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The Hiddenness of God

Michael Rea's Gifford Lectures now available from Oxford University Press.

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Perry Schmidt-Leukel's 2015 Glasgow Gifford Lectures, "Interreligious Theology: The Future Shape of Theology," are now available (for pre-order) in German translation. A Chinese translation is also underway and will presumably come out in autumn 2019.

While a considerably expanded version of Alister E. McGrath's 2009 Aberdeen Gifford Lectures lectures was published in that same year as A Fine Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology, readers might be interested to know that a more accessible version of these lectures, supplemented with material setting them in a deeper context, was published in 2011 as Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, and How We make Sense of Things.

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One of the world’s most celebrated theologians argues for a Protestant anti-work ethic

In his classic The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber famously showed how Christian beliefs and practices could shape persons in line with capitalism. In this significant reimagining of Weber’s work, Kathryn Tanner provocatively reverses this thesis, arguing that Christianity can offer a direct challenge to the largely uncontested growth of capitalism.
 

VTS Announces Publication of THE PENUMBRA OF ETHICS: THE GIFFORD LECTURES OF V.A. DEMANT WITH CRITICAL COMMENTARY AND ASSESSMENT 

Silence: A Christian History

The product of his 2006 Gifford Lectures, Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Silence takes a cross-section of Christian history, examining the theme of “silence” as a moral and spiritual act. Silence here stands in a dialectical relationship with “speech”, and acquires a wide range of different meanings and applications.

Silence: A Christian History

In Divine Personality and Human Life, volume 2 of Webb’s Gifford Lectures, the author examines ideas of personality and persons and their relation to broadly theistic conceptions of God. The volume explores the notion of personality in ‘man’ in light of the conclusions drawn in the first volume, and how the ‘divine personality’ figures in spheres of human activity such as the economic, scientific, aesthetic, moral, political and religious lives.

Divine Personality and Human Life: Being the Gifford Lectures in the Years 1918 and 1919

David Fergusson’s Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation is written in response to the new atheists, especially Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. Fergusson regards it as incumbent on Christians to give an answer for the hope that is in them and in this sense his book is certainly an apologetic work. However, unusually, he also believes that theology has much to learn from the new atheists themselves, and hence that a theological study of atheism might be of salutary benefit to those who remain committed to faith.

The Rhythm of Being

Rewriting the lectures two decades after delivery allowed Raimon Panikkar to “discern what is abiding” and to add material from two other intervening books on Christology.

In A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology Alister McGrath seeks to recover a vision for natural theology that is ‘both securely rooted in the long tradition of Christian theological reflection and adequately adapted to our understandings of the natural world’. In particular he argues for a distinctively Christian approach to natural theology grounded upon the doctrine of the Trinity.

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