“I’m not suggesting we need less thinking; my point is that we need more than thinking. And we need to think carefully about the limits of thought (I tried to tease this out in the opening of Imagining, with a hat tip to Proust). That’s not a paradox; that’s intellectual honesty.”
What this book does, in its amazing depth of research, is gather together thousands of years of theology and tradition into a single place…You can tell that this book was coauthored by teachers (good teachers) in their ability to organize and present such complicated material in a manner that is approachable and enlightening.
Asbury Journal reviewed The Story of Jesus in History and Faith by Lee Martin McDonald, Understanding Christian Mission by Scott Sunquist, Christian Philosophy by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory by Markus Bockmuehl, and The End of Apologetics by Myron Penner.
“And here’s where Smith’s argument gets very important. The world is busy shaping our desires. Meanwhile, the church fights back by filling our minds. We fight love with facts. This is where the worldview approach often falls short. Descartes famous saying, ‘I think therefore I am,’ summarizes our default view of humanity. We are thinking beings. So put the right knowledge into a person’s head and he or she will behave accordingly. And there is some truth here. But we all know it’s not the whole picture.”
At Hearts & Minds, Byron Borger recommended a number of Baker Academic titles, including:
The End of Apologetics, by Myron Bradley Penner
The Drama of Scripture, by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen
The Mystic Way of Evangelism, by Elaine Hearth
Will Coberly at the Shepherds Theological Seminary blog recommended D.A. Carson’s New Testament Commentary Survey. At Wisdom For Life, Steve Cornell also recommended Carson’s survey, along with Tremper Longman’s Old Testament Commentary Survey.
“This is an excellent resource that in general succeeds in its aim to provide information about the cultural, social, and political contexts of the New Testament. Though the perspective is intentionally and explicitly evangelical, the contributors present the complexity of their particular issues frankly and honestly.”
A number of Baker Publishing titles were proclaimed winners of the 2014 Word Awards, including:
Imagining the Kingdom, by James K.A. Smith
The End of Apologetics, by Myron Penner
How We Got the New Testament, by Stanley Porter
“Modern apologetic reliance upon OUNCE [the ‘objective-universal-neutral complex’] is most evident in its vociferous attacks aimed toward postmodernism. To embrace the postmodern critique of modernism would be nothing less than to undermine the nature of Christian truth. It is this model of apologetics Penner is determined to renounce and it is from the very problems inherent within this approach that he seeks to launch a proposal for a postmodern solution.”
“The book of Hebrews reminds us that we are ‘surrounded with a great crowd of witnesses’ to which we must be responsible in all that we do, but especially in our interpretations of the Holy Writ. As Ron Sider makes his case against Christians participating in war, supporting capital punishment, or justifying abortion, he supports his beliefs by resorting to the writings of some of the earliest Church leaders, and thus, takes Church tradition seriously.”
Congratulations to Myron Penner (The End of Apologetics), Scott Sunquist (Understanding Christian Mission), and Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall (The Mystery of God) on being winners in the 2014 Christianity Today Book Awards!
And Matthew Dowling at Desposyni included With the Grain of the Universe, by Stanley Hauerwas; Christian Theology 3rd edition, by Millard Erickson; and Justification and the Gospel, by R. Michael Allen, in his “Theologian’s Guide to Christmas Gifting”.
Through Thursday, December 19, the eBook of Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross by Mark Baker is available for $3.99 (82% off) at participating retailers, including:
“Bouma-Prediger suggests we ask not what we should do but who we should be. Many books addressing the ecological crisis are full of ‘to-do’ lists. Bouma-Prediger goes deeper, offering a unique way to approach ecological issues that is sustainable and full of vision. As people understand who they should be—in relationship with God and the world around them—they will begin ‘to do’ what needs to be done, but it will be founded in love and gratitude rather than obligation.”
“[A] novel and valuable contribution to Bonhoeffer scholarship. The book demonstrates Bonhoeffer’s commitment to peace and opposing injustice, and will likely lead to further reexaminations of Bonhoeffer’s life and work.”
Through Thursday, November 21, the eBook of Strategic Pastoral Counseling by David Benner is available for $3.99 (76% off) at participating retailers, including:
Thomas Guarino, author of Vincent of Lérins and the Development of Christian Doctrine, wrote the First Things article “Pope Francis Looks to St. Vincent of Lérins.”
“The pope rightly notes that St. Vincent compares the growth of doctrine to the gradual development whereby a child becomes an adult. Vincent’s (and Francis’) point, of course, is that over the years there occurs a refinement, maturation, and ripening of Christian doctrine.”
In his post “’Sola Scriptura,’ ‘Prima Scriptura,’ or ‘Scriptura et Doctrina’?” Nijay Gupta referenced Scripture and Tradition, by Edith Humphrey.