The search for morality in the modern world

The search for morality in the modern world

Searching for a Universal Ethic John Berkman and William Mattison (eds) Eerdmans, pb, £23.99   Between Kin and Cosmopolis Nigel Biggar James Clark, pb, £10.00   In 2013 the International Theological Commission of the Catholic Church (ITC) produced an important document that received too little attention entitled In Search of a Universal Ethic. The document […]

Book Reviews: Understanding the place of other religions

Book Reviews: Understanding the place of other religions

A Trinitarian Theology of Religions Gerald R McDermott and Harold Netland OUP, pb, £19.99 (or £19.09 from the CEN Shop) Vatican II: Catholic Doctrines on Jews and Muslims Gavin D’Costa OUP, hb, £55.00 (or £49.50 from the CEN Shop) Alan Race once suggested that Christian approaches to other religions fall into three categories that he […]

Mrs Thatcher, the Church and her faith

Mrs Thatcher, the Church and her faith

God and Mrs Thatcher Eliza Filby Biteback, hb, £25.00 (or £16.00 from the CEN Shop) Enoch Powell, like Margaret Thatcher a politician of conviction, made the famous claim that the careers of all politicians, unless cut off in midstream, end in failure. Mrs Thatcher transformed Britain and yet, as Eliza Filby shows in this excellent […]

A book that was certainly worth the wait!

A book that was certainly worth the wait!

A Kind of Sleepwalking Judy Hirst Darton, Longman and Todd, pb, £9.99 This little book took Judy Hirst six years to complete.   It was worth the wait. So good a book is it, that I read it in one sitting and have already passed it on for someone else to read. Hirst’s premise is […]

The choice of the new Christian paperbacks

The choice of the new Christian paperbacks

  The Word on the Wind,  Alison Morgan, Monarch Books, pb, £9.99 The Bad Christian’s Manifesto, Dave Tomlinson, Hodder & Stoughton, hb, £13.99 (or £12.78 from the CEN Shop) We need prophetic voices in our Church and here are two. Both agree on the problem, but each has a profoundly different solution. You pays your money, […]

History told in a most compelling way.

History told in a most compelling way.

Killers of the King – The men who dared to execute Charles 1 (with illustrations including colour). By Charles Spencer. ISBN 976-1- 4088-5170-8 Bloomsbury.Hardback £20, eBook £17.99 By Penny Nair Price Seven years of bloody and violent civil fighting, beginning in 1642, took place before the arrest of Charles 1 who appeared in court to be […]

Book Review: The Edge of Words by Rowan Williams

Book Review: The Edge of Words by Rowan Williams

Natural theology is now more commonly propagated by philosophers than by theologians. There is a gentle dig at one of the more eminent practitioners of the genre, Richard Swinburne, in this volume of Gifford Lectures by Rowan Williams delivered in Edinburgh in 2013. But Williams does not go along with another famous Gifford lecturer, Karl […]

Book review: A Will To Believe

David Scott Kastan OUP, hb, £25   This slim volume based on lectures originally delivered at Oxford in 2008 has an importance out of all importance to its size. It discusses the way religion functions in the works of William Shakespeare and will appeal to anyone interested in Elizabethan history as well as those main […]

Book Review: Slants and Angles

Book Review: Slants and Angles

Slants and Angles by J Thompson Rowling M.A.  M.D.  M. Chir.  F.R.C.S.  (c) 2011                  Publishing Consultancy – Zoebooks: www.zoebooks.co.uk Including the introduction, this book “by Christians, for Christians” comprises 32 chapters, and each chapter is  terms of its length, easily digested,  and eminently  thought provoking too. Read more than once:-  there is further sense to […]

Book of the week

Book of the week

The Education of David Martin David Martin SPCK, pb, £25.00   For many years David Martin has been a leading writer on the sociology of religion. Together with Peter Berger he has changed the way we think about secularisation and the relationship of religious belief to modernity. He was one of the first to recognise […]

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