Theology

Theology

Books

Silence, by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Fall books

Many years ago, the great historians of the French Annales school complained that scholars spend far too much time dealing with the elites and their wars and very little on the crucial matters of ordinary everyday life. Why, they asked, do we have no histories of death, of childhood, of old age? Today, of course, we have many such narratives.

Books

Consider the Birds, by Debbie Blue

Fall books

Like Lauren Winner, who admits in the foreword to Consider the Birds that she is “not really interested in birds at all,” I’m not especially enamored of feathered creatures. It’s not that I revile them, but I have perhaps been shat upon once too many times. I am, however, a fan of Debbie Blue, one of the founding pastors of House of Mercy in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Books

Revelation

Essential books

Can I Get a Witness? Reading Revelation through African American Culture, by Brian K. Blount. Would John of Patmos use rap music if he were to give a spiritual critique of empire today?

Books

God & suffering (theodicy)

Essential books

Encountering Evil, a New Edition: Live Options in Theodicy, by Stephen T. Davis. A stellar ensemble of thinkers, including John Hick, David Ray Griffin and John Cobb Jr., address the problem of how good and evil can coexist. Each chapter is followed by critical responses from the other contributors and then a rejoinder by the author.

Books

Global Christianity & American religious history

Take & read

To the Ends of the Earth: Pentecostalism and the Trans­formation of World Christianity, by Allan Heaton Anderson. Given the importance of Pentecostal and charismatic forms of faith in Christian expansion worldwide, Anderson’s book is valuable and timely.