Trevecca Nazarene University

Professor releases new book

Nathan R. Kerr, assistant professor of theology and philosophy at Trevecca Nazarene University, has had a second book published, Christ, History and Apocalyptic: The Politics of Christian Mission (Theopolitical Visions).

The publisher, Wipf and Stock, state the following: “This book offers a comprehensive theological reflection on what it means that Christians claim that ‘Jesus is Lord.’ At the heart of this work lies the thesis that Jesus Christ is the meaning and truth of history as he embodies the lived, ‘apocalyptic’ inbreaking of the Kingdom of God. Through a series of critical engagements with 20th century theologians Ernst Troeltsch, Karl Barth, Stanley Hauerwas, and John Howard Yoder, this work articulates an understanding of Christian politics as a mode of missionary encounter between church and world. The result is a profoundly original articulation of Christ’s relation to history as the basis for a Christian apocalyptic politics rooted in the practice of liturgy, doxology, and liberation.”

Kerr (B.A., M.A.—Olivet Nazarene University; Ph.D. Vanderbilt University) is the author of several articles and essays, as well as of the forthcoming book, Exodus, Exile, and Ecclesia: In Search of the Church of the Poor. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Kristina, and their daughter, Zoe Grace. In addition to his teaching, writing, and research, he also engages in local grassroots ecumenical Christian politics in Nashville.

The book is available from the publisher at a special discount. Right now, the publisher is offering a 40% special discount if it is purchased online through their website. The “coupon code” for that discount is “KERR40.” The link is below.

The book retails for $28.00 and can be found on Amazon here:

Theologians and scholars have said the following about Kerr’s book:

"A rare gift—a critic from whom you learn. Though I do not agree with all of his criticisms of my work, Kerr—drawing imaginatively and creatively on the work of Troeltsch and Barth—has rightly framed the questions central to my and Yoder's project. We are in his debt for having done so. In this book, Kerr not only establishes himself as one of the most able readers of my and Yoder's work, but he is clearly a theologian in his own right. We will have much to learn from him in the future."
—Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina

"This is a timely book that traverses twentieth century theology to develop a distinctive understanding of church engagement with the world. Finely executed and acutely discerning, it opens up an ecclesiology that is neither culturally accommodating nor counter-cultural. Conceiving the church as fundamentally dispossessive and missionary, Kerr announces a genuinely apocalyptic Christian politics. This is excellent theology for the up and coming generation."
—Graham Ward, Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester

"This is a really exciting book: engaging, provocative, and—above all—constructive. Kerr seeks to reaffirm the Christian claim that Jesus Christ is the Lord of history in the face of modernity's attempts to subsume Christ into our history. In spite of the complexity of its material, this fascinating book is so remarkably clear throughout that I found it hard to put down. It should not be ignored."
—Nicholas M. Healy, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Associate Dean, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. John's University, Queens, New York