The latest edition of Regent's Reviews is now available here.
Books reviewed this edition include:
On Being the Church by Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne and Anthony R. Cross (this should have appear back in October, but accidently got missed). This is an important and interesting theology of baptist identity.
The Deliverance of God by Douglas Campbell. The argument of the book could see the most dramatic shift in Pauline studies since EP Sanders' book in 1977.
Beginning at Jerusalem by James Dunn
Pannenberg: A Guide for the Perplexed by Timothy Bradshaw
Christian Ethics by Michael Banner
Christ the Key by Kathryn Tanner
Who am I? Bonhoeffer's Theology through his Poetry edited by Bernd Wannenwetsch
The Trinity and Ecumenical Church Thought by William C. Ingle-Gillis
The European Baptist Federation: A Case Study in European Baptist Interdependency 1950-2006 by Keith Jones
Communities of Conviction: Baptist Beginnings in Europe by Ian Randall
The Myth of Religious Violence by William T. Cavanaugh
A Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought edited by John H. Y. Briggs
The current issue of the theological journal Pro Ecclesia (vol. 18.4, Fall 2009) features "A Book Symposium on Steven R. Harmon's Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision." It includes four articles reviewing the book by two Catholic and two Baptist theologians, along with Harmon's response:
Richard Crane, "Explosive Devices and Rhetorical Strategies: Appreciation for Steven R. Harmon's Towards Baptist Catholicity" (pp. 367-70)
Nicholas M. Healy, "Traditions, Authorities, and the Individual Christian" (pp. 371-74)
Elizabeth Newman, "Remembering How to Remember: Harmon's Subversive Orthodoxy" (pp. 375-80)
Maureen H. O'Connell, "Towards a Baptist (and Roman Catholic) Catholicity" (pp. 381-85)
Steven R. Harmon, "Why Baptist Catholicity, and by What Authority?" (pp. 386-92).
I've not yet read the reviews (the University of Oxford has stopped hard copy subscriptions on a wide-scale to journals, and so I have to wait for it to appear in an e-version, which for some journals like Pro Ecclesia takes ages!), but Steven has kindly sent me a copy of his response. The book I think is an important one, although perhaps more controversial in the US than in Europe as Steven points out. It is fantastic to see a major international theological journal engaging with Baptist theology (reviews of Baptist theologians is not always forthcoming - I have struggled to find many reviews of Paul Fiddes' Tracks and Traces ; John Colwell's Promise and Presence ; amongst others). The reason in this case, apart from being a good book (:-)!) is it's arguments for Baptists to situate themselves more consciously in the catholic church tradition (they risk becoming sub-christian if they don't!) and that the ultimate goal is communion with Rome.
One of Steven's recent arguments is for those training for Baptist ministry to be more exposed to ecumenical theology, to the voices of other traditions beyond Baptists and evangelical ones and he repeats this in his response with particular reference to Roman Catholic theology. I hope those involved in theological education of Baptists ministers heed his call. As Keith Clements signals in the post previous to this, ecumenical theology and engagement has dropped off the radar after the huge attempts of the 20th century.
Some of the papers given at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Theology, which took place at Kontakt der Kontinenten, The Netherlands, and focused on the theme of 'Trinitarian Theology'
John Colwell reviews The Formation of Christian Doctrine – By Malcolm B. Yarnell III
R. Michael Allen reviews The Kindness of God: Metaphor, Gender, and Religious Language – By Janet Martin Soskice
Jason Goroncy reviews SCM Core Text: Christian Doctrine – By Mike Higton
Jason A. Fout reviews Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Critical Engagement – By Stephen D. Wigley