BA Books & Authors on the Web – January 9, 2015

Cover ArtDerek Rishmawy, at The Gospel Coalition, explains “Why You Should Read Bavinck.”

“Bavinck’s accomplishment in the Dogmatics is nothing short of jaw-dropping. The expansive, nuanced, and deeply trinitarian theological vision is both intellectually challenging and spiritually nourishing. I anticipate turning to these volumes regularly in the years to come.”


Walter Moberly’s Old Testament Theology was reviewed at Euangelion.

Craig Blomberg reviewed A Peaceable Hope by David Neville, as well as The King in His Beauty by Thomas Schreiner, for the Denver Journal here and here.

Nate Claiborne reviewed Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith, by Paul Moes and Donald Tellinghuisen.

Chris Keith’s Jesus against the Scribal Elite was reviewed at CHOICE connect.

At Discovering the Mission of God, Ed reviewed Understanding Christian Mission by Scott Sunquist.

Andrew Root’s Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker was reviewed at Diglotting.

Michael Philliber, at Deus Misereatur, reviewed The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church, edited by Khaled Anatolios.

Best Of

As 2014 came to a close, quite a number of Baker Academic titles were featured in “Best of” posts.

Galatians and Christian Theology, edited by Mark Elliott, John Frederick, Scott Hafemann and N.T. Wright, was named as one of “The Top (Mockingbird) Theology Books of 2014.”

At Crux Sola, Nijay Gupta listed Chris Keith’s Jesus Against the Scribal Elite, Galatians and Christian Theology, Jeffrey Weima’s 1-2 Thessalonians, and Richard Middleton’s A New Heaven and a New Earth among the “Best New Testament Academic Books of 2014.”

Women in the World of the Earliest Christians by Lynn Cohick, Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society edited by Susan Holman, Scripture and Tradition by Edith Humphrey, The Economy of Desire by Daniel Bell, and Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich by Helen Rhee were all in Alvin Rapien’s “Top 10 Books of 2014.”

The Missio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2014” featured Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology, by Daniel Brunner, Jennifer Butler, and A. J. Swoboda.

At Reformation 21, Michael Allen and Scott Swain’s Reformed Catholicity, Simon Gathercole’s Defending Substitution, Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan’s The Pastor as Public Theologian, and Richard Bauckham’s Gospel of Glory were noted as “New & Noteworthy Books in 2015.”


Scot McKnight reflected on Alistair Stewart’s The Original Bishops in the post “Paul and the Economic Justice Vision of Jesus“, and Richard Middleton’s A New Heaven and a New Earth led to his discussion “Revolution in Eschatology Today?

Andrew McGowan, author of Ancient Christian Worship, wrote “Incarnation and Epiphany: How Christmas became a Christian Feast” for ABC Religion and Ethics.


Body and Soul – an Excerpt from Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith

The following is an excerpt from Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith, by Paul Moes and Donald Tellinghuisen.


Cover ArtWe hope to steer between the extremes that are often present in science, psychology, and the church.

We reject the one extreme, which suggests that the only part of us that matters is the soul, and that only a “spiritual” approach to counseling or any effort to change humans will be effective. This same approach also places excessive responsibility on individual behavior, as if we are all equally capable of transcending our bodies, relationships, and social existence.

We also reject the other extreme, which paints human beings as nothing but biological computers, determined entirely by the physical and environmental forces that shape us, and ultimately incapable of truly responsible “agency” (e.g., the ability to freely choose).

Instead, we wish to promote a more holistic view of human beings and how we should help people change their behavior. We need to focus on the whole person—their genetics, their bodies, their relationships, and their spiritual growth.

As physician James L. Wright has written when referring to the unity of the person in cases of Alzheimer’s disease, “Dementia confronts us with the fact that our entire person, mind and soul are as subject to decay as our heart, joints and muscle.” He states earlier in his paper that “As one witnesses the slow loss of personality traits, memory, independence and identity seen in Alzheimer’s Dementia, one is struck by how this clearly resonates with the Psalmist’s complaint, ‘My soul [nephesh] melts away . . .’ (Psalm 119, v. 28, NRSV).”

©2014 by Paul Moes and Donald J. Tellinghuisen. Published by Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.


For more information on Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith, click here.

New Release: Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith

Cover ArtDrawn from more than fifty years of classroom experience, Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith provides students with a coherent framework for considering psychology from a Christian perspective.

The authors explore biblical themes of human nature in relation to all major areas of psychology, showing how a Christian understanding of humans can inform the study of psychology. Brief, accessible chapters correspond to standard introductory psychology textbooks, making this an excellent supplemental text.


“Aimed primarily at Christian students taking college courses in psychology, this book is written in such a way that general readers will also benefit from its insights into Christian discipleship. It is well informed, up to date, and wide ranging, and the authors make a sustained effort not to sweep difficult issues under the carpet or to attain premature closure on topics still under debate.” – Malcolm Jeeves, St. Andrews University

“This solid overview of psychology from a Christian perspective uses five themes to explore a biblical view of human nature: relational persons; broken, in need of redemption; embodied; responsible limited agents; and meaning seekers. It will be a helpful supplementary text to use in introductory courses.” – Siang-Yang Tan, Fuller Theological Seminary

“At long last, a fresh new voice on psychology from a Christian perspective….I am eager to use this book with my own students. While I do not necessarily share all of the authors’ conclusions and claims, the book is an invitation to a conversation and as such models the sort of thoughtful, challenging, respectful dialogue with which we hope students will become skilled.” – Heather Looy, The King’s University College


Paul Moes (PhD, Texas Christian University) is professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He previously taught at Dordt College for eighteen years. He has written about Christian approaches to understanding brain function, personal responsibility, and human nature.

Donald J. Tellinghuisen (PhD, University of Iowa) is professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He previously taught at Augustana College. He has published research on attention and distractibility as well as human decision making.

For more information on Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith, click here.