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Modern Believing (2015), 56, (4), 455–521.


BOOK REVIEWS R. M. Gill, Theology in a Social Context: Sociological Theology, vol. 1. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. vi, 240. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-2594-6. R. M. Gill, Theology Shaped by Society: Sociological Theology, vol. 2. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. vi, 219. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-2597-7. R. M. Gill, Society Shaped by Theology: Sociological Theology, vol. 3. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. Pp. viii, 252. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-2600-4. Robin Gill is one of our foremost theologians and sociologists of religion. His range is phenomenal, covering ethics and doctrine, through to leadership, mission and ecclesiology. His books on Church growth and decline have become classics, and are still in print decades on from when they first appeared. He is also a true pioneer – one of the first British theologians to see the emerging field of ecclesiology, and begin to deploy a developed blend of theology and the social sciences in order to offer illuminating accounts of ecclesial life and praxis. Arguably, Gill is one of the most adventurous theologians of his generation, able to span ethics, theology and sociology, thereby placing him among the list of most influential theologians writing today – and all within the great tradition of Anglican scholar-priests. Over the last thirty years, a number of theologians have been using aspects of sociology alongside the more traditional resources of philosophy. In turn, sociologists with an interest in theology have also contributed to an interaction between theology and sociology. The time is right to revisit the dialogue between theologians and sociologists. In his new trilogy on ‘sociological theology’, Gill makes a renewed contribution to the mapping of three abiding ways of relating theology and sociology, with the three volumes covering Theology in a Social Context, Theology Shaped by Society and Society Shaped by Theology. Modern Believing 56.4 2015 doi:10.3828/mb.2015.36

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Percy, Martyn

Bowman, Marion

Clack, Beverley

Saxbee, John

Freeman, Anthony

Carabine, Deirdre

Parry, Robin

Inge, John

Ellis, Robert

Milbank, Alison

Threlfall-Holmes, Miranda

Ryrie, Alec

Slocum, Robert B.

Chandler, Andrew

Groppe, Elizabeth

Kim, Sangwoo

Clutterbuck, Richard

Race, Alan

Romain, Jonathan

Hedges, Paul

Gangemi, Cristina

Cavanagh, Lorraine

Atkinson, Tyler

Ritchie, Angus

Drane, John

Spreadbury, Jo

Earey, Mark

Lakey, Michael

Ganzevoort, Ruard

Cleugh, Hannah

Newey, Edmund

Brierley, Michael

Clatworthy, Jonathan

Russell, Cathriona

Morgan, Teresa