Theology

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Theology


Pauw, Amy Platinga, The Christian Century


Black Practical Theology, edited by Dale P. Andrews and Robert London Smith Jr. (Baylor University Press, 354 pp., $49.95 paperback). This excellent handbook on practical theology is structured by "trialogues" between black church leaders, practical theologians, and prominent scholars in Bible, theology, and ethics. The result is a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach to issues that concern all Christian communities, including education, poverty, gender, race, immigration, HIV/AIDS, and the justice system.

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Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table, edited by the Catholic Women Speak Network (Paulist Press, 224 pp., $16.95 paperback). This volume brings together the voices of 44 Catholic women from around the world in a pointed response to the absence of women at the bishops' 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family. With candor and passion, the authors address family-related issues from contraception and sexual orientation to poverty and migration.

A Reasonable Belief: Why God and Faith Make Sense, by William Greenway (Westminster John Knox, 192 pp., $30.00 paperback). Greenway argues that modern secularism is unable to attend to the full range of human experiences of suffering and love. He tackles difficult topics in philosophical theology with a winsome clarity, making the case for a generous theism.

Quantum Shift: Theological and Pastoral Implications of Contemporary Developments in Science, by Heidi Ann Russell (Liturgical Press, 234 pp., $24.95 paperback). Russell delves into new discoveries and theories in the physical sciences with a general audience in mind. Insisting that the conversation between science and theology is too important to be left to "fundamentalist Christians and fundamentalist atheists," she finds in contemporary science suggestive analogies to Christian beliefs about God, creation, and grace.

Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way, by Richard Twiss (InterVarsity Press, 272 pp., $20.00 paperback). This posthumously published book written by a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate community narrates the complex and contested process of developing an authentically Native contextualization of Christian theology and practice. …

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