Theology

Theology

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Faith and Wisdom in Science, by Tom McLeish

Why do scientists turn to questions traditionally reserved for the humanities? Tom McLeish argues for a deep kinship between the two spheres.

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The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology, by Anthony C. Thiselton

This doorstop of a reference book was written entirely by Thiselton, professor emeritus of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham. The single authorship has the advantage of yielding a consistent style, but compared to multiauthor works, it lacks the expertise of specialists on the various topics. Most of the entries are quite short.

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Holy terror

Secularists from Voltaire to Richard Dawkins have attacked religion for its connection to violence. Karen Armstrong flatly rejects the idea.

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Boswell’s Enlightenment, by Robert Zaretsky

James Boswell, best known as Samuel Johnson’s biographer, was a lifelong seeker of truth. He struggled to put together his Calvinist religious heritage with the insights and perspectives of the Enlightenment. From 1763 to 1765 he toured Europe not just to see the historic sites but to encounter some of its greatest living thinkers, among them Rous­seau and Voltaire.

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Unjustifiable acts

More religious people support torture under Obama than they did under Bush. In this context, Rebecca Gordon's book is required reading.