In this monthly series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute. This month we feature books authored by four of our 2015-16 resident scholars.
An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism
Michael Glazier, 2015
by Richard Gaillardetz, Resident Scholar Fall 2015
In his book An Unfinished Council, Richard Gaillardetz shares his understanding of the meaning of Vatican II for the contemporary church. He also charts a course for the Roman Catholic Church to take the next steps in its faithful pilgrimage, in order to fully embody the intentions of this “unfinished council.”
Jeroboam’s Wife: The Enduring Contributions of the Old Testament’s Least-Known Women
Baker Academic, 2009
by Robin Gallaher Branch, Resident Scholar Fall 2015
In Jeroboam’s Wife, Robin Gallaher Branch examines the lives of seven obscure women of the Old Testament, bringing to light the roles they played in redemption history. Her scholarly examination of the cultural and historical context surrounding these women helps her readers understand ancient biblical history in fresh and meaningful ways.
Christ’s Gift, Our Response: Martin Luther and Louis-Marie Chauvet on the Connection between Sacraments and Ethics
Michael Glazier, 2015
by Benjamin Durheim, Resident Scholar 2015/16
In his scholarly work, Christ’s Gift, Our Response, Benjamin Durheim builds bridges between Lutherans and Roman Catholics by examining the sacramental theologies of an unlikely pair: Martin Luther and contemporary French philosophical theologian Louis-Marie Chauvet. Through this exploration, Durheim’s readers come to a richer understanding of the sacraments, and gain new insights into theology and the practical Christian life.
The “Whole Truth”: Rethinking Retribution in the Book of Tobit
Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2012
by Micah D. Kiel, Resident Scholar Fall 2015
In his reappraisal of retribution in Tobit (canonical for Roman Catholics and the Orthodox, not for Protestants) Micah Kiel questions traditional interpretations of the book that sees God as rewarding the good and punishing the wicked. It’s more complicated than that, Kiel argues. Tobit presents creation as messy, requiring less predictable responses from a God who responds to suffering. The book is not only a careful consideration of the historical context of Tobit, but an extended reflection on God’s response to evil.