Fall 2001
Volume 6 Number 1

On the Shelves

On the Shelves features book recommendations from Princeton Seminary faculty and staff to help alumni/ae choose books that contribute to their personal and professional growth.

Brian K. Blount, associate professor of New Testament
The Bible and Liberation: Political and Social
Brian K. Blount Hermeneutics, edited by Norman K. Gottwald and Richard A. Horsley. (Revised Edition. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1993.) These essays come from a wide-ranging spectrum of theologians who investigate the social location of biblical texts while also paying attention to the social context of the reader.

The Bold Alternative: Staying in Church in the 21st Century, by Gary W. Charles. (Louisville: Geneva Press, 2001.) Gary Charles studies individuals in mainline churches to determine what’s behind their decision to stay and serve in an environment where membership in mainline churches has been in decline.

Jack W. Stewart, Ralph B. and Helen S. Ashenfelter Associate Professor of Ministry and Evangelism
Church and Denominational Growth, by David Roozen Jack W. Stewart and C. Kirk Hadaway. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993.) Despite its aging, this book remains the best in-depth, well-researched explanation of how and why congregations and denominations do and do not grow numerically: “The reality is that individuals are approaching the church in a much different way than they did in the past.” 

The Church in the Power of the Spirit, by Jürgen Moltmann. (New York: Harper & Row, 1977.) Most academic observers of the contemporary church point to a deepening ambiguity about the nature and mission of the church. In a mountain range of works on ecclesiology, Moltmann’s book remains larger and more distinguished than the rest.

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