Recent books of interest


Here is the latest installment of recent and upcoming books of interest. I have decided to use categories: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Barth Studies, and Other.


Roman Catholic

Proofs of God

Matthew Levering, Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth (Baker Academic)

Johann Adam Möhler, Unity in the Church, or, The Principles of Catholicism (Catholic University of America Press). This is a translation of a very important book from the Tübingen theologian.

Roderick Strange, ed., John Henry Newman: A Portrait in Letters (Oxford University Press)

Aquinas and Theology of the Boby

Thomas Petri, O.P., Aquinas and the Theology of the Body: The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II’s Anthropology (Catholic University of America Press)

Roland Teske, S.J., To Know God and the Soul: Essays on the Thought of St. Augustine (Catholic University of America Press)

Gilles Emery, O.P., and Matthew Levering, eds., Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology (Oxford University Press)

Gary Selin, Priestly Celibacy: Theological Foundations (Catholic University of America Press)

Evangelical Exodus

Douglas M. Beaumont, ed., Evangelical Exodus: Evangelical Seminarians and Their Paths to Rome (Ignatius Press)

Uwe Michael Lang, Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and Expression of the Sacred (Ignatius Press)

Serge-Thomas Bonino, O.P., Angels and Demons: A Catholic Introduction (Catholic University of America Press)



Christian Dogmatics

Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain, eds., Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic (Baker Academic)

Keith L. Johnson, Theology as Discipleship (IVP Academic)

Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Daniel J. Treier, Theology and the Mirror of Scripture: A Mere Evangelical Account (IVP Academic)

Evolution and Holiness

Matthew Nelson Hill, Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism and the Quest for Wesleyan Perfection (IVP Academic)

Michelle Lee-Barnewall, Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate (Baker Academic)

Sarah Coakley - Future of ST

Janice McRandal, ed., Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology (Fortress Press)

John Webster, Confessing God: Essays in Christian Dogmatics II (T&T Clark). This volume was originally published in 2005, now made more widely available and affordable.

Thomas H. McCall, An Invitation to Analytic Christian Theology (IVP Academic)

Samuel V. Adams, The Reality of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N. T. Wright (IVP Academic)


Barth Studies

Barth Infralapsarian

Shao Kai Tseng, Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology: Origins and Development, 1920-1953 (IVP Academic)

Sven Ensminger, Karl Barth’s Theology as a Resource for a Christian Theology of Religions (T&T Clark)

Jennifer M. Rosner, Healing the Schism: Barth, Rosenzweig, and the New Jewish-Christian Encounter (Fortress Press)

Shannon Nicole Smythe, Forensic Apocalyptic Theology: Karl Barth and the Doctrine of Justification (Fortress Press)



Oakes - Christian Wisdom

Kenneth Oakes, ed., Christian Wisdom Meets Modernity (T&T Clark). From the publisher’s description of the series and this volume:

The ‘Illuminating Modernity’ series examines the great but lesser known thinkers in the ‘Romantic Thomist’ tradition such as Erich Przywara and Fernand Ulrich and shows how outstanding 20th century theologians like Ratzinger and von Balthasar have depended on classical Thomist thought, and how they radically reinterpreted this thought.

The chapters in this volume are dedicated to the encounter between the presuppositions and claims of modern intellectual culture and the Christian confession that the crucified and resurrected Jesus is the power and wisdom of God and is the lord of history and of his church.

The scholars contributing to this discussion do not assume that Christianity and modernity are two discrete entities which can be readily defined, nor do they presume that Christian wisdom and modernity meet each other only in conflict or by coincidence. They engage with a variety of great figures – Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Rahner, Przywara, Guardini, Karl Barth, and Karol Wojtyla – to illustrate the connection between modernism and Christian wisdom. The volume concludes with a programmatic statement for the renewal of Christian philosophy that has been able to retain the cosmo-theological vision as outlined by Mezei in the final chapter.

Andrew B. McGowan, Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective (Baker Academic).

Ralph C. Woods, ed., Tolkien among the Moderns (University of Notre Dame Press)

Kirk R. MacGregor, Luis de Molina: The Life and Theology of the Founder of Middle Knowledge (Zondervan). The author is an evangelical Protestant.

Weil - Seventy Letters

Wipf & Stock has republished three volumes from Simone Weil, under a series title of “Simone Weil: Selected Works.”

Francis Watson, The Fourfold Gospel: A Theological Reading of the New Testament Portraits of Jesus (Baker Academic)

Iain Provan, V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman III, eds., A Biblical History of Israel (Second Edition, WJK Press)



Vince Gill, Last Bad Habit

Vince Gill, Down To My Last Bad Habit

Loretta Lynn, Full Circle

Nick Dittmeier, Midwest Heart / Southern Blues

Joey+Rory, Hymns

Dianna Corcoran, In America

Breelan Angel - Diamond

Breelan Angel, Diamond in a Rhinestone World


Image: “Reading You”



  1. Some good ones here man. That Aristotle one sounds good, as do the infralapsarian and evolution ones. I’m also glad to see the Israel history one getting a new edition, that’s a great book.

    • Agreed. Those were all highlights for me as well. And obviously I am excited about the Möhler translation.

      The Allen and Swain volume on ‘Christian Dogmatics’ is likely to garner some significant attention, at least as part of the current revival of (serious) systematic theology among American evangelicals.

  2. I have been reading Hauerwas “Work of Theology” which is no systematic for sure instead he leaves systematics up to the systematic theologians. However, then he goes on to say many things about systematics and theology! Classic Hauerwas. I always knew he was a sort of post-liberal barthian, methodist catholic…ha! But did not know he was so indebted too and influenced by Aquinas. An interesting thing.

    I have been nibbling at some catholic thinkers, most notably John Paul 2, who Hauerwas also likes and i find i like him quite a bit. Although he is certainly different than his contemporary Ratzinger.

    Have you read Beaumont’s Evangelical Exodus? This interests me because i am an Evangelical liturgist of sorts and am fond of Lutheran piety as seen in Spener and later in the Swedish pietistic movement. I find so nourishing and helpful the prayers, rites etc of the mainline but also the evangelical piety (especially when rooted in structured liturgies).

    Also, i wonder why you did not include The Holy Spirit by Christopher Holmes. Perhaps you simply have not read it and dont recommend what you dont read.

    • Yes, that’s right about Hauerwas. And from what I’ve heard, Duke Divinity has a strong focus on Aquinas, thanks especially to Professor Reinhard Hütter and Professor Paul Griffiths (both converts to Rome), but Hauerwas also had an interest in Aquinas. It makes sense, insofar as so much of Aquinas research is focused on ethics (virtue, habits, natural law, etc.) and that is Hauerwas’ passion.

      I find JP2 to be rather similar to Ratzinger, who was (after all) JP2’s right hand man and the man chosen to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. They both belonged to la nouvelle théologie in one way or another, and they both promoted the associated figures (de Lubac, Balthasar, and others). The most influential feature of JP2’s theology is his “theology of the body,” and Ratzinger was/is one of the most vocal defenders of the Catholic sexual ethics that it underwrites.

      I have not read Evangelical Exodus, which was just made available. I am definitely interested, especially since the converts are apparently all from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, my own city. The church in which I grew-up has established strong connections with this seminary, and I’ve met at least one of the professors.

      I did not include Holmes’ book, because I did an entire post on the series and highlighted that book in particular (since it’s the first volume in the projected series).

      • *jumps in* FWIW, I have a review of Hauerwas’ The Work of Theology in the next issue of Anglican Theological Review (volume 98 #3, the summer issue).

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