Category: Reviews

Review: Theology in the Public Square

Over the last decade, public theology has emerged as a distinct field of theological inquiry, negotiating the tension between the privatization of religion and the desire to engage in dialogue with those outside Christian communities. Sebastian Kim’s Theology in the Public Sphere demonstrates both the promise and the challenge of this exciting new area of […]

Review: Harnack’s Introduction to the New Testament

This welcome edition of Carl Richard Schenkel’s 1899/1900 notes from Adolf Harnack’s introductory lectures to the New Testament makes publicly accessible for the first time a transcript of Harnack’s university lectures. The present edition includes a full transcription of Schenkel’s notes, brief afterword and indices. The lecture course itself is divided into two parts: the […]

Review: Contemplation and Christianity

John Peter Kenney’s latest book is an account of how the interpretation of scripture became a quotidian practice of contemplation for Augustine. While he styles Contemplation and Classical Christianity as a prequel to his The Mysticism of Saint Augustine: Rereading the Confessions (2005), ‘prequel’ undersells the novelty of Kenney’s ‘study inAugustine’. Some of the contours […]

Review: The One Christ: St Augustine’s Theology of Deification

David Meconi of Saint Louis University has written what he claims is the ‘first book-length study of Augustine’s theology of deification’ (p. xvi). Since the publication of Gerald Bonner’s seminal article on this theme (‘Augustine’s Concept of Deification’, Journal of Theological Studies 37 [1986], pp. 369–86) deification has been a topic of discussion within Augustine […]