BA Books & Authors on the Web – March 18, 2016

Cover ArtTim Harmon, at Western Seminary’s Transformed blog, reviewed Ingolf Dalferth’s Crucified and Resurrected.

“Dalferth’s work here is to be lauded, as it exemplifies contemporary scholarship of the first order. With an acute awareness of the past, Dalferth yet skillfully operates within and seeks to advance the present social and theological milieu.”

At Euangelion, Michael Bird reviewed The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life, edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph Modica.

Union with Christ, by J. Todd Billings, was reviewed by Dan Glover.

Craig Bartholomew’s Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics was reviewed by Steve Bishop.

“Perhaps the best book on hermeneutics yet written!”

 

BA Books & Authors on the Web – January 8, 2016

Cover ArtAncient Christian Worship by Andrew McGowen, and Reformed Catholicity by Michael Allen and Scott Swain, were recommended in Reformation 21’s 2015 End of Year Review of Books.

In my humble judgment, Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation, written by Michael Allen and Ref21’s own Scott Swain, deserves book of the year status. Allen and Swain present a vision for Protestant engagement with the Church’s past and the saints that populate that past that every evangelical Christian really should read.

A Vision for Preaching, by Abraham Kuruvilla, won an Editor’s Choice award in Preaching Today’s 2016 Book Awards.

Exploring Catholic Theology, by Bishop Robert Barron, was reviewed at Stuart’s Study.

At the Ligonier blog, Keith Mathison included Craig Keener’s Acts: An Exegetical Commentary in his post My 5 Favorite Theology Reads of 2015.

Cover ArtIngolf Dalferth’s Crucified and Resurrected was reviewed at Tabletalk Theology.

Crucified and Resurrected is a lovely, meticulously-argued, challenging work that resists simplistic pronouncements. One can only slowly work through it and leave notes in the margins. Readers will be fully rewarded for their efforts.

Alvin Rapien at The Poor in Spirit also reviewed Crucified and Resurrected.

The Accordance blog recommended Rodney Decker’s Reading Koine Greek.

Spiritual Companioning by Angela Reed, Richard Osmer, and Marcus Smucker, was reviewed by Joshua Valdez.

Zack Ford, at Longing for Truth, reviewed An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication by Quentin Schultze and Diane Badzinski.

 

The Word of the Cross – an Excerpt from Crucified and Resurrected

The following is an excerpt from Crucified and Resurrected, by Ingolf Dalferth.

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“The sole distinguishing feature that radically separates Christianity and its Lord from other religions and their gods is the cross.” Ernst Käsemann’s assertion reminds us emphatically that the decisive difference between Christians and non-Christians does not lie in the divergence between their resurrection hopes or ideas of God, their distinctive concepts of reality or expectations of salvation, their attitudes to life or their lifestyles, but that any differences in these areas are due to one fundamental distinction that is symbolized by the cross and is articulated sharply and unequivocally in the word of the cross.

Cover ArtWe can reach an understanding about concepts of God; together we can admit our awareness of the utter dependence of our existence; we do not dispute the role of the religious dimension in helping us to cope with the contingency of human life; and we can come to an arrangement concerning organized religion and church. But at the cross there is a parting of the ways.

Before the cross all our deductions and conclusions; our efforts to illuminate, clarify, and provide metaphysical explanations; and our attempts at moral legitimization and aesthetic assessment come to naught. The cross is an affront: it contradicts all our expectations and all that we take for granted. It demands that we revise our ideas about God and about our life and our world.

If the word of the cross is true, then the moral and religious coordinates of good and evil, God and the world, salvation and perdition—these coordinates by which we steer our lives—are inaccurate. This means that our wisdom is foolishness, our search for meaning is meaningless, our good deeds are well intentioned at best, and our religion is organized unbelief. Paul knew that. Luther discovered it. Barth reaffirmed it. It is vital that christological reflection bear this constantly in mind.

©2015 by Ingolf U. Dalferth. Published by Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

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New Release: Crucified and Resurrected

Cover ArtThis major work, now available in English, is considered by many to be one of the finest and most significant contributions to modern Christology.

Preeminent scholar and theologian Ingolf Dalferth argues for a radical reorientation of Christology for historical, hermeneutical, and theological reasons. He defends an orthodox vision of Christology in the context of a dialogue with modernity, showing why the resurrection, not the incarnation, ought to be the central idea of Christological thinking.

His proposal is both pneumatological and Trinitarian, and addresses themes such as soteriology, the doctrine of atonement, and preaching.

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Crucified and Resurrected is a work of rare distinction, offering a penetrating analysis of the elements and entailments of the Christian confession of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its anatomy of Christology is undergirded by a sense that the beauty and significance of Christian thought and practice derive from the uniqueness of their object. This is theological reflection of a very high order, whose appearance in English is warmly to be welcomed.” – John Webster, University of St. Andrews

“This admirable translation makes Ingolf Dalferth’s already-classic christological work on cross and resurrection available in English for the first time, with a new preface that situates it within the trajectory of the author’s developing thought. What we have here is a study that returns us to the startling novelty of early resurrection belief and from there penetratingly expounds the ‘grammar’ and gift of its christological implications. A profound, original, and challenging account.” – Sarah Coakley, University of Cambridge

“With this book, now available in English as Crucified and Resurrected, Ingolf Dalferth has propounded a conception of dogmatic Christology that attempts to take the problems and requirements of modernity into account. Dalferth follows Eberhard Jüngel’s hermeneutically oriented Christology and, with the help of analytical philosophy, carries it further in terms of trinitarian theology. The doctrine of the Trinity unfolds the act of faith as a concrete hermeneutical event. In this way, Christ comes into view as an image of faith involved in history. Christology is thus not one theological theme alongside others; it is the grammar of the Christian faith.” – Christian Danz, University of Vienna

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Ingolf U. DalferthIngolf U. Dalferth (DrTheol, University of Tübingen) is Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He is also professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at the University of Zurich, where he served as director of the Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion for many years. He has held academic positions at the universities of Durham, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Fribourg, and Copenhagen. Dalferth is the author of twenty books, including Die Wirklichkeit des Möglichen: Hermeneutische Religionsphilosophie and Becoming Present: An Inquiry into the Christian Sense of the Presence of God.

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