Friday, February 22, 2013

Magdeburg Press

...add this to the list of small presses publishing theological gems that you won't find elsewhere. Much like Repristination Press, Magdeburg is a small conservative Lutheran press publishing mostly translations of works from the post-Reformation period. I stumbled upon them looking for stuff on Matthias Flacius Illyricus, an important contributor to the hermeneutic tradition before Schleiermacher. Magdeburg Press has translated a selection from the Clavis Scripturae Sacrae, as well as four works of Flacius from the Adiaphora controversy. They are also apparently looking into translating more of the Clavis.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Anglican Theological Review on salvation

I haven't read it yet, but the latest issue of the Anglican Theological Review looks like an important one. It is centered around the theme of soteriology, and I'm glad the centrality of this conversational space has been clearly articulated. Following is the first paragraph of the introduction by the guest editors, which you should read in full before reading the rest of the issue.


"There is a Latin rhetorical device called praeteritio, in which the speaker opens by saying, “This is not an article about that blankety blank Joe . . . ,” in the hope that Joe would, thereafter, never leave the hearers’ minds. Well, this is an edition of the ATR with contributions from a number of evangelical Anglican scholars, and it is not about same-sex unions! But the present issue of the ATR did grow out of some concerns which are not unrelated to the present state of church life, in which virtually every conversation, liberal or conservative, has in recent years been, implicitly or explicitly, about that topic. In fact the present issue is a reaction to an issue of the ATR from a few years back. It was devoted entirely to the subject of homosexuality and same-sex unions, with the preponderance of the contributors from the revisionist wing. This elicited a protest from conservative members of the ATR family (including the two guest editors for this issue) that a more traditional voice had not been heard. The ATR saw our point and offered us a chance at rebuttal on the same topic, but we declined. On the subject of same-sex practice, the conservative view is well known and well documented. But there are other concerns which we believe actually to be more central, and these concerns — which have not regularly been rehearsed of late in Anglican conversations—deserve a hearing. So we proposed an issue on salvation, and the ATR board welcomed this, which response we appreciate."