#Review: Shalom and the Ethics of Belief

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 Check out the latest review of academic theology title: Shalom and the Ethics of Belief By Nathan D. Shannon (Cambridge, UK; James Clarke & Company Ltd; October 2015; 216 pages; £15.25; Paperback ISBN 9780227175514) published on the website of Reading Religion found here.

“Shannon has done a great service to scholars in unifying the thoughts of Wolterstorff as well as making his work readily accessible.” Gregory Parker, Jr.

If you are in a theological reviewing mood Beware the Evil Eye –Volume 2 Greece and Rome; Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier and Reading Scripture to Hear God, all part of the extensive theological catalogue from James Clarke & Co Ltd, are up for reviews on the website of Reading Religion.

 

 

 

 

‘Mong’s is an authentic voice and merits great attention’: reviews of ‘Accommodation and Acceptance: An Exploration of Interfaith Relations.’

Accommodation and Acceptance shows us a ‘gentle way’ for dialogue, mutual respect and even the ‘holy envy’ of admiration which should be ours in the interreligious encounter of the twenty-first century. Mong’s is an authentic voice and merits great attention.”

Rev James F. Loughran, SA, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, New York

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Accommodation and Acceptance: An Exploration in Interfaith Relations  by Ambrose Mong
 
‘Mong masterfully shows how Christian faith needs to be reconceptualized in its encounter with Asian religions, from Christology to ecclesiology to Trinitarian theology. This book is a must-read not only for Asian Christians but also, and one may argue especially, for Western Christians.’
Professor Peter C. Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
Accommodation and Acceptance: An Exploration in Interfaith Relations is available to purchase now! For more reviews, extracts and to get your copy, go to: http://tinyurl.com/zlq9o36

‘It is original, beautifully written, and compelling…’ Dr Young’s ‘Inferior Office? A History of Deacons in the Church of England.’

In spite of the centrality of the threefold orders of bishop, priest and deacon to Anglicanism, deacons have been virtually invisible in the contemporary Church of England. Inferior Office? is the first complete history of this neglected portion of the clergy, tracing the church’s changing theology of the diaconate from the Ordinal of 1550 to the present day.

Francis Young skilfully overturns the widely held belief that before the twentieth century, the diaconate was merely a brief and nominal period of probation for priests, revealing how it became an integral part of the Elizabethan defence of conformity and exploring the diverse range of ministries assumed by lifelong deacons in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lifelong deacons often belonged to a marginalised ‘lower class’ of the clergy that has since been forgotten, an oversight of considerable importance to the wider social history of the clergy that is corrected in this volume.

Inferior Office? tells the story of persistent calls for the revival of a distinctive diaconate within the Victorian Church of England and situates the institution of deaconesses and later revival of the distinctive diaconate for women, as well as subsequent developments, within their wider historical context.

Set against this backdrop, Young presents a balanced case both for and against the further development of a distinctive diaconate today, offering much for further discussion and debate amongst clergy of the Church of England and all those with an interest in the rich tapestry of its history.

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“Francis Young’s book is a welcome antidote to the generally impoverished view of the diaconate that has prevailed in the Church of England in recent years. It is a timely and significant contribution to the Church of England’s understanding of the order of deacons within her threefold ministry, and will be a valuable and informative tool for those charged with the restructuring of the allocation of church resources in the 21st century.”
Dr Serenhedd James, Hon Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford

“Young’s scholarship adds much to our understanding of the diaconate within the threefold ministry in the Church of England.”
Stephen Platten, in Theology, Vol 119 (2)

“This erudite book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of the diaconate in the Church of England from the Reformation to the present day.”
Gloria Cadman, in The Reader, Vol 115, No 2

Dr Young’s book is available to purchase here now!

Make sure you get your copy to unlock the secrets of the often most overlooked section of the Anglican clergy. Follow Dr Young’s journey in tracing the role of the diaconate from the Reformation through to the present day; clarifying the debate about its future.

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‘An Unexpected Light’: Remembering Sir Geoffrey Hill

At James Clarke & Co. we are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Sir Geoffrey Hill yesterday evening. The British Poet, best known for Mercian Hymns in 1971, published over twenty volumes in his lifetime and was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 2010-2015.

We have had the pleasure of working with the award winning writer’s work in discussing the invaluable nature of poetry in developing and communicating theological insights. Within David C. Mahan’s book, An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail and Geoffrey Hill  the writer explores favourites such as “Pitch of Attention” and “Poetic Kenosis” in The Triumph of Love; drawing together notions of poetry and theology into their own combined discourse.

 

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An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail, and Geoffrey Hill by David C. Mahan

“This book shows how poetry and theology can come together to light up the great questions of human life today. Above all, his profound engagement with three fascinating poets – O’Siadhail, Williams, and Hill – will expand the circle of those who recognize their great significance for the twenty-first century”
David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

An Unexpected Light comes highly commended by prominent scholars in the literature and theology field. … we have cause to celebrate the remarkable explicatory gifts on display here, and to thank the author for inspiring us to discover or to appreciate anew three poets of rare significance.”
Robert Rhys, in The Glass, No 23

 

A demand for a radical church

Forthcoming release
Apostolic and Prophetic: Ecclesiological Perspectives
B.Dylan: A born-again Christian
B.Dylan: A born-again Christian

‘You’re gonna have to serve somebody, Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody’, Bob Dylan sang during the chorus of Gotta Serve Somebody , a song released in 1979. These words represented a new Dylan, the born-again Christian, who started expressing his strong personal faith and his belief in Christian teachings and philosophy. It was the time, when he was on a mission to spread the word of god, when he fulfilled the apostolic task

Bob Dylan can certainly be seen as an example of the ‘so called “simple people of faith”’ G.Thiessen refers to in Apostolic and Prophetic: Ecclesiological Perspectives whom, she feels, the church, people in the field of theological studies, need to lend an ear. The book is an advocacy for a modern church committed to being apostolic, prophetic but also radical. Thereby, asking the church for regarding the arts is one of her principle demands, as she is convinced art has the potential to show a challenging, a radical, a new perspective on the idea of faith and of the church.

‘I would like to briefly note, in our context of envisioning the church as apostolic,ecumenical, prophetic, and radical, that the integration of the arts— literature,visual art, music, film, theater, etc.—can offer significant perspectives to ecclesiologyin particular and systematic theology at large. […] there are things that cannot be expressed in any other way than through the poetic, the visual, or the musical.’

                                                          (Apostolic and Prophetic, p.174)

With Apostolic and Prophetic, G.Thiessen presents a critical observation on ecumenical ideas and praxis. She critically examines the church’s concept of unity in diversity, which, as she thinks, has led to the church slowly losing a common identity in its contemporary manifestation characterised by its disparate denominations. The church’s consideration of the arts, a radical change of thinking, she recognizes, might be an attempt to bring back a unity among the church and its various denominations.

Apostolic and Prophetic: Ecclesiological Perspectives

by Gesa E. Thiessen

ISBN:9780227680254         

                             Release Date:    26/07/2012                                      

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