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M.A. in Theology Faculty Books

Theology faculty are regularly publishing books in their areas of discipline and interest.

The People's Book: The Reformation and the Bible

Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt and Dr. David Lauber bring together the reflections of church historians and theologians on the nature of the Bible as "the people's book." With care and insight, they explore the complex role of the Bible in the Reformation by considering matters of access, readership, and authority, as well as the Bible's place in the worship context, issues of theological interpretation, and the role of Scripture in creating both division and unity within Christianity.

On the 500th anniversary of this significant event in the life of the church, these essays point not only to the crucial role of the Bible during the Reformation era but also its ongoing importance as "the people's book" today.

Sara Coleridge: Her Life and Thought - Barbeau

Dr. Jeffrey Barbeau explores the biographical and intellectual history of Sara Coleridge (1802–52), a writer whose greatest works never appeared in print. Known to the public as the daughter of S. T. Coleridge and author of a few modest publications - a small collection of children's poems, translations of popular travel literature, and an innovative fairy tale - Sara's many unpublished manuscripts, letters, and other writings reveal an original thinker in dialogue with leaders of the Oxford Movement as well as other major literary and cultural figures in nineteenth-century England.

Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion - Barbeau

Dr. Jeffrey Barbeau reconstructs the system of religion that Coleridge develops in Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit (1840). Coleridge’s late system links four sources of divinity—the Bible, the traditions of the church, the interior work of the Spirit, and the inspired preacher—to Christ, the Word. In thousands of marginalia and private notebook entries, Coleridge challenges traditional views of the formation and inspiration of the Bible, clarifies the role of the church in biblical interpretation, and elucidates the relationship between the objective and subjective sources of revelation. In late writings that develop a robust system of religion, Coleridge conveys his commitment to biblical wisdom.

Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology - Cortez

Dr. Marc Cortez looks at the ways several key theologians—Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus the Confessor, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, John Zizioulas, and James Cone—have used Christology to inform their understanding of the human person. Based on this historical study, he concludes with a constructive proposal for how Christology and anthropology should work together to inform our view of what it means to be human.

Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed - Cortez

What does it mean to be human and to be made in the image of God? What does it mean to be a 'person'? What constitutes a human person? What does it mean to affirm that humans are free beings? And, what is gender? Dr. Marc Cortez guides the reader through the most challenging issues that face anyone attempting to deal with the subject of theological anthropology.

Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies: An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/Body Debate - Cortez

Dr. Marc Cortez explores the relationship between Christology and theological anthropology through the lens provided by the theology of Karl Barth and the mind/body discussion in contemporary philosophy of mind.

Theology and the Mirror of Scripture: A Mere Evangelical Account (Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture) - Treier

Evangelicalism has long been a hotly disputed label, and what counts as evangelical theology is often anyone's guess. Is evangelicalism a static bounded set defined by clear doctrinal limits, or is it a dynamic centered set without a discernible circumference? In this inaugural volume in the Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture, Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer and Dr. Daniel Treier present evangelical theology as an "anchored" set, rooted in the Trinity. In response to increasing evangelical fragmentation, Theology and the Mirror of Scripture offers a clarion call to reconceive evangelical theology theologically by reflecting on the God of the gospel as mirrored in Scripture. Such "mere" evangelical theology will be an exercise in Christian wisdom for the purpose of building up the fellowship of saints.

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes - Treier

Pastors and leaders of the classical church interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as a whole witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Modern interpreters of the Bible questioned this premise. But in recent decades, a critical mass of theologians and biblical scholars has begun to reassert the priority of a theological reading of Scripture. In this addition to the well-received series, Dr. Daniel J. Treier offers theological exegesis of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice - Treier

Theological interpretation of Scripture is a growing trend in biblical interpretation, with an emphasis on the contexts of canon, creed, and church. This approach seeks to bridge the gap between biblical studies and theology, which grew wide with the ascendancy of critical approaches to Scripture. Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture is the first clear, systematic introduction to this movement for students. The book surveys the movement's history, themes, advocates, and positions and seeks to bring coherence to its various elements.  Dr. Daniel J. Treier surveys the movement's history, themes, advocates, and positions and seeks to bring coherence to its various elements.

Virtue and the Voice of God: Toward Theology as Wisdom - Treier

Theology's longest tradition is as a course of study that leads to wisdom. With the growth of the academy, however, theology fell into a fixation with the objective results of science. In this illuminating study, Dr. Daniel J. Treier retrieves the older, deeper understanding of theology and connects wisdom in theological education to the theological interpretation of scripture, giving rise to a renewed understanding of the role of virtue in each.

Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically - Felker Jones

Dr. Beth Felker Jones explains key concepts in Christian doctrine and encourages readers to grow into more faithful Christian practitioners. Attending to history and contemporary debates, the book also features voices from the global church.

God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective - Felker Jones

Who is the mysterious Holy Spirit, and why does it matter for the Christian life? How do we know when the Spirit is working? Dr. Beth Felker Jones introduces the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Wesleyan theological tradition and within the greater church. It covers key biblical bases for thinking about the Spirit, and it seeks to inspire confidence in the Spirit's power.

Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection - Felker Jones

Dr. Beth Felker Jones articulates a theology of human embodiment in light of resurrection doctrine and feminist political concerns. Through reading Augustine and Calvin, she points to resources for understanding the body in a way that coheres with the doctrine of the resurrection of the flesh. Jones proposes a grammar in which human psychosomatic unity becomes the conceptual basis for sanctification.

Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service - Kalantzis

Caesar and the Lamb by  Dr. George Kalantzis focuses on the attitudes of the earliest Christians on war and military service and tells the story of the struggle of the earliest Church, the communities of Christ at the margins of power and society, to bear witness to the nations that enveloped them as they transformed the dominant narratives of citizenship, loyalty, freedom, power, and control.