Coming soon to SCM Press
Why is Mary relevant to the whole church? What does theology look like through an autistic lens? How can we untangle the evangelical culture war? Our books in May and June ask all these questions, and more...
Let's make clear what Peculiar Discipleship ISN'T. It isn't a 'theology of autism'. Instead, it is a theology from autism. In her ground-breaking and daring theological exploration, Claire Williams, teacher and researcher at Regents Theological College, considers how the experience of God for an autistic person challenges and interrogates our normal theologies about knowing God. Demonstrating how her autistic perspective offers a distinct and fresh hermeneutical lens, Williams shows that a liberation theology of neurodiversity can gift the church a new way of understanding worship, practice, ethics and even the nature of Christian hope itself.
What does it look like when the Body of Christ is in 'total pain'? Now widely recognised within palliative care, the concept of 'total pain' is an intensely theological one at heart. In Light to those in Darkness clinician and theologian Dr Charlie Bell holds up the concept to theological scrutiny. Bell reflects on the ways that the doctrine of 'the communion of saints', might be used to help the church understand how it can address "total pain" within individuals, and collective trauma within the wider community. As such the book offers both an important theological reflection for those in pastoral care roles and a broader challenge to the church to become a place of solidarity and accompaniment.
As debates around sexuality rumble on within certain sections of the church, and become increasingly entrenched and embittered, there is an increasing need from non-evangelicals and evangelicals alike to grasp the historical and cultural context in which current debates about sexuality are happening. Offering a detailed examination of the development, consolidation and fracturing of an evangelical Anglican consensus on the issue, Defusing the Sexuality Debate seeks to explain why current disagreements are so intractible and offer some suggestions as to how all sides could facilitate a more constructive conversation. Author Mark Vasey-Saunders untangles the complexity of the issues, shows the limitations of some of the more simplistic analyses, and suggests some ways in which it is possible for evangelicals to engage constructively with one another across different sides of the conversation.