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The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable

Theologians and philosophers as well as clergy and well-educated laity—including mainstream Christians interested in how God can be known and yet remain mystery—and those seeking deeper faith, in accord with certain aspects of modernism and postmodernism, may find this splendid book challenging, accessible, and rewarding.


This is an erudite study of related ideas of sin, salvation, human destiny, the messianic role, and the influence of worldview and political context on conceptual ideas that those who ponder or teach such matters may well find rewarding.

In the Whirlwind

A work highly recommended not only for Bible students and political scientists but also for general readers who welcome new approaches to both sacred texts and contemporary political concerns and discourse.

Opening Paul's Letters

An excellent undergraduate- or seminary-level introduction to Paul's writings and to the role of genre in literary interpretation, this will also interest general readers looking for a deeper understanding of the Pauline contributions to the Gospels.

Holy Misogyny

Highly recommended for readers willing to look at recent archaeological evidence to question traditional religious beliefs and conclusions.

The Jefferson Bible

Jefferson's Bible has been published before, but never in full facsimile with all its contents. With great cultural importance for all readers from preteens through scholars in American studies, biblical studies, or the Enlightenment, as well as general readers. Also a handsome gift.

The Shadow of a Great Rock

At times idiosyncratic but often adulated, Bloom's literary criticism needs thoughtful consideration by linguistic and literary scholars, cultural historians, and Bloom admirers, as well as by the general public. The book is a tour de force and the result of a lifetime of critical pondering by a major critic.

True Confessions

The stories here are poignant and instructive for those who may be unaware of the real struggles of women in academia and the difficulties educated women can face outside the academy. They are also cautionary; some of the writers feel, with good reason, that in the last decade or two women have lost ground in some areas. Especially for those familiar with the challenges discussed, the pieces are gripping and provide much material for reflection.

A Sunlit Absence

Especially intended for beginners and intermediates but useful to anyone on the contemplative path, this book deals profoundly yet simply with matters treated only superficially, if at all, in many other guides to contemplation. Laird writes within a Christian worldview, but the book may help other contemplatives both in their practice and in their perception of the role of contemplation in life itself.

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