Five Candler faculty members published new books this summer and fall, spanning a range of topics, from worship and music to creation and ethics.

James AbbingtonAssociate Professor of Church Music and Worship James Abbington served as editor of the second volume of Readings in African American Church Music and Worship (GIA Publications), which follows the first volume published in 2001. According to the publisher, the second volume offers the most recent scholarship on 21st century developments and trends in African American music and worship written by musicians, authors and theologians. Abbington serves as executive editor of GIA’s African American Church Music Series, which includes these volumes.


Carol Newsom Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament Carol A. Newsom published Daniel: A Commentary (Westminster John Knox) as part of The Old Testament Library series. Newsom’s commentary gives readers a new study of Daniel in its historical context as well as from literary and theological angles. “With her expert commentary, Newsom’s study will be the definitive commentary on Daniel for many years to come,” the publisher says. Both Newsom and Professor of Old Testament Brent A. Strawn serve on The Old Testament Library’s editorial board.


Ian A. McFarland

From Nothing: A Theology of Creation (Westminster John Knox), written by Bishop Mack B. and Rose Y. Stokes Professor of Theology and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Ian A. McFarland, addresses the doctrine of creation in a new light. Drawing on the biblical text, classical sources and contemporary thought, McFarland offers a constructive theology of creation and “proves that a robust theology of creation is a necessary correlate to the Christian confession of redemption in Jesus Christ.” Listen to McFarland discuss his book on the podcast Homebrewed Christianity.


Ted A. SmithA controversial 19th century abolitionist is the subject of Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics Ted A. Smith’s latest book, Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics (Stanford University Press). “Conventional wisdom holds that attempts to combine religion and politics will produce unlimited violence. Ted Smith upends this dominant view,” the publisher’s website reports. Smith does so in a series of reflections on John Brown’s life, cause and legacy, “challeng[ing] both the ways we remember American history and the ways we think about the nature, meaning and exercise of violence.” Read Smith’s essay “Neither Freedom Fighter Nor Fanatic” on the Stanford University Press blog.


Russell E. RicheyRussell E. Richey, former Candler dean and emeritus professor of church history, has published Formation for Ministry in American Methodism: Twenty-first Century Challenges and Two Centuries of Problem-Solving (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church), which considers formation for ministry in the digital age and presents an overview of how the Methodist community in America has identified and formed its ministers since the late 18th century. GBHEM deems it “critically important reading for district committees on ordained ministry, candidates preparing for ordination interviews, boards of ordained ministry, district superintendents, bishops, seminary and Course of Study faculty, and all who are involved in forming the next generation of church leaders.”