Mennonites and Classical Theology: Dogmatic Foundations for Christian Ethics, by A. James Reimer
Reprint forthcoming 2022.
"The design on the cover of this new collection of essays – one hand in the soil, the other in the sky – reflects a theme that has marked the author’s theological work for the past twenty years. In order for us contemporary Christians to engage prophetically and lovingly the creation and culture in which we are rooted, we must reach toward the divine that transcends nature and history. Mennonites and Classical Theology, a feast of Reimer’s writings since the late 1970s, is essential reading for graduate students, teachers, and church leaders interested in current conversations about Mennonite theology and ethics. Reimer offers a critique of modern/postmodern thought in the West and notes its impact on Christian theology, traces limitations he sees in recent Mennonite theological work in light of “the classical imagination,” and proposes correctives. While this book is not for the theologically fainthearted (some background in theology or philosophy will lubricate your way through the more than 550 pages of text), Reimer sets out his argumentation in a straightforward way, accessible to anyone with intellectual curiosity and a theological dictionary at hand." - Gayle Gerber Koontz in the Conrad Grebel Review
"Here a Mennonite theologian invents a new way of presenting his own theology. James Reimer introduces the reader to the dialogue with other theologians, thanks to which the evolution of his own thought has taken place. In this intellectual wrestling, Reimer becomes a theologian faithful to his own tradition and at the same time a creative participant in the wider ecumenical space of Christian theology. Non-Mennonite readers will find this book an excellent introduction to the richness of Mennonite thought." - Gregory Baum, McGill University