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A Couple of Articles in Recent Books

In case you missed them, Oxford University Press published a couple of hefty handbooks to which your servant contributed chapters.

Gerald McDermott edited a collection of essays on standard theological subjects by leading evangelical theologians to serve as a “state of the art” review as well as to offer some creative and constructive ways forward in each field. I was delighted to agree to write on “Jesus Christ,” and in this essay I take a pretty traditional view of most aspects of Christology while also arguing for the legitimacy of a carefully put kenotic understanding of the Incarnation.

The book costs a pile, as OUP Handbooks do, but Amazon has it on currently at a very good discount and it will help students and pastors especially to come to terms with contemporary evangelical theology perhaps as well as any book available.

Chad Meister edited another Oxford Handbook featuring a quite different range of authors and subjects:

Your servant’s essay in this one touches on apparently unrelated subjects: modernity, postmodernism, religious diversity, and secularization. I connect the dots by arguing that secularization is not always carried by modernity (so I disagree with the old “strong” secularization thesis) but  modernity does tend to promote secularization and of several sorts (I follow Martin Marty and especially David Martin on such matters). Secularization in turn can be interestingly viewed as a way of managing problems posed by religious diversity in modern societies. And postmodernism, at least of some varieties, provides different ways to cope with problems posed by religious diversity–and particularly of competing religious claims and interests–as well.

Because these books do cost a lot and yet cover a wide range of subjects useful to students, scholars, and others, it might be best to request that your favourite libraries stock them and then see if the essays within warrant your buying them yourself.

(And do I get royalties from pushing these books? I do not. I write because I’d like people to read what I have to say!)


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