Alan Sell here presents a selection of his wide-ranging, informative, and entertaining reviews. Among philosophical themes discussed are Locke and the Enlightenment, Richard Price, John Stuart Mill, philosophical idealism, and analytical philosophy of education and of religion. Historical studies run from the Middle Ages onwards, and encompass English, Welsh, and Scottish Nonconformity, the Evangelical Revival, the Oxford Movement, theological education, American Reformed thinkers, the crisis of belief and the Social Gospel in Canada, and evangelical and liberal theology. Theological topics include Origen, Calvin, and Dutch Reformed thinkers, American Baptists, Mercersburg Theology, Scottish theology, liberation theology, assurance, the atonement, ecclesiology, ecumenism, art and theology, Christian ethics, worship and spirituality.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"With characteristic breadth, insight, clarity, and wit, Alan Sell's collection of book reviews offers not only a series of helpful summaries of some significant books published in history, philosophy, and theology over the past forty years, but also a glimpse into the mind of one of the great servants of philosophy, theology, and the church in our generation. There is much with which to think and wrestle in this fascinating and accessible collection." -Tom Greggs Professor of Historical and Doctrinal Theology University of Aberdeen
"This volume gathers together in one place a delightful selection of book reviews from the hand of Alan Sell. Few scholars working today are able to match the consummate ease with which he traverses the disciplines of philosophy, history, and theology, and fewer still are able to match his accompanying expertise. This collection evidences not only his polymathic knowledge and penetrating insight, but also the humble grace and gentle humor that illuminate all his work." -Paul T Nimmo Meldrum Lecturer of Theology New College, Edinburgh
Alan P.F. Sell
Alan P. F. Sell, of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Chester, is a philosopher-theologian and ecumenist with strong interests in the history of Christian thought in general, and of the Reformed and Dissenting traditions in particular. A minister of The United Reformed Church, he has held rural and urban pastorates, has served from Geneva as Theological Secretary of the World Alliance (now Communion) of Reformed Churches, and has held academic posts in England, Canada, and Wales. He has earned the rarely-awarded senior doctorates, DD and DLitt, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society, and holds honorary doctorates from the USA, Hungary, Canada, and Romania. He is the author of more than thirty books, and the editor of others. Ever seeking to hold together what belongs together, he explores the relations between philosophy, theology and apologetics, Christian ethics and moral philosophy, and doctrine in relation to spirituality and the ecumenical quest.