So I have quite a few books that have gathered up the past few months for which I need to write reviews. Not that anyone is overly desirous to read my reviews. But I typically like to write out my thoughts on books I have finished, whether theological, devotional or fictional in nature. So expect reviews of these 5 books over the coming weeks:
1) How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins. The emerging church is not really a new thing in today’s western world anymore. But here is a book that basically lays out a theology of the emerging church – why many in the emerging church approach theology the way they do. Rollins has a PhD in philosophy and he is a very big fan of Derridean type philosophy.
2) I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution by Denis Lamoureux. This is an introductory work to the varying ways to approach our understanding of the Genesis creation account in Scripture, with Lamoureux giving his case for evolutionary creation – that the one true God of Scripture created the earth through the means of evolution.
3) Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright. An edited reprint of the original, The Last Word: Scripture and the Authority of God. Wright spends time covering how the church has approached the authority of Scripture historically and also lays out some key ways for us to faithfully approach this authoritative document known as the Holy Scriptures.
4) What Saint Paul Really Said by N.T. Wright. This is Wright’s most famous treatise on Pauline studies – how did Paul approach the gospel, justification and a hole host of other important biblical concepts. Wright would come under the new Pauline perspective on issues like justification, challenging the more typical reformed approach.
5) The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight. This is McKnight’s recent release in which he challenges the underlining evangelical understanding of the gospel. He believes there is a difference between the gospel and the plan of salvation, and as evangelicals, we need to get back to proclaiming the evangel (gospel).