New Books Network

John Tweeddale, “John Calvin: For a New Reformation” (Crossway, 2019)
John Calvin continues to be the focus of a huge amount of scholarly attention. An annual bibliography records the thousands of items that are published every year on this most seminal of early modern religious thinkers. But how should readers navigate this constantly expanding field? Today we catch up with... Read More
Abigail Shinn, “Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning” (Palgrave, 2018)
Why did early modern people change their religious affiliation? And how did they represent that change in writing? In this outstanding new book, Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning (Palgrave, 2018), Abigail Shinn, who teaches in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of... Read More
James K. Wellman, Jr., “High on God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In the United States, the number of megachurches increased from 350 in 1990 to over 1,600 in 2011 with that number continuing to grow exponentially in subsequent years. By 2015, a Hartford Institute for Religion Research study showed that over five million people were attending services at a megachurch weekly... Read More
Shai M. Dromi, “Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
How should we understand humanitarian NGOs? In Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector (University of Chicago Press, 2020), Shai M. Dromi, a lecturer in sociology at Harvard University, uses insights from cultural sociology to reframe the history of the Red Cross. The book... Read More
Mario T. García, “Father Luis Olivares, A Biography: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles” (UNC Press, 2018)
As the leader of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles during the 1980s, Father Luis Olivares brazenly defied local Catholic authorities and the federal government by publicly offering sanctuary to Central American migrants fleeing political violence and civil war, and later extending it to undocumented Mexican immigrants unable to legalize... Read More
Andrew J. Byers, “Ecclesiology and Theosis in the Gospel of John” (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
For the author of the fourth Gospel, there is neither a Christless church nor a churchless Christ. In his book Ecclesiology and Theosis in the Gospel of John (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Andrew J. Byers argues that ecclesiology is as central a Johannine concern as Christology. Rather than focusing on... Read More
Paul Lay, “Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate” (Head of Zeus, 2020)
In today’s episode, we catch up with Paul Lay, editor of the leading journal History Today. Paul is the author of a brilliant new account of the British republic. Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate (Head of Zeus, 2020) is the most up to date and accessible... Read More