New Books Network

Eric Weiner, “The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Places” (Simon and Schuster, 2016)
Living, as we do, in a time in which a U.S. president anoints himself “a very stable genius”, we are particularly appreciative of Eric Weiner, a former foreign correspondent for NPR who writes with humility and humor, as he brings us along with him on his travels to times and... Read More
John Loughlin, “Human Dignity in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Dignity is a fundamental aspect of our lives, yet one we rarely pause to consider; our understandings of dignity, on individual, collective and philosophical perspectives, shape how we think, act and relate to others. Human Dignity in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition: Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant Perspectives (Bloomsbury Academic) offers an... Read More
Harrison Perkins, “Catholicity and the Covenant of Works: James Ussher and the Reformed Tradition” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Historians of early modern religion recognise the importance of the development of covenant theology in the formation of Calvinism. Harrison Perkins, who teaches systematic theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and serves as assistant minister of London Presbyterian Church, has recently published what promises to be one of the most important... Read More
Sanjay Lal, “Gandhi’s Thought and Liberal Democracy” (Lexington Books, 2019)
Is religion indispensable to public life?  What can Gandhi’s thought contribute to the modern state? With an intense focus on both the depth and practicality of Mahatma Gandhi’s political and religious thought this book reveals the valuable insights Gandhi offers to anyone concerned about the prospects of liberalism in the... Read More
Ian Kumekawa, “The First Serious Optimist: A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics” (Princeton UP, 2017)
The work of Alfred Cecil Pigou may not be as well known to people today as that of his contemporary John Maynard Keynes, but as Ian Kumekawa details in his book The First Serious Optimist: A. C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics (Princeton University Press, 2017), over the... Read More
Abla Hasan, “Decoding the Egalitarianism of the Qur’an: Retrieving Lost Voices on Gender” (Lexington Books, 2020)
Is it possible to interpret the Qur’an using the Qur’an alone? Is a feminist interpretation of controversial verses such as 4:34, the notorious “wife-beating” verse, possible? What evidence is there for the possibility that Maryam, the mother of Isa (Jesus) was a prophet, and why does that matter? How are... Read More
Cory C. Brock, “Orthodox Yet Modern: Herman Bavinck’s Use of Friedrich Schleiermacher” (Lexham Press, 2020)
Cory C. Brock has published an exciting new book on one of the most important Dutch Reformed theologians from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Herman Bavinck negotiated his conservative background through life-long engagement with the work of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Brock’s new work, Orthodox Yet Modern: Herman Bavinck’s Use... Read More
Lea David, “The Past Can’t Heal Us: The Dangers of Mandating Memory in the Name of Human Rights” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In The Past Can’t Heal Us: The Dangers of Mandating Memory in the Name of Human Rights (Cambridge UP, 2020), Lea David critically investigates the relationship between human rights and memory, suggesting that, instead of understanding human rights in a normative fashion, human rights should be treated as an ideology.... Read More
Christopher J. Blythe, “Terrible Revolution: Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In Terrible Revolution: Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse (Oxford UP, 2020), Christopher James Blythe examines apocalypticism across the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, particularly as it took shape in the writings and visions of the laity. The responses of the church hierarchy to apocalyptic... Read More
Takeshi Morisato, “Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy: Reading Tanabe Hajime and William Desmond (Bloomsbury, 2019) by Takeshi Morisato is a book that brings together the work of two significant figures in contemporary philosophy. By considering the work of Tanabe Hajime, the Japanese philosopher of the Kyoto School, and William Desmond,... Read More