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September 24, 2010



Hi Jim

You did ask. Here is what Endnote threw up for me
Burrell, David B., Friendship and Ways to Truth (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000).

Carmichael, E. D. H., Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love (London / New York: T & T Clark International, 2004).

Derrida, Jacques, Politics of Friendship, trans. George Collins (London / New York: Verso, 1997).

Fowl, Stephen E., Philippians (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary; Grand Rapids / Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2005).

Friedman, Marilyn, What Are Friends For?: Feminist Perspectives on Personal Relationships and Moral Theory (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1993).

Hauerwas, Stanley, ''The Friend': Reflections on Friendship and Freedom', in Bernd Wannenwetsch (ed.), Who Am I?: Bonhoeffer's Theology Through His Poetry (London: T & T Clark, 2009), 91-113.

Hauerwas, Stanley and Yordy, Laura, 'Captured in Time: Friendship and Aging', in A Better Hope: Resources for a Church Confronting Capitalism, Democracy and Postmodernity (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2000), 173-187.

Lapsley, Jacqueline C., 'Friends with God?: Moses and the Possibility of Covenantal Friendship,' Interpretation, 58 (2004), 117-129.

Meilander, Gilbert C., Friendship: A Study in Theological Ethics (Revisions; Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981).

Moltmann-Wendel, Elizabeth, Rediscovering Friendship, trans. John Bowden (London: SCM, 2000).

Swinton, John (ed.), Critical Reflections on Satnley Hauerwas' Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology (Binghampton NY: Haworth Pastoral, 2004).

Vernon, Mark, The Philosophy of Friendship (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Wadell, Paul J., Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice and the Practice of Christian Friendship (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2002).

Perhaps I could also add my contribution to the forthcoming volume on Baptist Hermeneutic:
Winter, Sean F., 'Reading with Friends: Persuasive Testimony in Baptist Interpretative Communities', in Simon P. Woodman and Helen Dare (eds.), The 'Plainly Revealed' Word of God: Baptist Hermeneutics in Theory and Practice (Macon GA: Mercer University Press, forthcoming 2011).


Without checking my bookshelves (and I'm in the wrong location at the moment) I can't be precise, but there are lots of bits on friendship in some of the better works on theologies of singleness. I think, but may be wrong, that Nicola Slee has done some work in this area. I also recall that Sean Winter has done some thinking on friendship and has some unpublished work on theological-Biblical perspectives.

James Faddes

Hi Jim,

Just passing by and noticed your request.
One of the little chapters I oft return to on this is Jurgen Moltmann in his hard-to-comeby title 'The Open Church', 1978. In particular
Ch4. Open Friendship
(i)"Someone who likes you", (ii)The Friendship of Jesus, (iii)Friends of God, and (iv)Open Friendship.
Its excellent stuff.

If you like I'll bring it in and you can borrow it.

Jim Gordon

Thanks James. I have this book and thanks for recalling that chapter. Likemost else Moltmann writes, the combination of theology, pastoral intent and humane reflection on the contemporary world makes him an essential voicein the conversation.


Jim - A friend has recently finished his PhD at Oxford on a theology of friendship. I'll ask him and see what he comes up with.

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