February/March 2023: Book Review Introduction

[1] The books reviewed in this issue of JLE bring the insights of Luther and Bonhoeffer to contemporary struggles over gendered language for God and the crisis of climate change. In Language for God: A Lutheran Perspective, Mary Streufert offers reasons and resources for embracing multigendered images of God. Reviewer Allen Jorgenson finds that her scriptural and historical analysis as well as her treatment of Luther offer “an excellent instantiation of creative, redemptive and inspiring theology that wrestles with its origins.” Dianne Rayson’s Bonhoeffer and Climate Change: Theology and Ethics for the Anthropocene draws on science and Bonhoeffer to urge a move beyond the framework of “stewardship” of a creation that is separate from us, and toward a sacramental approach to the environment. Reviewer Carmen Retzlaff finds the book both academic and a helpful guide for Christians seeking to put faith into action.

Nancy Arnison

Nancy Arnison is a lawyer, theologian and nonprofit executive and serves as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Lutheran Ethics.