YES, then I have a deal for you! I have a few more copies of two books for the blogging and these aren’t your average books, awesome books. You will pick one of two books that will be a part of a session at the American Academy of Religion (aar) on Public Theology. The goal will be for you to help in promoting two new books that are written by world class theologians for a general audience. At aar these two theologians will host a conversation on public theology (think theology that is actually for real people and understandable by the general public). The conversation will include a number of other theologians and ministers and will be recorded for sharing online. Here’s a little info and praise for the books….
There is an essential change taking place in what it means to be ‘religious’ today. Religious people are more interested in ethical guidelines and spiritual disciplines than in doctrines. The result is a universal trend away from hierarchical, regional, patriarchal, and institutional religion. As these changes gain momentum, they evoke an almost point-for-point fundamentalist reaction. Fundamentalism, Cox argues, is on graphic display around the globe because it is dying. Once suffocated by creeds, hierarchies, and the disastrous merger of the church with the Roman Empire, faith…rather than belief…is once again becoming Christianity’s defining quality.
Richard Mouw says…
“For those of us who have learned to pay close attention when Harvey Cox offers his latest reading of ‘the signs of the times,’ this book more than lives up to our expectations. The Future of Faith is insightful, provocative, and inspiring…I even found myself uttering a hearty evangelical ‘Amen’ at many points!”
“The Future of Faith is a tour de force. As passionate and challenging as his classic, The Secular City, Cox’s new book invites the faithful, the skeptical, and the fearful into a spirit-filled vision of Christianity that can renew a hurting world.”
Phyllis Tickle Says…
“Straight-forward and tantalizingly thorough, Transforming Christian Theology is the first volume to describe in a highly accessible and concrete way how Christian groups of any size or circumstance can locate and amend themselves theologically. This is, in sum, a very, very user-friendly Traveler’s Guide to largely uncharted territory.”
How can an important book of theology be so delightful to read? How can a top-drawer theologian have such a high level of respect for ‘normal’ Christians that they are seen as partners in the work of transforming theology? How can Philip Clayton make the idea of big-tent, progressive Christianity so believable and attractive that one can imagine Evangelicals, Charismatics, Mainliners, and Roman Catholics having a meal and joyfully discussing it together? There’s only one way to find out, open up Transforming Christian Theology and start reading now.
I will send you the book and a blogger guide that includes a summary and possible areas for interesting blogging. At the beginning you October you will receive audio of an interview of Philip and Harvey discussing their books with each other. Following aar we will post the video of the session online and in parts so the sections can be embedded on your blog.
From you we would like….
You to plug the blog tour (and get a bunch of link backs from other blog tour participants), blog on the book at least once before AAR (nov 8th), and post one video from AAR.
If you are interested send me this info via EMAIL….. tripp AT homebrewedchristianity DOT com
Book Preference: (Clayton \ Cox \ Either)