Exploring the role of Christianity in our freedom

Exploring the role of Christianity in our freedom

Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1 — Historical Perspectives edited by Timothy Samuel Shah and Allen D Hertzke Cambridge University Press, £66, hb As the American Presidential election ends with forebodings of threats to religious freedom, this timely collection of 15 essays examines the contributions of pre-Reformation Christianity to the development of freedom (particularly religious freedom […]

Tracing the roots of Christianity and freedom

Tracing the roots of Christianity and freedom

Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1 — Historical Perspectives edited by Timothy Samuel Shah and Allen D Hertzke Cambridge University Press, £66, hb   As the American Presidential election ends with forebodings of threats to religious freedom, this timely collection of 15 essays examines the contributions of pre-Reformation Christianity to the development of freedom (particularly religious […]

Books for everyone

Books for everyone

Most of us in the West are familiar with the story of Japan’s Christians through the novels of Shusaku Endo. John Dougill, an Englishman who teaches at a university in Japan, has written In Search of Japan’s Hidden Christians (SPCK) to tell the heroic story of Japanese Christians from when the first missionaries arrived in […]

Bad? Maybe we were born that way

Bad? Maybe we were born that way

Born Bad James Boyce SPCK, pb, £9.99   John Gray has quite rightly made much of the fact that many of the ideas influential in secular Western society have their origins in Christian theological concepts. In this stimulating book James Boyce traces the contribution of original sin to the making of the Western mind. There […]

Books for everyone

Books for everyone

Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia’s most distinguished historians. SPCK has now issued as a paperback A Short History of Christianity that Blainey first published with Penguin Books in Australia. This is a brilliant one-volume survey that takes its place in a list of over 30 other books Blainey has written, including A Short History […]

Tales from the parish in Coles’ new book

Tales from the parish in Coles’ new book

Bringing in the Sheaves Richard Coles Weidenfeld and Nicolson, hb, £20.00   A glance at the non-evangelical clergy of the C of E suggests that gay priests contribute a good deal of the intellectual firepower. If he were a bishop, Jeffrey John would be the ablest theologian on a bench not exactly dripping with talent. […]

Brexit, Trump and the Gospel message

Brexit, Trump and the Gospel message

The Market as God Harvey Cox Harvard, hb, £19.95   The Liberating Gospel David Smith DLT, pb, £12.99   Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump have both been seen as signs that many people in Britain and America think globalisation has not worked for them. White working class males in particular feel left behind […]

Tracing the roots of Wesley’s Methodists

Tracing the roots of Wesley’s Methodists

Wesley and the Anglicans Ryan Nicholas Danker IVP, pb, £20.14   Why did Methodists end up leaving the Church of England and why did John Wesley disagree with fellow evangelicals who were Anglicans? Lord Macaulay suggested that if Wesley had been a Roman Catholic he would have followed the example of Francis of Assisi and […]

A modern history of the Church of England

A modern history of the Church of England

That Was the Church That Was Andrew Brown and Linda Woodhead Bloomsbury, hb, £16.99   Although the publisher makes no mention of the fact, this is the second edition of a book that first appeared in February only to be dramatically recalled following what were termed ‘legal complaints’. Reviewers were instructed to return all copies […]

A life in the church and academia

A life in the church and academia

Drawn Three Ways AE Harvey Eerdmans, pb, £16.99   This memoir of a ministry, a profession and a marriage is a unusually honest book that sheds light not only on the author but also on the history of the Church of England in the post-war years. Perhaps unintentionally it suggests reasons for the Church’s decline. […]

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