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Michael Battle
Mercer University Press, 2004 Paper,
$30.00

Spiritual practices of peacemaking, Michael Battle says, are essential to the mystical process of losing and finding identity in God who constantly invites us toward relationship and community. Genuine Christian “spirituality,” Battle insists, involves no contradiction between individual and communal fulfillment, but involves instead our participation in the divine bending toward potentiality rather than destruction. Battle is assistant professor of spirituality and black church studies at Duke and rector at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh.

 



Douglas A. Campbell, Ed.
T. & T. Clark Publishers Ltd. Paper,
$55.00

Douglas Campbell, assistant professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, wrote the introduction, edited the collection, and contributed the essay “The Logic of Eschatology: The Implications of Paul’s Gospel for Gender as Suggested by Gal 3.28a in Context” for this issue of the series Studies in Theology and Sexuality.



Reinhard Hütter
Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004 Paper,
$28.00

Reinhard Hütter explores the biblical concepts of church ( ekkle -sia ), freedom (eleutheria) and truthful speech (parrhe -sia), showing not only that the proper meanings of these three concepts interpenetrate one another, but also that rending them asunder lies at the root of Christian division today. Christian division, he argues, issues from the all-too familiar individualistic accounts of church, freedom, and speech that have haunted modernity and clouded the Gospel. In this hopeful account, he urges contemporary Christians to reconsider the interrelationship of these concepts in the God of the Gospel. Hütter is associate professor of Christian theology at Duke.



Allen D. Verhey
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003 Paper,
$35.00

In his latest book, Allen D.Verhey brings the biblical tradition to bear on contemporary bioethical concerns. Verhey, who joined the faculty at Duke Divinity School as professor of Christian ethics in July, explores how the Bible can illuminate and guide medical ethics. He argues that churches are called to think and speak clearly about bioethical concerns, and he lays out the scriptural tools needed to do so. After firmly grounding Christian ethical discourse in Scripture, Verhey shows how the Bible can be applied to such pressing questions as suffering, genetic intervention, abortion, reproductive technologies, end-of-life care, physician assisted suicide, and more.



Stanley Hauerwas
Brazos Press, 2004 Paper,
$19.99

Stanley Hauerwas revisits the crucial theological terrain of political nonviolence via the evocative writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This book is a commentary on Bonhoeffer's dramatic claim that if our common life rests on lies and injustice, we cannot be a community of peace. His follows the analysis of Bonhoeffer with an exploration of faith as “performance,” drawing rich analogies between musical and theatrical performance and the living of the Christian life. Next, he turns to Aquinas, Preller, Wittgenstein and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to investigate the language of faith and “the contingent character that makes up our world.” Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe professor of theological ethics at Duke.



Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells, Eds.
Blackwell Publishing Hardcover;
$124.00

The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics presents a comprehensive and systematic exposition of Christian ethics seen through the lens of Christian worship. Contributors represent the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Mennonite and Pentecostal traditions. It includes Hauerwas’ article, “Studying Ethics through Worship.” Co-editor Sam Wells is priest-in-charge of St. Mark’s, Newnham, Cambridge and a writer in theological ethics.


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