BAYLOR UNIVERSITY PRESS 2020 –– 2021
Fertility and Faith The Demographic Revolution and the Transformation of World Religions
PHILIP JENKINS is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University.
Philip Jenkins Demography drives religious change. High-fertility societies, like most of contemporary Africa, tend to be fervent and devout. The lower a population’s fertility rates, the greater the tendency for people to detach from organized or institutional religion. Thus, fertility rates supply an effective gauge of secularization trends. In Fertility and Faith, Philip Jenkins maps the demographic revolution that has taken hold of many countries around the globe in recent decades and explores the implications for the future development of the world’s religions. Demographic change has driven the secularization of contemporary Western Europe, where the revolution began. Jenkins shows how the European trajectory of rapid declines ISBN 978-1-4813-1131-1 $29.95 | Cloth 270 pages 6x9 NOW AVAILABLE
in fertility is now affecting much of the globe. The implications are clear: the religious character of many non-European areas is highly likely to move in the direction of sweeping secularization. And this is now reshaping the United States itself. This demographic revolution is reshaping Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. In order to accommodate the new social trends, these religions must adapt to situations where large families are no longer the norm. Each religious tradition will develop distinctive emphases concerning morality, gender, and sexuality, as well as the roles of clergy and laity in the faith’s institutional structures. Radical change follows great upheaval. The tidal shift is well underway. With Fertility and Faith, Philip Jenkins describes this ongoing phenomenon and envisions our collective religious future.
CONTENTS Introduction 1 Fertility and Faith How Changes in Fertility Shape Religious Structures and Behavior Part 1 2 Europe’s Revolution The Demographic Revolution Begins 3 Spiritual and Secular The Decline of Europe’s Faith 4 The Revolution Goes Global New Patterns of Fertility and Faith Spread Rapidly around the World 5 The United States Between Two Worlds? Part 2 6 Africa High Fertility and Strong Faith 7 Two-Tier Islam Uneven Demographic Transitions 8 Go Forth and Divide Populism, Faith, and Fertility Conclusion 9 Living in a Low-Fertility World Can Religions Adapt to the New Society?
“A wealth of research on the vital connection between fertility and faith worldwide.” S A M U E L L . PE R RY Unive r s it y o f Ok l aho m a
“Jenkins masterfully navigates the disciplines of demography, history, economics, sociology, and psychology.” B Y RO N R . J O H N S O N Baylo r Unive r s it y
“With his typical flair and remarkable clarity Philip Jenkins takes the reader on a global tour to explore the intimate relationship between religion and fertility.” RO G E R F I N K E P enns ylvania State Unive r s it y
“Thought-provoking and compelling.” A N T H O N Y J . P O G O R E LC St. M ary’s Unive r s it y
“A magnificent accomplishment.” RICH A RD E. AVERBECK Tr in ity Evan g e lical Divin ity Sch o o l
“Craig should be commended for reminding us that the proper development of Christian theology is enhanced when it is in conversation with other academic fields.” FRA N CIS J. BECKWITH Baylo r Un ive rsity
“Atonement and the Death of Christ is the definitive work on penal substitution.” TY LER M C N A BB Un ive rsity of Macau
WILLIAM LANE CRAIG, with graduate degrees in church history, philosophy, and theology, brings a multifaceted perspective to the doctrine of the atonement. A professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Houston Baptist University, in 2016 he was named by The Best Schools one of the 50 most influential living philosophers. His website is www. reasonablefaith.org.
CONTENTS Preface 1 Introduction Part 1. Biblical Data Concerning the Atonement 2 Sacrifice 3 Isaiah’s Servant of the Lord 4 Divine Justice 5 Representation and Redemption Part 2. Dogmatic History of the Doctrine of the Atonement 6 Patristic Theories 7 Medieval Theories 8 Reformation and Post-Reformation Theories Part 3. Philosophical Reflections on the Doctrine of the Atonement 9 Penal Substitution: Its Coherence 10 Penal Substitution: Its Justification 11 Satisfaction of Divine Justice 12 Redemption: Divine Pardon and Its Effects 13 Redemption: Justification and Appropriation of a Divine Pardon 14 The Moral Influence of Christ’s Passion 15 Conclusion
Atonement and the Death of Christ An Exegetical, Historical, and Philosophical Exploration
William Lane Craig Through his death on the cross, Christ atoned for sin and so reconciled people to God. New Testament authors drew upon a range of metaphors and motifs to describe this salvific act, and down through history Christian thinkers have tried to articulate various theories to explain the atonement. While Christ’s sacrifice serves as a central tenet of the Christian faith, the mechanism of atonement—exactly how Christ effects our salvation— remains controversial and ambiguous to many Christians. In Atonement and the Death of Christ, William Lane Craig conducts an interdisciplinary investigation of this crucial Christian doctrine, drawing upon Old and New Testament studies, historical theology, and analytic philosophy. The study unfolds in three discrete parts: Craig first explores the biblical basis of atonement and unfolds the wide variety of motifs used to characterize this doctrine. Craig then highlights some of the principal alternative theories of the atonement offered by great Christian thinkers of the premodern era. Lastly, Craig’s exploration delves into a constructive and innovative engagement with philosophy of law, which allows an understanding of atonement that moves beyond mystery and into the coherent mechanism of penal substitution.
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Along the way, Craig enters into conversation with contemporary systematic theories of atonement as he seeks to establish a position that is scripturally faithful and philosophically sound. The result is a multifaceted perspective that upholds the suffering of Christ as a substitutionary, representational, and redemptive act that satisfies divine justice. In addition, this carefully reasoned approach addresses the rich tapestry of Old Testament imagery upon which the first Christians drew to explain how the sinless Christ saved his people from the guilt of their sins.
Paul and the Good Life Transformation and Citizenship in the Commonwealth of God
JULIEN C. H. SMITH is Associate Professor of Humanities and Theology at Valparaiso University.
Julien C. H. Smith Salvation and human flourishing—a life marked by fulfillment and well-being—have often been divorced in the thinking and practice of the church. For the apostle Paul, however, the two were inseparable in the vision for the good life. Drawing on the revolutionary teachings and kingdom proclamation of Jesus, Paul and the early church issued a challenge to the ancient world’s dominant narratives of flourishing. Paul’s conviction of Jesus’ universal Lordship emboldened him to imagine not just another world, but this world as it might be when transformed.
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“Paul and the Good Life is a highly creative and perceptive study of Paul in his own cultural context and in ours. Julien Smith reveals how Paul sees Jesus as the suffering savior-king, launching a ‘new regime’ that provides an alternative social imaginary and an alternative polis for human flourishing. . . . A critical book for both the academy and the church.” —Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University
With Paul and the Good Life, Julien Smith introduces us afresh to Paul’s vision for the life of human flourishing under the reign of Jesus. By placing Paul’s letters in conversation with both ancient virtue ethics and kingship discourse, Smith outlines the Apostle’s christologically shaped understanding of the good life. Numerous Hellenistic philosophical traditions situated the individual cultivation of virtue within the larger telos of the flourishing polis. Against this backdrop, Paul regards the church as a heavenly commonwealth whose citizens are being transformed into the character of its king, Jesus. Within this vision, salvation entails both deliverance from the deforming power of sin and the re-forming of the person and the church through embodied allegiance to Jesus. Citizenship within this commonwealth calls for a countercultural set of virtues, ones that foster unity amidst diversity and the care of creation. Smith concludes by enlisting the help of present-day interlocutors to draw out the implications of Paul’s argument for our own context. The resulting conversation aims to place Paul in engagement with missional hermeneutics, spiritual disciplines, liturgical formation, and agrarianism. Ultimately, Paul and the Good Life invites us to imagine how citizens of this heavenly commonwealth might live in the in-between time, in which Jesus’ reign has been inaugurated but not consummated.
“Headwaters are elusive. So, essential streams are navigated separately: the gospel, spiritual practices, politics, church life, philosophy. But in this exciting and important study, Julien Smith goes farther back and deeper in. He shows that the gospel invites us not merely to trust a savior, but to give allegiance to the ideal king for the sake of human flourishing.” —Matthew W. Bates, author of Gospel Allegiance and Associate Professor of Theology, Quincy University
CONTENTS Introduction In the Image of Paul: The Journey So Far 1 Salvation and the Good Life Ancient Conversations 2 Citizenship Allegiance to the Suffering King in Philippi 3 Character In the Presence of the Transformative King in Corinth 4 Community Worshiping the Peacemaking King in Ephesus and Colossae 5 Creation Anticipating the Glorified King in Rome 6 Paul and the Good Life Contemporary Conversations Conclusion In the Image of the King: The Journey Ahead
IAIN PROVAN is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College. He lives in the Vancouver, Canada area. He is the author of The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture, Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was, and Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters.
CONTENTS Part 1. Foundations 1 The Good Life and How to Recognize It 2 The Twenty-Five Percent Bible 3 In the Beginning Part 2. Explorations 4 The Emperor’s New Clothes 5 Not Wholly Roman 6 Journey to the Center of the Earth 7 The Foulness of Fornication 8 Apocalypse Now 9 Men of Blood 10 A City upon a Hill 11 God’s Servant for Your Good 12 Conceived in Liberty? 13 A Monstrous Regiment? 14 Staying Alive 15 On Looking After the Garden Part 3. Conclusions 16 The Sword of the Spirit 17 The Moral Maze of the Moment 18 Who Am I? 19 The Landscape of Exile 20 The Disciplines of Exile
Seeking What Is Right The Old Testament and the Good Life
Iain Provan The question of the good life—what it looks like for people and societies to be well ordered and flourishing—has universal significance, but its proposed solutions are just as far reaching. At the core of this concern is the nature of the good itself: what is “right”? We must attend to this ethical dilemma before we can begin to envision a life lived to the fullest. With Seeking What Is Right, Iain Provan invites us to consider how Scripture—the Old Testament in particular—can aid us in this quest. In rooting the definition of the good in God’s special revelation, Provan moves beyond the constraints of family, tribe, culture, state, or nature. When we read ourselves into the story of Scripture, we learn a formative ethic that speaks directly to our humanity. Provan delves into Western Christian history to demonstrate the various ways this has been done: how our forebears identified with the narrative of God’s people, Israel, and how they applied the Old Testament to their particular times and concerns. This serves as a foundation upon which modern Christians can assess their decisions as people who read the whole biblical story “from the beginning” in our time. Provan challenges us to grapple with ethical issues dominating our contemporary culture as a people in exile, a people formed by disciplines steeped in the patterns and teachings of Scripture. To come alongside ancient Israel in its own experiences of exile, to listen with Israel to the utterances of a holy God, is to approach a true picture of the good life that illuminates all facets of human existence. Provan helps us understand how we should and should not read Scripture in arriving at these conclusions, clarifying for the faithful Christian what the limits of the search for “what is right” look like.
“In his masterful volume, Seeking What Is Right: The Old Testament and the Good Life, Iain Provan artistically navigates his way through complex ethical issues facing the contemporary church with the steadfast conviction that the Old Testament functions authoritatively in the life of the church today. Exegetically robust and thoroughly biblical, Provan brilliantly weaves into the conversation ancient Christian theologians and historians to create a tour de force on what it means to live the ‘good life.’ Comprehensive in its scope, this book is essential for pastors and serious Christians who seek to live biblically informed lives amid an increasingly post-Christendom world.” —Carol M. Kaminski, Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
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“What is the biblical vision of ‘what is right’? Iain Provan, one of the most important biblical scholars of our generation, brings his expertise not only in the Bible, but also history and contemporary issues of public life, to answer this critical question. He addresses questions like right government, warfare, the status of modern Israel, abortion, the environment, sexuality, and more, and he provides a road map for proper reading of Scripture in order to discern the good life.” —Tremper Longman III, Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Icons of Christ A Biblical and Systematic Theology for Women’s Ordination
WILLIAM G. WITT is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Trinity School for Ministry.
William G. Witt The pastoral office is one of the most critical in Christianity. Historically, however, Christians have not been able to agree on the precise nature and limits of that office. A specific area of contention has been the role of women in pastoral leadership. In recent decades, three broad types of arguments have been raised against women’s ordination: nontheological (primarily cultural or political), Protestant, and Catholic. Reflecting their divergent understandings of the purpose of ordination, Protestant opponents of women’s ordination tend to focus on issues of pastoral authority, while Catholic opponents highlight sacramental integrity. These positions are new developments and new theological stances, and thus no one in the current discussion can claim to be defending the church’s historic position. ISBN 978-1-4813-1318-6 $59.95 | Cloth 452 pages 6x9 November 1, 2020
“At times a book comes along that subjects common rhetoric and typical tropes to a withering criticism, but rarely does that kind of critical study put in place an alternative that compels—but William Witt has done just that with this compendium on ordaining women. This will become the standard book for years to come. A rare achievement.” —Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
Icons of Christ addresses these voices of opposition, making a biblical and theological case for the ordination of women to the ministerial office of Word and Sacrament. William Witt argues that not only those in favor of, but also those opposed to, women’s ordination should embrace new theological positions in response to cultural changes of the modern era. Witt mounts a positive ecumenical argument for the ordination of women that touches on issues such as theological hermeneutics, relationships between men and women, Christology and discipleship, and the role of ordained clergy in leading the church in worship, among others. Uniquely, Icons of Christ treats both Protestant and Catholic theological concerns at length, undertaking a robust engagement with biblical exegesis and biblical, historical, systematic, and liturgical theology. The book’s theological approach is critically orthodox, evangelical, and catholic. Witt offers the church an ecumenical vision of ordination to the presbyterate as an office of Word and Sacrament that justifiably is open to both men and women. Most critically Witt reminds us that, as all people are image-bearers of the divine, so men and women both are called to serve as icons of Christ in service of the gospel.
“Theologian, ethicist, and skilled reader of biblical texts, William Witt sets forth a refreshing, intentionally theological defense of the ordination of women. One might have thought this question settled. Indeed in many churches of the enclave of Protestant bodies it is, either yea or nay. But Witt steps back to examine the scene and delineates a number of positions, kinds of approaches, and types of arguments. Witt’s ecumenical examination into the subject of the ordination of women is respectful, learned, and convincing. A creative step forward.” —Kathryn Greene-McCreight, author of Feminist Reconstructions of Christian Doctrine
CONTENTS Preface Part 1. Introduction 1 Preliminaries 2 Non-Theological Arguments against the Ordination of Women 3 The Argument “from Tradition” Is Not the “Traditional” Argument Part 2. Protestant Arguments 4 Hierarchy and Hermeneutics 5 Beginning with Genesis 6 Disciples of Jesus 7 Mutual Submission 8 Women in Worship and “Headship” 9 Speaking and Teaching Part 3. Catholic Arguments 10 A Presbytera Is Not a “Priestess” Old Testament Priesthood 11 Women’s Ordination and the Priesthood of Christ: Biblical and Patristic Background 12 Women’s Ordination and the Priesthood of Christ: In persona Christi 13 The Argument from Symbolism: God, Priests, Incarnation, and Apostles 14 The Argument from Symbolism Transcendence and Immanence Part 4. The Ministry of Women in the New Testament 15 Women’s Ministry in the New Testament Office 16 Women’s Ministry in the New Testament Bishops, Presbyters, Deacons Conclusion
CHRISTOPHER R. SEITZ (PhD Yale University) is Senior Research Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He is the author or editor of many books, including Figured Out: Typology, Providence and Christian Scripture (2001), Nicene Christianity: The Future for a New Ecumenism (2001), Word Without End: The Old Testament as Abiding Theological Witness (2005), and The Elder Testament: Canon, Theology, Trinity (2018).
CONTENTS Introduction 1 Diachronic Legacy and Complementary Reading 2 Intent and Inspiration 3 Typology and Figuration 4 Biblical Theology 5 Wisdom, Creation, Ontology 6 Roman Catholic Hermeneutics and Canon 7 Common Text Convergence Conclusion “In this remarkably broadly envisioned book, the landscape from which the streams discerned and explored by Christopher Seitz bubble up, flow, and converge is comprehensively named Biblical Theology. This convergent stream that nourishes Biblical Theology flows directly into the church, as Seitz shows. Convergences is not just another carefully reasoned book, it is the lived experience of the church as it gathers in worship and hears the Word of God proclaimed.” —Robert B. Robinson, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, United Lutheran Seminary
Convergences Canon and Catholicity
Christopher R. Seitz In an essay on Biblical Theology published in 1982, Paul Beauchamp points out a “striking convergence” between a prominent Roman Catholic scholar of the period, Roland de Vaux, and the leading Protestant Old Testament theologian of the day, Gerhard von Rad. Both saw looming on the horizon the need for a Biblical Theology in which both Testaments were taken seriously as part of a single, comprehensive theological reflection. There was genuine excitement at the prospect of the methods of tradition-historical reading, already harnessed by von Rad toward a specifically theological goal, turning now to a Biblical Theology proper. Where did that project and the excitement go? With Convergences, Christopher Seitz returns to the period in question. In the later work of von Rad and Martin Noth, Seitz identifies the clear foreshadowing of what would become “canonical interpretation” reflected especially in the work of Brevard Childs. Seitz further reveals that the work of Beauchamp, largely unknown in the Anglophone world, would ultimately line up with Childs in a great many areas (typology, concern with the final form, appreciation for the history of biblical interpretation before the modern era). These scholars reached common shores by distinctive routes and via different interlocutors. Convergences displays such lines of connection and how they spill over from the academy into the interests of the church, including Roman Catholic understandings of the place of Scripture since the mid-twentieth century. Seitz studies the emergence of the lectionary conception, the ressourcement movement, and non-Catholic interest in the prior history of interpretation and figural reading. Convergences maintains that much of what was accomplished in a hopeful coalescence around the canonical form of Scripture remains relevant for biblical interpretation in our present period. Here, we find a form of “catholicity” that offers hope and promise for our day in spite of cultural, ecclesial, and academic distinctives. “In this brilliant and lively book, Christopher Seitz shows how the ways we read the Bible display what we understand by the very idea of the Church. As members of Christ’s Body, we are never reading Scripture for the first time and never reading it alone. A vigorous theology of living tradition is an essential part of seeing Scripture as Scripture; and we are helped here to see how this works itself out in some finely wrought reflections on liturgical preaching. A treasury of insight.”
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“Seitz is among the most vibrant voices in Biblical Theology. In this book, he engages recent thinking about the Bible in French Catholic circles and observes some remarkable convergences with the canonical method associated with Childs. Along the way, he makes some astute observations about the ecumenical possibilities that this convergence might portend.” —Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Thought, University of Notre Dame
—Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Paul on Humility
EVE-MARIE BECKER is Professor of New
Testament at the University of Muenster.
BAYLOR-MOHR SIEBECK STUDIES IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY
Eve-Marie Becker translated by Wayne Coppins Humility in the modern world is neither well understood nor well received. Many see it as a sign of weakness; others decry it as a Western construct whose imposition onto marginalized persons only perpetuates oppression. This skepticism has a long pedigree: Aristotle, for instance, pointed to humility as a shameless front. What then are we to make of the New Testament’s valorization of this trait?
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“Many early Christian virtues were already recognized as virtues elsewhere in the ancient world, but some were not. No one has done more to solve this puzzle than Eve-Marie Becker, whose excellent 2015 Der Begriff der Demut bei Paulus appears here in Wayne Coppins’ elegant translation. Because of Becker’s work, we can now better understand this remarkable early Christian virtue.” —Matthew Novenson, Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh
Translated from German into English for the first time, Paul on Humility seeks to reclaim the original sense of humility as an ethical frame of mind that shapes community, securing its centrality in the Christian faith. This exploration of humility begins with a consideration of how the concept plays into current cultural crises before considering its linguistic and philosophical history in Western culture. In turning to the roots of Christian humility, Eve-Marie Becker focuses on Philippians 2, a passage in which Paul appeals to the lowliness of Christ to encourage his fellow Christians to persevere. Becker shows that humility both formed the basis of the ethic Paul instilled in churches and acted as a mimetic device centered on Jesus’ example that was molded into the earliest Christian identity and community. Becker resists the urge to cheapen humility with mere moralism. In the vision of Paul, the humble individual is one immersed in a complex, transformative way of being. The path of humility does not constrain the self; rather, it guides the self to true freedom in fellowship with others. Humility is thus a potent concept that speaks to our contemporary anxieties and discomforts.
CONTENTS Editors’ Preface Author’s Preface to the English Edition Author’s Preface to the German Edition 1 Approaching the Topic: “Humility” in Cultural Discourse 2 “Humility” in Past and Present 3 Philippians 2: Text and Interpretation 4 Before Philippians: Paul and “Humility” in 2 Corinthians and Romans 5 The Pauline Concept in Philippians 2: “Humility“ as Christian Practical Wisdom and Literary Practice 6 After Paul: ταϖειν- in the Beginnings of Christianity 7 Prospect: Ambiguity and Clarity of a Theological-Ethical Term
“In this erudite and lively study, Eve-Marie Becker sets Paul’s concept of humility in its Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian contexts. In so doing, she shows how his creation of the neologism tapeinophrosune (‘humility’) in Philippians 2:3 reveals his fully developed ecclesial ethos of humility as communitarian and political, not individual and systematized as in classical (and later Christian) understandings of virtue ethics. Readers who wish to connect Pauline exegesis with both ancient and contemporary political thought will be richly rewarded by this volume.” —Alexandra R. Brown, Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Bible, Washington and Lee University
The Gospel according to Matthew
MATTHIAS KONRADT is Professor of New
Testament at Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg.
Incarnation in the Christian Bible
Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann
translated by M. Eugene Boring
God Becoming Human
translated by Brian McNeil
REINHARD FELDMEIER is Professor of New
Testament and HERMANN SPIECKERMANN is Professor of Old Testament at the GeorgAugust-University of GĂśttingen.
The Gospel according to Matthew provides a comprehensive interpretation of the Gospel of Matthew that draws on the best of modern research. Along with an analysis of the narrative structure, Matthias Konradt discusses the dense network of references to the Scriptures of Israel as well as the historical situation in which the Gospel was composed, namely the conflict between believers in Christ and the predominantly Pharisaic synagogue. Konradt focuses on theological topics such as the narrative unfolding of Jesusâ€™ messianic identity as Immanuel, Son of God, and Son of David; Matthewâ€™s understanding of discipleship and the church; the role of Israel and the Gentiles; and ethical orientation with its relationship to the Torah. From the richness of Matthewâ€™s theological reflection emerges the challenging question of the Gospelâ€™s meaning and relevance for today. Modern scholarship has correctly emphasized that Matthew is an inclusive historyâ€”it tells the story of the past in a way that reflects and speaks to the experiences of the community. Taking into account a broad sweep of scholarly approaches to this text, Konradt provides a clear outline of the Gospel by tracing the shape of Matthewâ€™s masterful narrative dynamics and the evangelistâ€™s careful unfolding of theological doctrine.
â€œWith this commentary Matthias Konradt adds to his impressive body of work on the Gospel of Matthew. The Gospel according to Matthew engages the text clearly and offers insightful discussion throughout that will benefit both scholars and clergy. This is a welcome addition to interpretations of the Gospel.â€?
God Becoming Human pursues the astonishing arc of the incarnation incarnation, chronicling the varying ways Scripture recounts the divide between God and the creatures of his likeness as well as the diverse expressions the text gives regarding the desire for reconciliation. As the expectations of an existing intermediary that can somehow bridge this gap between God and humans dwindle throughout the Old Testament, hope is increasingly placed on new forms of closeness to God. The closeness made possible by Jesus Christ receives a wide range of interpretations by New Testament witnesses and is continued by a rich chorus that culminates in the early church with the theology of the incarnation. Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann invite readers to see that the doctrine of the incarnation, the pinnacle of the scriptural saga of redemption, reveals that Godâ€™s ultimate purpose in dealing with creation was to become human. As narrated in the story of the fall, if paradise was lost because humanity wanted to emulate God, the one reconciled with God through Christ is now given the opportunityâ€”and challengeâ€”to become a child of God. In accordance with the One who descended from the heavenly throne, one must precisely lower oneself and thus fully embrace oneâ€™s created humanness.
â€œAfter their magisterial volume on the notion of God in the Bible, Feldmeier and Spieckermann now present their view on Messianism, Christology, and incarnation. This book is a â€˜mustâ€™ for any sincere theologian.â€? â€”JĂśrg Frey, Theologisches Seminar, University of Zurich
â€”Warren Carter, Meinders Professor of New Testament, Phillips Seminary
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Greek Genres and Jewish Authors Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era
Sean A. Adams The ancient world, much like our own, thrived on cultural diversity and exchange. The riches of this social reality are evident in the writings of Jews in the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Jewish authors drew on the wide range of Greek literary conventions and gave fresh expressions to the proud traditions of their faith and ethnic identity. They did not hesitate to modify and adapt the forms they received from the surrounding culture, but their works stand as legitimate participants in Greco-Roman literary tradition.
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“Using sophisticated tools of analysis, Adams here offers a comprehensive assessment of the genres selected, blended, and adapted by ancient Jewish authors writing in Greek. This is the first of its kind, unmatched in range and depth, and a remarkable achievement.” —John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University
In Greek Genres and Jewish Authors, Sean Adams argues that a robust understanding of ancient genre facilitates proper textual interpretation. This perspective is vital for insight on the author, the work’s original purpose, and how the original readers would have received it. Adopting a cognitive-prototype theory of genre, Adams provides a detailed discussion of Jewish authors writing in Greek from ca. 300 BCE to ca. 135 CE—including New Testament authors—and their participation in Greek genres. The nine chapters focus on broad genre divisions (e.g., poetry, didactic, philosophy) to provide studies on each author’s engagement with Greek genres, identifying both representative and atypical expressions and features. The book’s most prominent contribution lies in its data synthesis to provide a macroperspective on the ways in which Jewish authors participated in and adapted Greek genres—in other words, how members of a minority culture intentionally engaged with the dominant culture’s literary practices alongside traditional Jewish features, resulting in unique text expressions. Greek Genres and Jewish Authors provides a rich resource for Jewish, New Testament, and classical scholars, particularly those who study cultural engagement, development of genres, and ancient education.
“This sophisticated and extraordinarily wide-ranging study by one of today’s leading scholars on Greco-Roman genres reveals thorough familiarity with the primary literature of Greco-Roman antiquity and modern scholarly discussion. It clearly traces Jewish adaptation of Greek genres and provides an important foundation for studies of genres in early Judaism and Christianity.” —Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
SEAN A. ADAMS is Senior Lecturer in
New Testament and Ancient Culture in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow.
CONTENTS Preface Abbreviations 1 Introduction 2 Jewish Epic Poetry 3 Other Jewish-Greek Poets 4 Didactic Literature 5 Jewish Philosophical Treatises 6 Jewish Novelists 7 Jewish Historians 8 Jewish Biographers 9 Concluding Observations
“In Greek Genres and Jewish Authors, Sean Adams admirably advances our knowledge of ancient Jewish-Greek writers and the literature they produced. Adams undertakes his analysis of literary genres with nuance and sophistication. This book will become a must-read for anyone interested in those Jews who wrote in Greek and participated in Greek genres and literary forms. A wide-ranging and impressive work of scholarship.” —Benjamin G. Wright, University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University
JOHN KESSLER is Professor of Old Testament, Tyndale University College and Seminary. He resides in Toronto, Ontario.
CONTENTS Preface 1 Silence and Its Meanings 2 Silence as Alienation: When Relationships Break Down 3 Silence as Catastrophe: God’s Judgment and Its Aftermath 4 Silence, Repentance, and Renewal 5 Silence as Security: The Lord as Our Rock 6 The Two Silences: The Silence of the Grave and the Silence of the Sacred 7 How Long, O Lord? God’s Silence and Human Suffering: A Drama in Three Acts 8 Hearing God between Speech and Silence 9 Conclusions: Life with God as a Journey of Silence and Hearing
Between Hearing and Silence A Study in Old Testament Theology
BETWEEN HEARING AND SILENCE
John Kessler When the Old Testament refers to silence, either the silence of persons or of God, that silence conveys a diversity of meanings. It may indicate a breakdown in the divine-human relationship, or the beginning of the renewal of that relationship. It can be associated with sacred space or the realm of death. At times, God’s silence seems painful and incomprehensible, an indication of God’s indifference or neglect. At other times it speaks of the great security that the people of God may have in the Lord’s unfailing care. Between Hearing and Silence: A Study in Old Testament Theology invites students and scholars alike to explore the various ways in which the concept of silence is expressed in the Old Testament and the many meanings it conveys. John Kessler surveys the diverse facets of the Old Testament’s understanding of silence to help readers discover the richness of this often-overlooked biblical theme. Each chapter examines various biblical texts relating to a different aspect of silence and uncovers the distinctive understanding of silence those texts present; at the same time, this thematic investigation opens up new perspectives on the broader contours of Old Testament theology in all its stunning complexity. These portraits of silence, both divine and human, will introduce readers to a novel way of understanding the relational dynamics within the divine-human relationship. As the biblical texts move between silence and sound, readers will discover the crises of faith experienced by the people of God in their journey, even as these hardships hold within them great hope for Israel’s future. Most significantly in the Old Testament, silence emerges as a sacred medium of communication between the Lord and the people of God, modeling even for the contemporary life of faith a posture of hopeful openness to the often mysterious ways of the divine.
A STUDY IN OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY
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“In the Hebrew Bible, silence is much more than the absence of sound. It is an exceptional phenomenon that can presage divine abandonment or conversely God’s mercy and forgiveness. John Kessler’s study of silence traverses the full range of peak human experiences grounded in silence, and careful exegesis of these biblical accounts brings forth their deeper meaning. A fitting climax is a meditation on the silence of the sacred, not only at the Holy of Holies in the Jerusalem Temple but also in the experiences of everyday people, with Sabbath observance a rich example.” —Richard Bautch, Professor of Humanities and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, St. Edward’s University
2 Maccabees 1-7
A Handbook on the Greek Text
A Handbook on the Greek Text
BAYLOR HANDBOOK ON THE SEPTUAGINT
BAYLOR HANDBOOK ON THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
Seth M. Ehorn
SETH M. EHORN is Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.
LIDIJA NOVAKOVIC is Professor of New Testament at Baylor University.
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“This excellent handbook admirably accomplishes its goal: to comment concisely on all of the grammatical, syntactical, and important text-critical features of the Greek text of Philippians, provide a fresh translation of the letter, and guide the reader to further reference tools for Greek New Testament study and to secondary literature on some debated issues. Highly recommended for use in intermediate and advanced Greek courses or as a supplement to the standard commentaries.” —Judith Gundry, Research Scholar and Associate Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School
In 2 Maccabees 1–7 and in Philippians, Seth Ehorn and Lidija Novakovic respectively provide foundational analyses of the Greek texts of 2 Maccabees and Philippians. These analyses are distinguished by the detailed yet comprehensive attention paid to the texts. Their analyses are convenient pedagogical and reference tools that explain the form and syntax of the biblical texts, offer guidance for deciding between competing semantic analyses, engage important text-critical debates, and address questions relating to the Greek texts that are frequently overlooked by standard commentaries. Beyond serving as succinct and accessible analytic keys, 2 Maccabees 1–7 and Philippians also reflect recent advances in scholarship on Greek grammar and linguistics and are informed by current discussions within Septuagint and New Testament studies. These handbooks prove themselves indispensable tools for anyone committed to a deep reading of these biblical texts in Greek.
Created Being Expanding Creedal Christology
Rebecca L. Copeland REBECCA L. COPELAND is Assistant
Professor of Theology at Boston University.
CONTENTS Preface 1 Christological Divides 2 What’s an Ousia? 3 Truly Created, Truly Creator 4 And God Became a Creature 5 Created Together “It would be hard to imagine a more compelling integration of biological science, biblical interpretation, and Christian doctrine than Rebecca Copeland provides in this book. In seeking to sharpen the church’s response to the threat of global ecological collapse, she offers a re-reading of classical Christology that is everywhere innovative without being anywhere faddish. Forcefully countering tendencies in the tradition to isolate God’s love for human beings from divine care for all creatures, Created Being calls Christians to reckon anew with what it means to confess the Word made flesh.” —Ian A. McFarland, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Theology, Emory University
The doctrine of the incarnation stands at the heart of Christian faith and formation. Perhaps for that very reason, Christian claims about the incarnation are hotly contested. Specifically, a common critique of the orthodox doctrine holds that the belief that God’s becoming flesh in the person of Jesus is a universally significant event causes problems in an increasingly pluralistic world. Some argue that the doctrine supports injustice, others say that it is logically incoherent, and still others find it implausible. Rebecca L. Copeland undertakes to recover the essence of traditional Christian convictions about the person of Christ. Instead of tempering christological claims to avoid such problems, Created Being argues that it is not the doctrine itself presenting these challenges—rather, the challenges emerge from readings of the doctrine that privilege humanity and, more particularly, maleness. Copeland thus offers a reconstructed Christology that is faithful to creedal insights while answering the justice, coherence, and plausibility challenges raised, all while providing an understanding of Christ’s “consubstantiality” that is inclusive of the entire created order. Feminist and ecotheological critiques further aid in reclaiming the significance of the incarnation for all members of creation. Homo sapiens, Copeland asserts, are not at the center of the universe, and neither should we occupy the central interpretive role for understanding Christ’s importance. Engaging the perspectives of all domains of “being,” this volume dismantles rigid hierarchies and brings ancient insights into the proper relationships among God, human and creaturely beings, and nature. Created Being presents a cosmic understanding of Christ without losing sight of the particularities of Jesus’ personhood. In doing so, this book lays the foundation for a universal soteriology and an ethic poised to address the particular needs of the twenty-first century.
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“In this bold and sophisticated project, Rebecca Copeland retrieves sources in Christianity and engages ecological and feminist thought to offer a christological perspective that answers to the challenges of our world today.” —Natalie Carnes, Associate Professor of Theology, Baylor University
“In this well-researched and courageous book, Rebecca Copeland does a great service to classical creedal Christology as well as to contemporary christological reflection, including deep incarnation. In my view, Copeland’s two-ousiai Christology succeeds in overcoming the often-perceived conflict between a Chalcedonian Christology and contemporary concerns for ecology and justice.” —Niels Henrik Gregersen, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen
“A highly original book
that sheds a theological light on the field of fashion studies while also bringing questions of fashion into the realm of theology.”
+ANNEKE SMELIK Professor of Visual Culture, Radboud University
“A critical, foundational text from which future scholarship on related topics will find validation and legitimacy, and from which, I hope, new discourses and domains of knowledge will emerge in the context of fashion theory.”
will undoubtedly transform fashion studies and have considerable influence on the study of the relation between fashion and theology for many years to come.”
Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, Loughborough University
Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School
ROBERT COVOLO (PhD VU University of Amsterdam) is a cultural theologian residing in Los Angeles. He has served
Fashion Theology Robert Covolo
as a scholar at the Visual Faith Institute of Art and Architecture and as faculty at the Torrey Honors Institute, and currently directs the Center for Pastoral Residents, Christ Church Sierra Madre.
CONTENTS Foreword by Ben Myers Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Fashion Theology as Tradition +1 No Hairdos in Heaven +2 Stealing from the Egyptians +3 A Certain Savoir Faire 2 Fashion Theology as Reform +1 An Unlikely Ally +2 Not Those French! +3 The King of Fashion 3 Fashion Theology as Public Discourse +1 Top-Down or Bottom-Up +2 Two Spaces Collude +3 Micro, Mezzo, Macro 4 Fashion Theology as Art +1 You Call That Art?! +2 Fashioning the Catholic Imagination +3 Re/Forming the Art of Fashion 5 Fashion Theology as Everyday Drama +1 Life in the New-Now +2 The Stories We Wear +3 A Fitting Performance Conclusion
What is fashion? Where does it come from? Why has it come to permeate modern life? In the last half century, questions like these have drawn serious academic reflection, resulting in a new field of research—fashion studies—and generating a rich multidisciplinary discussion. Yet theology’s voice has been conspicuously absent in this conversation. The time has finally come for theology to break her silence and join this decades-long conversation. Fashion Theology is the first of its kind: a serious and long-overdue account of the dynamic relationship between theology and fashion. Chronicling the epic journey from ancient Christian sources to current developments in fashion studies, cultural theologian Robert Covolo navigates the rich history of Christian thought as well as recent political, social, aesthetic, literary, and performance theory. Far from mere disparity or quick resolution, Covolo demonstrates that fashion and theology inhabit a mutual terrain that has, until recently, scarcely been imagined. Covolo retraces the way theologians have taken up fashion across history, unveiling how Christian thinkers have been fascinated with fashion well before the academy’s current focus, and bringing these insights into the conversation with fashion itself: the logic by which fashion operates, how fashion shapes our world, and the way fashion imperceptibly molds our personal lives. Within fashion’s realms reside some of life’s greatest challenges: the foundations of political power, the basis for social order, the nature of aesthetics, how we inhabit time, and the means by which we tell stories about our lives—challenges, it turns out, that theologians also explore.
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Fashion favors the bold; theology demands humility. Holding the two together, Fashion Theology trailblazes an interdisciplinary path informed by a thoughtful engagement with the Christian witness. For those traversing this spectacle of unexpected crossroads and hotly contested terrain, the promise of fashion theology awaits with its myriad unexplored vistas.
Formed Together Mystery, Narrative, and Virtue in Christian Caregiving STUDIES IN RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND DISABILITY
KEITH DOW (PhD VU University of
Amsterdam) is Manager of Pastoral Ministries at Christian Horizons.
Keith Dow Joy, pain, celebration, and grief are constant companions on the journey of caregiving. While remaining detached might seem the preferable option, it is not possible to disentangle the threads of our interwoven stories. Our lives are shaped by each other. We are transformed by our encounters. In Formed Together, Keith Dow explores the questions of why we should, and why we do, care for one another. He considers what it means for human beings to be interdependent, created in the image of a loving God. Dow recounts personal experiences of supporting people with intellectual disabilities while drawing upon theological and philosophical sources to discover the ethical underpinnings of Christian ISBN 978-1-4813-1321-6 $49.95 | Cloth 290 pages 6x9
care. Formed Together reveals that human beings care for one another not merely by
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and quiet attentiveness. These practices can help guide caregivers in responding to the
choice, but because every person relies upon others. People are called together in mutually formative practices of care, and human flourishing means learning to care well. Dow suggests five virtues that mark ethical caregiving, such as humble courage divine call to care. Dow demonstrates that ethical practices of care do not depend upon intelligence or rational ability. Many are called to the vocation of tending to and being present in the needs of others. To be formed together in the divine image means that caregivers never entirely comprehend themselves, others, or God. Rather, caring well means that humans are to accompany one another in and through experiences of profound mystery and revelation. “Drawing from his encounters with people with intellectual disabilities as a direct support professional, Keith Dow investigates an array of philosophical, theological, and biblical resources to offer an insightful account of Christian care and its moral formation. The result is a rich understanding of care as a calling that invites readers to honor mystery at the heart of relation with God and others, and in so doing, move beyond problematic notions of care with regard to disability. The book adds substantively to conversations around theology and disability and should be read by all Christians invested in care.” —Thomas Reynolds, Associate Professor of Theology at Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto
CONTENTS Introduction: Giving a Careful Account Part 1. The Call to Care 1 Vocation and Transcendence Called to One Another 2 Vocation and Immanence Called by Each Other 3 A Theological Story The Limits of Professional Ethics Part 2. Encountering My Neighbor 4 Traces of the Divine The imago Dei and Human Ability 5 Seeing You through Me The Myth of the Transparent Other 6 The Stories I Tell The Myth of the Transparent Self 7 A Mysterious Revelation The Myth of a Transparent God Part 3. Responding to the Call 8 Formed Together in Love Toward an Ethic of Christian Care 9 The Virtues of Care Discovering Who We Are Conclusion: Responding to God’s Call
DAVID MCLACHLAN is Associate
Tutor at Spurgeon’s College at the University of Manchester.
Accessible Atonement Disability, Theology, and the Cross of Christ STUDIES IN RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND DISABILITY
David McLachlan CONTENTS Preface Introduction Part 1. Current Interactions 1 Disability Theology and the Cross 2 Making Sense of the Atonement: Models, Theories, and Metaphor 3 Seeking Connections: First Steps in a Response Part 2. Proposed Interactions 4 Atonement-as-Participation: An Inherently Inclusive Account 5 The Cross as the Foundation for Disability Theology 6 Continuity of the Traditional Models Conclusion
The atonement—where God in Jesus Christ addresses sin and the whole of the human predicament—lies at the heart of the Christian faith and life. Its saving power is for all people, and yet a deep hesitancy has prevented meaningful discussion of the cross’ relevance for people with disabilities. Speaking of disability and the multifaceted concept of the atonement has created an unresolvable tension, not least because sin and disability often seem to be associated within the biblical text. While work in disability theology has made great progress in developing a positive theological framework for disability as an integral part of human diversity, it has so far fallen short of grappling with this particular set of interpretive challenges presented by the cross. In Accessible Atonement, reflecting on his experience as both a pastor and a theologian, David McLachlan brings the themes and objectives of disability theology into close conversation with traditional ideas of the cross as Jesus’ sacrifice, justice, and victory. From this conversation emerges an account of the atonement as God’s deepest, once-for-all participation in both the moral and contingent risk of creation, where all that alienates us from God and each other is addressed. Such an atonement is inherently inclusive of all people and is not one that is extended to disability as a “special case.” This approach to the atonement opens up space to address both the redemption of sin and the possibilities of spiritual and bodily healing. What McLachlan leads us to discover is that, when revisited in this way, the cross— perhaps surprisingly—becomes the cornerstone of Christian disability theology and the foundation of many of its arguments. Far from excluding those who find themselves physically or mentally outside of assumed “norms,” the atoning death of Christ creates a vital space of inclusion and affirmation for such persons within the life of the church.
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“By using disability as a lens through which to explore the ramifications of traditional understandings of atonement, McLachlan made me realize that I have often struggled with the ways that sin is so awkwardly and unfairly used as a reason for disability. Seeing atonement as God’s deepest participation in the contingencies of creation indeed gives me new and solid ground on which to stand, as I believe it will for many others.” —Bill Gaventa, author of Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness and Founder and Director Emeritus, Institute on Theology and Disability
Emerson and Other Minds
Emerson and Other Minds
Idealism and the Moral Self
Idealism and the Lonely Subject
Michael J. Colacurcio
Michael J. Colacurcio
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In Emerson and Other Minds, Michael J. Colacurcio traces the long arc of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings. While Emerson seldom argues academically in his essays, he intends the essays to be primary acts of philosophy. The essays are also highly wrought literary performances, and so they need to be closely read in the New Critical manner. Colacurcio proposes that Emerson is one of modernity’s central writers on the question of “privacy”: the unsettling epistemological fact that even though people have the ability to share through language the experiences that shape their version of the world, no one else can fully experience another’s process of creating and evaluating the world. Emerson may imagine a transparent eyeball, but never a universal retina. This ineluctable privacy underwrites the famous moral doctrine of “self-reliance,” but it also helps to explain the painful problems of love and friendship. Colacurcio’s close reading results in a two-volume compilation that reminds us of the importance of encountering and remembering Emerson for more than his famous sentences. Conversing with himself and other powerful minds on fundamental questions of human knowledge and behavior, Emerson produced brilliant essays—both philosophical and literary in the fullest sense—that are certainly worth reading closely and with new eyes. MICHAEL J. COLACURCIO is Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“In full command of early American literature and thought, as well as their antecedents, Michael Colacurcio reads Emerson as the preeminent philosopher of ‘the inviolable condition of subjective isolation.’ Here is a rigorous idealism that would appear to preclude neither acute apprehension of the world around us nor our ability to converse intelligibly with other minds.”
“Michael Colacurcio’s Emerson and Other Minds is an extended lecture in two volumes, full of asides, digs at his fellow academics, sudden dips into autobiography, and brilliant exegesis. What stands out most vividly in this vast work is Colacurcio’s conviction that Emerson was both ‘deeply religious and determinedly secular,’ willing to appropriate an old theological language for new ends.”
—Eric Sundquist, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University
—Bruce Ronda, Professor of English and Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Studies, Colorado State University
Contemporary with Christ Kierkegaard and Second-Personal Spirituality
Joshua Cockayne JOSHUA COCKAYNE is Lecturer in Analytic and Exegetical Theology in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews.
Avenues of Faith Conversations with Jonathan Guilbault
Charles Taylor translated by Yanette Shalter CHARLES TAYLOR is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University and author of influential books including Sources of the Self, The Ethics of Authenticity, and A Secular Age. He has received many honors, including the Templeton Prize, the Berggruen Prize, and membership in the Order of Canada.
In Contemporary with Christ, Joshua Cockayne explores the Christian spiritual life with Søren Kierkegaard (in the guise of his various pseudonyms) as his guide and analytic theology as his key tool of engagement. Cockayne contends that the Christian life is second-personal: it seeks encounter with a personal God. As Kierkegaard describes, God invites us to “live on the most intimate terms with God.” Cockayne argues that this vision of Christian spirituality is deeply practical because it advocates for a certain way of acting and existing. This approach to the Christian life moves from first-reflection, whereby one acquires objective knowledge, to second-reflection, whereby one attains deeper self-understanding, which fortifies one’s relationship with God.
In Avenues of Faith: Conversations with Jonathan Guilbault, Charles Taylor takes readers through a handful of books that played a crucial role in shaping his posture as a believer, a process that involved leaving the old behind and embracing the new. In a dynamic interviewstyle structure, Taylor answers questions from Jonathan Guilbault about how each book has informed his thought. The five sections of Avenues of Faith briefly introduce authors and their principal works before delving into the associated discussion. Taylor and Guilbault engage Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, Friedrich Hölderlin’s poetry, Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Brother Émile’s Faithful to the Future: Listening to Yves Congar.
Individuals encounter Christ through traditional practices: prayer, the Eucharist, and the reading of Scripture. However, experiences of suffering and mortality that mirror Christ’s own passion also enliven this life of encounter. Spiritual progress comes through a reorientation of one’s will, desire, and self-knowledge. Such progress must ultimately serve the goal of drawing close to God through Christ’s presence. Engaging philosophy, theology, and psychology, Cockayne invites us to join in a conversation with Kierkegaard and explore how the spiritual disciplines provide opportunities for relationship with God by becoming contemporary with Christ.
By exploring themes such as faith, the church, freedom, language, philosophy, and more, this book engages both literary enthusiasts and spiritual seekers. Scholars of Taylor will recognize the philosopher’s continuation of his reflections on modernity as he expresses his faith. Avenues of Faith gives readers unprecedented access to a world-renowned philosopher’s reflections on the literary masterpieces that have shaped his life and scholarship and that continue to stand the test of time.
“In this scholarly and spirited study, Joshua Cockayne has given us a new reading of Kierkegaard, showing how central themes in his thought can be newly understood following recent developments in philosophy and psychology. This is a book that will speak powerfully to theoreticians and also practitioners of the spiritual life.”
“Without highlighting or explaining it, this interplay is a fervent plea for reading and intellectual work. It also testifies, with modesty, of the flavor of spiritual life. It shows that one can be a convinced believer and at the same time benevolent.” —Élodie Maurot, La Croix International, LCI Editor in Chief
—Mark Wynn, Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford
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The Joy of Humility The Beginning and End of the Virtues
Edited by Drew Collins, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, and Evan C. Rosa The true meaning of humility persistently drives debate, largely because we cannot agree on the word’s definition. The “correctness” of normative terms matters, and humility carries a distinctive normative weight. How we understand humility is not a matter of mere semantics. It is a pursuit of inquiry with the potential to inform—perhaps even to transform— our lives.
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“This fascinating and comprehensive collection of essays is the single best volume on the state of humility scholarship today. With wise insight and erudite scholarship, contributors guide us through contemporary studies in psychology, key figures and theological texts in the historical and Christian virtue tradition, probing philosophical analyses, and ardent protests against humility’s misuse. “ —Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin University
The Joy of Humility takes up this task with a view toward the perennial question of what entails a truly flourishing life. Here, philosophers, theologians, ethicists, and psychologists work to frame the debate in such a way that the conversation can move forward. To model this goal, each chapter prompts a response to which the chapter’s author offers a reply. Part one considers the scope and implications of humility as a contested concept; part two works toward clarity on how to measure humility as a trait and its potential impact on individuals and society. With contributions from Miroslav Volf, Norman Wirzba, Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Jason Baehr, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Don E. Davis, Kent Dunnington, Jane Foulcher, Sarah Gazaway, Jennifer A. Herdt, Elizabeth J. Krumrei-Mancuso, Robert C. Roberts, and Everett L. Worthington Jr., The Joy of Humility offers an engaging discourse for everyone, laypeople and scholars alike, to consider these profoundly human questions. By opening up the space for dialogue to push past ideological and cultural assumptions, this volume challenges us to consider how humility, in calling us to esteem others as integral to our own well-being, opens us up to a life of joy.
“This multifaceted engagement with humility brings together ancient and modern wisdom and a range of disciplines in order to explore and argue about this transformative yet controversial virtue. It also offers rich, deep, and challenging material to any readers open to examining themselves, their way of life, and their priorities.” —David F. Ford, Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
DREW COLLINS is Associate Research
Scholar and Lecturer for the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School. RYAN MCANNALLY-LINZ is Associate Director
of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School. EVAN C. ROSA is Assistant Director for Public
Engagement at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School.
“Featuring contributions by theologians, philosophers, and psychologists, The Joy of Humility’s chapters explore such tantalizing topics as womanism, flourishing, and humility; a variation on Luther’s theology of humility; the vocation of the humble; and the role of humility in servant leadership. It is an incisive and insightful collection that pushes our understanding of humility into new and fascinating terrain.” —Nancy E. Snow, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, The University of Oklahoma
ADAM B. COHEN is Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University.
CONTRIBUTORS Adam B. Cohen Matthew Croasmun Celia Deane-Drummond Christopher G. Ellison Laurence R. Iannaccone Sriya Iyer Byron R. Johnson Dominic D. P. Johnson Ryan McAnnally-Linz David G. Myers Jonathan Rowson Azim F. Shariff Tyler J. VanderWeele Miroslav Volf Harvey Whitehouse “The question of human flourishing immediately provokes interest—who doesn’t want to flourish, especially when we read that the hallmark of flourishing is joy? Flourishing, one learns, encompasses what we do, what happens to us, and how we feel. No collection in recent years looks more deeply at the fascinating question of what religion contributes to human flourishing. Beautifully balancing the positives and the negatives, this volume manages to shed light in both directionswhat flourishing entails, and how religion contributes to it.” —Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology
Religion and Human Flourishing Edited by Adam B. Cohen When talking about the relationship between religion and flourishing, the first task is to frame the question theologically and philosophically, and this entails taking seriously the potential challenges latent in the issue. These challenges include—beyond the contested definitions of both “religion” and “flourishing”—the claims of some faith traditions that true adherence to that tradition’s goals and intrinsic goods can be incompatible with self-interest, and also the fact that religious definitions of health and wholeness tend to be less concrete than secular definitions. Despite the difficulties, research that considers uniquely religious aspects of human flourishing is essential, as scholars pursue even greater methodological rigor in future investigations of causal connections. Religion and Human Flourishing brings together scholars of various specializations to consider how theological and philosophical perspectives might shape such future research, and how such research might benefit religious communities. The first section of the book takes up the foundational theological and philosophical questions. The next section turns to the empirical dimension and encompasses perspectives ranging from anthropology to psychology. The third and final section of the book follows in the empirical mold by moving to more sociological and economic levels of analysis. The concluding reflection offers a survey of what the social scientific research reveals about both the positive and negative effects of religion. Scholars and laypeople alike are interested in religion, and many more still are interested in how to lead a meaningful life—how to flourish. The collaborative undertaking represented by Religion and Human Flourishing will further attest to the perennial importance of the questions of religious belief and the pursuit of the good life, and will become a standard for further exploration of such questions.
“Does religion enrich human life? Is it a key ingredient to a life well lived? Religion and Human Flourishing explores these questions with the latest tools of the social sciences. By crossexamining the evidence, the authors show religion is not as destructive as some claim and not as beneficial as others hope. This book avoids simplistic claims devoid of evidence. It offers an invitation to the rigorous process of teasing out tentative conclusions that will generate new studies and provoke new debates. In the balance hangs a question that could hardly be more profound or more urgent for our common future.“
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“Humans seek the transcendent, whether in art or baseball or God, as the papers in this splendid conversation acknowledge and explore. Theologians, sociologists, economists, and psychologists converse here with mutual respect and reciprocal enlightenment. In a world under challenge, it’s the way forward, scientifically and spiritually.” —Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, author of The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce
—Ron Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Interreligious Studies Dispatches from an Emerging Field
Edited by Hans Gustafson In an increasingly connected world, the question of how different religious traditions relate to one another is more urgent than ever. The study of interreligious encounters and relations, by no means a new endeavor, has recently emerged as a formal multi- and interdisciplinary academic field that seeks not only to understand how worldviews and ways of life interact and intersect, but also to suggest avenues of constructive dialogue.
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“A dispatch communicates an urgent message with efficiency and purpose. This volume gathers scholars, activists, and community leaders from all over the world to reflect on interreligious studies. Brief chapters pack a punch, as the various authors weigh in on an emerging field that has the potential to break the tired binaries between theology and religious studies and bring the academy out of its ivory towers and into the public square.” —Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor for Religion and Vocation, Augsburg University
Interreligious Studies represents a milestone achievement, bringing together thirty-six scholars from four continents to produce “dispatches” on the current state of this burgeoning field. This volume probes the context, parameters, and contours of interreligious studies (IRS), including its relation to other disciplines, its promise as a field of research in secular and nonsecular contexts, its particular terminology and methodology, its civic agenda, and the various scholarly profiles of those who pursue it. Other topics taken up include historical examples of interfaith dialogue, theological and philosophical considerations of truth-seeking in interreligious encounter, and contemporary agendas such as the decolonization of the study of religion and the obligation to respond to antisemitism, Islamophobia, and xenoglossophobia. Whatever possibilities IRS might hold, there first must be a working definition of the field and its praxis. Interreligious Studies points in this direction as it highlights the practical knowledge generated by IRS: how to cultivate empathy, make peace and build nations, promote scholarly activism, and foster meaningful interreligious relations. Scholars and students who are serious about engaging the many dynamic conversations blossoming within this nascent field will be well served by the contributions of this volume.
“‘Dispatches’ are just what are needed at the birth of an emerging field of inquiry. Mapping the contours of a confusing and highly contested reality requires ideas, proposals, and argumentation from scholars and practitioners of many hues. This book provides exactly that and reflects an energy that accompanies any birth.” —Alan Race, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, St Philip's Centre for Study and Engagement in a Multifaith World and Vicar, St Philip’s Church, Leicester
HANS GUSTAFSON is Director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas.
CONTRIBUTORS Navras J. Aafreedi Russell C.D. Arnold Ånund Brottveit Catherine Cornille Jeanine Diller Nelly van Doorn-Harder Jeannine Hill Fletcher Guenevere Black Ford Anne Hege Grung Hans Gustafson Anna Halafoff Mark E. Hanshaw Paul Hedges Aaron T. Hollander Thomas Albert Howard J. R. Hustwit Oddbjørn Leirvik Jeffery D. Long Kate McCarthy Barbara A. McGraw Rachel S. Mikva Kevin Minister Marianne Moyaert Timothy Parker Eboo Patel Brian K. Pennington Peter A. Pettit Douglas Pratt Caryn D. Riswold Or N. Rose Perry Schmidt-Leukel Geir Skeie Wolfram Weisse Asfa Widiyanto Frans Wijsen Deanna Ferree Womack
MARY CLARK MOSCHELLA is Roger J. Squire Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the School of Divinity at Yale University.
The Edward Wimberly Reader A Black Pastoral Theology
Edited by Mary Clark Moschella and Lee H. Butler, Jr.
LEE H. BUTLER, JR. is Distinguished Service
Professor of Theology and Psychology at Chicago Theological Seminary.
The Civil Rights era was a time of national examination and a moment of great ferment within black churches. Their ministries required new expressions of pastoral theology and care. Soon after the emergence of Black Theology as an academic discourse, distinctively African American approaches to pastoral theology and care were articulated within theological education.
Since 1979, Edward Powell Wimberly has been a distinguished and influential voice in the field of pastoral theology and care, especially in African American contexts. Wimberly’s career has been dedicated to communicating the love of God for all people in the aftermath of America’s original sin—racism. The Edward Wimberly Reader hosts a selection of Wimberly’s most vital writings, beginning the important work of expanding the historical record in the field of pastoral theology and care to include the role of African American scholars. Wimberly’s various works reflect his social and political engagements, spanning the arenas of congregation and community with a prophetic public theology. At the same time, Wimberly’s constructive presentations of African American pastoral care inform pastoral theology methodologies through contextual and narrative approaches to counseling and restorative care practices.
Introduction 1 Pastoral Care in the Black Church (1979) 2 African American Men: Identity, Marriage, and Family (1997) 3 Narrative Care for Spiritual Renewal (1997) 4 Relational Refugees (2000) 5 Politics, Oppression, and Empowerment (2006) 6 African American Narrative Pastoral Care (2008) 7 Narrative Care in the Contexts of Trauma (2011) 8 Pastoral Theology in a Wesleyan Spirit (2011) 9 African American Pastoral Theology in Practice: The Gathering of the Village (2017) Conclusion
“Moschella and Butler illustrate the rich craft of Wimberly’s evolved scholarship and spiritual formation. The breadth and depth of the writers confirm their solid capacity as scholarpractitioners who fully understand Wimberly as a pastoral theologian who is without question the ‘Dean’ of Black pastoral care theologians.”
An essential collection for students and academics alike, The Edward Wimberly Reader communicates the convictions of a deeply faithful scholar, practitioner, and teacher who changed the conversation by stressing the importance of race, culture, and economics within contexts of pastoral care. Wimberly’s corpus offers a faith-inspired vision of a more holistic and life-giving social order, where discrimination is redressed and communities of mutual concern support the flourishing of all.
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“Whether one’s interest involves emphasizing the embodied nature of the soul, discerning ways to faithfully embrace our woundedness, reauthoring our mythologies, exploring adolescent identity development, or outlining the deep connections between pastoral care and social justice, this book will remain an important contribution for scholars and pastors.”
“Butler and Moschella have captured the legacy of Edward Wimberly through their thorough and intriguing discussion and analysis of Wimberly’s writings. Their exposition reveals the evolution of Wimberly’s theological understanding of pastoral care. In addition, the significance of understanding the field through the cultural lens of the African American experience is clear. This is a timeless and relevant reader for pastoral theologians, pastors, and professional or volunteer spiritual caregivers.”
—Montague R. Williams, Associate Professor of Church, Culture, and Society, Point Loma Nazarene University
—Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
—Vergel L. Lattimore, President and Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling, Hood Theological Seminary
Bonhoeffer and the Racialized Church Ross E. Halbach How do we remain faithful to and work within a Christian church that has been historically complicit in racism and that still exhibits racist actions in its communal life? While there have been numerous recent accounts addressing why the Christian church of the West is marked by racism and whiteness, there has been less attention given to how we reconcile the church’s racial inequities with the belief that God works through God’s people.
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“Confronted by what seems to be the inevitability of racism, the temptation is to give up. By drawing on Bonhoeffer’s work, and in particular his Christology, Ross Halbach surprisingly resists that conclusion. It turns out surprise is a crucial category for him that befits the eschatological character of his proposal. He develops his position by providing substantive analysis of Jennings, Carter, and Bantum. Halbach has a strong theological voice that we desperately need if the church is to be faithful to the gospel.” —Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics Emeritus, Duke Divinity School
In Bonhoeffer and the Racialized Church, Ross Halbach seeks to reframe the question within Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s conception of the “ultimate and penultimate.” Bonhoeffer’s acute sense of God’s continual speaking offers a prophetic challenge to the church: instead of masking the realities of racial sin or pursuing easy resolution, we must confront the full consequences of whiteness in repentant expectation of Christ’s coming. Halbach places the writings of Bonhoeffer into dialogue with the contemporary writings of Willie Jennings, J. Kameron Carter, and Brian Bantum, allowing these various perspectives to augment one another. This approach gives new clarity to present theological discussions of race through a consideration of God’s regenerative work. Discussions of race must move from seeking a diagnosis to exploring a dialogue that delves deeper into the issue. Racism is not a question to be answered but a resistance that hinders the church from hearing God’s present call, which is given to the body of Christ through baptism and Eucharist. The church’s response to God’s call is found not in the assurance of a solution but in the obedient act of the church’s participation with Christ in preparing the way for the church to hear how the triune God has already spoken and continues to speak today.
“Ross Halbach has achieved the first theological study of the hermeneutic enclosure of whiteness from the inside. This book is a brilliant and overdue engagement with the reasons why it seems so difficult to escape the labyrinth of a failed mindset, as he puts it. Halbach renders intelligible the reasons why Christians with immense privilege feel trapped and unwilling to change, and so resign themselves to a way of life sealed off from the voices and concerns of the non-white other.” —Brian Brock, Professor of Moral and Practical Theology, King's College, University of Aberdeen
ROSS E. HALBACH is Adjunct Faculty in the
School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Multnomah University.
CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Part 1. Words Already Spoken 1 Discerning Surprise Bonhoeffer and Theological Race Discourse in America 2 The Space of Remembering Whiteness as an Evolving Language Game Part 2. Words between Ultimate and Penultimate 3 Creation and Whiteness Bonhoeffer and Willie J. Jennings in Dialogue 4 Christology and Whiteness Bonhoeffer and J. Kameron Carter in Dialogue 5 Ecclesiology and Whiteness Bonhoeffer and Brian Bantum in Comparison Conclusion
“In this erudite and honest book, Ross Halbach makes an invaluable contribution to the complex work of understanding whiteness and unraveling racial logics and histories. As part of this contribution, he provides a rich and nuanced reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s understanding of creation, Christology, and ecclesiology.” —Michael Mawson, Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Ethics, Charles Sturt University
RYAN ANDREW NEWSON is Assistant
Professor of Theology and Ethics at Campbell University.
CONTENTS Preface Introduction 1 History Monuments’ Shifting Contexts 2 Past Memories Constructed 3 Future Whiteness Concretized 4 Present Wounds Obscured 5 Apocalypse Disrupting Palliative Monuments
“Newson is a splendid, daring docent— leading us through the damning catalogue of Confederate monuments in America. Cut in Stone confronts the sin of white supremacy, disrupts the lie of historical neutrality, and boldly announces the dangerous stakes of memory. In its wake, the act of ‘remembering well’ becomes the most urgent theological task of our present moment.” —Jordan Rowan Fannin, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology, Berry College
Cut in Stone Confederate Monuments and Theological Disruption
Ryan Andrew Newson Confederate monuments figure prominently as epicenters of social conflict. These stone and metal constructs resonate with the tensions of modern America, giving concrete definition to the ideologies that divide us. Confederate monuments alone did not generate these feelings of aggravation, but they are far from innocent. Rather than serving as neutral objects of public remembrance, Confederate monuments articulate a narration of the past that forms the basis for a normative vision of the future. The story, told through the character of a religious mythos, carries implicit sacred convictions; thus, these spires and statues are inherently theological. In Cut in Stone, Ryan Andrew Newson contends that we cannot fully understand or disrupt these statues without attending to the convictions that give them their power. With a careful overview of the historical contexts in which most Confederate monuments were constructed, Newson demonstrates that these “memorials” were part of a revisionary project intended to resist the social changes brought on by Reconstruction while maintaining a romanticized Southern identity. Confederate monuments thus reinforce a theology concerning the nature of sacrifice and the ultimacy of whiteness. Moreover, this underlying theology serves to conceal inherited collective wounds in the present. If Confederate monuments are theologically weighted in their allure, then it stands to reason that they must also be contested at this level—precisely as sacred symbols. Newson responds to these inherently theological objects with suggestions for action that are sensitive to the varying contexts within which monuments reside, showing that while all Confederate monuments must come under scrutiny, some monuments should remain standing, but in redefined contexts. Cut in Stone represents the first detailed theological investigation of Confederate monuments, a resource for the larger collective task of determining how to memorialize problematic pasts and how to shape public space amidst contested memory.
“Ryan Newson presents readers with a critical theological analysis of the performative power of Confederate monuments and how such visual depictions of enshrined war heroes cloak America’s sinful legacy of racism and racial violence and their profound theological implications and social consequences for one’s conception of God, beliefs about citizenship and religious freedom, and vision for humanity’s collective future.”
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—Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Professor of Homiletics, Howard University School of Divinity
Predicadores Hispanic Preaching and Immigrant Identity
Tito Madrazo Hispanic Protestants have been one of the most rapidly growing demographic groups in the United States over the last few decades. Sociologists have written about the cultural and political identities of this group, and theologians have reflected on theology and ethics from Hispanic Protestant perspectives, but considerably less attention has been paid to the predicadores/preachers in Hispanic Protestant congregations and the messages they proclaim on a weekly basis.
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In Predicadores: Hispanic Preaching and Immigrant Identity, Tito Madrazo explores the sermons of Hispanic Protestant preachers within the context of their individual and communal journeys. Formed by overlapping experiences of migration and calling and rooted in their own bilingual and bicultural realities, the first-generation preachers who collaborated in this study interpret and proclaim Scripture in ways that refuse easy characterization. What is certain is that their preaching—which incorporates both traditional and liberative elements—resonates deeply with their immigrant congregations. Madrazo contends that the power of these preachers lies in how they consistently proclaim the characteristics of God that have been most significant to them in their own migrations. Based on four years of collaborative ethnographic research, Predicadores reveals the richness of everyday preaching in local Hispanic Protestant congregations. Madrazo utilizes contemporary sociology, history, and theology in order to situate this study’s preachers within broader discourses. The witness of Hispanic Protestant predicadores is a reminder of the homiletical importance of understanding and proclaiming the gospel from within particular cultures.
TITO MADRAZO is Missional Strategist for the Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. CONTENTS Introduction 1 Viajes Concurrentes / Overlapping Journeys 2 Identidades Multiples / Multiple Identities 3 La Predicación Misma / The Preaching Itself 4 Predicadoras / Female Preachers Conclusion “Predicadores is a beautifully presented understanding of Latinx preachers in the intricacies of the immigrant context. Madrazo uses collaborative ethnography to show us the deep complexities and themes that ground the Latina immigrant church and its preachers, both male and female. This is not a how-to book, nor is it a dull analysis. It is a profound and heartfelt journey with a community of faith. The reader’s own faith will be inspired while learning at multiple levels. This is a timely book that informs and transforms our comprehension of immigrant communities and the role of faith. A study for preachers, scholars, and ethnographers.” —Elizabeth Conde-Fraizer, Coordinator of Theological Entities, Association for Hispanic Theological Education
God and Community Organizing A Covenantal Approach
Hak Joon Lee HAK JOON LEE is Lewis B. Smedes
Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.
God and Community Organizing: A Covenantal Approach brings Saul Alinsky’s community organizing into conversation with biblical and theological models of covenant. Hak Joon Lee argues that covenant reflects the life of the triune God who eternally organizes Godself as the Father, Son, and Spirit. At the heart of the biblical institutions of the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant of Jesus is the attempt to structure a wholesome, close-knit community of love, justice, and power. Lee incorporates four examples of covenantal organizing in different historical and social contexts: Exodus, Jesus, Puritans, and Martin Luther King Jr. Critically engaging with Saul Alinsky’s method, Lee seeks to highlight how the two streams of thought—covenantal organizing and Alinsky’s community organizing—can complement each other to develop a more vigorous and effective method of faith-based community organizing.
Church in Color Youth Ministry, Race, and the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr.
Montague R. Williams MONTAGUE R. WILLIAMS (PhD Boston
University) is Associate Professor of Church, Culture, and Society at Point Loma Nazarene University.
In this groundbreaking ethnographic and theological account account, Montague R. Williams unearths and examines the realities of race in multiracial and multiethnic youth ministries in the United States. Church in Color invites readers to consider stories of young people in three distinct congregations and witness their longing for a Christian discipleship that grapples with rather than avoids race. Williams further analyzes how young people communicate this longing and why it is difficult for congregational leaders to recognize and respond to it. Finally, placing these findings in dialogue with an in-depth and nuanced engagement of Martin Luther King Jr.’s theological aesthetics, Williams guides congregations to embrace a discipleship that recognizes, remembers, and wrestles with the realities of race, racism, and racial identity.
“Hak Joon Lee has written a fresh and compelling study of the practice of political power to which close attention should be paid. Lee explores the claim that covenant as expressed in the Bible constitutes a map and guideline for the contemporary practice of community organizing.”
“Williams creates a type of groundwork that could ‘trailblaze’ a new area of study that is direly needed. The dearth of youth and young adult Person-of-Color-centered material is a travesty and one that needs correcting as we move towards an ethnic-minority-filled future in the Americas. Williams’ work can serve as a type of guideline for those wanting to enter into the complex and sometimes ‘messy’ field of ministry connected to real-time work in race and ethnicity.”
—Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
—Daniel White Hodge, Professor of Intercultural Communication, North Park University
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A Spirit of Revitalization Urban Pentecostalism in Kenya STUDIES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY
Kyama M. Mugambi KYAMA M. MUGAMBI is Associate
Researcher in the Centre for World Christianity at Africa International University.
Perhaps more than anywhere else in the world, Africa has generated unique expressions of Christianity that have, in their rapid development, overtaken older forms of Christianity represented by historic missionary efforts. Similarly, African Christianity has largely displayed its rootedness in its social and cultural context. The story of Pentecostal movements in urban Kenya captures both remarkable trends. Individual accounts of churches and their leaders shed light on rich and diverse commonalities among generations of Kenya’s Christian communities. Exploring the movements’ religious visions in urban Africa, A Spirit of Revitalization: Urban Pentecostalism in Kenya highlights antecedent movements set against their historical, social, economic, and political contexts. Kyama Mugambi examines how, in their translation of the gospel, innovative leaders synthesized new expressions of faith from elements of their historical and contemporary contexts. The sum of their experiences historically charts the remarkable journey of innovation, curation, and revision that attends to the process of translation and conversion in Christian history.
“Mugambi displays all the advantages of an insider perspective in this rich volume: unparalleled access to the Pentecostal churches he studies, deep knowledge of the social and theological concerns that animate them, and profound insight into their historical antecedents. A Spirit of Revitalization takes the reader inside the Pentecostal milieu in Kenya.”
Healing and Power in Ghana Early Indigenous Expressions of Christianity STUDIES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY
Paul Glen Grant PAUL GLEN GRANT is Lecturer in the
History Department at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
Focusing on the southeastern Gold Coast in the middle of the nineteenth century, Healing and Power in Ghana identifies patterns of indigenous reception, rejection, and reformulation of what had initially arrived, centuries earlier, as a European trade religion. Paul Grant draws on a mixture of European and indigenous sources in several languages, building on recent scholarship in world Christianity to address the question of conversion through the lens of the indigenous moral imagination. This approach considers, among other things, the conditions in which Akuapem locals and newly arrived displaced persons might find Christianity useful or applicable to their needs. This is no traditional history of the European-African religious encounter. Ghanaian Christians identified the missionaries according to preexisting political and religious categories—as a new class of shrine priests. By foregrounding the sacrificial idiom shared by locals, missionaries, and native thinkers, Healing and Power in Ghana presents a new model of scholarship for both West African history and world Christianity.
“We have here a groundbreaking volume that enables an appreciation of how indigenous Christians of the Gold Coast recalibrated faith. Through the performative aesthetics of lived religion, they anticipated the rise of independent indigenous Pentecostalism.” —J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Baëta-Grau Professor of African Christianity and Pentecostalism and President, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana
—Emma Wild-Wood, Senior Lecturer in African Christianity and African Indigenous Religions and Director of Postgraduate Studies, University of Edinburgh
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DARYL R. IRELAND is Research Assistant
Professor of Mission in the School of Theology at Boston University.
John Song Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man STUDIES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY
Daryl R. Ireland CONTENTS Preface Introduction: The Quest to Become New 1 The Dissolution 2 A New Man 3 A New Means 4 A New Location 5 A New Audience 6 A New Woman 7 A New Body Conclusion: Modern Chinese Christianity
“A deeply researched and insightful book. Daryl Ireland has given us a definitive account of the life of the greatest revivalist in modern China.” —Xi Lian, Professor of World Christianity, Duke Divinity School
Dubbed the “Billy Sunday of China” for the staggering number of people he led to Christ, John Song has captured the imagination of generations of readers. His story, as it became popular in the West, possessed memorable, if not necessarily true, elements: Song was converted while he studied in New York at Union Theological Seminary in 1927, but his modernist professors placed him in an insane asylum because of his fundamentalism; upon his release, he returned to China and drew enormous crowds as he introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the Old-Time Religion. In John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man, Daryl Ireland upends conventional images of John Song and theologically conservative Chinese Christianity. Working with never before used sources, this groundbreaking book paints the picture of a man who struggled alongside his Chinese contemporaries to find a way to save their nation. Unlike reformers who attempted to update ancient traditions, and revolutionaries who tried to escape the past altogether, Song hammered out the contours of a modern Chinese life in the furnace of his revivals. With sharp storytelling and careful analysis, Ireland reveals how Song ingeniously reformulated the Christian faith so that it was transformative and transferrable throughout China and Southeast Asia. It created new men and women who thrived in the region’s newly globalized cities. Song’s style of Christianity continues to prove resilient and still animates the extraordinary growth of the Chinese church today.
“This book is the best scholarly treatment available of John Sung, the greatest Chinese revivalist of the twentieth century. In this provocative study, Ireland has separated fact from fiction. I recommend this book very highly for all who wish to understand the history of Chinese Christianity and the tantalizing interweaving of twentieth-century global revivalism with modernization.”
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“This engaging volume offers a new evaluation of revivalist Christianity in twentieth-century China through a biography of its inimitable exemplar, John Sung (Song Shangjie). Ireland’s authoritative study draws on previously unavailable resources to offer a balanced-yet-intriguing portrait of a complex figure of modern evangelism.” —Chloe Starr, Professor of Asian Christianity and Theology, Yale Divinity School
—Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, Boston University
God’s Wounded World American Evangelicals and the Challenge of Environmentalism
Melanie Gish Although evangelicals and environmentalists at large still find themselves on opposing sides of an increasingly contentious issue, there is a counternarrative that has received little attention. Since the late 1970s, evangelical creation care advocates have worked relentlessly both to find a common cause with environmentalists and to convince fellow evangelicals to engage in environmental debate and action.
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“In the present climate of culture war polarization God’s Wounded World offers a timely reminder that the evangelical engagement with politics must not be reduced to the Christian Right. Gish offers a sophisticated and compelling analysis of the creation care movement that has sought to make environmental stewardship as much a principle of biblical theology and Christian social ethics as the protection of unborn life.” —Jan Stievermann, Professor of the History of Christianity in the United States, Heidelberg University
In God’s Wounded World, Melanie Gish analyzes the evolution of evangelical environmental advocacy in the United States. Drawing on qualitative interviews, organizational documents, and other texts, her interdisciplinary approach focuses on the work of evangelical environmental organizations and the motivations of the individuals who created them. Gish positions creation care by placing mainstream environmentalism on one side and organized evangelical environmental skepticism on the other. The religiopolitical space evangelical environmental leaders have established “in-between but still within” is carefully explored, with close attention to larger historical context as well as to creation care’s political opportunities and intraevangelical challenges. The nuanced portrait that emerges defies simple distinctions. Not only are creation care leaders wrestling with questions of environmental degradation and engagement, they also must grapple with what it means to be an evangelical living faithfully in both present-day America and the global community. As Gish reveals, evangelical advocates’ answers to these questions place moral responsibility and mediation above ideology and dogmatic certainty. Such a posture risks political irrelevance in our hyperpartisan and combative political culture, but if it succeeds it could transform the creation care movement into a powerful advocate for a more accommodating and holistically oriented evangelicalism.
“Clearly argued and meticulously researched, this book makes a significant contribution to a topic of great political, moral, and spiritual significance. Highly recommended.” —Roger S. Gottlieb, author of Morality and the Environmental Crisis
MELANIE GISH received her PhD in American Studies from Heidelberg University. She is an independent Americanist and lives in Germany. CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: An Unlikely Alternative 1 Evangelicalism and Environmentalism A Contextualizing Overview 2 Theology First! The Beginnings of Green Evangelicalism 3 Pioneer Creation Care Organizations 4 Politically Unafraid Evangelical Environmental Organizations 5 Organized Evangelical Environmental Skepticism 6 Apolitical Creation Care Organizations Conclusion: In the Middle but Not Necessarily of It
“All too often, evangelical culture is treated as a monolith. Melanie Gish’s smart and empathetic book chips away at that myth, revealing the surprising diversity of modern evangelical attitudes to the environment, including a fascinating minority report of ‘green evangelicals’ for whom ‘creation care’ became a biblical imperative. In the process, Gish shines a light on some of the ideological refugees of the American culture wars, raising deeper questions about what it means to be evangelical and conservative today, and what it could mean in the future.” —Brett Malcolm Grainger, Assistant Professor of Spirituality, Villanova University
SCOTT YENOR is Professor of Political
Science at Boise State University. CONTENTS Preface and Acknowledgments 1 Our New Family Regime? Part 1. The Rolling Revolution 2 Feminism and the Abolition of Gender 3 Contemporary Liberalism and the Abolition of Marriage 4 Beyond Sexual Repression Part 2. Curbs on the Rolling Revolution 5 Sexual Difference and Human Life: On the Limits of Feminism Postscript to Chapter 5: On the Nature of Moderate Feminism 6 The Problems of Contemporary Liberalism 7 The Problem with Ending Sexual “Repression” Part 3. The Post-Rolling Revolution World 8 A Sketch of a Better Family Policy 9 Toward a New, New Sexual Regime 10 Choosing One’s Choice: Consent’s Incomplete Guidance for Public Policy 11 The New Problem with No Name 12 Dilemmas of Indirection: Maintaining Family Integrity in Late Modernity 13 What Is to Be Said and Done?
The Recovery of Family Life Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies
Scott Yenor The Sexual Revolution, which has been underway since the 1950s, is a rolling revolution—a set of unfinishable ambitions, all affecting marriage and family life. Feminists want to ”liberate” women from childrearing as well as the home and build a world “beyond gender”; progressives aspire to build a society where human beings can choose their natures; and sexual liberation theorists would take human beings “beyond repression.” These ideologies have sunk deeply into our culture and our political regime. It is well past time to ask the uncomfortable questions about whether these ideologies betray human nature and undermine human happiness. The Recovery of Family Life defends marriage and family life while exposing the limits and blind spots in these powerful revolutionary ideologies. After suggesting a general framework within which to understand the ends and means of family policy, Scott Yenor explores what a liberal society should seek to accomplish in marriage and family policy. The framework is applied to some of today’s most important public policy debates on such controversial topics as gay rights, pornography, population decline, women’s equality, rape law, the age of consent, and welfare state politics. Those advocating for the rolling revolution often point toward necessary reforms, but they offer an incomplete picture of human flourishing. In an attempt to recover a healthier vision of life, Yenor asks that those already resisting the rolling revolution evaluate their own assumptions and aims anew: advocates on both sides of the partisan aisle stand at risk of operating with truncated narratives. Public policy can be an important tool to help the resistance, but only if informed by a deeper vision in which marriage and family fit into the broader political regime. The Recovery of Family Life combines a focus on first principles with practical advice for lawmakers about how to undo the damage our policies have done.
“Scott Yenor’s important new study explores the three interlocking elements of the sexual revolution—radical feminism, liberal neutrality, and sexual liberation—to show how this ‘rolling revolution’ undermines the foundations of a healthy and moderate political order. His research is comprehensive, and his argument at once courageous and humane. His book should be required reading for every young woman and man who seeks to understand the mysterious interplay of nature and nurture that makes for a happy life.”
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“The last half century has been devastating for American family life, to the point where one in every two American children will now be raised apart from their own married parents at some point in their lives. Scott Yenor’s The Recovery of Family Life unveils the intellectual sources of our failed family regime and articulates a provocative new vision for family renewal in this century. Above all, he shows us how we must put children at the center of marriage and family life in the twenty-first century in this important, incisive, and thought-provoking book.” —W. Bradford Wilcox, Director, National Marriage Project and Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
—Jean M. Yarbrough, Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences, Bowdoin College
Religion and Its Reformation in America, Beginnings to 1730 An Anthology of Primary Sources DOCUMENTS OF ANGLOPHONE CHRISTIANITY
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“Singular in its scope, this anthology foregrounds the version of Christianity transplanted to the English colonies founded in North America in the seventeenth century. As the two editors rightly acknowledge, this version of Christianity had deep roots in Reformed Protestantism. A marvelous collection that deepens our understanding of religion in early America.” —David D. Hall, Bartlett Professor of New England Church History Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School
MICHAEL J. COLACURCIO is Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. ALLISON M. JOHNSON is Assistant Professor
Edited by Michael J. Colacurcio and Allison M. Johnson
of English at San José State University.
Beginning with a brief look at what the European colonists were able to make of indigenous beliefs and practices, and ending in 1730—the year before the first published work of the Rev. Jonathan Edwards—Religion and Its Reformation in America seeks to highlight the distinguishing features of Christianity in the first century of its life in the colonies that would become the United States.
“Religion and Its Reformation in America, Beginnings to 1730 surpasses all previous anthologies of colonial American writing in its amplitude and scope, its grasp of the era’s distinctive interfusion of faith and literary imagination, and the depth of insight conveyed throughout its editorial commentaries. This volume encompasses a vast terrain of colonial geographies, creeds, church polities, politics, ethnographies, and forms of literary expression. Yet it rightly sets at center stage the story of Puritan New England, a country where—as Harriet Beecher Stowe once observed—the soul and one’s spiritual life became ‘intense realities’ and everything was ‘contemplated in reference to eternity.’“
The transplanted Church of England in Virginia, the Catholicism of Maryland, and, later on, the Quaker experience of Pennsylvania are well represented, but the heaviest emphasis falls on the “Puritans” of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Astonishingly, the leaders of a migrant population produced a religious literature that, in both quantity and intellectual acumen, is unmatched in any other colonial venue on record. Drawing on an array of texts written on the Continent, and in some cases on a personal experience of Reformed churches abroad, these so-called Puritans sought a New Church in a providentially provided New England. The general outlines of their story—end-time excitement, the establishment of a radical new ecclesiology (which came to be known as Congregationalism), second- and third-generation confusion and compromise which yet refused to concede that their radicalism had been a mistake—are well known to historians who specialize in this period. Presented here, however, for scholar and student alike, is something approaching a full literary record—not just names and dates and creeds and platforms, but a rich human experience of motive, energy, action, and affect. Religion to be sure, with reform its driving force—but also literature in its best sense, eager to upend prevailing assumptions.
—John Gatta, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Sewanee: University of the South
American Literary Cultures
The United States in Global Perspective
A Primary Source Reader
Edited by Elizabeth J. Dell and Joe B. Fulton
Edited by Julie K. deGraffenried and Stephen M. Sloan
ELIZABETH J. DELL is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and JOE B. FULTON is Professor of English at Baylor University.
American Literary Cultures highlights literature written by regional authors—particularly those of Texas and the Southwest—and includes readings representative of a broad array of American social, religious, racial, and ethnic groups from first contact to early twentieth-century Modernism. Tracing the diverse heritages and global impulses that shaped America, this reader engages undergraduate students by offering a unique collection of texts that comprise American literary cultures. The selections showcase a culturally rich and heterogeneous tradition—indigenous, Latinx, European, and African American. The narratives and counternarratives offered here introduce students to a diversity of voices—near and far, familiar and foreign, present and historical. Through ballads, lyrical poems, tall tales, short stories, speeches, sermons, memoirs, and discourses on language and literature, students encounter diverse and often challenging works of American literary cultures. The texts within and the vast panoply of worldviews and personalities they reflect challenge students to critical, contextual, creative, and empathetic engagement with the past. Through such engagement, students will better appreciate the present as they prepare to become citizens of an increasingly globalized world.
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JULIE K. deGRAFFENRIED is Associate Professor of History and STEPHEN M. SLOAN is Associate Professor of History at Baylor University.
The study of U.S. history is experiencing a transformation as instructors reconsider traditional national narratives that frame understandings of the history of the nation and the world. Placing U.S. history in its broader, international context enriches our understanding of the past. Ideal for use in teaching U.S. History, the United States in the World, and similar survey classes, The United States in Global Perspective: A Primary Source Reader provides students with a vibrant collection of primary sources and gives instructors a tool that globalizes instruction. Through a variety of textual and visual sources, students can investigate the long history of the region’s engagement with the world as well as the ways in which the world has shaped the United States. Additionally, each chapter includes a section that presents a quick global overview of a specific topic or issue, using sources from varying locations and time periods. Instructors can find various pathways to follow specific themes throughout the book, such as labor, immigration, environmental history, African American history, urban history, and women’s rights. The United States in Global Perspective serves as a resource to help students understand the history of the United States through a more comprehensive and inclusive lens.
“The United States in Global Perspective is a really imaginative and diverse collection of sources inviting direct comparisons between the United States and global developments. It will encourage a variety of discussions about American patterns in the wider context, from the colonial era onward.” —Peter N. Stearns, University Professor of History, George Mason University
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Faith and History
With Radiant Hope
Timely and Timeless Reflections from George W. Truett
Edited by Christopher Gehrz and Beth Allison Barr
Join over forty Christian historians as they journey through the biblical and historical past, reading God’s word in light of the experiences of those made in God’s image. Along with an invitation to study Scripture from Genesis through Revelation, Faith and History: A Devotional provides a link between modern Christians and faithful believers from the past—reminding us of all we share in our faith in the present day, as well as how different were the past worlds of our sisters and brothers in Christ.
With Radiant Hope is a collection of thirty-four messages that George W. Truett wrote at the close of each year to his congregation while serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Truett’s famed ministry at the now well-known church extended from 1897 to 1944; the messages contained in this volume span the period from 1910 to 1944. The abiding value of these magnanimous missives, from beginning to end, is their pastoral tone, literary quality, biblical basis, and theologically robust character.
With Faith and History, you will read the Gospels in light of the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust and pray the psalms alongside Frederick Douglass and Isaac Watts. Learn more about well-known Christians such as Billy Graham, C. S. Lewis, Aimee Semple McPherson, John Perkins, and St. Patrick, and meet historical figures who are less known but no less significant, such as faith healer Kathryn Kuhlman, Anabaptist martyr Felix Manz, and medieval mystic Margery Kempe. Each scriptural passage pairs with a historical reflection, suggests questions for further consideration and discussion, recommends resources for historical study, and closes with a short prayer.
There is, of course, no single right way to read the messages that comprise this collection. Some will want to read them from beginning to end in swift succession, perhaps in a single sitting. Others will want to savor them, reading one a day, or a handful a day, over a stretch of time. Beginning during Advent and continuing through Christmastide holds promise for being an especially meaningful way to use this book. Although Truett’s letters are situated at year’s end, they are for all seasons and offer an edifying read time and time again.
“These brilliant meditations on Scripture testify to the power of historical reflection for supporting the vital work of calling Christian believers to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. They instruct, chasten, unsettle, and console. Authored by some of today’s most thoughtful Christian historians, this collection masterfully displays the integration of keen and learned historical insight with genuine, warm-hearted devotion to Jesus.” —Jay Green, Professor of History, Covenant College
CHRISTOPHER GEHRZ is Professor of History at Bethel University and BETH ALLISON BARR is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of History at
Baylor University. ISBN 978-1-4813-1346-9 / $14.95 / Paper / 215 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 / December 1, 2020
George W. Truett Edited by Todd D. Still
“You can speak of Washington and I will speak of Lincoln. You can speak of Lombardi and I will speak of Landry. But when it comes to influential Christian leaders of the first half of the twentieth century, George W. Truett had no peer. It was my high privilege to preach from his own pulpit for several years as one of his pastoral predecessors at First Baptist Church in Dallas and to observe the deep love and respect that followed him decades after his death. This volume's timely, hope-filled messages to his people are as fresh and applicable today as they were a century ago.” —O. S. Hawkins, PhD, former pastor, First Baptist Church in Dallas
GEORGE W. TRUETT (1867–1944) was an influential Southern Baptist clergyman who served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas from 1897 to 1944. TODD D. STILL is Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. ISBN 978-1-4813-1399-5 / $19.95 / Cloth / 119 pages / 5 x 8 / December 1, 2020
JIMMY M. DORRELL has been involved
in ministry for fifty-one years, mostly among the poor and marginalized. He and his family moved into a highcrime, low-income, and multicultural neighborhood forty-three years ago to love their neighbors. He and Janet founded Mission Waco | Mission World and Church Under the Bridge in 1992, where he continues as pastor. Dr. Dorrell has degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Eastern Baptist Seminary. He is co-director of the statewide Texas Christian Community Development Network and has written several other books. The Dorrells have four children and ten grandchildren. CONTENTS Preface Introduction 1 Salvation Has Come to This House 2 Compassion and the Journey into Pain 3 Relationships Change Everything 4 Jubilee Breaks Out 5 The Bible Is Not a Children’s Book 6 The Bible and History 7 Who Then Can Be Saved? 8 The Church Is Being Coopted 9 Poverty of Spirit Is the Beginning
Commonwealth Transformation through Christian Community Development
Jimmy M. Dorrell Today the chasm between rich and poor is constantly widening. While the wealthy seem to acquire more and more, the impoverished struggle to survive and thrive. This problem pervades not only the secular world but also modern Christianity. The Western church continues to spend more of its resources on its own needs than on those whom God calls us to see and to serve. Perhaps worse, the wealthiest church in history has often become complicit with systemic structures that perpetuate poverty in their own cities. Author and pastor Jimmy Dorrell explains that Scripture demands a drastically different attitude and approach from the wealthy regarding the poor. In Commonwealth: Transformation through Christian Community Development, Dorrell not only explores the cultural entrapment of the modern church regarding wealth and relationships, but offers practical ways that Christians can serve and empower the poor and marginalized in their own communities. Drawing on experiences from twenty-eight years at Mission Waco | Mission World and Church Under the Bridge, and undergirded by a thorough and holistic engagement with Scripture, Christian history, and effective models, Dorrell’s team has restored one of the most underserved neighborhoods in his community with programs for the unemployed, the homeless, the sick, the addicted, and struggling children and teens. They even created a nonprofit grocery store in the local food desert, transformed a pornographic theater, and built an economic center in a former liquor store. Christian community development rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is how we become neighbors in the biblical sense. Beyond handouts and increased donations, it is only when the poor and marginalized of our communities are empowered that the whole city truly prospers. There is a commonwealth of resources and gifts in all classes, and, if we choose to work together, we can change unjust structures of privilege and favoritism. Dorrell challenges us to see that it is only when we understand how financial prosperity often deepens hardheartedness toward Christ and our neighbors that the Christian church can make the good news of Jesus Christ tangible in our communities and world.
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“Jimmy Dorrell has taken nonapplied texts in his Southern Baptist Bible and combined them with a vision for ‘Church Under the Bridge’ and partnered with underserved neighborhoods to transform Waco’s ‘Tale of Two Cities’ into a ‘Commonwealth.’ Told with typical Jimmy Dorrell gusto and deference, he has made the story of poverty alleviation into an ongoing art form.” —Ray Bakke, Professor of Global Urban Ministries, Regent College
“This is an inspiring, challenging, and hopeful story of God-led efforts from Dorrell’s front yard to Church Under the Bridge to homeless housing and even a grocery store. Combine that with a deep dive into wealth, poverty, and tools for community action and you will find that this is a handbook for practitioners and armchair supporters alike.” —Mary Nelson, Interim President & CEO, Christian Community Development Association
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