In the coming months I am set to come good on review books that have been sent my way. By no means do I hope to overwhelm you the readers with an excessive and unnecessary slew of reviews but all the books I requested I think are pretty swell and I hope that you will be encouraged to look into some of them at least. After this I will return to a more moderate pace of reviews of around 2-4 per month.
From Westminster John Knox I’ve Kevin Vanhoozer’s The Drama of Doctrine and George Lindbeck’s justly famous “The Nature of Doctrine.” I’m hoping to have a couple posts that go off of these two concerning possibilities for evangelism, catechesis and unity in light of their work.
From Baker Academic I’ve received the next two books in the “Church and Postmodern Culture” series; the one by John Caputo and the other by Carl Raschke. This series is ending up slightly different than I expected so they should be interesting reviews. Also I received a great volume edited by James K A Smith and James H Olthuis entitled “Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant and Participation.”
I will bring this book into conversation with the next two books that Routledge sent me, namely their soon to be released introduction to Radical Orthodoxy and the accompanying Reader which I already have. I will likely use these three books to perhaps explain a bit more what Radical Orthodoxy, conceived broadly, is and how I hope to work within friendly reach of its program.
Eerdmans also sent me a couple both from last year and from this upcoming batch of new releases. Two books by new prominent Pauline scholars, Michael Gorman’s “Inhabiting the Cruciform God” and Douglas Campbell’s absolutely massive “The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.” Finally I’ve received the first in what will eventually constitute a three volume collection of essays by now Pope then theologian Joseph Ratzinger comprised mostly of work done for the journal Communio. This volume deals with issues related to Church Unity and I’ve found it a stellar and quick read.
So there you have it, look forward to these coming soon!