This is a summary of recent books read by Martin Davie, compiling his evaluations and the commendations of others. In this edition:
The Prophets and the Apostolic Witness – Reading Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel as Christian Scripture by Andrew Abernethy, William Osborne and Paul Wegner.
This is a stimulating collection of essays that will be very useful for theological students, preachers, biblical commentators, and those using the prophetic books for wider theological purposes such as systematic theology and Christian ethics.
The Christian Manifesto by Alistair Begg
What Begg provides in this book is not a detailed academic study of the interpretation of Luke 6:17–45, but instead a Reformed exposition and application of Jesus’ teaching in these verses. This exposition and application hits the sweet spot of being accessible enough to be of value to someone new to serious Bible study, but also deep enough to be of value to the more seasoned student.
The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God: Why New Atheism Grew Old and Secular Thinkers Are Considering Christianity Again by Justin Brierley
This is a book that is well worth buying and reading for two reasons. First, as encouragement that, however dark things may look for Christianity in Britain at the moment, it is nevertheless the case that the glory days of New Atheism appear to be over. Secondly, as a book to share with, or give to, non-Christian friends and family members who are wanting to know why we believe that Christian faith is still a live option for intelligent people in today’s world.
Remaking the World: How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West by Andrew Wilson
Wilson’s book uses the events of 1776 as a way into discussing the big trends that have shaped the world that Western Christians now inhabit, how Christians responded to these trends in the past, and how this points to the kinds of responses that Christians should be making today. A book to read, to ponder and to share with others.
Into the Heart of Romans: A Deep Dive into Paul's Greatest Letter by Tom Wright
Wright’s close study of the text of Romans in general, and of Romans 8 in particular, will force you to explore the detail of Paul’s argument in Romans and how the various parts of Paul’s message in Romans fit together, and, even if you end up disagreeing with Wright’s conclusions, your own understanding of what Paul is saying will be deepened as a result. Read this book, think about it, argue with it, and be enriched in your understanding of Paul as result
The full reviews can be accessed here.
Martin Davie is a Latimer Trust Research Fellow. He teaches at Wycliffe Hall and is the author of various books, some of them can be found here. He writes regularly on his blog Reflections of an Anglican Theologian.
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