Wednesday, February 17, 2016


I just saw that Professor Kavin Rowe from Duke University Divinity School has a new book which is set to come out very soon, titled One True Life: The Stoics and Early Christians as Rival Traditions (Yale University Press, March 2016): 

I know he's taught NT and Greco-Roman philosophy at Duke Div on multiple occasions and I'm sure that was part of what he was working on here as well as his earlier book. The blurb from Yale is as follows:

In this groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary work of philosophy and biblical studies, New Testament scholar C. Kavin Rowe explores the promise and problems inherent in engaging rival philosophical claims to what is true. Juxtaposing the Roman Stoics Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius with the Christian saints Paul, Luke, and Justin Martyr, and incorporating the contemporary views of Jeffrey Stout, Alasdair McIntyre, Charles Taylor, Martha Nussbaum, Pierre Hadot, and others, the author suggests that in a world of religious pluralism there is negligible gain in sampling from separate belief systems. This thought-provoking volume reconceives the relationship between ancient philosophy and emergent Christianity as a rivalry between strong traditions of life and offers powerful arguments for the exclusive commitment to a community of belief and a particular form of philosophical life as the path to existential truth.

I also noticed that he is listed as a full professor now on Duke's website which is quite amazing (if it isn't an error) because he finished his PhD not that long ago at Duke. This probably speaks to his scholarship and other contributions to the school which from everything I've heard has always been very positive. It'll be interesting to see how this book is received once it's out; I wouldn't be surprised if there will be a future SBL session engaging with his book.

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