A Couple of Articles in Recent Books

In case you missed them, Oxford University Press published a couple of hefty handbooks to which your servant contributed chapters.

Gerald McDermott edited a collection of essays on standard theological subjects by leading evangelical theologians to serve as a “state of the art” review as well as to offer some creative and constructive ways forward in each field. I was delighted to agree to write on “Jesus Christ,” and in this essay I take a pretty traditional view of most aspects of Christology while also arguing for the legitimacy of a carefully put kenotic understanding of the Incarnation.

The book costs a pile, as OUP Handbooks do, but Amazon has it on currently at a very good discount and it will help students and pastors especially to come to terms with contemporary evangelical theology perhaps as well as any book available.

Chad Meister edited another Oxford Handbook featuring a quite different range of authors and subjects:

Your servant’s essay in this one touches on apparently unrelated subjects: modernity, postmodernism, religious diversity, and secularization. I connect the dots by arguing that secularization is not always carried by modernity (so I disagree with the old “strong” secularization thesis) but  modernity does tend to promote secularization and of several sorts (I follow Martin Marty and especially David Martin on such matters). Secularization in turn can be interestingly viewed as a way of managing problems posed by religious diversity in modern societies. And postmodernism, at least of some varieties, provides different ways to cope with problems posed by religious diversity–and particularly of competing religious claims and interests–as well.

Because these books do cost a lot and yet cover a wide range of subjects useful to students, scholars, and others, it might be best to request that your favourite libraries stock them and then see if the essays within warrant your buying them yourself.

(And do I get royalties from pushing these books? I do not. I write because I’d like people to read what I have to say!)

0 Responses to “A Couple of Articles in Recent Books”

  1. Dan Och

    Dear Professor Stackhouse,

    Thanks for the recommend. I’m not a student, just an interested reader, and the first handbook looks particularly appealing. Are there any plans to release a paperback edition?


    • John Stackhouse

      If the cloth sells well enough, the paper will follow. That’s the rule, and that’s the indication from OUP as to what will happen in this case, also. But it’s still too early for them to have given the green light to the latter.

  2. wardgasque

    “(And do I get royalties from pushing these books? I do not. I write because I’d like people to read what I have to say!)”

    I suppose that that is why some people are willing to give lectures for modest honouraria.


    • John Stackhouse

      I quite agree with you, Brother Ward, which is why I do speak for modest honoraria, or none, depending on the situation. And I don’t know of any Christian speaker I respect who doesn’t do the same.

      I know that you also agree, however, that groups should pay speakers properly and that many groups don’t. And I trust you would also agree that when groups and speakers disagree on what “properly” means, groups don’t then automatically disparage speakers as necessarily venal and selfish, even as speakers must guard against automatically disparaging groups as necessarily cheap and selfish.


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