Between A Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age. London: scm Press, 2013. Pp. vii-266. $ 84.56This book is written by one of the noted British feminist public theologians Elaine Graham who is currently teaching at the University of Chichester in uk. The book is a product of her international experiences such as, in Scotland, Germany, South Africa, and Australia. The purpose of this book is to focus on the future of public theology in which she terms a ‘post-secular age.’ Expressed in her own word: “my interest in the future of public theology is prompted by consideration of the changing position of religion in the contemporary secular West” (xiii). She divides seven articles into three parts.Part one approaches public theology through a post-secular age. The thesis of this part is twofold: first, articulating the relationship between religion and public sphere; second, mapping the post-secular. She offers a comprehensive overview of when and how religion went public. She argues that religion went ‘public’ in the 1980s, especially in the West. On the other hand, she examines the way how religious and spiritual differ from each other in the context of Christian community. The latter tends
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