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February 11, 2010



You sound a little incredulous, Andy.


Oh, and don't forget Douglas's The Eschatological Economy: Time and the Hospitality of God.

Andy Goodliff

I think its good, I think 'hospitality' is helpful, but it does seem rather fashionable that lots of different publishers have commission a book on it.

Michael Westmoreland-White

This trend started at the end of my time doing doctoral studies. Then, it was recovering an ancient theme/practice. Now, its trendy--but it isn't that what "recovery" entails?


Hans Boersma's book on the atonement, "Violence, Hospitality and the Cross," is entrenched in this theme, as well.

Richard L. Floyd

Hospitality is trendy now, to be sure. In my denomination it seems hospitality trumps creeds, confessions, and just about everything else. According to this view, Jesus wouldn't have thrown the money changers out of the temple. He would have invited them to lunch. Real hospitality is a wonderful thing, but as an ideology it is thin and often goes hand in hand with an easy dismissal of the atonement on the grounds it cultivates violence. More rigor is needed on this topic. Publishers can spot these kinds of fads a mile away, and too many trees get wasted making many of these books.

andy goodliff

Richard, I'm not sure if I'm as negative as you about the trend. Certainly some of the accounts of hospitality I've read (like Luke Bretherton's) I think would resist the interpretation you give here. He makes a strong case.

hospitality college

Andy, thanks for your great book sharing

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