Eerdmans Ekklesia Series


We are always on the lookout for scholarly manuscripts that might fit with our Eerdmans Ekklesia Project book series. Prospective manuscripts should deal with the mission of the Ekklesia Project, or with related practices and themes, in some strong way. Manuscripts can be submitted by first time authors as well as long time authors. Recent doctoral students, please take note: manuscripts that are completed, revised dissertations are welcome. You can see previous books below to get a better sense of the topics.

The series is edited by Jana Bennett and D. Stephen Long. To submit a manuscript, or for more information, contact Jana Bennett [] or Steve Long []

Bearing True Witness: Truthfulness in Christian Practice

Craig Hovey, 2011

If proclaiming the gospel is at root a matter of telling the truth about the way things are, then Christian witnesses are paradigmatic truth-tellers. In Bearing True Witness Craig Hovey engages modern theology, philosophy, and ethics — including the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, and MacIntyre — to consider how Christians see, recognize, embrace, and bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ. Skillfully navigating a field occupied by both theological ethics and philosophical theology, Hovey demonstrates that when the church faithfully declares to the world that salvation is in Christ, that the world belongs to him, and that his works are good, it is essentially an ethical action. Moreover, he says, when Christians have the courage to speak honestly about the reality of God and of divine truth, their witness becomes a force capable of challenging and overcoming worldly injustices and abuses of power.

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Witness of the Body: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Martyrdom

Michael L. Budde and Karen Scott, 2011

In an age of suicide bombers and paranoid political rhetoric, the concept of martyrdom can make ordinary Christians uncomfortable or even squeamish, filled at once with fascination and with dread. In Witness of the Body, twelve scholars from across academic disciplines and church traditions demystify Christian martyrdom and resituate it within the everyday practices of the church. Beginning with the persecution of early Christians by the Roman Empire, Witness of the Body explores the place of martyrdom in the church through all ages — and into the future. Throughout, it reminds readers that Christian martyrdom is neither a quick ticket to heaven nor a cheap political ploy, but rather the firm and faithful witness of Christ’s church in a hostile world.

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The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa

Emmanuel Katongole, 2010

In The Sacrifice of Africa Emmanuel Katongole confronts this painful legacy and shows how it continues to warp the imaginative landscape of African politics and society. He demonstrates the real potential of Christianity to interrupt and transform entrenched political imaginations and create a different story for Africa — a story of self-sacrificing love that values human dignity and “dares to invent” a new and better future for all Africans.

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Speaking of God: Theology, Language, and Truth

D. Stephen Long, 2008

D. Stephen Long here addresses a key question in current theological debate: the conditions of the possibility of “God-talk,” along with attending questions about natural theology, fi deism, and theological truth-claims. He engages not only the most significant contemporary theologians and philosophers on this score (Denys Turner, Bruce Marshall, John Milbank, Charles Taylor, Fergus Kerr but also the legacy of twentieth-century theology (Barth, von Balthasar and the analytic philosophical tradition from Wittgenstein to Davidson. Throughout, Long sustains a careful exegetical engagement with Aquinas, showing that what’s at stake in contemporary theology is just how we inherit St. Thomas.

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He Became Poor: The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas’s Economic Teachings

Christopher A. Franks, 2008

Drawing on the views of Thomas Aquinas, this book challenges the modern economic tendency toward the “proprietary self” and calls for a renewed and timely appreciation of the virtues of trusting receptivity and humble awareness of our membership in a larger order. Christopher Franks reveals how the summons to become poor bestows a new intelligibility on formerly obscure economic teachings. In the course of his discussion Franks juxtaposes Aquinas with Aristotle, John Locke, and Alasdair MacIntyre.

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Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics

Kelly Johnson, 2007

In this volume, Johnson examines both classical economics and Christian stewardship ethics as reaction to medieval mendicant debates, revealing in that light both modern anxiety about dependence and humility and the importance of Christian attempts to re-imagine property relations in ways that integrate those qualities.

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