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Books and Major Publications

Thia Cooper, Gustavus Adolphus College

A Theology of International Development, Routledge, 2020. Religion and development have been intertwined since development's beginnings, yet faith-based aid and development agencies consistently fail to consider how their theology and practice intersect. This book offers a Christian theology of development, with practical solutions to bridge the gap and return to truly faith-based policies and practices.

Suzanne Crawford O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University

Religion and Culture in Native America, written in collaboration with Inés Talamantez, Rowman and Littlefield, 2020. This book presents an introduction to a diverse array of Indigenous religious and cultural practices in North America, focusing on those issues in which tribal communities themselves are currently invested. These topics include climate change, water rights, the protection of sacred places, the reclaiming of Indigenous foods, health and wellness, social justice, and the safety of Indigenous women and girls.

Giosuè Ghisalberti, Humber College

Jesus, the Unprecedented Human Being, Peter Lang, 2020. 

Tim Hartman, Columbia Theological Seminary

Theology After Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection, Notre Dame Press, 2020. Tim Hartman's Theology after Colonization uses a comparative approach to examine two theologians, one from Europe and one from Africa, to gain insight into our contemporary theological situation. Hartman examines how the loss of cultural hegemony through rising pluralism and secularization has undermined the interconnection of the Christian faith with political power and how globalization undermined the expansive (and expanding) mindset of colonialization.

Jamin Hubner, LCC International University

Deconstructing Evangelicalism: A Letter to a Friend and a Professor's Guide to Escaping Fundamentalist Christianity, Hills Publishing Group, 2020. This book was recently published, and has several endorsements, including one by AAR past President David Gushee:
"This book is electric! Hübner goes about Deconstructing Evangelicalism with the skills available only to someone formerly embedded in the apologetics-oriented, take-no-prisoners, Calvinist-Piperian-Brownian conservative evangelical subculture. Brilliant. Learned. Passionate. Creative. Angry. Hopeful? Maybe. You must read it for yourself and find out. I will be studying this book for a long time to come."

John K. Roth, Claremont McKenna College

Sources of Holocaust InsightCascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2020. This book maps John Roth's fifty-year journey as a Christian philosopher learning and teaching about the Holocaust and its reverberations.  Identifying the persons and places, texts and testimonies that inform Roth's encounters with that genocide, the book engages Richard Rubenstein and Franklin Littell, Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi, and many other significant sources of insight.

Edward Waggoner, Brite Divinity School

Religion in Uniform: A Critique of US Military ChaplaincyLexington, 2019. The first scholarly critique of the contemporary US military chaplain corps, this book shows why the chaplaincy is a failing public project, and what Americans can do about it. Waggoner argues political, military, and theological reasons to increase the chaplaincy's religious and moral diversity, to end bias and discrimination against women in the chaplaincy, to challenge the refusal of chaplains to serve LGBTQIA+ persons, and to stop the use of chaplains as religious ambassadors for global, full-spectrum military dominance. Religion in Uniform launches a new, critical and constructive discussion about US military religion for the 21st Century.

Mark Wallace, Swarthmore College

When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World, Fordham Press, 2018. This beautifully and accessibly written book shows that “Christian animism” is not a strange oxymoron, but Christianity’s natural habitat. Challenging traditional Christianity’s self-definition as an other-worldly religion, Wallace paves the way for a new Earth-loving spirituality grounded in the ancient image of an animal God.

Career Transitions

Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds

Adriaan van Klinken has been promoted to full Professor and Chair of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds (United KIngdom). Read the full announcement here.