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. […]

Author outlines a ‘constructive’ theology

Author outlines a ‘constructive’ theology

Spirit and Salvation Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Eerdmans, pb, £26.99   Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, a Finnish Pentecostal theologian who teaches at Fuller Seminary, has now produced the fourth of his five-volume ‘constructive’ theology. Like the previous volumes in the series this is written for a ‘pluralistic world’ and takes into account not only of the work of non-Western […]

Theology examined

Theology examined

In Modern Christian Theology (T and T Clark) Christopher Ben Simpson traces the history of theology from the Middle Ages to the present. He has produced a clear, incisive and judicious survey that will put students in his debt but which can be read with profit by general readers. Highly recommended.   The fourth gospel […]

A different view of history

A different view of history

A Foot in the River Felipe Fernández-Armesto OUP, hb, £20.00   Felipe Fernández-Armesto is the author of a number of historical works that challenge conventional views of how history should be written. In [i] Millennium and Civilisation he showed how environmental factors helped shape human history. In this new book he laments the influence of […]

Understanding St Paul

Understanding St Paul

Paul, the Apostle’s Life, Letters and Thought EP Sanders SCM, pb, £40   The Paul Debate NT Wright SPCK, pb, £16.99   As Christians prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Lutheran Reformation it is ironical that Luther’s interpretation of St Paul’s understanding of Justification by Faith is rejected by a […]

Reflective books

Reflective books

Frances Young is one of Britain’s leading theologians. In Construing the Cross (SPCK) she looks at the rich imagery and different ways in which the cross of Christ was discussed before ‘atonement theories’ narrowed the categories. She begins with Passover typology then moves to sacrificial imagery with the concept of the scapegoat and then to […]

Understanding Augustine

Understanding Augustine

On Augustine Rowan Williams Bloomsbury, hb, £25.00   Augustine of Hippo is a figure of key importance in Christian theology but he gets mixed reviews. Critics accuse him of influencing Christian thinking about love and sex for the worst, of stressing the unity of the Trinity more than the diversity of persons, of being partly […]

New book tackles the challenges of the atheists

New book tackles the challenges of the atheists

How To Believe John Cottingham Bloomsbury, hb, £16.99   “It is wrong, always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence,” wrote the Victorian mathematician and philosopher, WK Clifford, in a famous essay, The Ethics of Belief. Clifford’s views were challenged by William James in his equally famous essay The Will to Believe […]

Mindfulness is key

Mindfulness is key

            It is now widely accepted that the fact people say they do not believe in God does not mean they do not believe in some kind of ‘higher power’ and the fact that people claim to be not religious does not mean that they are not interested is spirituality. […]

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