So then, what is unique about this volume? As Kapic notes, most textbooks on modern theology “are primarily arranged chronologically and/or around particular theologians or movements” (p. ix). While such approaches are of great value, they tend not to overtly explore the impact of modernity upon specific theological topics. This is precisely the gap that this work intends to fill.
Zondervan Academic recently introduced the New Studies in Dogmatics series, which is being positioned as an heir to G. C. Berkouwer’s Studies in Dogmatics. The stated intent of the series is “to offer concise, focused treatments of major topics in dogmatic theology that fill the gap between introductory theology textbooks and advanced theological monographs” (p. 15). Each volume addresses a different topic, and is being written by a different author. The inaugural volume in this series, The Holy Spirit, was recently released, having been penned by Christopher R. J. Holmes, an Anglican priest and a senior lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Anderson addresses multiple issues that need to be faced in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling. He argues that the consent-based view serves the desires of adults, not the needs or rights of children. Religious liberty will be threatened. The ruling, he argues, has clearly overreached its authority. Adoption and foster care religious entities will be forced to abandon their ministries if they don’t comply with the ruling. Religious schools are now vulnerable. Christian business people have had and will have major decisions ahead.
In sum, Daniel Boyarin is a Jewish scholar who has allowed the literature of the Bible and Judaism to speak for itself, even though his conclusions are often opposed to traditional beliefs about Judaism and Christianity. The thirty pages of endnotes are an added bonus, and provide evidence of Boyarin’s careful research of this topic.
The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology is an ambitious project seeking to overview biblical, historical, dogmatic, and philosophical issues related to sacramental doctrine. The co-editors of the volume, Hans Boersma (J.I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College) and Matthew Levering (Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary), describe the purposes of the Handbook as threefold: historical, ecumenical, and missional.