Friday, June 12, 2020

Professor Douglas A. Campbell’s latest book, Pauline Dogmatics: The Triumph of God's Love, was selected by The Christian Century for its quarterly Best Sellers list in the magazine’s May 20, 2020 edition. It was one of Wm. B. Eerdmans’ top five sellers in the first quarter of 2020.

In the book, Campbell offers a distinctive overview of Paul’s theology and its implications for the church today, intending his readers not only to learn about the apostle’s missionary and church-planting methods but also simply how to follow Jesus more faithfully.

Campbell, professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School and director of the school’s Certificate in Prison Studies, draws on his 30 years of study and reflection to describe Paul’s thinking by building on Albert Schweitzer’s classic emphasis on the importance for Paul of the resurrection. He then traces what the life and teaching of Christ signify for Paul’s thinking through all the other key theological topics, from revelation and the resurrection through the nature of the church and mission.

In doing so, Campbell broadens the conversation to include especially the work of theologians Karl Barth in relation to revelation and election, Duke Divinity School Professor Emeritus Stanley Hauerwas in relation to Christian formation, and Willie Jennings as an exemplary interlocutor for post-colonial and racial concerns. The result of this extensive conversation is a work that not only provides a description of Paul’s theology but also what amounts to be a Pauline manual for church planting in the challenging contexts of today.

•    See a video on Twitter of Douglas Campbell discussing his book, Pauline Dogmatics.
•    Read a more detailed article about the book.
•    Follow Campbell on Twitter (@ProfDCampbell).
•    Check out his blog (also called Pauline Dogmatics) at