Back from sabbatical leave, Assistant Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies Willie J. Jennings shares the following favorite titles from his bookshelves.
An ordained Baptist minister, Jennings teaches in the areas of systematic theology and black church and cultural studies. During the fall semester he is teaching two courses, “The Doctrine of Creation and Theological Anthropology”—an exploration of the Christian doctrine of creation—and “Slavery and Obedience: Theological Explorations,” a new course that examines the theological architecture of Christian obedience.
by David Kelsey
An insightful treatment of redemption and suffering
Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology
by Marilyn McCord Adams
A short course in Christology and the question of human evil
Communion and Otherness
by John D. Zizioulas
An interesting effort to deal with questions of difference from an Eastern Orthodox
perspective, this volume includes some of the author’s most important essays.
The World Republic of Letters
by Pascale Casanova
A brilliant and powerful account of the formation of world literary space and the
politics of world literature
Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference
in the Renaissance Empires
edited by Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan
This important set of essays explores the relation of race and Christianity in
the early colonialist period.
by Andro Linklater
This fine little book is a wonderful account of the creation of the grid system that
defined the nature of land and space in America.
The Way of the Human Being
by Calvin Luther Martin
Wisdom Sits in Places
by Keith Basso
The Old Way: A Story of the First People
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Martin’s and Basso’s books explore Native American sensibilities regarding space and identity in very powerful ways. Thomas’s book is a similar work, but looks at space and identity from the perspective of the so-called Bushmen of the Kalahari. I read these books in conjunction with rereading Vine Deloria’s epic text God Is Red.
Ralph Ellison: A Biography
by Arnold Rampersad
A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
by Cristina Rathbone
The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
by Mark Lilla