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Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice

By Laceye Warner
Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and  Methodist Studies
Royce & Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow
Baylor University Press: September 2007
Hardcover, 320 pages, $39.95

In this important addition to the literature on evangelism, Warner carefully considers the primary sources of six Protestant women ministering in America from 1800 to 1950. Serving in roles as preacher, visitor, missionary, educator, activist and reformer, these "saving women" both pronounced the gospel and embodied it in their own lives.

Their witness offers significant insights for contemporary understandings of the practice and theology of evangelism.

Places of Redemption:
Theology for a Worldly Church

By Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Professor of Theology and Women’s Studies
Oxford University Press: October 2007
Hardcover, 256 pages, $55.00

This book explores the contradiction between widely shared beliefs in the United States about racial inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all and the fact that most churches are racially homogeneous and do not include people with disabilities.

McClintock Fulkerson explores the practices of an interracial United Methodist church that includes people with disabilities. Her analysis focuses on those activities which create opportunities for people to experience those who are “different” as equal in ways that diminish both obliviousness to and fear of the other.

In contrast with theology’s typical focus on the beliefs of Christians, the author offers a theory of practices and place that foregrounds the instinctual reactions and communications that shape all groups.

The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God

By Stanley Hauerwas
Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics
Blackwell Publishing Illuminations: Theory & Religion: 2007
Paper, 232 pages, $34.95;
Hardcover, $84.95

Part of Blackwell’s new series Illuminations: Theory & Religion, The State of the University challenges the sidelining of theology in the modern university. Hauerwas explores the role theology should play in the development of “knowledge,” and argues that Christian theology is an essential resource in forming people who are able to imagine a different world through critical and disciplined reflection.

“Anyone interested in the fate of theological knowledge in contemporary society, anyone interested in serious education (or lack thereof) in liberal democracies, anyone who cares for the mission of the church in the 21st century will profit considerably from reading and rereading this book.”
— Thomas Albert Howard, Gordon College, Oxford.