Translator’s Preface I. Prologue II. From Tarsus to Damascus III. The Period in Antioch IV. The Gospel V. Faith VI. The Salvific Reality of Jesus’ Death VII. Baptism VIII. The Holy Spirit IX. Hope X. “Christ Mysticism” and “Participation in Christ” XI. The Community of Believers XII. Ethics XIII. Justification on the Basis of Faith XIV. And What Becomes of Israel? XV. Epilogue
commitments, despite the fact that the sources for Paul’s theology—his letters—are diverse, contextually dependent snapshots of the Apostle’s thinking at a particular moment in time. Wolter frames Paul’s enterprise as a theology of mission and conversion—a mission that accounts for the life and preaching of Paul and a conversion that highlights the experience of Christ shared by all believers. Pauline theology finds expression in the phrase “faith in Christ,” which refers to the complete reorientation and exclusive new identity of the Christian. Wolter places Paul’s theology into a narrative context, often referred to by Paul himself, that emphasizes the time before Paul’s conversion, Paul’s encounter with the risen Christ, and the complex events leading to the
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Antioch incident. Wolter then explores the theology of Paul’s Gospel and the response to this good news—faith—before detailing eleven interlocking and overlapping elements of Paul’s thought. Wolter’s outline successfully delineates a theology common to all of Paul’s letters, and does so without collapsing the texts into a timeless whole. By using the language of Paul himself, Wolter reveals the unity of Paul’s theology while simultaneously unpacking it via categories drawn from modern scholarship. Wolter’s Paul is as vibrant as it is careful—as compelling as it is relevant.
“With magisterial breadth and provocative analysis, Michael Wolter offers a bold new interpretation of Paul’s theology focusing on the interface between Paul’s theological development and the identity formation of his converts.” —Susan Eastman, Associate Research Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
The Problem with Evangelical Theology
Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Wesleyanism, and Pentecostalism, Revised and Expanded Edition
Ben Witherington III Fully revised and expanded edition now includes an analysis of Pentecostalism There is no doubting the legacy of Protestant Reformers and their successors. Luther, Calvin, and Wesley not only spawned specific denominational traditions, but their writings have been instrumental in forging a broadly embraced evangelical theology as well. Ben Witherington wrestles with some of the big ideas of these major traditional theological systems (sin, God’s sovereignty, prophecy, grace, and the Holy Spirit), asking tough questions about their biblical foundations. Advocating a return to Protestantism’s sola scriptura roots, Witherington argues that evangelicalism sometimes wrongly assumes a biblical warrant for some of its more ISBN 978-1-4813-0421-4 $39.95 S 320 pages 6 x 9 | Paperback Original Theology/Biblical Studies November 15, 2015
popular beliefs. Witherington pushes the reader to engage the larger story and plot of the Bible in order to understand the crucial theological elements of Protestant belief. The Problem with Evangelical Theology casts today’s evangelical belief and practice— be it Calvinistic, Wesleyan, Dispensational, or Pentecostal—in the light of its scriptural origins. Witherington offers a comprehensive description of evangelical theology while concurrently providing an insistent corrective to its departures from both tradition and text.
Praise for the first edition: “This volume has given me a renewed appreciation for our Restoration Plea and its great hermeneutical and ecclesiastical potential. And it has chastened me not only to champion the authority of Scripture alone but continually to allow that holy book to reform my theology.” —Robert C. Kurka, Professor of Bible and Theology, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, Stone Campbell Review
ben witherington iii is Professor of New
Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary. CONTENTS Overture: The Legacy of the Reformers PART ONE: Augustine’s Children: The Problems with Reformed Theology 1. Oh Adam, Where Art Thou? 2. Squinting at the Pauline “I” Chart 3. Laying Down the Law with Luther 4. Awaiting the Election Results 5. Complementarianism Is No Compliment PART TWO: On Dispensing with Dispensationalism 6. Enraptured but Not Uplifted 7. What Goes Up, Must Come Down 8. Will the Real Israel of God Please Stand Up? PART THREE: Mr. Wesley Heading West 9. Jesus, Paul, and John 10. New Birth or New Creatures? 11. Amazing Prevenient Grace and Entire Sanctification PART FOUR: The Cost of Pentecostalism 12. The People of Pentecost 13. The Second Blessing of Pentecostalism PART FIVE: The Long Journey Home: Where Do We Go from Here? 14. Reimagining the Mystery 15. And So? Coda: Rebirth of Orthodoxy or Return to Fundamentalism?
n. t. wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College, The School of Divinity, University of St Andrews.
CONTENTS 1. Paul and the Messiah: Knowing the Name or Having the Mind? 2. How to Begin with Jesus: What Did Paul Know, and How Did He Come to Know It? 3. Apocalyptic: Covenantal Narrative or Cosmic Invasion? 4. The Justified People of God: Messianic Israel or Saved Sinners? 5. Theology, Mission and Method: Paul’s and Ours
The Paul Debate
Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle
N. T. Wright Wright Answers His Critics In the last two decades N. T. Wright has produced a succession of connected volumes that explore the nature and origins of Christianity. Wright has consistently argued that Christianity, while indebted to Second Temple Judaism, represents an explosive new development. With major books on method and background, Jesus, and the resurrection already in print, in Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Wright added a comprehensive study of the Apostle to the Gentiles. Wright’s Paul, as well as his reading of Christianity, is not without its detractors. In The Paul Debate, Wright answers his critics. The five chapters represent a response to the five most questioned elements of his understanding of Paul. The first chapter takes up the question of Paul’s theological coherence, particularly the way in which his Jewish context, and the story about Israel he inherited, interacted with what he came to believe about Jesus, a Christological story. Chapter two follows on by tackling the debate over the background, origin, and implications of Paul’s Christology. The third chapter addresses the questions of covenant and cosmos, narrative and apocalyptic. Chapter four focuses on the debate over Paul’s view of
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who constitutes the people of God; this chapter also addresses the question of whether justification belongs to Paul’s soteriology or his ecclesiology, or somehow to both. The final chapter then traces debates about method, both Paul’s and ours, as well as questions of discovery and presentation, again, both Paul’s and ours. The Paul Debate is essential reading for those who both agree and disagree with Wright, and for all who want to understand the compelling voice of one of the most productive and widely read scholars in past decades. “Among the abundance of volumes that Wright has written, this one is perhaps the most readable and the most distilled summation of Wright’s account of the Apostle Paul. Vintage Wright.” —Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia “The Paul Debate serves not only as a useful and concise summary of Wright’s major arguments in his acclaimed work Paul and the Faithfulness of God, but also as a rhetorical rebuttal that contends without being contentious, rightly focusing on arguments rather than persons and personalities.” —Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary and Emeritus Faculty, St Andrews University, Scotland
GREEK / HEBREW
A Handbook on the Greek Text
A Handbook on the Hebrew Text
BAYLOR HANDBOOK ON THE GREEK
BAYLOR HANDBOOK ON THE
David L. Mathewson
John Screnock and Robert D. Holmstedt
Revelation: A Handbook on the Greek Text offers teachers and students a comprehensive guide to the grammar and vocabulary of Revelation. A perfect supplement to any commentary, this volume’s lexical, analytical, and syntactical analysis is a helpful tool in navigating New Testament literature. But more than just providing an analytic key, David Mathewson leads students toward both a greater understanding of the Greek text and an appreciation for the textual, rhetorical, and interpretive intricacies not available in English translations. This handbook is an essential tool for the serious student. “Through the years, the Greek of Revelation has acquired a certain notoriety, with its lack of case agreements and other peculiarities. David Mathewson takes on the challenge of analyzing and describing the Greek of the book of Revelation, providing readers an eminently helpful resource. This handbook will be valuable for Greek enthusiasts of all levels.” —Jeannine Brown, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary, San Diego
david mathewson is Associate Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary.
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This handbook in the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible series provides students of Hebrew with the translation of Esther paired with an exhaustive word by word morphological analysis of the text. Through careful syntactical and textual investigation, Holmstedt and Screnock bring to life one of the most loved biblical books. Esther enables a linguistic understanding of the Old Testament Hebrew text through solid contextual interpretation. “Screnock and Holmstedt’s thorough analysis of the Hebrew text offers readers an astute study of the linguistic trees that does not lose sight of the textual forest. Students and scholars alike will benefit from their informed comments on the forms and use of the language, and from the connections they make to Esther’s context, composition, and stylistic features.” —L. Daniel Hawk, Professor of Old Testament, Ashland Theological Seminary
john screnock is the Kennicott Fellow in Hebrew at the University of Oxford.
robert d. holmstedt is Associate Professor of Ancient Hebrew and Northwest Semitics at the University of Toronto.
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Belonging in Genesis Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation
Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi
After Exegesis Feminist Biblical Theology
Patricia K. Tull and Jacqueline E. Lapsley, editors Essays in Honor of Carol A. Newsom
Genesis calls its readers into a vision of human community unconstrained by the categories that dominate modern thinking about identity. Genesis situates humanity within a network of nurture that encompasses the entire cosmos— only then introducing Israel not as a people, but as a promise. Genesis prioritizes a human identity that originates in the divine word and depends on ongoing relationship with God. In contrast to the rigidity that typifies modern notions, Genesis depicts identity as fundamentally fluid. Encounter with God leads to a new social self, not a “spiritual” self that operates only within parameters established in the body at birth. In Belonging in Genesis, Amanda Mbuvi highlights the ways narrative and the act of storytelling function to define and create a community. Building on the emphasis on family in Genesis, she focuses on the way family storytelling is a means of holding together the interpretation of the text and the constitution of the reading community. Explicitly engaging the way in which readers regard the biblical text as a point of reference for their own (collective) identities leads to an understanding of Genesis as inviting its readers into a radically transformative vision of their place in the world. “Belonging in Genesis seeks to recover the Bible’s novel and iconoclastic understanding of identity formation and human interrelationship, thus providing a theological vision for transforming our fractured world.” —Joel S. Kaminsky, Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Bible, Smith College amanda beckenstein mbuvi is ABE Student Services Coordinator, Greensboro,
After Exegesis frames an inclusive feminist biblical theology, exploring creation, providence, divine judgment, salvation, praise, justice, authority, inclusion, the “other,” moral agency, suffering, violence, reconciliation, flourishing, and hope. Each chapter places multiple related biblical texts in dialogue around a common theological concern. In so doing, this work exemplifies a central feminist claim: that bringing two or more texts, often born of different contexts, into conversation with each other generates a productive tension that transcends the dominant theological tradition. After Exegesis thus underscores the fact that the context for feminist biblical theology must be understood more broadly than it has been traditionally construed. The volume demonstrates feminist theology fulfilling this promised breadth, while also staking a claim to the future: theology must attend to humanity’s interdependent connectedness to the rest of creation and to such realities as human embodiment, suffering, oppression, hope, and the multivocal nature of truth. “After Exegesis is sure to become a standard and much-cited work, both for its clarity of method in feminist biblical theology and for the excellence of the individual contributions to major themes of the theological tradition.” —Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary patricia k. tull is A. B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. jacqueline e. lapsley is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.
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for Reading Connections. ISBN 978-1-60258-747-2 / $49.95 S / 200 pages / 6 x 9 / Paper / Old Testament / March 15, 2016
Christian Oxyrhynchus Texts, Documents, and Sources
Lincoln H. Blumell and Thomas A. Wayment, editors
“A marvelous resource” —John S. Kloppenborg, F.R.S.C., University of Toronto “A treasure trove” —AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University ISBN 978-1-60258-539-3 $89.95 S 778 pages 6 x 9 | Cloth Christian History/Reference August 15, 2015
“An indispensable aid” —Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University “Meticulous and scrutinizing work” —Thomas J. Kraus, University of Zurich
lincoln h. blumell is Assistant Professor in
the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. thomas a. wayment is Professor in the
Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. CONTENTS I. Introduction II. Christian Literary Papyri from Oxyrhynchus New Testament Texts Extracanonical Texts Other Christian Literary Texts III. Documentary Papyri and Christianity at Oxyrhynchus Decian Libelli Christian References in Third-Century Documentary Texts Christian References in Fourth-Century Documentary Texts Letters Written by Christians from the Third and Fourth Centuries IV. Patristic, Coptic, and Other Sources on Christians and Christianity at Oxyrhynchus
Christianity at Oxyrhynchus Blumell and Wayment present a thorough
witnesses and a succinct introduction
compendium of all published papyri,
for each Oxyrhynchus text that provides
parchments, and patristic sources that
information about the date of the papyrus, its
relate to Christianity at Oxyrhynchus
unique characteristics, and textual variants.
before the fifth century CE. Christian
Documentary texts are grouped both by
Oxyrhynchus provides new and expanded
genre and date, giving readers access to
editions of Christian literary and
the Decian Libelli, references to Christians
documentary texts that include updated
in third- and fourth-century texts, and
readings, English translations—some of
letters written by Christians. A compelling
which represent the first English translation
resource for researchers, teachers, and
of a text—and comprehensive notes.
students, Christian Oxyrhynchus enables
broad access to these crucial primary
The volume features New Testament texts
documents beyond specialists in papyrology,
carefully collated against other textual
Greek, Latin, and Coptic.
THEOLOGY / PHILOSOPHY
After We Die
Theology, Philosophy, and the Question of Life after Death
Stephen T. Davis In After We Die, philosopher Stephen T. Davis subjects one of Christianity’s key
stephen t. davis is Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California and author of Disputed Issues: Contending for Christian Faith in Today’s Academic Setting (Baylor University Press, 2009) and many other books.
beliefs—that Christians not only will survive death but also will enjoy bodily resurrection—to searching philosophical analysis. Facing each critique squarely, Davis contends that traditional, historic belief about the eschatological future is philosophically defensible. Davis examines personal extinction, reincarnation, and immortality of the soul. By juxtaposing two systems of salvation—reincarnation/karma and resurrection/ grace—Davis explores the Christian claim that humans will be raised from the dead, as well as the radical Christian assertions of Jesus’ resurrection, ascension, ISBN 978-1-4813-0342-2 $34.95 S 175 pages 5.5 x 8.5 | Cloth Theology Now Available
and long-anticipated return. Davis finally addresses Christian thinking about heaven, hell, and purgatory. The philosophical defense of Christianity’s core beliefs enables Davis to render a reasonable answer to the eternal question of what happens to us after we die. After We Die is essential reading for teachers and students of philosophy, theology, and Bible, as well as anyone interested in a reasoned analysis of historic Christian faith, particularly as it pertains to the inevitable end of each and every human being.
“This accessible, elegant, and intellectually honest argument for classical Christian eschatology is chock-full of carefully reasoned arguments on behalf of contested Christian beliefs. It is Christian apologetics at its kindest.” —Ellen T. Charry, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
CONTENTS Introduction 1. Survival of Death Theories 2. Karma versus Grace 3. Resurrection 4. Ascension and Second Coming 5. Hell 6. Purgatory 7. Heaven Conclusion
gerald o’collins, sj, ac, taught
Fundamental and Systematic Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, for 33 years. He is now an adjunct professor of Australian Catholic University, a fellow of the University of Divinity, and writer-in-residence at Jesuit Theological College, Parkville (Australia). CONTENTS PART ONE 1. Christology—The Last Fifty Years 2. Revisiting the Person of Jesus 3. Revisiting the Work of Jesus PART TWO 4. Paul as a Witness to the Risen Jesus 5. Peter as Witness to Easter PART THREE 6. The Priesthood of Christ and Followers of Other Faiths 7. Jacques Dupuis and Religious Pluralism 8. Jacques Dupuis and Karl Rahner A Bibliography of Gerald O’Collins, SJ (2000–2013)
Origins, Developments, Debates
Gerald O’Collins, SJ Christology of the Bible, Christology of the World’s Religions The study of Jesus remains central to Christianity. “Who was and is Jesus?” and “What has he done for us and for our world?” are crucial questions that demand careful consideration and perennial answers. These Christological questions reach to the heart of Christian identity—both in its understanding of itself and in its relation to other world religions. In Christology: Origins, Developments, Debates, Gerald O’Collins continues his groundbreaking work in Christology by first tracing its major developments over the last fifty years. He next turns to a theology of resurrection—Christology’s central event—and the foundational roles played by its two great witnesses, Peter and Paul. O’Collins then masterfully constructs a “theology of religions” that explores the relationship of Christianity to other living faiths precisely in light of the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
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In this volume, O’Collins engages the riches of the tradition and the challenges of the present to aid scholars and students alike who wish to grasp the centrality of the second person of the Trinity to the Christian faith.
“No systematic theologian can afford to ignore O’Collins’ work, nor to fail to profit from his prodigious scholarship and consummate erudition. This welcome volume brings together eight chapters prompting further reflection and insight into the sublimely impenetrable mystery of the person of Christ and will prove especially valuable as a reference and resource for both students and theologians in the field.” —Anne Hunt, Professor, Australian Catholic University
Black Practical Theology
dale p. andrews is Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology at Vanderbilt University.
Dale Andrews and Robert Smith combine the voices of constructive theologians,
robert london smith jr. is an Honorary Researcher in Practical Theology, King’s College at University of Aberdeen, U.K. and Pastor at Rubislaw Parish Church, Aberdeen, U.K.
Dale P. Andrews and Robert London Smith Jr., editors practical theologians, and those ministering in black churches to craft a rich and expansive black practical theology. Black Practical Theology brings together the hermeneutical conversation between scholars working within the traditional disciplines of theological education (systematic theology, ethics, biblical studies, history) and those scholars working within practical theology (homiletics, pastoral care and counseling, Christian education, spirituality). To this ongoing conversation, Andrews and Smith add the voices of pastors of black congregations and para-church leaders who serve the communities of faith who daily confront the challenges this work addresses— ISBN 978-1-60258-435-8 $49.95 S 360 pages 6 x 9 | Paperback Original Theology August 1, 2015
youth and intergenerational divides, education and poverty, gender and sexuality, globalism, healthcare, and incarceration and the justice system. Black Practical Theology sets the standard for practical theology. Embodying its own methodological call—to begin with the issues of the black church, as well as its resources and practices—it does not rest content but returns immediately to the communities from which it emerged. Black Practical Theology is a gift to both teacher and student.
“Black Practical Theology takes seriously the vivid contours of Black existence in the new millennium and gifts the field of Practical Theology with models for using creativity born of marginality as an aid for human flourishing. I have no doubt that this work, which draws on the wisdom of many, will find a place in seminary classrooms and more broadly in theological education.” —Stephen G. Ray Jr., Neal A. and Ila F. Fisher Professor of Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
CONTENTS I. Introduction II. Black Youth, Intergenerational Relations, and Ageism III. Education, Class, and Poverty IV. Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Race V. Globalism, Immigration, and Diasporan Communities VI. Health Care, HIV/AIDS, and Poverty VII. Mass Incarceration, Capital Punishment, and the Justice System VIII. Conclusion CONTRIBUTORS Esther E. Acolatse Donna E. Allen Dale P. Andrews Edward P. Antonio Michael Battle James H. Evans Jr. Diana L. Hayes Willie James Jennings Emmanuel Y. Amugi Lartey Madipoane Masenya Madeline McClenney Evelyn L. Parker Anthony G. Reddie Delroy A. Reid-Salmon Phillis Isabella Sheppard Robert London Smith Jr. Gina M. Stewart Raphael Warnock Dennis W. Wiley and Christine Y. Wiley Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
grace y. kao is Associate Professor
of Ethics at Claremont School of Theology; Co-Director of the Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion at Claremont School of Theology; and Affiliated Faculty at Claremont Graduate University. ilsup ahn is Carl I. Lindberg
Professor of Philosophy at North Park University and Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow. CONTENTS 1. Introduction: What Is Asian American Christian Ethics? 2. Gender and Sexuality 3. Marriage, Family, and Parenting 4. Virtue Ethics 5. Peace and War 6. Wealth and Prosperity 7. Racial Identity and Solidarity 8. Health Care 9. Immigration 10. The Environment 11. Education and Labor 12. Cosmetic Surgery 13. Conclusion: The Future of Asian American Christian Ethics CONTRIBUTORS Ilsup Ahn Christina A. Astorga Ki Joo (KC) Choi Hoon Choi Hannah Ka Grace Y. Kao SueJeanne Koh Hak Joon Lee Irene Oh Keun-Joo Christine Pae Sharon M. Tan Jonathan Tran
Asian American Christian Ethics Voices, Methods, Issues
Grace Y. Kao and Ilsup Ahn, editors This groundbreaking volume presents the collective work of twelve Christian ethicists of Asian descent in the U.S. who map the new and burgeoning field of study located at the juncture of Christian ethics and Asian American studies. Led by Grace Kao and Ilsup Ahn, these scholars identify the purposes and chart the contours of what constitutes a distinctly Asian American Christian ethical approach to moral concerns. Asian American Christian Ethics rethinks perennial issues in Christian ethics (war and peace, family/marriage/parenting, gender and sexuality, economics and wealth, virtue ethics), pressing social matters (race relations, immigration, healthcare, the environment), and issues of special interest to Asian Americans (education, labor, plastic surgery). Each chapter utilizes classical Christian sources read from the particular vantage point of Asian American Christian theology, ethics, and culture. Beginning with a description of the range of Christian responses to the issue, each author describes and enacts a constructive proposal for an
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Asian American Christian ethical response. An ideal volume for researchers, teachers, and students alike, Asian American Christian Ethics articulates the foundations, questions, and goals of this vibrant and flourishing field of study.
“No one who claims to be interested in the field of ethics can ever consider themselves fully informed if they fail to interact with this first, and hopefully not last, major contribution to the academic discourse from the Asian American experience relegated to the margins.” —Miguel A. De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies, Iliff School of Theology
“This significant work is sure to transform the field of Christian ethics. Asian American Christian Ethics challenges us to think theologically, to think ethically, and to delve into the very conditions of our existence with one another in order to understand the past, present, and future that is still to come.” —Wonhee Anne Joh, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, GarrettEvangelical Theological Seminary
“Now that Christianity has become truly global, the need to teach theology in a global and transnational context is more urgent than ever. Kwok Pui-Lan and her associates, all of them veteran practitioners and teachers of theology in a variety of venues and in different countries, offer here a treasure trove of concrete suggestions distilled from their experiences. I most strongly recommend the book as required reading to all people—administrators, faculty, staff, and students— involved in theological teaching and learning.” —Peter C. Phan, The Ignacio Ellacuría , S.J. Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
“In a globalizing world, theology has no choice but to become global as well. The chapters of this book present helpful models for alternative ways to become truly global, addressing roadblocks, such as power differentials, and making constructive suggestions for another way forward that embraces complexity and hybridity.” —Joerg Rieger, Wendand-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, SMU
kwok pui-lan is William F. Cole
Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School. cecilia gonzález-andrieu is
Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. dwight n. hopkins is Professor
of Theology at the Divinity School, University of Chicago and Professor Extraordinarious at the University of South Africa. CONTENTS PART I: GLOBAL THEOLOGY AND WHY IT MATTERS 1. Teaching Theology from a Global Perspective 2. Listening for Fresh Voices in the History of the Church 3. Teaching Global Theology in a Comparative Mode PART II: IDENTITY, POWER, AND PEDAGOGY 4. The Good of Education 5. Identity Cross-Dressing while Teaching in a Global Context 6. Teaching Global Theology with Local Resources 7. Pedagogy for Being Human in Global Comparison PART III: PRAXIS AND RESPONSIBILITY 8. Teaching to Transform 9. Hablando Se Entiende la Gente 10. The Geopolitical and the Glocal
Teaching Global Theologies Power and Praxis
Kwok Pui-lan, Cecilia González-Andrieu, and Dwight N. Hopkins, editors Theological education, like theology itself, is becoming a truly global enterprise. As such, theological education has to form, teach, and train leaders of faith communities prepared to lead in a transnational world. The teaching of theology with a global awareness has to wrestle with the nature and scope of the theological curriculum, teaching methods, and the context of learning. Teaching Global Theologies directly addresses both method and content by identifying local resources, successful pedagogies of inclusion, and best practices for teaching theology in a global context. The contributors to Teaching Global Theologies are Catholic, mainline Protestant, and evangelical scholars from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, each with sustained connections with other parts of the world. Teaching Global Theologies capitalizes on this diversity to uncover neglected sources for a global theology even as it does so in constructive conversation with the long tradition of Christian thought. Bringing missing voices and neglected theological sources into conversation with the historical tradition enriches that tradition even as it uncovers questions of power, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Teachers are offered successful pedagogies for bringing these questions into the classroom and best practices to promote students’ global consciousness, shape them as ecclesial leaders, and form them as global citizens.
ISBN 978-1-4813-0285-2 $34.95 S 220 pages 6 x 9 | Paperback Original Theology/Pedagogy September 15, 2015 CONTRIBUTORS Kwok Pui-lan William A. Dyrness Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Cecilia González-Andrieu Miguel A. De La Torre Lai Pan-chiu Dwight N. Hopkins Teresia Hinga Loida I. Martell-Otero Eleazar S. Fernandez
A Theology of Political Vocation Christian Life and Public Office
John E. Senior Power, money, endless competition. A zero-sum game. Politics as usual. Only the hearty or craven need apply. The political actors have lost sight of the politics of a common good. A Theology of Political Vocation takes up the question of public life precisely where most discussions end. Proving that moral ambiguity does not exclude moral possibility, author John Senior crafts a theology of political vocation not satisfied simply by theologies of sin and grace and philosophical theories of power. For Senior, political theology moves beyond merely staking a claim within a public conversation, a move that prizes discursive skills and aims at consensus ISBN 978-1-4813-0035-3 $49.95 S 234 pages 6 x 9 | Cloth Theology/Ethics/Political Science September 15, 2015
concerning shared norms and values. Political theology must offer an account of a political vocation. Senior connects political deliberation to moral judgment, explores the use and consequence of power, analyzes political conflict and competition, and limns the ethics of negotiation and compromise. In light of this richer understanding of political vocation, Senior develops theological resources appropriate to a variety of ecologies—ordinary citizens, political activists, and elected officials. A Theology of Political Vocation shows how Christian politicians can work faithfully within the moral ambiguity of political life to orient their work—and indeed, their very selves—toward the common good.
“During a time when the doctrine of vocation is looked upon with suspicion and politics with cynicism, John Senior has crafted a wonderful book that is a thoughtful exploration of vocation and a compelling view of politics. In a lucid and disciplined way, he brings vocation and politics together, not by elevating them beyond belief, but by crafting a theological defense of the unavoidable moral ambiguity of both. He thereby shapes an argument for the operational benefits and moral significance of treating politics as vocation.” —Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics, Columbia Theological Seminary
john e. senior is Assistant Teaching Professor of Ethics and Society and Director of the Art of Ministry Program at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
CONTENTS Introduction: Statecraft in a Machiavellian Age 1. What Is a Political Vocation? 2. Responsibility and Representation 3. Vocation and Formation in Political Space 4. The Moral Ambiguity of Political Space 5. The Journey of Political Vocation 6. The Project of Political Vocation 7. Irony as a Political Virtue 8. Good Political Competition Conclusion: The Possibility of Political Vocation
mindy makant is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
CONTENTS Introduction: The Suffering Self 1. The Logic of Suffering 2. The Reality of Redemption 3. Narration: The Remembering Self 4. Embodiment: The Experiencing Self 5. Vocation: The Anticipating Self Conclusion: The Redeeming Self
The Practice of Story
Suffering and the Possibilities of Redemption
Mindy Makant The grammar of Christian redemption cannot live solely in the future tense. Despite confidence about the effects of Jesus’ resurrection in the present, Christians are tempted to depict salvation as a future accomplishment, rather than a present reality. No doubt this failing is well founded, for most Christians know all too well that the power of the past—particularly past suffering—shapes the present. But as Mindy Makant argues in The Practice of Story: Suffering and the Possibilities of Redemption, such reserve may cede too much to suffering and grant too little to redemption. Makant admits the horrors of suffering: that suffering damages and destroys, that past suffering renders one unable to live in the present, and that profound suffering can make it altogether impossible to imagine a future. Yet in the very midst of this impossibility, Makant shows how suffering, even extreme and profound suffering, does not have the final word. God does. The story of suffering is not the defining narrative. Redemption wields
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ultimate power to shape human identity. God has given the church gifts— specific ecclesial practices—necessary to bear witness to the story of God’s redemptive activity in the world. These practices constitute the practices of story. They re-order the lives of Christians and make future redemption present despite the destructive power of the past.
“Makant skillfully explores the devastating experience of extreme suffering, and tenderly leads readers to see anew how love, not suffering, has the final word. The Practice of Story invites readers to expand our theological imaginations, to open our eyes and to participate in God’s redemptive movement in life.” —Pamela R. McCarroll, author of The End of Hope—the Beginning: Narratives of Hope in the Face of Death and Trauma
The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Jr.
Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future
Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community
Ryan Andrew Newson and Andrew C. Wright, editors
James Wm. McClendon, Jr. (1924–2000) was the most important “baptist” theologian of the twentieth century. McClendon crafted a systematic theology that grew out of the immediacy of preaching the text, refused to succumb to the pressures of individualism, and lamented the stunted public witness of a fractured Protestant ecclesiology.
Baptists tend to be the “problem children” of the ecumenical movement. The Baptist obsession to realize a true church birthed a tradition of separation. While Baptists’ misgivings about ecumenism may stem from this fissiparous genealogy, it is equally true that the modern ecumenical movement itself increasingly lacks consensus about the pathway to a visible Christian unity.
This third and final volume of his Collected Works provides a compendium of McClendon’s sermons—examples of what he called “first-order” theology in action. The sermons in this collection—many rarely seen and never before published—provide an important window into McClendon’s own theology and witness to his convictions about theology’s purpose and end. This third volume serves as an invaluable resource for ministers, students, and theologians who seek a fuller understanding of McClendon’s “baptist” theology.
In Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future, Steven R. Harmon explores the relationship of the Baptist calling to be a pilgrim community and the ecumenical movement. Harmon argues that neither vision can be fulfilled apart from a mutually receptive ecumenical engagement.
“In these sermons, McClendon achieved the pinnacle of sophisticated theological scholarship: he used ordinary words to catalyze for ordinary folks an extraordinary vision of the one true Word who easters with the church in the ordinary.” —Brad J. Kallenberg, Professor of Theology and Ethics, University of Dayton
james william mcclendon, jr. was a Christian theologian in the Anabaptist tradition and the author of several important works. He was, at the time of his death, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. ryan andrew newson is a Doctoral Candidate in Christian Ethics and Philosophical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. andrew c. wright is a Doctoral Candidate in Christian Ethics and Philosophical
Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and is Adjunct Professor in the Division of Religion and Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University.
Steven R. Harmon
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Embedded in the Baptist vision and its historical embodiment are surprising openings for ecumenical convergence. Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future urges Baptists and their dialogue partners to recognize and embrace these ecumenically oriented facets of Baptist identity as indispensable provisions for their shared pilgrimage toward the fullness of the rule of Christ in their midst, which remains partial so long as Christ’s body remains divided. “Steven Harmon challenges his own Baptist tradition to receive the gifts held in trust for the whole body of Christ by other churches, even as he implicitly challenges others to recognize the gifts that Baptists, with their ‘pilgrim church theology,’ bring to the wider church. The book is creative, well researched, passionate, and practical.” —Michael Kinnamon, Former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the USA
steven r. harmon is Visiting Associate Professor of Historical Theology in the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University.
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malkhaz songulashvili is Associate Professor of Comparative Theology at Ilia State University and Metropolitan Bishop of Tbilisi for the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia. Dr. Songulashvili received the 2015 Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award, awarded for outstanding work in promoting religious and minority rights around the globe. He resides in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
CONTENTS Introduction: Religion in Georgia and Baptists in Europe 1. The Setting for Religious Renewal in Georgia 2. The Early Activity of Georgian Evangelical Christians and Baptists (1919–1941) 3. The Formation of the Georgian ECB’s Institutional Identity (1942–1989) 4. Evangelism in Post-Soviet Georgia 5. Reforms in the Life of the ECB Community Conclusion: The Missiological Experience of the ECB
Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia The History and Transformation of a Free Church Tradition STUDIES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY
Malkhaz Songulashvili Malkhaz Songulashvili, former Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia (EBCG), provides a pioneering, exacting, and sweeping history of Georgian Baptists. Utilizing archival sources in Georgian, Russian, German, and English—translating many of these crucial documents for the first time into English—he recounts the history of the EBCG from its formation in 1867 to the present. While the particular story of Georgian Baptists merits telling in its own right, and not simply as a feature of Russian religious life, Songulashvili employs Georgian Baptists as a sustained case study on the convergence of religion and culture. The interaction of Eastern Orthodox, Western Protestant, and Russian dissenting religious traditions—mixed into the political cauldron of Russian occupation of a formerly distinct eastern European culture—led to a remarkable experiment in Christian free-
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church identity. Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia allows readers to peer through the lens of intercultural studies to see the powerful relationships among politics, religion, and culture in the formation of Georgian Baptists, and their blending of Orthodox tradition into Baptist life to craft a unique ecclesiology, liturgy, and aesthetics.
“As a former archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, Songulashvili writes with unique authority about this astonishing synthesis of Evangelical activism with Eastern Christianity.” —David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling
“Songulashvili’s skills as a historian and theologian have produced essential reading not just for those interested in the life of Baptists, but for all who are concerned with the Christian church during and after the Soviet era in Eastern Europe.” —Paul S. Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford and Principal Emeritus, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
jay d. green is Professor of History at
Jay D. Green
CONTENTS Introduction: How Faith Matters to Historical Study 1. Historical Study That Takes Religion Seriously 2. Historical Study through the Lens of Christian Faith Commitments 3. Historical Study as Applied Christian Ethics 4. Historical Study as Christian Apologetic 5. Historical Study as Search for God Conclusion: Historical Study as Christian Vocation
Five Rival Versions
Christian faith complicates the task of historical writing. It does so because Christianity is at once deeply historical and profoundly transhistorical. Christian historians taking up the challenge of writing about the past have thus struggled to craft a single, identifiable Christian historiography. Overlapping, and even contradictory, Christian models for thinking and writing about the past abound—from accountings empathetic toward past religious expressions, to history imbued with Christian moral concern, to narratives tracing God’s movement through the ages. The nature and shape of Christian historiography have been, and remain, hotly contested.
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Jay Green illuminates five rival versions of Christian historiography. In this
volume, Green discusses each of these approaches, identifying both their virtues and challenges. Christian Historiography serves as a basic introduction to the variety of ways contemporary historians have applied their Christian convictions to historical research and reconstruction. Christian teachers and students developing their own sense of the past will benefit from exploring the variety of Christian historiographical approaches described and evaluated in this volume.
“A masterpiece of Christian historiography from one of this generation’s most thoughtful historians!” —John Fea, Chair of the History Department and Professor of American History, Messiah College, and author of Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past
“Christian Historiography is an excellent introduction to the state of the arguments regarding the relationship of Christian faith to historical writing. Green offers lucid summaries and gentle critiques of a wide range of approaches.” —George Marsden, author of The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship
philip a. rolnick is Professor of
Theology and Chair of the Science and Theology Network at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. CONTENTS PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. A Universe of Grace and Reason PART II: EVOLUTION—FROM CHALLENGE TO THEOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE 2. Four Challenges of Evolution 3. Evolution and Divine Design 4. Natural Selection and a God of Love 5. Struggle, Pain, and Death and the Goodness of Creation 6. Common Ancestry and Human Uniqueness PART III: COSMOLOGY AND CREATION 7. The Origin and Development of an Inhabitable Universe 8. A Universe Finely Tuned for Life 9. Logos—The Divine Source of Reason PART IV: CREATION’S GIFTS AND HUMAN RESPONSE 10. The Given and the Earned 11. The Old and the New
God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos
Philip A. Rolnick Rather than seeing science and religion as oppositional, in Origins: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos Philip Rolnick demonstrates the remarkable compatibility of contemporary science and traditional Christian theology. Rolnick directly engages the challenges of evolutionary biology—its questions about design, natural selection, human uniqueness, and suffering, pain, and death. In doing so, he reveals how biological challenges can be turned to theological advantages, not by disputing scientific data and theory, but by inviting evolutionary biology into the Christian conversation about creation. Rolnick then lets the vastly expanded time and macroscopic beauty of big bang cosmology cast new and benign light on both biology and theology. The discovery of a big bang beginning, fine-tuning, and a 3.45 billion year evolutionary process brings new ways to think about the creativity of creation. From the tiny to the tremendous, there is an intelligent generosity built into the features of the cosmos and its living creatures, a spectrum of interconnected
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phenomena that seems tinged with grace. By recognizing the gifts of creation that have been scientifically uncovered, Origins presents a new way to understand this universe of grace and reason.
“Having already written on grace and personhood, Philip A. Rolnick here shows how a universe of grace and rationality can lead to the emergence of something like us: embodied, embedded, and endowed creatures.” —Niels Henrik Gregersen, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen
“Origins weaves together many contemporary and traditional strands of science and religion into a fascinating, inspiring, intelligible, and original vision of nature’s proclamation of the glory of God.” —Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., President, Magis Center of Reason and Faith, and author of New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy
RELIGION & CULTURE
matthew s. rindge is Associate Professor of
Matthew S. Rindge
CONTENTS Introduction 1. The American Dream: The Sacred Ethos of American Religion 2. Fight Club: Lamenting God’s Abandonment and the American Dream 3. American Beauty : Death as Divine Beauty 4. About Schmidt : An American Rich Fool 5. Films as Parables of Disorientation Conclusion
Film and the American Dream
The sacred ethos of the American Dream has become a central pillar of American civil religion. The belief that meaning is fashioned from some mixture of family, friends, a stable career, and financial security permeates American culture. Profane Parables examines three films that assault this venerated American myth. Fight Club (1999), American Beauty (1999), and About Schmidt (2002) indict the American Dream as a meaningless enterprise that is existentially, ethically, and aesthetically bankrupt. In their blistering critique of the hallowed wisdom of the American ISBN 978-1-4813-0429-0 $39.95 S 185 pages 6 x 9 | Cloth Religion/Film April 1, 2016
Dream, these films function like Jesus’ parables. As narratives of disorientation, Jesus’ parables upend conventional and cherished worldviews. Author Matthew Rindge illustrates the religious function of these films as parables of subversion that provoke rather than comfort and disturb rather than stabilize. Ultimately, Rindge considers how these parabolic films operate as sacred texts in their own right.
“Rindge is both sensitive and insightful in his film analysis, and the discussion of these movies as parables takes the analysis to a whole new level of sophistication. This book would be a very useful addition to both American Studies and ‘religion and film’ classes, as well as classes in New Testament parables.” —Robert K. Johnston, Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
Religious Studies at Gonzaga University.
RELIGION & CULTURE
alan p. r. gregory is Principal of the
South East Institute for Theological Education. CONTENTS Introduction 1. Sublime Fiction? 2. Pulp Fiction, or the Sublime Subversion of the Boy-Engineer 3. Wells and Stapledon: The Evolutionary Sublime 4. Philip Dick versus the Sublime 5. The Apocalyptic Sublime 6. From the Sublime to the Beautiful Conclusion
Science Fiction Theology Beauty and the Transformation of the Sublime
Alan P. R. Gregory Science fiction imagines a universe teeming with life and thrilling possibility, but also hidden and hideous dangers. Christian theology, often a polemical target for science fiction, reflects on the plenitude out of which and for which the universe exists. In Science Fiction Theology, Alan Gregory investigates the troubled relationship between science fiction and Christianity and, in particular, how both have laid claim to the modern idea of sublimity. To the extent that science fiction has appropriated—and reveled in—the sublime, it has persisted in a sometimes explicit, sometimes subterranean, relationship with Christian theology. From its seventeenth-century beginnings, the sublime, with its representations of immensity, has informed the imagining of God. When science fiction critiques or reinvents religion, its writers have engaged in a literary guerrilla war with Christianity over what is truly sublime and divine. Gregory examines the sublime and its implicit theologies as they appear in early American pulp science fiction, the horror writing of H. P. Lovecraft,
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science fiction narratives of evolution and apocalypse, and the work of Philip K. Dick. Ironically, science fiction’s tussle with Christianity hides the extent to which the sublime, especially in popular culture, serves to distort the classical Christian understanding of God, secularizing that God and rendering God’s transcendence finite. But by turning from the sublime to a consideration of the beautiful, Gregory shows that both Christian and science-fictional imaginations may discover a new and surprising conversation.
“The spiritual dimension of science fiction has been ignored for too long, but here Alan Gregory gives us a pioneering account of how science fiction emerged from the tradition of the sublime. This suggestive new study combines historical insights into the context of the fiction with detailed analysis of particular works.” —David Seed, Professor of American Literature, Liverpool University
CULTURE / RACE STUDIES
Trauma and Race
A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity
Sheldon George African American identity is racialized. And this racialized identity has animated and shaped political resistance to racism. Hidden, though, are the psychological implications of rooting identity in race, especially because American history is inseparable from the trauma of slavery. In Trauma and Race author Sheldon George begins with the fact that African American racial identity is shaped by factors both historical and psychical. Employing the work of Jacques Lacan, George demonstrates how slavery is a psychic event repeated through the agencies of racism and inscribed in racial identity itself. The trauma of this past confronts ISBN 978-1-60258-734-2 $59.95 S 190 pages 6 x 9 | Cloth Race Studies February 1, 2016
the psychic lack that African American racial identity both conceals and traumatically unveils for the African American subject. Trauma and Race investigates the vexed, ambivalent attachment of African Americans to their racial identity, exploring the ways in which such attachment is driven by traumatic, psychical urgencies that often compound or even exceed the political exigencies called forth by racism.
“Trauma and Race presents a compelling and original approach to race that confronts head-on the seemingly intractable attachment of identity to race in America. With admirable clarity and persuasive force, George uses Lacanian psychoanalytic concepts to offer a new perspective on race that will surely excite debate and reorient discussions about race in America.” —Jean Wyatt, author of Risking Difference: Identification, Race and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism
“With well-grounded roots in Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, Sheldon George reveals the real trauma of slavery in the United States. This is a masterly work of analysis that makes an important contribution to the emerging discussion around slavery and trauma.” —Ron Eyerman, Professor of Sociology, Yale University
sheldon george is Professor of English at
Simmons College. CONTENTS Introduction: Race Today, or Alterity and Jouissance 1. Race and Slavery: Theorizing Agencies beyond the Symbolic 2. Conserving Race, Conserving Trauma: The Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois 3. Approaching the Thing of Slavery: Toni Morrison’s Beloved 4. The Oedipal Complex and the Mythic Structure of Race: Ellison’s Juneteenth and Invisible Man Conclusion: Beyond Race, or The Exaltation of Personality
paul martens is Associate Professor
of Religion at Baylor University. c. stephen evans is University
Kierkegaard and Christian Faith Paul Martens and C. Stephen Evans, editors
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University, and Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University.
Kierkegaard and Christian Faith responds directly to the perennial and
CONTENTS 1. An Introduction to False Pretenses, Søren Kierkegaard, and Trying on Faith for Size PART I: PHILOSOPHY, REVELATION, AND AUTHORITY 2. Kierkegaard as Four Dimensional Thinker 3. Kierkegaard, Natural Theology, and the Existence of God 4. Kierkegaard and the Epistle of James 5. Kierkegaard and Apostolic Authority PART II: CHRISTIAN CHARACTER AND COMMUNITY 6. On Becoming a Person of Character 7. Søren Kierkegaard, Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins, and Transparency Before God 8. The Apophatic Self and the Way of Forgetting 9. The Rule of Chaos and the Perturbation of Love 10. Secrecy, Corruption, and the Exchange of Reasons 11. Kierkegaard and the Peaceable Kingdom
troubled the waters of nineteenth-century Danish Christendom, is a “Christian
CONTRIBUTORS Richard Bauckham C. Stephen Evans Paul J. Griffiths Jennifer A. Herdt Paul Martens Kathleen Norris Cyril O’Regan Simon D. Podmore Sylvia Walsh Merold Westphal Ralph C. Wood
problematic concern of how to read Kierkegaard. Specifically, this volume presses the question of whether the existentialist philosopher, who so thinker for our time.” The chapters crisscross the disciplines of philosophy, theology, literature, and ethics, and are as rich in argument as they are diverse in style. Collectively the chapters demonstrate a principled agreement that Kierkegaard continues to be relevant, even imperative. Kierkegaard and Christian Faith reveals just how Kierkegaard’s work both defines and reconfigures what is meant by “Christian thinker.” Following an autobiographical prologue by Kathleen Norris, this volume gathers the chapters in pairs around crucial themes: the use of philosophy (Merold Westphal and C. Stephen Evans), revelation and authority (Richard Bauckham and Paul J. Griffiths), Christian character (Sylvia Walsh and Ralph C. Wood), the relationship between the church and the world (Jennifer A. Herdt and Paul Martens), and moral questions of forgiveness
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and love (Simon D. Podmore and Cyril O’Regan). The volume underscores the centrality of Christianity to Kierkegaard’s life and thought, and rightly positions Kierkegaard as a profound challenge to Christianity as it is understood and practiced today.
“By giving Kierkegaard a voice for our time, this unique collection of essays breaks new ground, demonstrating why Kierkegaard remains such an important figure for Christianity today. What makes this volume exceptional is the way that it weaves together a diverse range of perspectives from leading scholars. This collection will prove invaluable not only for Kierkegaard scholars but also for all those interested in Kierkegaard’s profound vision of the Christian faith.” —Andrew Torrance, Research Fellow, University of St Andrews
Sociology of Religion A David Martin Reader
David Martin Dedong Wei and Zhifeng Zhong, editors
A Rodney Stark Reader
Rodney Stark Dedong Wei and Zhifeng Zhong, editors
Sociologist David Martin has framed the secularization debate, guided Pentecostal studies, and shaped the scholarly study of religion. Martin’s work possesses both theoretical depth and global perspective. This reader celebrates his best and most important work. It is essential reading for scholars and students who want to learn more about modernization and cultural change, Pentecostalism and the Global South, peace and violence, religion and sociology, and theology and politics.
For the last five decades, Rodney Stark has been one of sociology’s most prolific and important scholars of religion. The theoretical depth, the scientific rigor, and the clarity of style manifested in Stark’s oeuvre—over 30 books and 140 articles—have made his work the standard texts. Stark’s research career encompasses a wide spectrum of the necessary topics in sociology of religion. He has applied groundbreaking theory and method to issues of secularization, religion and society, religious movements, social theory, and the history of religion.
“Given the enormous importance of Martin’s approach for the understanding of religious change, an initiative to collect selections from his works and some of his classic articles can only be welcomed. I find the selections completely convincing; the range of topics and the historical erudition of the author are breathtaking.” —Hans Joas, Emeritus Professor, University of Reading
Sociology of Religion: A Rodney Stark Reader mirrors Stark’s influential career by highlighting these very topics. In this anthology, Stark’s significant articles are not only, for the first time, collected together but also clearly organized according to the thematic trajectory of Stark’s carefully developed theory of religion. This volume is the essential reader for any scholar, teacher, or student encountering the work of one of this century’s most compelling sociologists.
“This comprehensive expression of the work of David Martin, one of the world’s leading sociologists of religion and practitioners of comparative sociology, is extremely welcome. It will prove particularly important to the Chinese reader seeking to understand the varied societies of Europe and the Americas, for the diverse histories of these countries including their politics, wars, and economic development have been shaped by religion.” —Christie Davies, Professor, University of Reading david martin is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics,
London University, and Adjunct Professor at Liverpool Hope University. dedong wei is Professor of Religious Studies, Deputy Dean of the School of Philosophy,
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Sociology of Religion
“This reader wonderfully displays both the breadth and brilliance of Rodney Stark’s research. For new scholars, it offers an engaging introduction to Stark’s vast trove of research; for research veterans, it is a fun, awe inspiring tour of a remarkable research career.” —Roger Finke, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, the Pennsylvania State University and Director, the Association of Religion Data Archives rodney stark is Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University and
Co-Director of the Institute of Studies of Religion. zhifeng zhong is Research Fellow at the National Survey and Research Center and Advanced Institute for the Studies of Religion at Renmin University of China.
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PHILOSOPHY / LITERATURE
A Poetics of Translation Between Chinese and English Literature
David Jasper, Geng Youzhuang, and Wang Hai, editors
Western literature, from the mysterious figure of Marco Polo to the deliberate fictions of Daniel Defoe and Mark Twain, has constructed portraits of China born of dreamy parody or sheer prejudice. The West’s attempt to understand China has proven as difficult as China’s attempt to understand the West. A Poetics of Translation reflects the final impossibility of the task of translation, which is always, at best, approximate. By examining texts from the Bible to poetry and from historical treatises to Shakespeare, this volume carefully interrogates—and ultimately broadens—translation by exposing the multiple ways in which linguistic, cultural, religious, historical, and philosophical meaning are formed through cross-cultural interaction. Readers invested in the complexities of translation betwixt China and the West will find this volume full of intriguing studies and attentive readings that encompass the myriad issues surrounding East-West translation with rigor and imagination. “Anyone interested in East-West comparative studies will find the essays contained here richly informative, persuasively argued, and intellectually stimulating.” —Zhang Longxi, Chair Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, City University of Hong Kong david jasper is Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow and Distinguished Overseas Professor at Renmin University of China. wang hai is Lecturer of Comparative Literature at Renmin University of China. geng youzhuang is Professor of Comparative Literature at Renmin University of China.
Between East and West/Word and Image Geng Youzhuang
In Between East and West/Word and Image Geng Youzhuang, one of China’s leading intellectuals, offers an original and sophisticated analysis of both Western cultural and literary theory and contemporary Chinese thought. In this fascinating exploration of the respective intellectual traditions within China and the West, Geng shows how the dynamics at work between word and image become a parable for understanding the larger relationship between Chinese and Western ideas. Geng first surveys influential Western thinkers and their ideas, with a special focus on the relations between words and things, signs and meanings, image and language. He next explores the conflicted relationship between religion and literature in the West. Finally, Geng turns his focus to China, discussing the meaning and significance of sinology and the possibilities of treating China as a sign and referent in contemporary Western thinking. Anyone interested in the forces at work within the intermingling of Eastern and Western literature, writing, and the semiotics of culture, will find Between East and West/Word and Image compelling. “Between East and West/Word and Image is highly informative and filled with fresh insights and thought-provoking ideas for scholars in comparative literature, cross-cultural studies, and China-West studies.” —Ming Dong Gu, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Dallas geng youzhuang is Professor of Comparative Literature at Renmin University of China.
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The Old Testament is often maligned as an outmoded and even dangerous text. Best-selling authors like Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, and Derrick Jensen are prime examples of those who find the Old Testament to be problematic to modern sensibilities. Iain Provan counters that such easy and popular readings misunderstand the Old Testament. He opposes modern misconceptions of the Old Testament by addressing ten fundamental questions that the biblical text should— and according to Provan does—answer: questions such as “Who is God?” and “Why do evil and suffering mark the world?” By focusing on Genesis and drawing on other Old Testament and extra-biblical sources, Seriously Dangerous Religion constructs a more plausible reading. As it turns out, Provan argues, the Old Testament is far more dangerous than modern critics even suppose. Its dangers are the bold claims it makes upon its readers.
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