This month’s Themelios has multiple interesting articles and reviews of noteworthy books. I was fortunately able to contribute two book reviews of my own.
I’d be curious to hear people’s opinions about Fred Farrokh’s article,
Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? This “Same God Question” has again captured the attention of the Christian public. Increasing numbers of Christians are now responding in the affirmative, especially as they seek amicable relations with Muslims. This article looks at this age-old question from the Islamic point of view, noting that Muslim scholars have not mirrored their Christian counterparts in moving toward theological reconciliation. Indeed, the foundational teachings and example of Muhammad restrict them from doing so, thus creating a dynamic of “one hand clapping” in interfaith discourse. While Muslim scholars have largely minded their Unitarian orthodoxy, Christians have been much more lax in standing for their belief in one loving God, eternally co-existent as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Encouragingly, the Triune God of the Bible is now drawing Muslims to himself in unprecedented numbers. Christians may enhance this movement by unashamedly proclaiming this unique God to Muslims.
Glory in Romans and the Unified Purpose of God in Redemptive History (by Donald Berry)
Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials (by Jayson Georges and Mark Baker)
In the Mission and Culture section,
Doug Coleman reviews Insider Jesus: Theological Reflections on New Christian Movements
Chris Flanders reviews:
The Global Gospel-Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World
A few other significant books under review include:
James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
Also, Richard Hays’ shorter Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness and longer Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels.