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 […]

A Philosophy of the Christian Religion

A Philosophy of the Christian Religion

A Philosophy of the Christian Religion for the Twenty-First Century Nancey Murphy SPCK, pb, £25.99   Anyone who wants to understand the intellectual challenge facing Christian belief and how it can be met should read this book. It is not easy to read, not because the style is difficult but because it covers such an […]

A writer on writers

A writer on writers

Haunted by Christ Richard Harries SPCK, pb, £19.99   It is easy to see why Richard Harries is Richard Dawkins’ favourite bishop. He is the kind of Christian even hardened atheists are unable to write off. Not only is he widely read, he is also open-minded and ready to learn from people who do not […]

Book of the Week

Book of the Week

From Good News To Gospels David Wenham Eerdmans, pb, £16 David Wenham is one of the leading theologians in the Church of England. He has lectured at Trinity College, Bristol and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. All of his writings are worth a look. In this latest volume he explores the period between the death and resurrection […]

The inspiration of Scripture

The inspiration of Scripture

Inspiration Gerald O’Collins SJ OUP , hb, £25.00 A good deal of debate has surrounded the inspiration of scripture, especially among evangelicals. Harold Lindsell stirred things up with the Battle for the Bible, in which he advocated a high doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. His book played a key role in energising conservatives to take control […]

Glimpsing the transcendent in art: is it still possible?

Glimpsing the transcendent in art: is it still possible?

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art L Fanning [Ed.] Yale University Press, £55 ISBN: 978-0-300-233650-0 Pickled mammals, soiled beds and incomprehensible ‘installations’ constantly proclaim the spiritual bankruptcy and absurd narcissism of so much hyped contemporary art. Yet two decades ago, Millennium Christian-themed art shows were hugely successful, as have been exhibitions of devotional artefacts, Baroque […]

Religion and the corporations

Religion and the corporations

Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation Amanda Porterfield OUP, hb, £22.99   By the time Donald Trump had spent 466 days in office The Washington Post calculated he had made 3,000 untrue or misleading statements. No one kept a tally of the lies told by Barack Obama or George Bush but […]

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 […]

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