Books

Books

Endangered faiths

Gerard Russell’s account of disappearing Middle Eastern religions has an elegiac quality. It’s heartrending and often infuriating.

Curious, by Ian Leslie

In Ian Leslie’s telling, curiosity is far from a valued quality. Augustine, he notes, equated curiosity with temptation.

Found Theology, by Ben Quash

For Ben Quash, scripture and tradition are givens. Our task is to discover and reinterpret what we have been given.

Changing Our Mind, by David P. Gushee

The paradigms we use to ex­plain reality collapse when we encounter too many anomalies. Then we begin to seek another explanation. Something like that has happened for many people in connection with homosexuality. That number now includes David P. Gushee, a leading evangelical ethicist. In his case, it was discovering that his sister is a lesbian that led him to rethink this issue.

Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, by Miguel A. De La Torre

At such ideologically charged times, it is hard to discern what a life of Christian faithfulness looks like. Miguel De La Torre offers a good resource.