2011 NOMINATED TITLES

2011 Nominated Titles

David Bentley Hart - Atheist Delusions
Robert Hughes - Beloved Dust
Christopher Cocksworth - Holding Together
Richard Harries - The Re-enchantment of Morality
Angel Montoya - The Theology of Food
Thomas E Reynolds - Vulnerable Communion

 

David Bentley Hart - Atheist Delusions

David Bentley Hart - Atheist Delusions

 

About the Book

Currently it is fashionable to be devoutly undevout. Religion’s most passionate antagonists - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and others - have publishers competing eagerly to market their various denunciations of religion, monotheism, Christianity, and Roman Catholicism. But contemporary antireligious polemics are based not only upon profound conceptual confusions but upon facile simplifications of history or even outright historical ignorance: so contends David Bentley Hart in this bold correction of the distortions. One of the most brilliant scholars of religion of our time, Hart provides a powerful antidote to the New Atheists’ misrepresentations of the Christian past, bringing into focus the truth about the most radical revolution in Western history.

Hart outlines how Christianity transformed the ancient world in ways we may have forgotten: bringing liberation from fatalism, conferring great dignity on human beings, subverting the cruelest aspects of pagan society, and elevating charity above all virtues. He then argues that what we term the 'Age of Reason' was in fact the beginning of the eclipse of reason's authority as a cultural value. Hart closes the book in the present, delineating the ominous consequences of the decline of Christendom in a culture that is built upon its moral and spiritual values.

Yale University Press

Publisher 
Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback  176 pages

ISBN  978-1-4051-8963-7


David Bentley Hart

About the Author

David B. Hart was born in 1965 in Maryland, and matriculated at the University of Maryland, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Virginia.  He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St Thomas in Minnesota, and Duke University; he has also served as The Robert Randall Distinguished Chair and as a visiting professor at Providence College in Rhode Island.  His areas of specialization are philosophical theology, religious studies, Asian religions, patristics, and aesthetics.  He is also a writer on cultural issues, with an emphasis upon aesthetics.

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Robert Hughes - Beloved Dust

Robert Hughes - Beloved Dust

 

About the Book

There has been an explosion of interest in classical Christian spirituality over the past 50 years. Nevertheless, while a great deal of work has being done on the history of Christian spirituality, there has been no full-scale, systematic theological and pastoral treatment of Christian spiritual life since before the Second Vatican Council.

Beloved Dust takes a realistic and contemporary view of human being as entirely physical (dust) and then shows it immersed in three great tides of the Holy Spirit, the traditional threefold rhythm of conversion, transfiguration, and glory. What is unique about Robert Hughes's approach, is the effort to root spiritual theology in the doctrine of the Spirit, an outgrowth of the renewed interest in the Trinity among both Catholics (Karl Rahner) and Protestants (Robert Jenson). Also striking is Hughes's emphasis on "ordinary life" - marriage, parenting, etc. Here a married Episcopal priest and theologian brings a distinctly ‘Protestant’ perspective to a traditionally ‘Catholic’ enterprise. What he achieves is an entirely new presentation of the traditional teaching in the light of contemporary knowledge and practice.

Publisher
Continuum

Paperback  428 pages

ISBN  978-0-8264-2843-1

Robert Hughes

About the Author

Robert D. Hughes, III, is Norma and Olan Mills Professor of Divinity and Professor of Systematic Theology in the School of Theology of The University of the South, where he has taught since 1977. In 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Poullard Liberman Award in Pneumatology for Beloved Dust.

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Christopher Cocksworth - Holding Together

Christopher Cocksworth - Holding Together

 

About the Book

Holding Together by Christopher Cocksworth explores Christian identity in all its fullness – being and living in a way that holds together the gospel with the life of the church and the life of the Spirit. With the tendency for evangelical Christians to focus primarily on the gospel and catholic Christians to emphasise the importance of church, these traditions have sometimes been unnecessarily forced apart. This bridge-building book explores the notion that biblical gospel, catholic church and powerful Spirit are the fundamental realities of Christian existence that all need to experience together. In different ways, each chapter of Holding Together attempts to hold the gospel together with the church, and to hold the gospel and the church together with the Spirit as it explores different approaches to key areas of doctrine and practice.

Publisher
Canterbury Press

Paperback  224 pages

ISBN  978-1-8531-1839-5

Christopher Cocksworth

About the Author

Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, read Theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Dr Cocksworth has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He has written a number of books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship.

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Richard Harries - The Re-enchantment of Morality

Richard Harries - The Re-enchantment of Morality

 

About the Book

Today’s society is in a state of confusion about the basis of morality. The traditional Christian approach is widely rejected, whilst secular philosophies offer little real help. Richard Harries sets out an understanding of the relationship between Christianity and the decisions we make, which re-enchants morality with a profound appeal. He considers this is relation to the four great drivers of human conduct – sex, money, power and fame – drawing on the biblical theme of Divine Wisdom and the radical teaching of Jesus. He is aware that all our decisions have a moral basis, including political and economic choices.

Willing to recognize and rejoice in goodness wherever it is to be found, he argues that it is only in the surpassing goodness of God that morality finds its true basis and inspiration.

This is a book for all who are concerned that our society is living off its moral capital with nothing to replace it.

Publisher  SPCK

Paperback  182 pages

ISBN 978-0-2810-5947-8

Richard Harries

About the Author

Richard Harries was Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006. On his retirement he was made a Life Peer, (Lord Harries of Pentregarth), and he continues to be active in the House of Lords. He is Gresham Professor of Divinity, and also an Honorary Professor of Theology at King’s College, London. He is the author of a number of books on the interface of Christian faith and the wider culture, including the arts, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Angel Montoya - The Theology of Food

Angel Montoya - The Theology of Food

 

About the Book

The links between religion and food have been known for centuries, and yet we rarely examine or understand the nature of the relationship between food and spirituality, or food and sin. Drawing on literature, politics, and philosophy as well as theology, this book unlocks the role food has played, and shows religion in a new and illuminating light.

This book traces the centuries-old links between theology and food, showing religion in a new and intriguing light. It draws on examples from different religions: the significance of the apple in the Christian Bible and the eating of bread as the body of Christ; the eating and fasting around Ramadan for Muslims; and how the dietary laws of Judaism are designed to create an awareness of living in the time and space of the Torah. It takes seriously the idea that food matters, and that the many aspects of eating - table fellowship, culinary traditions, the aesthetic, ethical and political dimensions of food - are important and complex, and throw light on both religion and our relationship to food.

Publisher  Wiley-Blackwell

Hardcover  184 pages

ISBN  978-1-4051-8967-5

Angel Montoya

About the Author

Angel F Méndez Montoya is a Dominican Friar from the Southern Dominican Province of the USA. He currently teaches theology, philosophy, and cultural theories at several universities in Mexico City, as well as presenting conferences around the world. He has a doctorate in philosophical theology from the University of Virginia (USA) and was scholar in residence at Cambridge University, (UK). His recent book is entitled The Theology of Food: Eating and the Eucharist (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

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Thomas E Reynolds - Vulnerable Communion

Thomas E Reynolds - Vulnerable Communion

 

About the Book

As parents of a son with disabilities, Thomas E. Reynolds and his wife know what it’s like to be misunderstood by a church community. In Vulnerable Communion, Reynolds draws upon that personal experience and a diverse body of literature to empower churches and individuals to foster deeper hospitality toward persons with disabilities.

Reynolds argues that the Christian story is one of strength coming from weakness, of wholeness emerging from brokenness, and of power in vulnerability. He offers valuable biblical, theological, and pastoral tools to understand and welcome those with disabilities. Vulnerable Communion will be a useful resource for any student, theologian, church leader, or lay person seeking to discover the power of God revealed through weakness.

Publisher 
Brazos Press (Baker)

Paperback  256 pages

ISBN 978-1-5874-3177-7

Thomas E Reynolds

About the Author

Thomas E. Reynolds (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is associate professor of theology at Emmanuel College in the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. He lives in North York, Ontario.

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