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 […]

A defender of the rights of conscience

A defender of the rights of conscience

The Pope and the Professor Thomas Albert Howard OUP, hb, £35.00   “He knew everything,” WE Gladstone wrote of his friend, the German historian Ignaz von Döllinger. “If the tale of such a life is not told it will be a fraud upon mankind.” Thomas Albert Howard recognises the pressure Gladstone placed upon future biographers […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Looking towards a Church fully reconciled (SPCK) is an important work that brings together for the first time the five Agreed Statements of ARCIC II, offers critical analyses of the responses made and provides resources to promote the reception of ARCIC II’s work by both the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. With ARCIC […]

The return of a classic

The return of a classic

Streams of Living Water Richard Foster Hodder & Stoughton, pb, £13.99   We do love a label. Christians are as bad as anyone at labelling people -she’s a charismatic, he’s an evangelical. Richard Foster,in Streams of Living Water, acknowledge sour natural tendency to pigeon-hole and that we all have a default position when it comes to […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Three new books from Bible Reading Fellowship offer plenty of material for reflection. In Musings of a clergy child Nell Goddard describes what it was like to grow up in a family where Mum and Dad where both ordained and how she came to a faith of her own. After studying Theology at Durham University, […]

Oxford movement is re-examined

Oxford movement is re-examined

The Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement Steward J Brown, Peter B Nockles and James Pereiro OUP, hb, £95.00   Fifty years ago as a student I wondered if there was anything left to say about the Oxford Movement. Books by Owen Chadwick and David Newsome topped my reading list; the late Geoffrey Rowell was […]

The refugee problem

The refugee problem

Refuge, Alexander Betts and Paul Collier Allen Lane, hb, £20.00   A refugee crisis is challenging the world’s governments and the UN agency, UNHCR, that is meant to coordinate their response. According to Alexander Betts and Paul Collier 65.3 million people have been displaced from their homes by violence. They are talking not about economic […]

Understanding evangelism today

Understanding evangelism today

Warfare and Waves Peter Herriot Lutterworth, pb, £20.00 (PDF £16.50).   Evangelicals in the Church of England are usually divided into three categories: conservative evangelicals, Charismatics and open evangelicals. Peter Herriot, a social psychologist who was Professor at the City University and at Birkbeck College, London, is concerned with the first two of these categories […]

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