The Calvinist writer feted by President Obama

The Calvinist writer feted by President Obama

  The Givenness of Things Marilynne Robinson Virago, hb, £18.99 In his final book Who Are We? Samuel P Huntington wrote that American was essentially a Protestant nation and that the Protestantism that has shaped American culture was not that of Anglican or Lutheran established Churches but dissenting Protestantism ‘of that kind which is most […]

Searching for common ground in the sexuality debate

Searching for common ground in the sexuality debate

  Sexuality, Struggles and Saintliness Savitri Hensman Ekklesia ISBN: 978-0-9932942-0-4   Do you see yourself as a ‘Bible-believing’ Christian, mistrustful of any influences other than Scripture? Do you see yourself as a modern Christian, not too heavily weighed down by the baggage of the past, making rational and unprejudiced decisions, or as someone for whom […]

Life and death in modern Britain

Life and death in modern Britain

  Mors Britannica: Lifestyle and Death-Style in Britain Today Douglas J Davies Oxford University Press, pb, £30 Douglas Davies is both anthropologist and theologian. The anthropologist is able to bring into focus social arrangements and institutional structures that are, probably because they are simply taken for granted, invisible to most of us. Davies most interestingly […]

Theologians engage with the big issues

Theologians engage with the big issues

    Inventing the Universe Alister McGrath Hodder, hb, £20.00   For the Love of All Creatures William Greenway Eerdmans, pb, £11.99   Alister McGrath’s aim in his new book is not to defend either Christianity or science but to try to let them speak to each other quietly and respectfully. He wants science and […]

A major new book that will be read for years to come

A major new book that will be read for years to come

  Creation and Humanity Veli-Matti Karkkainen Eerdmans, pb, £26.99 This is the third of five volumes of what is described as ‘a constructive theology for a pluralist world’. The author prefers to talk of constructive rather than systematic theology because he does not aim to produce a system and, in a departure from many systematic […]

Christmas books that have a story to tell

Christmas books that have a story to tell

Vicar of Oxon Church, the Rev David O’Brien’s book Northern Soul-Football, Punk, Jesus, offers a biographical account of his Christian journey growing up in the working class backstreets of Greater Manchester. Whist on his path through football hooliganism and punk rock, he starts to read the New Testament from a Bible given to him by […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

In his evangelical days John Henry Newman helped to start The Record, the newspaper to which CEN traces its origins. There is no reference to this in the superb selection of Newman’s letters,  John Henry Newman: A Portrait in Letters, edited by Roderick Strange (OUP), but there is much else of interest. As well as […]

A German work that is a gem

A German work that is a gem

Outline of Christian Doctrine Wilfried Harle Eerdmans, pb, £32.99   A work of ‘Evangelical Dogmatics’ of almost 600 pages by German theologian might not be expected to attract many Anglican readers in Britain. In fact the main market for this translation of what has been a standard text in Germany for a number of years […]

Re-examining the record of Richard III

Re-examining the record of Richard III

Interest in Richard III has grown since his remains were discovered in a Leicester car park and then interred amid pomp and ceremony in the cathedral. But debate continues to surround the ‘bunch-back’d toad’ as Shakespeare called him. Was he responsible for the murder of the princes in the tower or has he been unfairly […]

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