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The Free Church of Scotland and American Slavery

by Iain Whyte 

ISBN: 9780227173893

“By drawing attention to this little-known episode Whyte undermines hagiographic depictions of the Free Church’s struggles, pointing to the politicking which lay beneath the Church’s avoidance of the candid abolitionism [...] this is a balanced and well-researched account which sheds new light on Scotland’s complex relationship with slavery.”
Valerie Wallace, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol 65, Issue 4, (October 2014)
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Review! Hindiyya, Mystic and Criminal, 1720-1798

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Hindiyya, Mystic and Criminal, 1720-1798

A Political and Religious Crisis in Lebanon

by Bernard Heyberger 

ISBN: 9780227173886

“[...] a solid work of historical research, culling the mines of the archives of the Propaganda Fide in Rome as well as the Maronite Patriach in Bkirki. The bibliography is well laid out, noting workings on local history and culture of the Maronites [...] as well as contemporary social and gender studies focusing upon the Western and Oriental Catholic traditions [...] Hindiyya, Mystic and Criminal is an extremely important resource in the area of Middle East Christianity, which  reveals the complicated relationships between the Oriental Catholic Churches and Rome.”

 

 
David D. Grafton, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol 46, (2014)
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Free Chapter Available! Letters of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Letters of Ascent 9780227174418Letters of Ascent
Spiritual Direction in the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux

By Jeff Brown

ISBN: 9780227174418

A study of the letters of the twelfth-century Cistercian abbot St Bernard of Clairvaux, revealing his skillful use of the epistolatory form as a vehicle for spiritual guidance.

 

Chapter 1: Bernard of Clairvaux in the Twelfth-Century World:
Some individuals are born before their time. These unique people find themselves in a culture unprepared for their ideas, technological or scientific insights, or philosophical theories. Peter Abelard, the twelfth-century philosopher and theologian, was one of these people. Peter’s contemporary, Bernard of Clairvaux, was not. Bernard de Fontaines (1090–1153) entereda Europe and an ecclesiastical system perfectly… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!

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Free Chapter Available! A Christian missionary work

Mission in the Early Church 9780227174852Mission in the Early Church
Themes and Reflections

by Edward L. Smither

ISBN: 9780227174852

An examination of the missionary activities of the early Christians during the Patristic period, their themes and their methods, drawing lessons for the mission of the church today.

 

Chapter 1: Backgrounds:
It seems impossible to understand Martin Luther’s (1483–1546) doctrine of justification by faith—a central aspect of his theology and a hallmark of the Protestant Reformation—without first understanding something of his personal background. His father Hans, who worked in the mining industry, was known for being a harsh disciplinarian and also for his ambition to see his son receive a quality education that would lead to… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!

 

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Free Chapter Available! An intriguing study of the women included in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus

Mothers on the margin 9780227174746Mothers on the Margin?
The Significance of the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy

by E. Anne Clements

ISBN: 9780227174746

An intriguing study of the women included in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, revealing their importance for our understanding of the radical message of the gospel.

 

Chapter 8: Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth: Aspects of Matthean Discipleship:
Part 1 has established that the first three named women of Matthew’s Gospel are characterized within their Hebrew narratives not in terms of their sinfulness or scandalous sexual activity but by their virtues of righteousness, faith, and loyalty. This short chapter will argue that righ-teousness, faith, and loyalty are three central aspects of the Matthean Jesus’ teaching in relation to discipleship. It is therefore significant that these themes first appear in the stories of Tamar (righteousness), Rahab (faithand loyalty), and Ruth (loyalty). The naming of Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth inthe genealogy highlights and anticipates the importance of these themes as key virtues for Matthew. No attempt will be made to address fully each theme; my purpose is… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!

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Free Chapter – triune God in the Trinitarian doctrine

Communion with the TriuneCommunion with the Triune God
The Trinitarian Soteriology of T.F. Torrance

by Dick O. Eugenio

ISBN: 9780227174531

An insightful study of the role of the doctrine of salvation in the thought of the Scottish theologian Thomas F. Torrence, emphasising and elucidating the Trinitarian foundations of his soteriology.

 

Chapter1: Scientific, Evangelical, and Trinitarian Soteriology:
n Daniel Hardy’s evaluation, in respect to content and form, Torrance’s theology is both declarative and relational. First, it is declarative because it determines and demonstrates core Christian doctrines as they developed through the history of the church, particularly in relation to the patristic conciliar declarations on the doctrine of the Trinity. Evidence is found in his conspicuous preoccupation with the doctrinal formula-tions of Athanasius and the Reformation in his writings. In this sense, Torrance’s theology is more… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
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Review! ‘Richard Hooker and the Vision of God’

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Richard Hooker and the Vision of God
Exploring the Origins of ‘Anglicanism’


B
y Charles Miller
ISBN: 9780227174005

“Miller’s book constitutes an impressive attempt to synthesize Hooker’s rich and expansive theological vision, and to put it into ecumenical conversation for the sake of today’s theologians and church leaders. Were it to succeed in gaining wide use as a seminary textbook, the Anglican churches could not but profit thereby.”

Bradford Littlejohn,
Journal of Anglican Studies, 2014

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Free Chapter Available! how the concepts of “place” and “location” can be meaningfully applied to our understanding of the Trinity

Place of the Spirit_9780227174371The Place of the Spirit
Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Location

by  Sarah Morice-Brubaker

ISBN: 9780227174371

An imaginative exploration of how the concepts of “place” and “location” can be meaningfully applied to our understanding of the Trinity.

 

Chapter 2: Patristic Precedents:
Laying the problem out in this fashion goes a long way toward sug-gesting which sorts of passages are most attention worthy for the present project. What I am looking for is some kind of consonance between how an author positions the three persons vis-à-vis each other, and how that same author understands place more generally. Sometimes the influence will run more in one direction—a theologian’s assumptions about place dictating how the three persons may be conceptually arranged—and sometimes i twill run in the opposite direction. Most often, I think,… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!

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Free Chapter Available! A critique of Jürgen Moltmann’s theology

Click on the image for extracts, more information and how to buy!Our Only Hope
More than We can Ask or Imagine

by  Margaret B. Adam
ISBN:9780227174685

A critique of Jürgen Moltmann’s theology that offers a wider vision of Christian hope through an imaginative engagement with a range of traditional and contemporary resources.

 

 

Chapter 2: The Costs of a Moltmannian Hope:
The legacy of Moltmann’s theological hope abides as a contemporary doctrine, loosely articulated and broadly accepted. The broad outlines of his eschatological hope shape the presuppositions and imaginations of many theologians, clergy, and lay Christians, including some who have never engaged with his work directly. I have identified the legacy of Molt-mann’s theology of hope as Moltmannian, because it reflects his work, at least indirectly, even though it does not attend to all of the particulars of his theological scholarship. When this Moltmannian hope constitutes the exclusive resource for eschatological hope, the costs are… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!

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Free Chapter Available! Paul’s Non-Violent Gospel

Paul’s Non-Violent Gospel
The Theological Politics of Peace in Paul’s Life and Letters
by Jeremy Gabrielson

ISBN: 9780227174654

An insightful study of St Paul’s commitment to peace and non-violence, exploring the personal, theological and political aspects of his advocacy of a way of life at odds with the dominant ideologies of his time.

 

Chapter 3:  The Memory of a Non-Violent Jesus in Paul’s Letters:
If Matthew’s gospel is representative of the early church’s memory of Jesus as one who eschewed violence, Paul’s letters hold the potential to push the evidence for this picture of Jesus earlier still. Surprisingly, little has been made of this particular continuity between Jesus and Paul, and the pres-ent chapter will be an attempt not just at filling this gap in the scholarly treatments already on offer, for I will also demonstrate that this particular continuity is one of the most salient features of early Christianity, Pauline or otherwise. At the very real risk of falling into the familiar ruts of exploring the continuities (or in some cases divergences) between Jesus and Paul, 1I want to revisit this issue by focusing on… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!

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