Duffy’s fascinating insights

Duffy’s fascinating insights

Royal Books and Holy Bones Eamon Duffy Bloomsbury,hb, £25.00   In 1977 when I went to a remote mission station in the highlands of New Guinea a friend asked if he could give me a present. I suggested a subscription to the New York Review of Books. Every Friday a light aircraft landed on the […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

Sr Benedicta Ward SLG has taught spirituality for many years at Oxford. In Give Love and Receive the Kingdom (Paraclete Press) she has collected a number of papers dealing with such people as Bede, Anselm, Julian of Norwich, Lancelot Andrews and John Bunyan who are important figures in thehistory of English Christian spirituality. Highly recommended. […]

Defending faith today

Defending faith today

Why We Need Religion Stephen T Asma OUP, hb, £25.00   The new thing about the ‘New Atheists’ is not the arguments they make against religious belief. These have all been made before. It is the hostility they show to religion and the harm they claim it does. As Christopher Hitchens put it, ‘religion poisons […]

Faith in the Colonies

Faith in the Colonies

Victorian Christianity and Emigrant Voyages to British Colonies c1840 – c1914 Rowan Strong OUP, hb, £70   Emigration was an important feature of Victorian Britain. One estimate puts the figure for English and Welsh emigration at 81,000 for the 1840s rising to 601,000 for the 1890s. The role of the churches in emigration has been […]

Reforming the Church

Reforming the Church

The Path to Change Pope Francis with Dominique Wolton Bluebird, hb, £25.00   Open to God, Open to the World Pope Francis with Antonio Spadaro Bloomsbury, pb, £10.99   After five years as Pope it is apparent that Francis is changing more than the style of the papacy. If no change has taken place in […]

20th Century Christianity

20th Century Christianity

Christianity in the 20th Century Brian Stanley Princeton, hb, £27.00   As Brian Stanley points out, the history of Christianity in the 20th century has received far less attention from historians than the 19th century church. The only other volume that springs to mind that covers this period is Jeremy Morris’ work in the IB […]

Re-examining Christian ethics

Re-examining Christian ethics

Exploring Christian Ethics Craig Hovey SPCK, pb, £19.99   Recent reports on churchgoing in Britain have cast an interesting light on the religious practices of young people. On the one hand just 3 per centof those aged between 18 to 24 say they are members of the Church of England but on the other hand […]

Tracing the roots of evangelicalism

Tracing the roots of evangelicalism

The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism D Bruce Hindmarsh OUP, hb, £22.99   These are not happy days for evangelicals in the US. The fact that they have given overwhelming support to Donald Trump is tarnishing their brand and may do them lasting damage. Evangelical students at Princeton have abandoned the traditional name for their association […]

Where religion meets culture

Where religion meets culture

The Devil’s Music Randall J Stephens Harvard, hb, £21.95   The Monk’s Record Player, Robert Hudson Eerdmans, hb, £17.21   Martin Marty, the doyen of American church historians, once tried to summarise the different relationships between secular culture and religion in Europe, Britain and America. In Europe he saw conflict (think of the battles between […]

Celebrating the man who shaped our language

Celebrating the man who shaped our language

By Paul Richardson   At first sight it might seem surprising that a successful novelist and broadcaster should be enthusiastic about a Bible translator who died in 1536 but look more closely at the careers of Melvyn Bragg and William Tyndale and it is possible to see they have much in common. Tyndale famously wanted […]

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