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Gratitude: An Intellectual History

Article by   November 2014
Peter J. Leithart, Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor University Press, 2014), 340 pages. $49.95/₤29.99The latest book from the prolific Peter Leithart is another installment of what we have come to expect: an accessibly written synthesis of specialist research advancing a... continue

Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal

Article by   November 2014
Alister E. McGrath. Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. XIV, 246 pp. $99.95/£45.99The needs and purposes of scholarship, along with the peculiarities of the history of theology, have resulted in a hodge-podge collection of secondary literature on 20th... continue

The Bible Tells Me So

Article by   November 2014
Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So ...: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. New York: Harper Collins, 2014. $17.99/£10.99This is not an easy book to review because a review calling into question the accuracy of statements... continue

Origen and Scripture

Article by   November 2014
Peter W. Martens, Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life. Oxford Early Christian Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2012) xii +280. $117.00 hb. $34.00 pb The reception of Origen is nothing if not tumultuous. Unquestionably one of the greatest minds of... continue

Salvation By Grace

Article by   November 2014
Matthew Barrett. Salvation By Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration. Philipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2014. 388 pp. $19.99/₤13.99As a Wesleyan-Arminian Christian (and thus only "Reformed" in a fairly broad sense), I am keenly interested in the doctrine of... continue

"Show Us How to Seek You": Discovering the Love of God in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder

Article by   October 2014
"What is this love that loves us?" asks Marina, the lead character, in one of the many voice-overs that stand in for dialogue in this spectral, mesmerizing, maddeningly unorthodox film. To the Wonder takes as its starting point this fundamental... continue

What's Your Worldview?

Article by   October 2014
James N. Anderson. What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 112pp. $10.99To say that books on worldviews are something of a cottage industry in evangelical circles would immediately stand me in good stead for... continue

The Briarpatch Gospel

Article by   October 2014
Shayne Wheeler. The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus Into the Thorny Places. Tyndale Momentum, 2013. iii + 257 pp. $14.99.Shayne Wheeler has written a wonderfully challenging, encouraging, and deeply personal work of pastoral theology. The Briarpatch Gospel challenges believers to... continue

Deviant Calvinism

Article by   October 2014
Oliver Crisp, Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology. Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2014, 260 pages, $27.99/£21.99Oliver Crisp has a deservedly high reputation for his clear expositions of Christian doctrine from an analytical and philosophical angle, notably in regard to the Incarnation, and... continue

Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History

Article by   October 2014
David Hollinger, After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History. Princeton, Princeton University Press 2013, ix + 248pp. $24.99/£17.99The trajectory of mainline American religion has suffered significantly since their peak in the 1950s. Decreases in number of communicants... continue

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