NEW RELIGIOUS BOOKS BY AUSTRALASIAN AUTHORS
1, 2, and 3 John; John Painter; Liturgical Press (Michael Glazier), USA, dist. by John Garratt Publishing; HB $111.95 ; 429pp; 235x160mm; 2002
Volume 18 of the Sacra Pagina series, edited by Daniel J. Harrington SJ and written by an international team of Catholic biblical scholars. This volume is a detailed commentary on the Johannine Epistles. The author explores the relationship the three letters have to each other and the Gospel of John, and explains the historical context of the letters using a socio-rhetoical approach. The first quarter of the volume is devoted to an historical prolegomenon on previous commentaries, and a detailed introduction to issues such as the letters’ place in the canon, authorship, and Johannine theology. The following chapters then examine each of the letters in turn. Each section of biblical text is presented by means of a translation of the passage, detailed notes on each verse, an interpretation (which is the core commentary), and combined references/bibliography for further study. General bibliography (at end of the introduction); indexes of Scripture, ancient writings, subjects and authors. Author is the foundation Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, and is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. His previous books include Reading John’s Gospel Today (1978), Theology as Hermeneutics (1987), and The Quest for the Messiah (2nd edition, 1993).
Across the Great Divide: Bridging spirituality and religion today; David Ranson; St Pauls Publications; PB $19.95 [187629549X]; 92pp; 200x130mm; 2002
Challenges the division made popularly today between ‘spiritual’ and ‘religious’, asking whether ‘spiritual’ questions asked now have not also been explored in existing religious traditions. Suggests how religion and spirituality can be seen as complementary and offers ways to discern the genuineness of types of spirituality being promoted today. Notes; further reading list. Author is a priest of the Diocese of Broken Bay and teaches at the Catholic Institute of Sydney in the fields of spirituality and pastoral theology.
Beyond Rivalry: Psychology and theology as complements; Alan E. Craddock; Hillfort Resources, PO Box 448, Sutherland NSW 1499, Tel (02) 9651 2023, Fax (02) 9651 2026; PB $24.95 ; 159pp; 230x155mm; 2001
This study argues for a constructive relationship between the disciples of Christian theology and psychology. It contrasts this view of Psychology as Complement to Theology with four other viewpoints: Psychology as Foe, Psychology as Support, Psychology as a Partner in Integration, and Psychology as Contaminant. Holds that when in dialogue the two disciplines provide a fuller account of human functioning than is offered by a single-discipline approach. This is illustrated and applied to three topics: self-esteem, pastoral counselling methods, and leadership in church and family. Diagrams; summaries; references; index. Author is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sydney, and lectures in Pastoral Psychology at Moore Theological College, Sydney. Previous publications include Becoming Married (1990) and Working with Premarital Couples (1994).
Bread for the Journey: Homilies; Peter Steele SJ; Tim Metherall (illustrator); David Lovell Publishing; PB $29.95 ; 288pp; 230x150mm; 2002
Collection of 86 homilies by a Jesuit priest, poet and academic. Most were preached at Newman College at the University of Melbourne. Subjects range from the story of the Prodigal Son to Neil Armstrong stepping on to the moon. The homilies are grouped into six sections—Times, Seasons, People, Places, Stories, and Creed—the last of which presents a series of homilies on the Nicene Creed. Each homily includes the liturgical references for the Sunday, as well as the place and date on was first preached. Introduction by author; illustrations; indexes of church year references, people, themes/stories/occasions, and the Creed. Author has a Personal Chair in English at the University of Melbourne, where he has taught for many years. He was the Provincial Superior of the Australian Jesuits from 1985 to 1990. Previous books include The Autobiographical Passion: Studies on the self on show (1989), and Word From Lilliput (1973), the first of his three verse collections.
Buddhism, Ethics and Society: The conflicts and dilemmas of our times; Padmasiri de Silva; Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, www.monash.edu.au/mai; PB $24.95 [187692408X]; 244pp; 210x150mm; 2002
Collection of essays that provide a guide to contemporary ethical issues from the perspective of Buddhism, seeking to promote cross-cultural understanding. Encourages the practice of Buddhist philosophies of peace, compassion and compromise, highlighting Buddhism’s continuing relevance and universality. The major topics are Buddhism and society; Buddhism and moral dilemmas; human rights and environmental ethics; and Buddhism and the work ethic. The majority of the essays were originally used in a course for post-graduate students. Selected readings for Buddhist ethics and discourses of the Buddha; bibliography. Author is a Research Associate of the School of Historical Studies, Monash University.
Departures; Barry Bernard Hayes; Little Red Apple Publishing, PO Box K152, Haymarket NSW 1240; PB $25.00 ; 304 pp; 215x145mm; 2002
Memoir of the author’s Catholic boyhood. Hayes grew up in a rural, poor and conservative Catholic household, and attended the Franciscan College at Robertson, New South Wales, intending to become a Franciscan priest. Recounts his enthusiasm for his calling, his battles with scruples, and the personal upheaval brought about by the reforms of Vatican II. Hayes decided to pursue a teaching career in drama and English. Foreword by Fr Paul Glynn SM, author of A Song for Nagasaki. For the past 37 years Hayes has taught English and Drama in various schools in New South Wales and London. He has written several works for the theatre, including the musical Francis, which was staged at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.
In This Hour: Liturgies for pausing; Dorothy McRae-McMahon; Desbooks; PB $27.50 [094982433X]; 119pp; 210x150mm; 2002
Collection of new Christian liturgies that offer opportunities to pause, focus and reflect on some aspect of life, and to move on in a different way. Themes explored include Advent, grieving, challenge, celebration, and love. Includes information on resources required and index of themes. Author is a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and was awarded the 1988 Australian Human Rights Medal. Her other books include Prayers for Life’s Particular Moments (2001) and Daring Leadership for the 21st Century (2001).
Refugees, Morality and Public Policy: The Jesuit Lenten Seminars 2002 and 2000; Frank Brennan, Jim Carlton & others; David Lovell Publishing; PB $16.95 [186355095X]; 116pp; 215x140mm; 2002
Collection of presentations given as part of the Jesuit Lenten Seminar Series. Those given in 2002 examine the facts, needs and limits of Australia’s refugee policy. The 2000 series considered morality and public policy in Australia and abroad. The contributors are Frank Brennan, Jim Carlton, Hilary Charlesworth, Margaret Coady, Morag Fraser, John Menadue, Lowitja O’Donoghue, Mark Raper, Neville J. Roach, and Judyth Watson. Includes the March 2002 statement of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference on Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Notes on contributors.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia; Alwyn P. Salom (editor); Seventh-day Adventist Church/Christian Research Association, dist. by Rainbow Book Agencies; PB $19.80 ; 96pp; 240x160mm; 2002
Volume in the Australia’s Religious Communities series profiling the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Previously published as part of the Australia’s Religious Communities CD-Rom in 2001. Describes the church’s historical background in the post-Reformation movement and its modern-day beginnings during the rise of Millennialism in the United States. Traces its development in Australia, organisational structure, beliefs and practices, and statistical makeup. Photographs; tables; graphs; references. Contributors include lecturers in theology from Avondale College and ministers of the Church. The series editor is Philip J. Hughes.
Spirituality and Palliative Care: Social and pastoral perspectives; Bruce Rumbold (editor); Oxford University Press; PB $42.95 ; 248pp; 230x155mm; 2002
Overview of issues involved in offering spiritual care in contemporary Western society, with a particular focus on palliative care. Presents the argument that palliative care needs to incorporate relevant and informed approaches to spiritual care in order to develop as a holistic discipline. The chapters are grouped into three major sections: (1) Exploring spirituality, (2) Reflecting upon experience, and (3) Developing responses. The volume concludes with a summary offering guidelines for spiritual care. Contributors are Paul Beirne, Maryanne Confoy, Douglas Ezzy, Jenny Hockey, Bill Jenkins, Allan Kellehear, Maggie May, Pamela McGrath, Regina Millard, John E. Paver, Bruce Rumbold, and Stan van Hooft. Contributor notes; chapter references; index. Editor is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Palliative Care Unit, La Trobe University. Previous books include Helplessness and Hope: Pastoral Care in Terminal Illness (1986).
The Suicidal Church: Can the Anglican Church be saved?; Caroline Miley; Pluto Press; PB $29.95 ; 182pp; 210x135mm; 2002
Critical examination of the failure of the institutional church to relate to contemporary Australian society. Argues that religious belief is not the obstacle, but the culture of the church itself. Author focuses her examination on the Anglican Church as an example of a church disconnected from the world and out of touch with its mission. Attitudinal problems discussed include fearfulness, racism, sexism, homophobia, and lukewarm spirituality, and the relationship between clergy and laity is examined. Also suggests a plan of action to reverse the church’s waning popularity and loss of integrity. Endnotes; bibliography; index. Author is a practising Christian, art historian and curator, with degrees in law and arts and currently studying theology.
Kevin Mark is editor of Guide to New Australian Books and a former religious publisher for HarperCollins Publishers.