"The Christian Century" Recommends
Book by Allen Verhey
Posted December 20, 2002
HOLLAND -- "The Christian Century" has included a work by Dr. Allen Verhey of the Hope
College religion faculty as recommended reading in the periodical's "Special Christmas Section
of Books and CDs."
The section appears in the publication's Dec. 4-17, 2002, edition, and includes
recommendations in theology, fiction, memoirs and journals, poetry, children's books and music
for Christmas. Verhey's book "Remembering Jesus: Christian Community, Scripture, and the
Moral Life" is one of the nine theology books recommended.
In the book, Verhey, who is the Evert J. and Hattie E. Professor of Religion at Hope, asserts
that following Jesus requires remembering Jesus, which entails reading and understanding
Scripture, where the memory of Jesus is found. "Remembering Jesus" examines what Jesus said
and did, and applies it to medical, sexual, economic and political ethics. The book also explores
the church in relation to Jesus's teaching.
"The Christian Century's" recommendation notes, "Verhey places the scripture's story of Jesus at
the center of the moral life without reducing theological ethics to story. While he insists that
Christian discernment always proceeds by remembering Jesus, Verhey also recognizes that
Christians, like everyone, must constantly make a wide range of choices--about educating their
children, about caring for the sick in an age of advanced medical technology, about sexual
matters. Verhey moves his way calmly, irenically and methodically through the complex issues of
the Christian moral life."
The selections in theology were made by Donald B. Ottenhoff, who is senior editor of "The
Christian Century." The other recommendations in theology are:
"On Niebuhr: A Theological Study," by Langdon Gilkey; "Sermons to the People: Advent,
Christmas, New Year's, Epiphany," by Augustine of Hippo, translated and edited by William
Griffin; "The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God," by Lee Griffith; "When Religion
Becomes Evil," by Charles Kimball; "The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from
Whom God Hid Nothing," by Bernard McGinn; "Jesus the Savior: The Meaning of Jesus Christ
for Christian Faith," by William C. Placher; and "Saint Augustine's Childhood" and "Saint
Augustine's Memory," both by Garry Wills.
Verhey's book is published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. of Grand Rapids, and is
available in hardcover for $35. It is on-sale in the college's Hope-Geneva Bookstore, located on
the ground level of the DeWitt Center on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.