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Alister McGrath: A Fine Tuned Universe

Alister McGrath: A Fine Tuned Universe

  Alister E. McGrath, A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009), xv + 262 pages. Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King’s College, London, holding doctorates in both the natural sciences and theology. This title could be seen as an extension of […]

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Calvin Smith, The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism

The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism, reviewed by Kevin Williams

Calvin L. Smith, ed., The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians (King’s Divinity Press), 164 pages, ISBN 9780956200600. Finally—a single book that treats Replacement Theology, Israel, and the Jewish people with respect, reason, and biblical integrity. Over many years working with Christians I have encountered too many who will ardently profess […]

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Ivan Satyavrata: The Holy Spirit

Ivan Satyavrata: The Holy Spirit

  Editor’s Note: This is the full review of Ivan Satyavrata, The Holy Spirit: Lord and Giver of Life. For the Review in Brief, see the full Summer 2010 issue of Pneuma Review. Ivan Satyavrata, The Holy Spirit: Lord and Giver of Life, Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective Series (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2009), […]

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A Science and Religion Primer

A Science and Religion Primer

  Heidi A. Campbell and Heather Looy, eds., A Science and Religion Primer (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 230 pages, ISBN 9780801031502. Read the title carefully! This book is a “primer.” In the publishing world, that means “a short introduction to a subject.” In this case, the book introduces the reader to the dialogue between […]

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Simon Chan, Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition

Simon Chan, Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition

Simon Chan, Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic, 2000, reprint 2003), paperback, 129 pages. Simon Chan dares to offer an answer to a question many contemporary Pentecostals are only recently even daring to ask. How do we pass on Pentecostalism’s distinctive beliefs and experiences to subsequent generations? For apocalyptic and […]

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David Burrell: Deconstructing Theodicy

David Burrell: Deconstructing Theodicy

  David B. Burrell, Deconstructing Theodicy: Why Job Has Nothing to Say to the Puzzle of Suffering (Brazos, 2008), 144 pages, ISBN 9781587432224. How can a Good God allow evil to happen? This question has troubled philosophers and theologians for millennia. In this book by David Burrell, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the University […]

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Tribute to Professor Ervin: Interview with Daniel Isgrigg

Tribute to Professor Ervin: Interview with Daniel Isgrigg

Pastor Daniel Isgrigg speaks with Pneuma Review about his tribute to Dr. Howard Ervin, “Pilgrimage Into Pentecost: The Pneumatological Legacy of Howard M. Ervin” and his book of the same title.   Pneuma Review: In what ways has Dr. Ervin had an influence on your life? Daniel Isgrigg: The book and paper came about after […]

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David Brondos: Paul on the Cross

David Brondos: Paul on the Cross

  David A. Brondos, Paul on the Cross: Reconstructing the Apostle’s Story of Redemption (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006), 241 pages, ISBN 9780800637880. It is always healthy to question what we think we know about the Bible, for the simple reason that it is all too easy to smuggle traditional readings into a text that often should […]

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Donald McKim: Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters

Donald McKim: Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters

  Donald K. McKim, ed., Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters (Leicester: InterVarsity, 2007), 1106 pages, ISBN 9780830829279. This book is a revised edition of the Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters (1998). In concept, the work is ingenious—I know of no other work that treats major figures in the interpretation of Scripture in this way. […]

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Steven Studebaker: Defining Issues in Pentecostalism

Steven Studebaker: Defining Issues in Pentecostalism

  Steven M. Studebaker, ed., Defining Issues in Pentecostalism: Classical and Emergent, McMaster Theological Studies Series 1 (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2008), 207 pages, ISBN 9781556358432. Studebaker brings together a number of significant points of discussion from a forum on Pentecostal theology held at McMaster Divinity College in 2007. The impressive list of participants […]

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Alexander Jensen: Theological Hermeneutics

Alexander Jensen: Theological Hermeneutics

  Alexander Jensen, Theological Hermeneutics (London: SCM, 2007), 237 pages, ISBN 9780334029014. Alexander Jensen’s Theological Hermeneutics is a historical introduction to theological hermeneutics, which Jensen defines as the way in which the problem of understanding has been addressed (2). The book surveys key theological hermeneuts and movements from antiquity, to the watershed that was the […]

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Kristina LaCelle-Peterson: Liberating Tradition

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson: Liberating Tradition

  Kristina LaCelle-Peterson, Liberating Tradition: Women’s Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 253 pages, ISBN 9780801031793. Kristina LaCelle-Peterson proposed that the church can be faithful to scripture, to Christ-centered faith, and embracing of biblical feminism with an egalitarian perspective. The stated purpose of the book is “about listening to each […]

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Is postmodernism the antithesis of modernism?

Is postmodernism the antithesis of modernism?

In the Fall 2008 issue, a reader wrote to Robert Huckleberry about his review of Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis that appeared in the Summer 2008 issue:   I don’t think you have defined postmodernism or modernism well. You say that “postmodernism counters modernism as its antithesis.”  Knowing that you did not have space for an […]

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A Social Anthropologist's Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 2

A Social Anthropologist’s Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 2

  How do doctors respond to claims of healing? Are there any lasting social effects when people experience divine healing?   Physical and Spiritual Phenomena Since John White is contributing a chapter to this book concerning the physical manifestations which sometimes seem to accompany the working of the Holy Spirit, here I shall confine myself […]

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