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. […]

Growing in grace

Growing in grace

Reading the Bible, prayer and fellowship with other believers are described by David Mathis as habits that can help us grow in God’s grace. In Habits of Grace (IVP) he tells us how these habits can give us access to a host of spiritual blessings.

How Esther is still relevant today

How Esther is still relevant today

God and Politics in Esther (Cambridge) is a book by a Jewish scholar that can be read with profit and interest by Christians. Horam Hazony answers a question many have asked about why a story of sex, violence and political intrigue in which God is not even mentioned once is included in holy scripture by […]

New approaches to prayer

New approaches to prayer

Calling on the Name of the Lord (IVP) is an excellent guide to prayer in the Bible by J Gary Miller of the Queensland Theological College in Australia. As well as surveying the biblical material, Miller also suggests how it relates to the Christian life today.

Analysing human rights

Analysing human rights

The question of how different religions view human rights is discussed by Martin Davie in a new study from the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, Religious Approaches to Human Rights. Davie is a former theological adviser to the House of Bishops and he writes fairly and sanely about a very important topic.

Dealing with an overloaded life

Dealing with an overloaded life

Joyce Meyer is a Charismatic American with a wide-ranging ministry through print, television, radio and public speaking. She is based in St Louis, Missouri, but travels extensively. In Overload (Hodder and Stoughton) she deals with the problem of stress and of how we should respond when the demand of daily life become overwhelming.

Anniversary edition of a classic book

Anniversary edition of a classic book

Joyce Huggett first published Listening to God in 1986. Since then many have benefitted from this account, based on long experience, of how we can learn to listen to God. Now Hodder and Stoughton have brought out a new edition to mark the book’s 30th anniversary.

Going to the heart of Christianity

Going to the heart of Christianity

Admirers of Rowan Williams will not want to miss What is Christianity? in SPCK’s ‘Little Books of Guidance’ series. In only 37 pages Bishop Rowan takes his readers to the heart of what Christianity is all about and what Christ means to us.

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