Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Almost Final List

I've been working hard on that list and this is what I am proposing to my director tomorrow. This has been a fun exercise, but I could use a few more days. Deadlines are good too though. I wanted to keep it to 20 books as some of these are monsters and I'm probably reading them all at least twice! This is from my worldcat list (pomorev is my handle there):
  • Baum, Gregory. Religion and Alienation: A Theological Reading of Sociology. New York: Paulist Press, 1975.

  • Bevans, Stephen B. Models of Contextual Theology. Faith and cultures series. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2002.

  • Campbell, Margaret M. Critical Theory and Liberation Theology: A Comparison of the Initial Work of Jürgen Habermas and Gustavo Gutierrez. New York: P. Lang, 1999.

  • Cobb, John B. Christ in a Pluralistic Age. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1999.

  • Grenz, Stanley J. Renewing the Center: Evangelical Theology in a Post-Theological Era. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2006.

  • Guder, Darrell L., and Lois Barrett. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. The Gospel and our culture series. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub, 1998.

  • Hall, Douglas John. The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.

  • Herzog, William R. Parables As Subversive Speech: Jesus As Pedagogue of the Oppressed. Louisville, Ky: Wstminster/John Knox Press, 1994.

  • Johnston, Robert K. The Use of the Bible in Theology/Evangelical Options. Eugene, Or: Wipf and Stock, 1997.

  • Metz, Johannes Baptist, and James Matthew Ashley. Faith in History and Society: Toward a Practical Fundamental Theology. New York: Crossroad Pub. Co, 2007.

  • Moltmann, Jürgen. Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

  • Moore, Russell. The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2004.

  • Nolan, Albert. Jesus Before Christianity. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2001.

  • Schweitzer, Don, and Derek Simon. Intersecting Voices: Critical Theologies in a Land of Diversity. Ottawa: Novalis, 2004.

  • Scott, Peter, and William T. Cavanaugh. The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology. Blackwell companions to religion. Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 2007.

  • Siebert, Rudolf J., and Rudolf J. Siebert. From Critical Theory to Critical Political Theology: Personal Autonomy and Universal Solidarity. American university studies, v. 52. New York: P. Lang, 1994.

  • Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.

  • Volf, Miroslav, and William H. Katerberg. The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 2004.

  • Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster. Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 1994.

I'll let you know how I fare.


One of Freedom said...

It was pretty close. We axed Hall, Cobb, and Herzog. We added:

Aichele, The Postmodern Bible
Davis, Theology and Political Society
Davis & Lalonde, The Promise of Critical Theology
Abdul-Masih, Hans Frei and Edward Schillebeeckx
Schillebeeckx, The Understanding of Faith

22 books! Well two are treated as reference books, so 20 to read. I better get started!

DMofKor said...

Sheesh!. 20 books to read.. did I ever say that I don't envy you ;-)

One of Freedom said...

I wish they were lightweight books too, but no such luck. Brain prepare to be sprained.

Paul W said...

Hi Frank

I'm glad you retained Gregory Baum's book, a wonderful theological reading of sociology. It's a good compliment to John Milbank's Theology and Social Theory.

One of Freedom said...

Hey Paul, great to hear from you. BTW I'm no longer able to get to your blog??? I have read a bit of Baum, one of the profs at Saint Paul did her PhD with Baum. Religion and Alienation was her suggestion, I find Baum is quite easy to read so I didn't resist. But I must confess I've been a bit resistant to the Radical Orthodoxy crowd (Milbank in particular). I find they are having a similar conversation to the Emerging Church, but with much less elasticity (or generosity) in truth claims and interpretation of scripture. Now that is a very outside observation, mainly of the character of theology of Milbank fans (such as several Orthodox priests at my school).

Despite that, I know it is a conversation I need to enter into at some point. Even if just to be aware of their methodological choices.

How have you been? As you can imagine life has been quite busy for me. I am trying to pace myself with this programme - but a 22 book reading list isn't helpful on that front! :-)