Theology

Theology

Books

Ethics

Take & read

Christian Ethics: A Very Short Intro­duction, by D. Stephen Long. Beginning with the challenge pressed by atheist Christopher Hitchens and engaging Christianity's historic failures, Long brings elegant clarity to the project of Christian ethics.

Books

Old Testament

Take & read

"Come Out, My People!": God's Call out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond, by Wes Howard-Brook. Howard-Brook creates a lively conversation between contemporary struggles over the demands of empire and biblical struggles with the various empires that sought to control Israel across its history.

Books

Religion and the nation’s founders

Essential books

Faith of the Founders: Religion and the New Nation 1776–1826, by Edwin S. Gaustad. This is the best short, accessible, single-volume treatment of the religious lives, intellectual pathways and church-state politics of the pre­eminent founders of the United States—Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Washington and Franklin.

Books

Evangelism

Essential books

The Rise of Christianity: How the Ob­scure, Marginal Jesus Movement Be­came the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries, by Rod­ney Stark. Joining sociology and history, Stark contributes much new insight to the amazing rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire—and he reaches some surprising conclusions.