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Oxford has a limited and selective offering of works on theology, purely considered-academic studies of religion aplenty, but successors to Augustine and Calvin, rather few. Stackhouse (Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology, Regent Coll.) is an interesting exception to the unstated policy of Oxford, which has published his previous books, Can God Be Trustedand Humble Apologetics; he may be likened to the house's evangelical authority. As in his prior outings, here Stackhouse uses a strong and intelligent grounding in the prominent theologies of the past to situate his own ideas. He draws on the readings of C.S. Lewis, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer to build what he calls "a new Christian realism," which tries to come to terms with the world and especially with witnessing Christ inthe world rather than againstit, as some conservative Christians recommend. This sober, thoughtful study deserves a wide audience. For most collections.