Recent books of interest



I am particularly excited about several of these volumes. Here is another round of recently released, or soon to be released, books:


Faith, Freedom and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology (IVP Academic), Paul Molnar. This should be a good complement to Hunsinger’s recent book, Reading Barth with Charity (Baker Academic).

Systematic Theology: The Doctrine of God, Volume 1 (Fortress Press), Katherine Sonderegger

One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life (Crossway), Bruce A. Ware and John Starke


There Is No Rose: The Mariology of the Catholic Church (Fortress Press), Aidan Nichols

Mary’s Bodily Assumption (University of Notre Dame Press), Matthew Levering

Knowledge and Christian Belief (Eerdmans), Alvin Plantinga

Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions (Zondervan), Daniel Strange


The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology (Crossway), John Clark and Marcus Peter Johnson

Law and Gospel in Emil Brunner’s Earlier Dialectical Theology (T&T Clark), David Gilland. Now in affordable paperback.

A Public God: Natural Theology Reconsidered (Fortress Press), Neil Ormerod

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? (Crossway), Kevin DeYoung


A Question of Consensus: The Doctrine of Assurance After the Westminster Confession (Fortress Press), Jonathan Master

This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities (Baker Academic), Matthew Richard Schlimm

Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ (Brazos), J. Todd Billings

The Didache Bible with Commentaries Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press)

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History (Scribner), Jonathan Horn



Sarah Gayle Meech album

Tennessee Love Song, Sarah Gayle Meech

The Underdog, Aaron Watson

Down to Believing, Allison Moorer

Small Town Dreams, Will Hoge


Best song on the radio right now:

“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” Tim McGraw, from Sundown Heaven Town



  1. Passing thoughts

    *Levering’s book on Mariology sounds intriguing. He’s quite palatable for Evangelicals (broadly speaking) as far as Catholics go. I liked his book on Predestination (though I was hoping for more than a historical gloss). I don’t know how he’s going to escape from the Scriptural silence and innovative nature. Maybe he’ll just bite the bullet and appeal to Papal Infallibility and a capital-T tradition outside the Apostolic Witness. The failure (as I see it) to properly understand Scripture is what makes Rome unable to resist syncreticism, idolatry, and bankrupt theology. But alas, I digress.

    *The book on Natural Theology, do you know generally where the author comes from? I’ve been intrigued by Jamie Smith’s upcoming 3rd volume on public theology as distinctly evangelical and Christian, drawing on O’Donnovan. He has a recent post on Comment. I’m not familiar with this, but would love to hear what you discover.

    *The book on General Lee sounds interesting. He’s a very complicated historical character. In modern Unionist retellings, Lee is never a bad guy, but this sort of sad and duty-bound man caught up in the historical tumult. But I find both the Union and Confederacy as mini-empires filled top-to-bottom with schemers, imperialists, and opportunists. I am hopeful that more American history is able to disengage from patriotic dispositions and give more candid appeals. Lee was ambitious and cut from the same sort of blood-thirsty cloth that many 19th century generals were, viewing war as a sport. Sherman, as vicious and cruel as he was, could appreciate that what he did was evil, but out of a sense of consequentialism, could say it was for a better future.


    • I am looking forward to reading Levering’s book on Mary’s bodily assumption, which has not received much attention by way of academic treatments. You can read an excerpt (the introduction) here:

      Based on the introduction, he will use biblical typology, the features of which are increasingly discerned through the church’s spiritual consciousness in receiving and developing these mysteries. So, his defense is a combination of exegesis and tradition: a decidedly non-modern exegesis and a tradition in accordance with Newman’s organic model. To my mind, that is the best approach a Roman Catholic can take. Balthasar’s use of typology in Theo-Drama III (Dramatis Personae) is rather impressive, and it is the most important of the Theo-Drama volumes. Therein, the Roman Catholic conception of Mary and Peter are defended with a theological imagination that is unparalleled in the history of Catholic dogmatics.

      I know nothing about Neil Ormerod, and I haven’t seen anybody else mention the book. Apparently, he’s not happy with Barth’s dialectics in regard to the objectivity and historicity of divine revelation, which is a long-standing complaint about Barth (a complaint which formed the basis of Pannenberg’s career). I’ll look at the journal reviews when they appear.

      The book on Lee does indeed look very good, and we just had another significant bio of Stonewall Jackson last year, which received huge acclaim. To the making of Civil War books, there is no end. You are definitely right about the opportunism and mini-imperialism on both sides, though of course it is impossible to neatly assign culpability from person to person or side to side. I need to pick-up again the Library of America’s The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It, which is a fascinating collection of newspaper articles, letters, diaries, speeches, etc., from both sides.

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