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Book Review: Catherine Booth - Laying The Theological Foundations of a Radical Movement

Book Review: Catherine Booth - Laying The Theological Foundations of a Radical Movement

29 November 2016

Major John Read, The Salvation Army’s Ecumenical Officer for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Territory, recently visited the Australia Eastern Territory to share the importance of Catherine Booth’s ministry for a contemporary Salvation Army. Much of what he spoke about fills the pages of his newly released book, Catherine Booth: Laying The Theological Foundations of a Radical Movement.

Catherine Booth’s achievements as a revivalist, social reformer, champion of women’s rights, and, with her husband William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, were widely recognised in her lifetime. However, Catherine Booth’s life and work has since been largely neglected. This neglect has extended to her theological ideas, even though they were critical to the formation of Salvationism, the spirituality of the movement she co-founded.

This book examines the implicit theology that undergirds Catherine Booth’s Salvationist spirituality and reveals the ethical concerns at the heart of her soteriology and the integral relationship between the social and evangelical aspects of Christian mission in her thought. Catherine Booth emerges as a significant figure from the Victorian era, a British theologian and church leader with a rare if not unique intellectual and theological perspective: that of a woman.

A paperback version can be purchased for $22.60 or a kindle version for $8.60 from amazon.com.

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