A book with huge importance today

A book with huge importance today

Religion Hurts Why religions do harm as well as good John Bowker SPCK, hb, £9.99   John Bowker has been compared by Rowan Williams to Austin Farrer, high praise coming from someone who greatly admires Farrer. Like Farrer, Williams suggests, Bowker writes with great erudition and ranges widely over many subjects. Also like Farrer, Bowker […]

Perfect retreats

Perfect retreats

After a hectic Christmas and New Year it could be time to explore the idea of a retreat. The first on our list is ‘Consider the Lilies, An Artistic Antidote to Worrying,’which is being run in association with CARM led by Sue Ives (Friday 16 March). The aim of CARM – the Creative Arts Retreat […]

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

  There hasn’t been very much good news emerging from the government of late. So two rather unexpected cheers for the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who surprised everyone on 26 December by announcing – in an article in the [i] Telegraph – a review into the persecution of Christians worldwide. It doesn’t get much more […]

Mantegna and Bellini: Renaissance Masters

Mantegna and Bellini: Renaissance Masters

Andrea Mantegna [1431-1506] and Giovanni Bellini [c.1430-1516] were the brilliant leaders of the first wave of the Northern Italian Renaissance, laying sure foundations for Titian, Veronese and other masters. Mantegna, born near Padua the son of a carpenter, by his late teens displayed a prodigious talent, winning commissions to beautify churches. In 1460 he moved […]

Examining the evangelical world

Examining the evangelical world

The Kingdom of God Has No Borders Melani McAlister OUP, hb, £19.99 According to The Christian Century this study of how American evangelicals have engaged with the wider world was OUP’s best-selling religious book in the US in 2018. There have been numerous studies of evangelicalism within America but this is the first I know to […]

Why we need the global Church

Why we need the global Church

By Andrew Symes “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” said Nathanael to Philip. Do we have anything to gain from associating with those from an insignificant backwater, like Jesus? Can we learn anything from disadvantaged people like his mother? Nathanael’s perhaps jesting but dismissive question is recorded by John. In Luke’s Gospel, we see […]

A much-needed review into the persecution of Christians

A much-needed review into the persecution of Christians

By Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali I warmly welcome the Review, to be led by the Bishop of Truro, ordered by the Foreign Secretary. It is long overdue and I hope it will not only be completed by Easter but will be speedily implemented by the government. I hope also that international agencies will take urgent note […]

Art treasures to delight in 2019

Art treasures to delight in 2019

Major art exhibitions from da Vinci, Renaissance Nude, Rembrandt and Blake to Van Gogh, Gauguin, Bonnard and Bomberg, promise cultural highlights in 2019, while current Burne-Jones [Tate Britain] and Russia: Royalty and Romanovs [Queen’s Gallery] run to 24 February and 28 April respectively. Bill Viola video installations visually encounter Michelangelo drawings [26 January – 31 […]

Making a difference – with pancakes!

Making a difference – with pancakes!

Anglican Life Church Urban Fund Working together can be both a joy and a challenge. This is something with which the Anglican Church is particularly familiar: its breadth and diversity bring a richness of experience and opportunity, as well as tensions and, at times, conflict. It is also readily apparent within our national life: living […]

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