New Books in Emerging Theology

Four Emerging Theologians Consider the Concepts of Vulnerability, Embodiment, Suffering, and Dualism

October 27, 2010

Louisville, Kentucky

Four emerging authors in theology have released new books from Westminster John Knox Press. These four women—Kristine A. Culp, Marcia W. Mount Shoop, Shelly Rambo, and Michelle Voss Roberts—bring fresh, insightful perspectives into the intriguing themes of vulnerability, embodiment, suffering, and dualism.

Vulnerability and Glory: A Theological Account by Kristine A. Culp is a profound exploration of vulnerability as a theological concept. While suffering and risk are global realities, Culp, a professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School, demonstrates how vulnerability to devastation—and to transformation—is the very basis for life before God. This fresh work of constructive theology includes new interpretations of major theologians.

Presbyterian minister Marcia W. Mount Shoop presents an innovative work of embodied theology in Let the Bones Dance: Embodiment and the Body of Christ. Mount Shoop suggests how worship services can more fully invite God to inhabit every part of a congregation—including their flesh and blood bodies. She offers an analysis of Reformed heritage and an impassioned provocation that we live more adventurously.

Shelly Rambo, a professor at Boston University School of Theology, forges a theological response to foundational questions of human suffering in Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining. Rambo draws on contemporary studies in trauma to rethink a central claim of the Christian faith: that new life arises from death. With a fresh interpretation of the Gospel of John, Rambo develops a new and insightful theology of the Spirit.

In a fresh work in the fast-growing field of comparative theology, Rhodes College professor Michelle Voss Roberts examines dualistic thinking in Dualities: A Theology of Difference. Voss Roberts argues that dualism, which is the assumption that reality can be split in two, too often creates intellectual divisions in social structures that oppress rather than embrace women, the poor, people of color, and others. She goes on to explain how comparative theology instead fosters community that is built on cooperation instead of oppression.

All four books are now available from Westminster John Knox Press. To purchase any of these new resources, visit www.TheThoughtfulChristian.com.