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Going Green in 2010

July 2, 2010

During my time at Union University, Brad Green was one of my favorite professors.  His courses on Christian doctrine, biblical theology, theological education, and the contemporary Christian life largely influenced the approach I have taken towards thinking through and applying theology.

As such, I am excited to plug Brad Green’s two new books (check out his blog/website as well!):

First, The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life (Crossway, 2010) is scheduled for release in November.

As promoted on Amazon:

By establishing central themes of the West’s Christian inheritance as the basis of the intellectual life, Green shows that any recovery of the life of the mind depends on a recovery of the gospel.

History demonstrates that wherever the cross is planted, the academy follows. But history alone cannot demonstrate why this is—and must be—the case. Green engages theology and philosophy to prove that the Christian vision of God, mankind, and the world provides the necessary precondition for and enduring foundation of meaningful intellectual life.

The Gospel and the Mind, deeply rooted in Augustinian and Reformed thought, shows that core principles of the West’s Christian inheritance—such as creation and the importance of history, the centrality of a telos to all things, and the logos and the value of words—form the matrix of any promising and sustainable intellectual life.

More than a lament of the state of the evangelical mind or even an argument for the primacy of a Christian worldview, The Gospel and the Mind is a paradigm-shifting declaration that the life of the mind starts at the cross.

Second, Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy: Engaging with Early and Medieval Theologians (IVP, 2010) was recently released and is available here.

Here is a description of the volume:

The best of evangelical Christian theology has always paid attention to the key thinkers, issues and doctrinal developments in the history of the church. What God has done in the past is key to understanding who we are and how we are to live.

The purpose of this volume is threefold: to introduce a selection of key early and medieval theologians; to strengthen the faith of evangelical Christians by helping them to understand the riches of the church’s theological reflection; and to help them learn how to think theologically.

These essays offer insightful analysis of and commentary on each theologian, along with some critical assessment of how evangelicals should view and appropriate his insights. The contributors’ intention is the cultivation of minds ‘fired by the grace of our creator and saviour’ (Augustine), so that we might think well and rightly about our good and great God and live in his light.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2010 7:28 pm

    Joseph:

    Greetings. This is very kind and honoring! But I think the sketch of me needs to be revised–I believe I have even less hair now.

    Carry on!

    Brad

  2. July 26, 2010 1:04 pm

    Thank you for the announcement of the release of these two books. They look interesting and will share additional knowledge and wisdom in spirituality and godliness.

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