Books

Books

Who’s Afraid of Relativism? by James K. A. Smith

James K. A. Smith suggests that the work of Richard Rorty can be a source of renewal—even though it makes many conservative Christians shrink in horror.

The Soul of the World, by Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton’s basic theme is this: “Science cannot tell who I am, let alone where, when, or how.” But I-you moral dialogue is not rooted in science.

Meeting God in Mark, by Rowan Williams

Why is it that the book of Mark, unlike the other Gospels, is so short and fast-paced and contains so little of the teachings of Jesus and so few miracle stories? About a third of the Gospel is preoccupied with the passion of Jesus, and yet the author has little interest in dwelling on the question of why Jesus had to die.

Incurable condition

Not every ailment can be fixed—or should be. Atul Gawande thinks we need to talk about this.

Contesting Catholicity, by Curtis W. Freeman

Curtis Freeman's book addresses primarily Baptists, but his concern matters to all Christians who live in denominational separatism but are summoned to embrace the richness of catholic faith.