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17 November 2023

This week’s selection: the queer prophetic, humanity’s relationship with machines, and BRF’s Lenten journey

Queering the Prophet: On Jonah, and other activists, edited by L. Juliana M. Claassens, Steed Vernyl Davidson, Charlene van der Walt and Ashwin Thyssen (SCM Press, £45 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £36); 978-0-334-06513-5).

What does it mean to be a prophet in queer times? Considering first the queerness of the prophet Jonah, this volume then broadens its scope to the queer prophetic in our own time, reflecting on what makes a prophet ‘queer’, and considering how public theology is itself, an example of the queer prophetic.

The Machine Age: An idea, a history, a warning by Robert Skidelsky (Allen Lane, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-241-24461-6).

“This book tells the story of our fractured relationship with machines from humanity’s first tools down to the present and into the future. It raises the crucial question of why some parts of the world developed a ‘machine civilisation’ and not others, and traces the interactions between capitalism and technology, and between science and religion, in the making of the modern world.”

Loving my Neighbour: A Lenten journey, edited by Olivia Warburton (BRF, £9.99 (£8.99); 978-1-80039-215-1).

Loving My Neighbour takes us on a journey through the challenging terrain of how we can truly love one another, individually and in our communities. Daily Bible readings and reflections from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day explore how we can love in truth, love the vulnerable and the suffering, embrace difference, care for our world, and love ourselves as God loves us. Holy Week brings us back to reflect on Christ on the cross, who loved us to the very end.

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