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 […]

A fitting tribute to Tom Wright

A fitting tribute to Tom Wright

One God, One People, One Future John Anthony Dunne and Eric Lewellen SPCK, hb, £75.00 Friends, former students and a brother have joined forces to produce a stimulating volume of essays to mark Bishop Tom Wright’s 70th birthday. Wright has managed to be both a popular apologist for Christianity and an influential scholar with a […]

the choice of the new books

the choice of the new books

Jane Shaw is a theologian who has taught at Oxford and a pastor who has served as Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. After a spell at Stanford University she is to return to Oxford as Principal of Harris Manchester College. In Pioneers of Modern Spirituality(DLT) she writes of four Anglicans who were noted […]

Radical Christians

Radical Christians

Christian Radicalism in the Church of England Sam Brewitt-Taylor OUP, hb, £65.00   ‘The Swinging Sixties’ have attracted a good deal of analysis as have been seen by Callum Brown and Hugh McLeod as being a crucial time in the decline of Christianity in Britain. But even those like myself who came of age in […]

The End is Nigh

The End is Nigh

The Book Of Revelation Timothy Beal Princeton, hb, £21.00 The Gospel Of Luke Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington iii CUP , pb, £29.99   In 1964 James Hampton, an African-American living in Washington DC, failed to pay the rent on a garage he had been renting for the past 14 years. In fact he had […]

Understanding prayer

Understanding prayer

Prayer: A Guide For The Perplexed Ashley Cocksworth T&T Clark, £19.99, pb T and T Clark’s ‘A Guide for the Perplexed’ series scored a big hit with Simon Oliver’s brilliant volume on Creation, which has already been reviewed on these pages. Now they have another hit on their hands with Ashley Cockworth’s volume on Prayer. […]

A philosopher remembers

A philosopher remembers

Brief Encounters: Notes From A Philosopher’s Diary Anthony Kenny SPCK, hb, £20.00 Walter Lippmann famously remarked of Franklin Roosevelt that he may have a second class mind but he had a first class temperament. Roy Jenkins (a subject in this book) was seen as condescending when he applied the same quotation to Tony Blair. Jenkins, […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

Dr Pablo Martinez from Spain and Andrew Sims, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Leeds, have written Mad or God? (IVP) in which they argue Jesus had the ‘healthiest mind of all’. John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford, contributes a foreword. A Field Guide to the English Clergy (One World), short biographies […]

Rebuilding Britain after the War

Rebuilding Britain after the War

The Year of Our Lord 1943 Alan Jacobs OUP, hb, £20.00   Shortly after the end of World War II Douglas Jay made a comment that summed up the way many people then thought. “The man in Whitehall,” he said,“really does know best.” The war had been won by technological superiority and careful planning, now […]

The scientists who are seeking

The scientists who are seeking

It Keeps Me Seeking Andrew Briggs, Hans Halvorson, and Andrew Steane OUP, hb, £19.99   This book deserves a wide circulation. Written by an Oxford Professor of Nanomaterials, a Princeton Professor of Philosophy, and an Oxford Professor of Physics it offers one of the most intelligent and readable discussions of the relationship between science, philosophy […]

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