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Head Librarian & Professor
The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D., Director of Doctoral Programs and Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
M. Shawn Copeland, Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010)
Copeland provides a theological understanding of human beings, and of Jesus himself, by beginning in concrete experience of human suffering—specifically the experience of black women. “To privilege suffering bodies in theological anthropology uncovers the suffering body at the heart of Christian belief. Reflection on these bodies, the body of Jesus of Nazareth and the bodies of black women, lays bare the both the human capacity for inhumanity and the divine capacity for love,” she writes. Hers is a theology that faces the worst of human experience to forge a profound theology of hope.
Ben Quash, Found Theology: History, Imagination, and the Holy Spirit (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013)
Theology is not simply given and done for Quash. Rather, we are still discovering more of Jesus as the Holy Spirit continually relates us to God in Christ. Theology is not complete because human knowledge of God is not complete. In every place, in whatever context we find ourselves, the Spirit is pressing us to discover more of God in Christ. Christian discipleship is a life of discovery and of finding.
John Swinton and Harriet Mowat, Practical Theology and Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition (London: SCM Press, 2016)
This book pulls off the seemingly impossible by giving an overview of multiple fields in a concise and careful manner. It provides a full introduction to the field of practical theology. It walks the reader through all sorts of qualitative research methods—as used in VTS’s doctoral programs. Finally, it makes the case for practical theology as a type of action research, that is, a style of research that harnesses the skills and knowledge of people in the research setting to enact social change. Be sure to get the second edition!
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Just a reminder that Alums retain borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request these as well others in the catalog be sent at no cost. Alums do pay the shipping costs for the books’ return.