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31 May 2024

This week’s selection: trans and non-binary Christians on theology, faith in action, and changing views of ‘religion’ and ‘spiritual’

Trans Formations: Grounding theology in trans and non-binary lives by Alex Clare-Young (SCM Press, £25 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £20); 978-0-334-06600-2).

Trans Formations is not a book about trans and non-binary Christians it is a book by trans and non-binary Christians. Who we are, what we experience, and what we understand stretches beyond trans-apologetics to formative anthropological and theological notions without which the body of anthropological and theological knowledge is incomplete. We have things to say about God and about being human and our yet to be accessed insights matter.”

The Everyday God: Encountering the divine in the works of mercy by Jonathan Arnold (BRF, £9.99 (£8.99); 978-1-80039-210-6).

Jonathan Arnold, a seasoned community engagement expert, delves deep into the heart of the biblical mandate to love one’s neighbour. Through a tapestry of real-life stories, he unveils the power of practical faith, illustrating how it can ignite transformation among the homeless, refugees, the poor and vulnerable, imprisoned and marginalised, as well as those living with dementia, disability and disease.

Spiritual Life, edited by Michael McGhee (Cambridge University Press, £19.99 (£17.99); 978-1-009-23021-6).

The original claim made in the introduction to this classic volume was that it broke fresh ground: that it set a new agenda for the philosophy of religion and was a reaction against a narrow conception of the discipline that had little to say philosophically about human experience, or subjectivity, or about the religious imagination, or the idea of ‘spirituality’. In a new Foreword to the book, Michael McGhee reflects on how the discipline has changed or remained the same in the intervening twenty-five years since first publication. He argues that the connections between ‘philosophy’ and ‘spirituality’ are still developing; and that what we think of as ‘religious’ or '’spiritual’ is shifting, along with ideas about self-knowledge.”

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