Theology

Theology

Books

Silence, by Shusaku Endo

A book I like to teach

Shusaku Endo’s novel recounts the spiritual descent of an earnest Portuguese priest and his small, beleaguered flock of believers in 17th-century Japan. Ever since I discovered it in 1979 thanks to a review by Douglas John Hall, it has remained among my top three candidates for items I would want to have with me if I were stranded on a desert island.

Books

The Lotus and the Sun, by D. Preman Niles

A book I like to teach

This study of Christianity as it is described and expressed in Asia looks at how to circumnavigate power, both missionary and colonial, and how to address plurality in all its manifestations to give rise to an articulation of the Christian faith that has an authentic Asian flavor.

Books

The Work of Theology, by Stanley Hauerwas

Fall books

Longtime Hauerwas readers will not be surprised to hear that his new book is maddening—nor that some of the most maddening aspects are also the most rewarding.

Books

The Souls of Black Folk,
by W. E. B. Du Bois

A book I like to teach

"What does it feel like to be a problem?” For the first time in college, a line from a book rang in my head for days. W. E. B. Du Bois’s realization of his racial reality and the question of how he would choose to exist in the face of this new knowledge struck me as a deeply theological question.

Books

The Many Faces of Christ, by Philip Jenkins

Fall books

Phil Jenkins's abundant evidence gives lie to the traditional assumption that all but the four canonical Gospels were effectively squelched in the fourth century.