This book began as a “search for clarity” regarding the “commonalities and differences between Roman Catholic and evangelical Protestant theology with reference to the Reformation.” (13) Finding no extant resource adequate to this task, the authors elected to put together the volume under review. While the topic of this book is timely (considering the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation), the question is whether what is offered here achieves its stated goal.
It is the tension between belief and experience that Portland, Oregon-based pastor, professor, and author A.J. Swoboda explores in A Glorious Dark. In it, a means of navigating between these poles is identified: hope. And yet, Swoboda does not offer this as a huckster’s panacea, but rather, as a sincere solution – one characterized more by grit than gloss.
For a theologian, it is refreshing to find biblical scholars who are vested in the notion that Scripture ought to be read as something more than simply an ancient text. Indeed, those participating in the Seminar, on the whole, possess a deep conviction that the Bible is a book to be read in and for the benefit of the church – and that identifying Scripture’s proper ecclesial habitat in no way eviscerates scholarly endeavors concerning the text, but rather empowers them.
Jenson’s new monograph, “A Theology in Outline: Can These Bones Live?” is an edited transcript of an undergraduate course that Jenson taught at Princeton in 2008. This conversational and accessible volume is thus culled from twenty-three lectures covering a standard sequence of topics in Christian theology.
To date, Marc Cortez (Associate Professor of Theology, Wheaton College) has released a number of significant works on the topic of theological anthropology. This book is organized around seven topics, with a single theologian assigned to each of these. Topics and conversation partners include: sexuality, suffering, vocation, ecclesiology, ontology, personhood, and race, in dialogue with (respectively) Gregory of Nyssa, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, John Zizioulas, and James Cone.