Book Reviews

Practical Theology and Qualitative Research by Swinton and Mowat

AAR Reading Religion Book Review: Practical Theology and Qualitative Research, 2d ed.

March 29th, 2017

John Swinton and Harriet Mowat's 2006 Practical Theology and Qualitative Research is a well-known resource on practical theology bibliographies. This updated second edition includes one new chapter and an appendix exploring themes related to analysis. Below, you can read the beginning of Jane M. Curry's review of this second edition. Be sure to visit the Reading Religion website for the full review.  Reading Religion (RR) is an open book review website published by the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The site provides up-to-date coverage of scholarly publishing in religious studies, reviewed by scholars with special interest and/or expertise in the relevant subfields. Practical Theology and Qualitative... More

AAR Reading Religion Book Review: Anatomy of a Schism

December 16th, 2016

Today we are featuring STH doctoral student Matthew S. Beal's review of Eileen R. Campbell-Reed's Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen's Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist Convention. Below is the beginning of Matt's review, and be sure to visit the Reading Religion website for the full review. Reading Religion (RR) is an open book review website published by the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The site provides up-to-date coverage of scholarly publishing in religious studies, reviewed by scholars with special interest and/or expertise in the relevant subfields. Anatomy of a Schism: How Clergywomen's Narratives Reinterpret the Fracturing of the Southern Baptist... More

AAR Reading Religion Book Review: Christian Practical Wisdom: What It Is, Why it Matters

November 10th, 2016

One new monograph of interest within practical theological circles is Christian Practical Wisdom: What It Is, Why It Matters, by Dorothy C. Bass, Kathleen A. Cahalan, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, James R. Nieman, and Christian Batalden Scharen. Today we are sharing Dustin D. Benac's book review as featured on the Reading Religion book review website.  Reading Religion (RR) is an open book review website published by the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The site provides up-to-date coverage of scholarly publishing in religious studies, reviewed by scholars with special interest and/or expertise in the relevant subfields. We are grateful for their permission to re-post sections of selected reviews.  Christian... More

The Celtic Way of Evangelism, by George Hunter

August 3rd, 2015

Book review submitted by Christopher B. James, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentrations: Evangelism and Church & Society. Review originally appeared on jesusdust.com

Moral, Believing Animals, by Christian Smith

August 3rd, 2015

Book review submitted by Christopher B. James, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentrations: Evangelism and Church & Society. Review originally appeared on jesusdust.com

American Evangelicalism, by Christian Smith

August 3rd, 2015

Book review submitted by Christopher B. James, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentrations: Evangelism and Church & Society. Review originally appeared on jesusdust.com

Everything Must Change, by Brian McClaren

August 3rd, 2015

Book review submitted by Christopher B. James, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentrations: Evangelism and Church & Society. Review originally appeared on jesusdust.com

Planting Missional Churches, by Ed Stetzer

August 3rd, 2015

Book review submitted by Christopher B. James, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentrations: Evangelism and Church & Society. Review originally appeared on jesusdust.com

Organic Church, by Neil Cole

August 3rd, 2015

Book review submitted by Christopher B. James, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentrations: Evangelism and Church & Society. Review originally appeared on jesusdust.com

Mission-Shaped Church

August 3rd, 2015

Book review submitted by Christopher B. James, Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentrations: Evangelism and Church & Society. Review originally appeared on jesusdust.com Part 1 - Summary: http://www.jesusdust.com/2012/09/mission-shaped-church-summary.html Part 2 - Book Review: http://www.jesusdust.com/2012/10/mission-shaped-church-2-book-review.html

Practical Theology: A New Approach, by Marcel Viau

August 3rd, 2015

Review by Francisca Ireland-Verwoerd Marcel Viau is a Roman Catholic practical theologian who has taught primarily in his native Canada and most recently in Fribourg, Switzerland. The rise of practical theology in the Roman Catholic tradition is directly related to the Second Vatican Council with its emphasis on the work of local churches and pastors. This renewed focus gave the impetus for the study of pastoral theology (later called practical theology) as a discipline autonomous from systematic theology, while remaining intimately connected at the same time. Viau sees several reasons for this new way of doing theology. First, the social scientific... More

Sharing Faith, by Thomas Groome

August 3rd, 2015

Review by Francisca Ireland-Verwoerd INTRODUCTION TO THE AUTHOR Dr. Thomas Groome is Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College. His main research and teaching interests are religious education (history, theory and practice), pastoral ministry and practical theology. Groome has written numerous books on religious education, some of which are widely used in Catholic and Protestant seminaries, as well as several curricula for the Catholic Church, from K-8 through adult studies.1 The heart of Groome’s philosophy of religious education is his belief that people should be enculturated into the faith, that is to say, the faith should be taught through... More