Pauw, Amy Plantinga, The Christian Century
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. By Carlos Eire. Free Press, 390 pp., $14.00 paperback. Eire, a Reformation historian, writes of his early childhood in Cuba and his wrenching exile from his family and country at the age of 11. In this lyrical memoir, triggered in part by his reaction to the custody battle over Elian Gonzalez, Eire explores the burden of memory and provides a concentrated reflection on sin and evil.
The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World. By Douglas John Hall. Fortress, 274 pp., $17.00 paperback. The foremost articulator of a "theology of the cross" addresses the problem of Christian triumphalism in a post-9/11 world. Hall incorporates into this book the major motifs and emphases of his three volume Christian Theology in a North American Context.
Essentials of Christian Theology. Edited by William C. Placher. Westminster/John Knox, 422 pp., $29.95. This fine new introduction to theology features dialogical essays on nine central Christian doctrines by i8 North American theologians from diverse confessional, cultural and methodological perspectives. Placher supplies a substantial introduction to each chapter.
The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations. By Jonathan Sacks. Continuum, rev. ed., 216 pp., $14.95 paperback. This book, written by the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, won the 2004 Grawemeyer Prize in religion. Sacks addresses global economic, political and environmental concerns from his Orthodox Jewish perspective, and argues that living religious faiths have an indispensable role to play in laying the foundation for a new "covenant of hope," in which the peoples of the world do not simply tolerate but truly value cultural and religious differences.
Feminism and Theology (Oxford Readings in Feminism series). …