SPRING BOOKS BY CTI MEMBERS

by Joshua Mauldin

We are pleased to highlight recent books published by CTI Members. See below for links to purchase books online. 

Designed for both Hebrew and non-Hebrew students, A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis offers a fresh, hands-on introduction to exegesis of the Old Testament. William P. Brown begins not with the biblical text itself but with the reader, helping students to identify their own interpretive lenses before engaging the biblical text. Click here to purchase.


A bold experiment is taking place in Russia. After a century of being scarred by militant, atheistic communism, the Orthodox Church has become Russia’s largest and most significant nongovernmental organization. As it has returned to life, it has pursued a vision of reclaiming Holy Rus’: that historical yet mythical homeland of the eastern Slavic peoples; a foretaste of the perfect justice, peace, harmony, and beauty for which religious believers long; and the glimpse of heaven on earth that persuaded Prince Vladimir to accept Orthodox baptism in Crimea in A.D. 988. Through groundbreaking initiatives in religious education, social ministry, historical commemoration, and parish life, the Orthodox Church is seeking to shape a new, post-communist national identity for Russia. In this eye-opening and evocative book, John Burgess examines Russian Orthodoxy’s resurgence from a grassroots level, providing Western readers with an enlightening, inside look at the new Russia. Click here to purchase.



Christophe Chalamet's book is an attempt to think about faith, hope and love without juxtaposing them, but rather in their interconnection. It also seeks to show how God’s faithfulness, justice and love ground the three realities which are at the center of the Christian life. Click here for more information.

Acknowledged as a leading medical expert in his day, and secretary to a succession of caliphs in the mid-ninth century, the Nestorian Christian ʿAlī ibn Rabban al-Ṭabarī converted to Islam around the age of 70. He then wrote Radd ʿalā l-Naṣārā, a recantation of his former faith, and Kitāb al-dīn wa-l-dawla, a defence of the Prophet Muḥammad based substantially on biblical proof-texts. The range of arguments he produced against the soundness of his former faith in these two works influenced sections of Islamic scholarship for many centuries. These new editions and translations of his works, edited by Rifaat Ebied and David Thomas, are based on all the available evidence for the texts, accompanied by extensive introductions and studies of their place in Islamic thought. Click here to purchase.



The last few decades have seen an unprecedented surge of empirical and philosophical research into the evolutionary history of Homo sapiens, the origins of the mind/brain, and human culture. This research and its popular interpretations have sparked heated debates about the nature of human beings and how knowledge about humans from the sciences and humanities should be properly understood. The goal of Verbs, Bones, and Brains: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature (edited by Agustín Fuentes and Aku Visala) is to engage these themes and present current debates, discussions, and discourse for a range of readers. The contributors bring the discussion to life with key experts outlining major concepts paired with cross-disciplinary commentaries in order to create a novel approach to thinking about, and with, human natures. Click here to purchase.


Ray Hart's new book addresses the doctrine (or theory) of God itself, and aspires to render the human imagination “deiform.”  It challenges several key classical Christian theological tenets, and reforms them. Click here to purchase.

In this long-awaited sequel to his Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, Richard B. Hays highlights the hermeneutical consequences of the Gospel writers’ distinctive theological approaches and asks what it might mean for contemporary readers to attempt to read Scripture through the eyes of the Evangelists. Click here to purchase.


This volume by S.T. Kimbrough is the first attempt to explore Charles Wesley's understanding of "participation in the divine nature," often described by the church fathers as deification and/or theosis, within the full spectrum of his prose and poetical compositions. While the Eastern Church has been the primary harbinger of the doctrine of deification from the patristic era to the present, Charles Wesley's theology illustrates that this emphasis is by no means absent in the West. Thus Wesley's theology becomes important for current ecumenical dialogue as a possible bridge between East and West. Click here to purchase.

Can a neuroscientist help a theologian interpret a medieval mystical text? Can a historian of religion help an anthropologist understand the effects of social cooperation on human evolution? Can a legal scholar and a theologian help each other think about how fear of God relates to respect for the law? In this volume, edited by Robin W. Lovin and Joshua Mauldin, leading scholars in ethics, theology, and social science sum up three years of study and conversation at the Center of Theological Inquiry. This is an essential and challenging collection for all who set out to think, write, and teach theologically in the contemporary world. Click here to purchase.



In Love and Christian Ethics, nearly two dozen leading experts analyze and assess the meaning of love from a wide range of perspectives. Chapters are organized into three areas: influential sources and exponents of Western Christian thought about the ethical significance of love, perennial theoretical questions attending that consideration, and the implications of Christian love for important social realities. Contributors bring a richness of thought and experience to deliver unprecedentedly broad and rigorous analysis of this central tenet of Christian ethics and faith. William Werpehowski provides an afterword on future trajectories for this research. Edited by Frederick Simmons, Love and Christian Ethics is sure to become a benchmark resource in the field. Click here to purchase.



From time immemorial theologians have claimed that one looks in vain for evidence of God out there in the physical world. Rather one should be looking inwards into the very depths of oneself. St Clement of Alexandria, for example, said ‘He who knows himself, knows God’. St Augustine declared of God ‘You were within me and I was outside, and there I searched for you. You were with me, but I was not with you.’ But what does this mean? Surely when one looks inwards all one sees there is oneself. One does not see God. In what sense are we made in the image of God? Russell Stannard explores such questions in this book. Click here to purchase.

 

Disagreement is inevitable, particularly in our current context, marked by the close coexistence of conflicting values and perspectives in politics, religion, and ethics. How can we deal with disagreement ethically and constructively in our pluralistic world? In Disagreeing Virtuously, Olli-Pekka Vainio presents a valuable interdisciplinary approach to that question, drawing on insights from intellectual history, the cognitive sciences, philosophy of religion, and virtue theory. After mapping the current discussion on disagreement among various disciplines, Vainio offers fresh ways to understand the complicated nature of human disagreement and recommends ways to manage our interpersonal and intercommunal conflicts in ethically sustainable ways. Click here to purchase.

 

This beautifully illustrated, compact volume traces the profile of 48 European cities in early Reformation times. Edited by Michael Welker, Michael Beintker, and Albert de Lange, it transports readers across Europe from Spain to Estonia, from Scotland to Romania, passing through many fascinating cities in the Reformation heartland of this continent. With finely drawn historical portraits and abundant pictorial material, the articles by different scholars also feature the most prominent Reformers who lived and worked in each city (including six dynamic women). Supplemented by an illustrated map of Europe, local websites and reading lists, Europa Reformata will serve as a guide for visitors and armchair travelers alike. By highlighting so many cities and pioneers of the Reformation, it makes a timely and unique contribution to the 500th anniversary of this groundbreaking movement. Click here to purchase.