Books probably worth getting
December 6, 2008
Every once in a while I list some worthwhile books of recent release.
Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ by Thomas F. Torrance.
A posthumous collection of lectures on Christology delivered for his Christian Dogmatics course at Edinburgh. Apparently there will also be a second volume, Atonement. Torrance is one of the greatest evangelical thinkers in the Church’s history, and this may very well be a great place to introduce yourself to his work. For those already familiar with his substantial contribution to fundamental theology and Trinitarian systematics, it is great to have more of his thoughts on the person and work of Christ.
The thesis sounds completely fascinating: “The traditional proofs failed precisely in not aiming at the clarity of God’s existence, and they failed in this because of a faulty view of the goal of Christian life.” Click on the link to read a full description. I’ll be sure to read this sometime next year.
Getting the Blues: What Blues Music Teaches Us About Suffering and Salvation by Stephen J. Nichols.
These sort of books can be awful, that is, when they overstep the use of cultural parallels for dogmatic claims. But, this guy got his Phd. from Westminster Philly, so we probably shouldn’t be too worried about that happening. If you have not yet discovered Delta blues, Blind Willie Johnson singing “John the Revelator” is a good place to start.
Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays by Paul Moser, editor.
A Cambridge paperback at a decent price! More seriously, Paul Moser is an interesting evangelical philosopher, writing all sorts of fascinating stuff on religious epistemology involving evil, Providence, hiddenness of God, idolatry, and so on. As if that weren’t enough to make him super awesome, his website includes full pdf texts of P. T. Forsyth, Emil Brunner, John Baillie, H. R. Mackintosh,…largely a who’s who of great late 19th / early 20th century evangelical theology.