Review! Atonement Theories: A Way through the Maze

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Ben Pugh’s Atonement Theories

Atonement Theories

A Way through the Maze

by Ben Pugh

ISBN: 9780227175002

“The author, Ben Pugh, provides us with a well-written and informative book on atonement […] Students in theology, but also researchers and ministers will find the book most helpful and stimulating.”

Cornelis van der Laan, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, vol 35 issue 1, April 2015

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Review! The Early Church at Work and Worship

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Everett Ferguson’s The Early Church at Work and Worship Volume I

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Everett Ferguson’s The Early Church at Work and Worship Volume II!

The Early Church at Work and Worship

Volumes 1 & 2

by Everett Ferguson

ISBN Volume 1: 9780227174890

ISBN Volume 2: 9780227174906

“Over the years, Everett Ferguson has been a distinguished and prolific contributor to the study of early Christianity, and especially its liturgical practices. It is therefore gratifying to see some of his output collected in these two volumes […] Characteristic of Professor Ferguson’s traditional method of scholarship has been to subject the works of individual patristic authors or particular documents to extremely detailed study of wording, and to accompany his arguments with clear quotation of the sources on which they are based, making them easy to follow […] It will form a useful addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in serious study of these areas of early Christianity.”

Paul Bradshaw, Modern Believing, 56.3, July 2015

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Review! Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church

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Tricia Miller’s Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church

Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church

by Tricia Miller

ISBN: 9780227174470

A careful study of the book of Esther and its anti-Jewish interpretations in the Church. By placing the book of Esther in the context of politics and hermeneutics that are filled with Jewish resistance to attempted genocide, Tricia Miller addresses the history of Christian anti-Judaism, the errors of replacement theology and anti-Zionism as the new anti-Judaism. It addresses the encouraging pattern of cooperation and support between Christians and Jews that developed over recent times.

Jack Carter, The American Journal of Biblical Theology

Chosen as their Book of the Month for July 2015!

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Review! Theology and Issues of Life and Death

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John Heywood Thomas’s Theology and Issues of Life and Death

Theology and Issues of Life and Death

by John Heyward Thomas, edited by Susan F. Parsons

ISBN: 9780227174203

Drawing widely on his scholarly learning, his interest in medical issues and his love of poetry, not least that of Keats and Dylan Thomas, Thomas has produced a beautifully written book reflecting deeply on Christian hope centred on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the understanding of ourselves as relational beings in the Image of God. As such it is a pleasure to read. And it remains as relevant to current debates about medical ethics as to the cases and debates of the last century.

Agneta Sutton, Heythrop Journal, vol 56 issue 5, September 2015

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Interview with Robert Orlando!

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Robert Orlando’s Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe – click through to buy!

An interview with Robert Orlando, the filmmaker and author of Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe, a unique reappraisal of the career of St Paul. Here he speaks out about his dramatic and challenging thesis, which revealed for the first time the human side of the apostle.

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Review! By Design: Ethics, Theology, and the Practice of Engineering

By Design

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By Design

Ethics, Theology, and the Practice of Engineering

by Brad J. Kallenberg

ISBN: 9780227174173

Kallenberg is to be commended for seeking to write a substantial account of engineering ethics from a Christian perspective. He has clearly understood important aspects of engineering thinking and linked them well to ethical thinking. Much philosophical and theological scholarship underlies the text. Several of the approaches adopted are innovative and have significant potential for further development. Especially welcome is the emphasis on approaches that stimulate the ethical imagination…Professional engineers with a particular interest in ethics will find the book interesting. Wider dissemination and discussion of the book’s account of professional ethical codes could be of great benefit to the development of the profession.

W. Richard Bowen, Studies in Christian Ethics, Volume 27.3

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Review! Between Kin and Cosmopolis

Between Kin and Cosmopolis

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Between Kin and Cosmopolis

An Ethic of the Nation

by Nigel Biggar

ISBN: 9780227174722

Biggar has developed and refined his earlier arguments, weaving them together in this new work in order to raise pertinent and urgent moral questions for those with an interest in the public square and global affairs…Whatever your politics, you will find Between Kin and Cosmopolis current and compelling. It will challenge you to think about competing and complimentary worldviews and how they affect matters of national and international importance.

Stanley Gamble, Search: A Church of Ireland Journal,

Volume 38.2, Summer 2015

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Review! Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy

Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy 9780227174760

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Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy

by David A. Fiensy

ISBN: 9780227174760

Fiensy has canvassed all the scholarship on economic conditions in Palestine in the first century CE, weighed and carefully sifted the evidence that comes to us from different sources, including more recently archaeology, and presents, almost inadvertently, a devastating indictment.

Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal Volume 56 Issue 3, May 2015

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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’

by 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.

W. Bradford Littlejohn, Journal of Anglican Studies Volume 13 Issue 1, May 2015

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Making Way for War in the Name of Peace

Last month we saw the headlines proclaiming the “Vatican to Recognise Palestinian State“.
I contacted our author and Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) member, Tricia Miller, to find out what this means and what it could mean for the not too distant future. Although away in Israel at the time, she wrote the following for us:

In the name of working for peace in the Arab/Israeli conflict, Pope Francis took a step last month that will, in reality, make way for war. On May 13, 2015, the Vatican’s official website announced that a formal agreement between “the Holy See and the State of Palestine …has been concluded.” In so doing, the Pope has made any possibility for peace much more difficult to obtain.

The agreement, which is the first legal document between the Vatican and “the State of Palestine,” was 15 years in the making and follows a decision in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state. Through this action, the Vatican has made it clear that it has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

Antoine Camilleri, the Holy See’s deputy foreign minister, said that this document expresses the Vatican’s “hope for a solution to the Palestinian question and the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians according to the two-state solution.”

In reality however, what this agreement does is circumvent previously established international conventions for the realization of a two-state solution, which is supposed to come about as a result of direct negotiations between the two parties involved.

According to an an Israeli foreign ministry official, “Such a development does not further the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct bilateral negotiations.” In other words, as international bodies such as the UN General Assembly and the Vatican seek to force the establishment of a Palestinian state, the Palestinians have no motivation to negotiate with the Israelis. As a result, they do not have to make any concessions for peace, but instead only have to wait for their state to be handed to them.

This action on the part of Pope Francis is very troubling for several reasons. The first is that as the supreme authority for the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican’s decisions are more than statements of policy by a governmental body; they are, in fact, official doctrine for all of its churches worldwide.

The second reason this is troubling is that the Vatican is viewed worldwide as a moral and religious authority. As such, this agreement will add credibility to the growing international movement in favor of the declaration of a Palestinian state. This course of action not only removes all need for the Palestinians to negotiate with the Israelis, but it was made in spite of objections on the part of Israel.

And finally, this move is troubling because the Pope appears to believe – in agreement with other international bodies – that if the Palestinians are given a state, there will automatically be peace with Israel. This is a naïve belief at best, as it ignores all recent statements and actions on the part of Abbas and his Fatah Party, whose constitution includes the goal of the eradication the State of Israel through violent means. Article 12 of the Fatah constitution calls for the “complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.” Article 13 states that the goal of Fatah is the establishment of “an independent democratic state with complete sovereignty on all Palestinian lands, and Jerusalem is its capital city.”

Abbas and his government do not just state their intent to have a Palestinian state on all the land; they follow up their words with action. Abbas regularly issues statements of incitement against the State of Israel, and he has declared that a future state of Palestine will be Judenrein, or free of Jews. His government pays salaries to terrorists incarcerated in Israel for committing acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, and names roads and squares after those who have died in the act of killing innocent women and children.

These are not the actions of a man or a government that intends to live in peace with a neighboring Jewish State. Therefore, all actions on the part of the international community to try to enforce some kind of two state solution without requiring the Palestinians to negotiate directly with Israel only strengthens the Palestinian resolve to make no concessions for peace.

This strategy will not bring a resolution to the Arab/Israeli conflict. It will instead make way for war by emboldening the Palestinians to pursue their goal of the “complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.”


Tricia’s new book, Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church, is available now in paperback, pdf, epub and kindle formats. Click the image for more details.

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