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

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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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Review! Perspectives of Jesus in the Writing of Paul

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Perspectives of Jesus in the Writing of Paul

A Historical Examiniation of Shared Core Commitments with a View to Determining the Extent of Paul’s Dependence on Jesus

by Gerry Schoberg

ISBN: 9780227174050

By way of a thoroughgoing analysis of the historical data at hand, combined with his programmatic treatment of important subthemes, Schoberg has given new life to an old question. He has demonstrated that a substantial coherence does exist between Jesus and Paul and that there is an identifiable historical link between the two.

William Simmons, Journal of Theological Studies, vol 66 issue 1, April 2015

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Review! Letters of Paul as Rituals of Worship

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Letters of Paul as Rituals of Worship

by John Paul Heil

ISBN: 9780227680070

Heil has certainly provided a good survey of the different forms of worship in each of the Pauline epistles. He is attentive to liturgical language and the use of various prayers, hymns, and cultic language. Heil is also to be commended for his treatment of the complementary relationship between worship and ethics in Paul…many will find the survey of Paul’s letters beneficial in drawing attention to the role of worship in specific parts of each letter. This feature of the book would be especially useful to pastors interested in Paul’s attitude towards worship.

Matthew P. O’reilly, Journal of Theological Studies, vol 66 issue 1,  April 2015

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Review! Spiritual Complaint

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Spiritual Complaint

The Theology and Practice of Lament

by Miriam J. Bier and Tim Bulkeley

ISBN: 9780227174340

Miriam J. Bier and Tim Bulkeley have skilfully drawn together a collection of essats, which not only touch the nerves of pain and suffering and advance the understanding of lament, but also…this book is a ‘must’ for every bookshelf, as it takes the theology and practice of lament from the academy, synagogue, and church into the public arena of tragedy and disaster. Spiritual Complaint deserves reflection and exploration, as it affects us individually and in community wherever we are.

Gwen Knight, Journal of Theological Studies, vol 66 issue 1, April 2015

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Review! Like a Mighty Army?

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Like a Mighty Army?

The Salvation Army, the Church, and the Churches

by David W. Taylor

ISBN: 9780227175033

This splendid study should be shouted from the rooftops!…this book deserves to be read by all Methodists, especially those who are deeply concerned about how we understand the nature of Church, as opposed to a “movement” within the Church…This is a courageous undertaking, reinforcing our view that it should be widely read and reflected upon.

Rev. Harvey Richardson, Methodist Recorder 8th May 2015

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Review! A Celtic Christology

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A Celtic Christology

The Incarnation according to John Scottus Eriugena

by John F. Gavin

ISBN: 9780227174784

John F. Gavin’s study is a brilliantly lucid exploration of Eriugena’s theology and its relevance to our times – especially in its treatment of the incarnation, participative Christology (i.e. theosis or deification), and in setting out a thrilling environmental theology that reveals Christ and Creation’s heart…Gavin notes that ‘poetry has a greater power to inspire reflection than a theological treatise.’ His own treatise reveals poetic skill in weaving a weft of many colours of the meadow flowers to the long and deep warp.

Alastair McIntosh, Third Way Volume 39 Issue 4, May 2015

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