My take on Kraft’s latest book and other recent reviews in Themelios

This month Themelios has a few book reviews you might find interesting.

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Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction

 
 

For those who want to jump into the deep end of the missiological pool, Michael Wagenman commends Craig Bartholomew’s contribution:

In Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction, Craig Bartholomew has now provided an overview of Kuyper’s magisterial world of thought, both in its historical context and potential contemporary application. Bartholomew uses his own South African context to illuminate how Kuyper has been misappropriated in the establishment and enforcement of apartheid. Moreover, he suggests multiple ways that a deeper and more robust engagement with Kuyper’s thought can make civic healing and church renewal possible in our fractured world.

Issues in Contextualization book cover
 

Issues in Contextualization 

 
 
In my review of Kraft’s book, I note two challenges:

Anyone who reviews the second edition of Charles Kraft’s Issues in Contextualization faces two challenges. First, one must evaluate whether the author provides significant additions to warrant a second edition. Second, a reviewer should reappraise the book’s contribution in light of debates about contextualization following the publication of the first edition. After summarizing Kraft’s main thesis and key ideas, this review will address each of the above challenges in turn.

God’s Image and Global Cultures: Integrating Faith and Culture in the Twenty-First Century book cover
 

God’s Image and Global Cultures: Integrating Faith and Culture in the Twenty-First Century

 
 
Larry Poston interacts critically with Nehrbass’ but affirms,

The work is essentially a treasure trove of anthropological information made practical by the lists of “reflection and review questions” that accompany each chapter.

Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media: Advice, Tips, and Testimonials book cover
 

Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media: Advice, Tips, and Testimonials

 
Barton Gingerich, who leads Patheos’ Evangelical channel is the perfect person to review Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media. He introduces the book in this way,

As the new media of the Internet age continue to unfold, many scholarly Christians have tried to share their work and expertise effectively, particularly in the rambunctious world of social media. This concern is the primary subject of Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media: Advice, Tips, and Testimonials.

The book can best be described as a massive crowdsourced volume featuring ninety-one contributors, all edited by Thomas Jay Oord. While most of the authors are in the academy, several are simply effective users of social media who deal with theology or generally religious matters. The choice of writers is fairly diverse, but a majority of them seem to frequent or inhabit the progressive-revisionist circles. Oord himself is a self-described open theist and process theologian.

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Crossing Cultural Frontiers: Studies in the History of World Christianity

 
 
Ed Smither describes Andrew Walls’ latest work as

a “best of Walls” compilation comprising works published in other journals and books. In fact, it is the third such “best of” compendium, following The Missionary Movement in Christian History (1996) and The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History (2002)

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