New Books Network

Nicole Myers Turner, “Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia” (UNC Press,  2020)
In her nuanced case study of postemanciaption Virginia, Nicole Myers Turner, (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University) challenges assumptions regarding the intersection between black religion and politics in this “signal moment of political and cultural transformation in the African-American experience.”  Using traditional archival records from churches, political institutions... Read More
Alastair J. Roberts, “Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture” (Crossway, 2018)
The exodus—the story of God leading his chosen people out of slavery in Egypt—stands as a pivotal event in the Old Testament. But if you listen closely, you will hear echoes of this story of redemption all throughout God’s Word. Using music as a of metaphor, the authors of Echoes... Read More
Katherine Stewart, “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
For too long the Religious Right has masqueraded as a social movement preoccupied with a number of cultural issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In her deeply reported investigation, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, Katherine Stewart reveals a disturbing truth: this is a political... Read More
Edward J. Robinson, “Hard-Fighting Soldiers: A History of African American Churches of Christ” (U Tennessee Press, 2019)
In his new book Hard-Fighting Soldiers: A History of African American Churches of Christ (University of Tennessee Press, 2019), Edward J. Robinson provides a comprehensive look at the church’s improbable development against a backdrop of African American oppression. The journey begins with a lesser known preacher, F. F. Carson, in... Read More
Derek R. Sainsbury, “Storming the Nation: The Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries” (BYU RSC, 2020)
Derek R. Sainsbury’s, Storming the Nation: The Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries (BYU RSC, 2020), uncovers the significant but previously unknown contributions of the electioneers who advocated for Joseph Smith’s 1844 presidential campaign. The focus is the cadre of more than six hundred political missionaries—who they were before... Read More
Matt Tomlinson, “God is Samoan: Dialogues Between Culture and Theology in the Pacific” (U Hawai‘i Press, 2020)
Christian theologians in the Pacific Islands see culture as the grounds on which one understands God. In God is Samoan: Dialogues Between Culture and Theology in the Pacific (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2020), Matt Tomlinson engages in an anthropological conversation with the work of “contextual theologians,” exploring how the combination of... Read More
Alec Ryrie, “Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt” (Harvard UP, 2019)
In Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt (Harvard University Press, 2019), Alec Ryrie, the award-winning author of Protestants offers a new vision of the birth of the secular age, looking to the feelings of ordinary men and women―so often left out of the history of atheism. Why have societies that were... Read More
Hilde Løvdal Stephens, “Family Matters: James Dobson and Focus on the Family’s Crusade for the Christian Home” (U Alabama Press, 2019)
Dr. Hilde Løvdal Stephens is a Visiting Associate Professor of English at the University of South-Eastern Norway. Her first book is titled Family Matters: James Dobson and Focus on the Family’s Crusade for the Christian Home (University of Alabama Press, 2019). In it, Dr. Løvdal Stephens shows how Dr. James... Read More
Philip A. Craig, “The Bond of Grace and Duty in the Soteriology of John Owen” (Founders Press, 2020) 
Philip A. Craig’s new book on John Owen, the premier puritan theologian, demonstrates how carefully his subject tracked the influence of antinomianism in his writing. Craig’s book roots Owen’s ideas of conversion in Augustine and Calvin. The Bond of Grace and Duty in the Soteriology of John Owen (Founders Press,... Read More