The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Books on the Reformation are continuing to appear. Mark D Thompson, Colin Bale and Edward Loane have edited a collection of essays Celebrating the Reformation (IVP) that looks at its continuing relevance. Craig Harline has written a very readable account of the Reformation in A World Ablaze (OUP) that is based on a good knowledge […]

The great aid debate

The great aid debate

Global Poverty Justin Thacker SCM, pb, £19.99   Justin Thacker has set out to write what he calls ‘a systematic theology of global poverty’ that will be both comprehensive and coherent. He has succeeded in producing just such a work, one that is written from an evangelical perspective but which engages with other points of […]

The evolution of thinking

The evolution of thinking

Oxford Handbook of 19th Century Christian Thought Joel DS Rasmussen, Judith Wolfe, Johannes Zachhuber (eds) OUP, hb, £110.00   As the editors state in their preface, Owen Chadwick’s description of the ‘secularisation of the European mind in the 19th century’ has long been the way in which the history of Christianity in this period has […]

Answering the atheists

Answering the atheists

Who Needs the New Testament Katharine Dell SPCK, pb, £9.99   The Divine Imprint: Finding God in the Human Mind Russell Stannard SPCK, pb, £9.99   For all the attention they have gained I can’t help but think the New Atheists have been a plus for the Christian Church. Compared to the logical positivists of […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Christmas is coming and books are popular presents. Top of the list for many will be a new book by Timothy Keller. Keller founded the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and he has also written many best sellers including The Reason for God and Hidden Christmas. Hodder has now released The Way of Wisdom, a […]

An excellent guide

An excellent guide

Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed Simon Oliver Bloomsbury, pb, £16.99   Bloomsbury’s Guides for the Perplexed are meant to be ‘clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers find especially challenging’. Some books in the series fit this description better than others but I have yet to read […]

Politicians and faith

Politicians and faith

The Mighty and the Almighty Nick Spencer (ed) Biteback, hb, £18.99   One of the great ironies of the 2016 American presidential election is that white evangelicals went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, one of the least religious men to occupy the White House. Nick Spencer in this collection of essays looking at how political leaders […]

A profitable book

A profitable book

The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology William J Abraham and Frederick D Aquino OUP, hb, £95.00   To begin with a confession, when I found this volume lying on the desk waiting for review in the CEN office I did not rush to read it. It looked a formidable work written largely by […]

Faith and philosophy

Faith and philosophy

Approaching Philosophy of Religion Anthony C Thiselton SPCK, pb, £14.99   Doubt, Faith and Certainty Anthony C Thiselton Eerdmans, pb, £16.99   The Meaning of Belief Tim Crane Harvard, hb, £19.95   In 2007 Anthony Thiselton published an important work, The Hermeneutics of Doctrine, that contained a brief note by his wife to say he […]

Faith and science examine the Fall

Faith and science examine the Fall

Evolution and the Fall William T Cavanaugh and James K Smith (ed) Eerdmans, pb.   Many people will be tempted to buy this volume by the names of the two editors, both outstanding theologians, one a Roman Catholic and the other a Pentecostal. They will not be disappointed. This is a first-rate collection of essays […]

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