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We Need Help: A Review of Christians in Society: Luther, the Bible, and Social Ethics

[1] I begin my review of this estimable book with a quibble over the title. “Social ethics,” in William Henry Lazareth’s usage in this book, refers to the embodiment of Christian moral convictions in the time-bound culture of any given age. As such, Christian theological ethics need not, and in some cases, ought not, be […]

Review: A Church Undone: Documents from the German Christian Faith Movement, 1932-1940 (Fortress Press, 2015)

[1] Mary Solberg, associate professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College, has done historians, theologians, and ethicists a great favor by selecting, editing, and translating more than twenty documents relating to the “German Christian” movement in Nazi Germany. The documents cover the period from 1932 to 1940, but are primarily from the early to mid-1930s. […]

Review of Hans Joas, The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights. Translated by Alex Skinner. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013. 193pp.

[1] The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights, a monumental study of human rights as a value commitment, serves as the testing ground of Hans Joas’ theory of the “genesis of value commitments” developed in his earlier works The Genesis of Values and War and Modernity (originally published in German in […]

Ronald F. Thiemann, The Humble Sublime: Secularity and the Politics of Belief

[1] Ronald F. Thiemann died of pancreatic cancer November 29, 2012, at the age of 66.  The Humble Sublime, accepted for publication on the day of his funeral, was published November 30, 2013.  It includes a brief but rich factual biography composed by four of his Harvard colleagues.  In the Foreword, his daughter, Laura Theimann Scales, adds further […]