The Candler faculty contributed an impressive 10 percent of the total number of books published by Emory faculty in 2014. Their work fosters a vibrant intellectual community of scholarship and learning that serves the church, the academy, and the human spirit. Here are the latest publications by Candler’s own.

The Story of Us

Religion and Reason Joined: Candler at One Hundred
Gary S. Hauk, Vice President and Deputy to the President of Emory University.

Religion and Reason Joined

Along with the substantial literary output from Candler faculty during this centennial year, a book on Candler itself debuted to commemorate the school’s first century. Gary S. Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president of Emory University, penned Religion and Reason Joined: Candler at One Hundred [Bookhouse, 2014], which begins with Candler’s founding in 1914 at the start of World War I. “History had begun to turn on a hinge,” Hauk writes. “It was an altogether splendid time to start a school of theology.”

From the first theology classes held at Wesley Memorial Church in downtown Atlanta to the completion of the Phase II building at Emory 100 years later, twelve detailed chapters track Candler and its people through decades of growth and change. Specific sections highlight Candler and the Civil Rights Movement, Pitts Theology Library, women at Candler, and the school’s dynamic role in the context of Emory University.

In the midst of the book’s wide scope, Hauk zooms in to show how a small Southern seminary responded to the shifting society around it—and how these responses, offered in faith, forged identity and purpose on a personal, communal, and institutional scale.

For Dean Jan Love, the new history of Candler is a celebration of legacy and possibility. “This book is an incredibly insightful, remarkable piece of work that superbly tells the great Candler story of the last 100 years. As we recall our roots, we are also guided to envision the next chapter of Candler’s story, and our place within the academy and the church.”

Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, Vol. 2
James Abbington, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship.
Offers the latest scholarship on 21st century developments in African American music and worship from the perspective of musicians, authors, and theologians. [GIA, 2014]

Singing Our Savior’s Story: A Congregational Song Supplement for the Christian Year— Hymn Texts Since 1990
James Abbington.
A new worship resource highlighting more than 100 hymns, complete with cultural and theological background info for each. [GIA, 2014]

Wild Things: Poems of Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude
Roberta C. Bondi, Professor Emerita of Church History.
Meant for mourner and comforter alike, Bondi explores her mother’s death through poetry and reflection, writing through the conflicting emotions of grief and gratitude. [Upper Room Books, 2014]

Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery
Noel Leo Erskine, Professor of Theology and Ethics.
Erskine investigates two strands of the black church, in the U.S. and the Caribbean, and their parallel histories, theologies, politics and practices. [Oxford University Press, 2014]

Political Agape: Christian Love and Liberal Democracy
Timothy P. Jackson, Professor of Christian Ethics
Is agape, love of God and neighbor, the missing ingredient in today’s civil society? Jackson considers political agape applied to issues such as the death penalty and same-sex marriage. [Alban, 2015]

From Nothing: A Theology of Creation
Ian A. McFarland, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Bishop Mack B. and Rose Y. Stokes Professor of Theology
Drawing on the Bible, classical sources, and contemporary thought, McFarland constructs an innovative defense of the classical doctrine of creation from nothing, demonstrating its intrinsic connection to Christian thought and action. [Westminster John Knox, 2014]

Daniel: A Commentary
Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, with Brennan W. Breed
Part of the Old Testament Library Series, Newsom's commentary is a fresh study of Daniel in its historical context, offering analysis from both literary and theological angles. [Westminster John Knox, 2014]

Formation for Ministry in American Methodism: Twenty-First Century Challenges and Two Centuries of Problem-Solving
Russell E. Richey, Professor Emeritus of Church History.
A must-read for those involved in shaping United Methodist ministers, Richey examines the denomination’s ministry formation trends from the 18th century and into the future. [United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2014]

Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics
Smith explores the relationship between religion, politics, and violence through a series of reflections on famous abolitionist John Brown, upending the notion that the combination of religion and politics fuels unavoidable violence. [Stanford University Press, 2014]

From Whom No Secrets Are Hid: Introducing the Psalms
Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament, editor; Walter Brueggemann.
Highly respected author-theologian Walter Brueggemann encourages us to take a new look at an old use for the Psalms—performing them as scripted prayers to help us reveal ourselves to God, as the Israelites once did. [Westminster John Knox, 2014]

The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience
Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies.
Watson shares a Wesleyan vision and practical strategy for reclaiming the in-depth small groups begun by early Methodists, structured as an eight-week study resource. [Seedbed, 2014]

Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley’s Thought and Popular Methodist Practice
Kevin M. Watson.
A thorough examination of early Methodism’s “band meeting” and its critical role in the development of the denomination and shifting concepts of community in 18th century Britain. [Oxford University Press, 2014]

African American History Month 2015: Daily Devotions
Woodie W. White, Bishop-in-Residence.
White’s 28 devotions foster awareness of and pride in African American history, while strengthening personal and communal faith, hope, and commitment to a rich heritage and future. [Abingdon Press, 2014]

Healing in the Gospel of Matthew: Reflections on Method and Ministry
Walter T. Wilson, Professor of New Testament.
Wilson takes an interdisciplinary approach to the Gospel of Matthew’s healing narratives, with insights from medical anthropology, feminist theory, disability studies, and ancient archaeology. [Fortress, 2014]

David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory
Jacob L. Wright, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible.
Wright compares the function of the biblical accounts of King David to the role war memorials play over time, examining national identity, statehood, power, and the human condition. [Cambridge University Press, 2014]