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Notice board: Theology

23 May 2014


ROSALENE BRADBURY believes that the theology of the cross in Karl Barth's work has been overlooked and attempts to put this right. Based on her Ph.D. thesis, Cross Theology sets out the shape and form of classic crucicentric thinking, and argues that Barth can be seen as a modern theologian continuing this tradition (James Clarke & Co., £23; 978-0-227-68030-8).

Myk Habets and Phillip Tolliday, editors of the collection of essays published as Trinitarian Theology after Barth, believe the subject of their book to be the most influential theologian of the modern age. Each contributor has encountered his work and provides a response to it, in pieces that range in topic from God to biomedical ethics (James Clarke, £28; 978-0-227-68032-2).

What does it mean to be human? to be a disciple? and to be part of the Church? Dietrich Bonhoeffer pondered these and similar questions. Being Human, Becoming Human is a collection of essays, edited by Jens Zimmermann and Brian Gregor, which looks at his theology in relation to social thought (James Clarke & Co., £20; 978-0-227-68027-8).

The difficulties for Jewish Christians adapting to a new way of life in the first century underlie certain passages in the New Testament. Mark Kinzer is a Jewish Christian today. In Israel's Messiah and the People of God: A vision for Messianic Jewish covenant fidelity, he shows how Judaism and Christianity cannot be seen as separate faiths but are inextricably part of a whole (Lutterworth Press, £20; 978-0-7188-9260-9).

After Jonathan Edwards: The courses of the New England Theology is a collection of essays looking at the legacy of the eponymous theologian. Edited by Oliver Crisp and Douglas Sweeney, the book seeks to highlight the importance of this tradition, which it labels as the "first and (to date) most influential species of American theology" (OUP, £22.99 (£20.70); 978-0-19-975630-8).

Chris O'Donnell addresses the range of ideas within church teaching on Mary, Mother of God. He takes 40 references from documents spanning a time period from the New Testament to the 21st century, and offers brief comments on each (Columba Press, £5.99 (£5.40); 978-1-85607-797-2).

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