Theology

Theology

Books

Religion and the Civil War

Essential books

God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Reli­gious History of the American Civil War, by George C. Rable.

Books

Constructing Jesus, by Dale C. Allison Jr.

Two years ago, after Dale Allison published a short book on historical Jesus studies that seemed to question the legitimacy of the enterprise, Scot McKnight, a prominent Jesus scholar, declared that the book had convinced him to abandon the discipline altogether.

Books

The Future of Christian Theology, by David F. Ford

A manifesto hardly seems like the right genre for David F. Ford. The Irish Anglican theologian has made a career partly with the splendid encyclopedia The Modern Theolo­gians, a book regularly blessed by graduate students facing their exams.

Books

Why Marx Was Right, by Terry Eagleton

Reading a book by Terry Eagleton is like watching fireworks. The reader can become so delighted with the rhetorical pyrotechnics that the force of the argument is lost. But for all the literary razzle-dazzle, Eagleton is a serious and determined critic of the capitalist status quo.