The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Not to be missed is A Functional Art (OUP) in which Timothy Dudley-Smith gives his personal reflections on writing hymns, singing hymns and the place of hymns in the life of the church. The author has written around 450 hymns and has been awarded the OBE for services to hymnology. Highly recommended.   As well […]

Church and state clash

Church and state clash

The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898 -1906 Bethany Kilcrease Routledge, hb, £73.68 (£34.99 on Kindle)   This slim book by an American historian who will probably be unknown to most readers of CEN offers a striking new interpretation of British political and religious history in the early years of the […]

Insights into extremism

Insights into extremism

The Strange Death of Europe Douglas Murray Bloomsbury, hb, £18.99   ‘It’s the economy, stupid’ was how Clinton adviser James Carville summed up his political strategy. For years it was commonly accepted that elections were won or lost depending on the performance of the economy. The world has moved on and in the US and […]

The backbone of the church

The backbone of the church

The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen Abby Day OUP, hb, £45.00   John Major remarked that a distinctive feature of England was the sight of old maids cycling through the morning mist to Holy Communion. Abby Day warns us that these old maids, people she calls ‘Generation A’ who were born in the 1920s and […]

Protestants and the world

Protestants and the world

Protestants Alec Ryrie William Collins, hb, £25.00   Diversity and adaptability are two features of Protestantism stressed by Alec Ryrie in this important new book.But what distinguishes Protestant faith above all, he claims, is ‘a direct encounter with God’s power, whether as lived experience, memory or hope’. Writing an historical account of religion marked by […]

Anglicanism and the Empire

Anglicanism and the Empire

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume III; 1829 -c.1914 Rowan Strong (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   This is one of the first volumes published of a five-volume history of Anglicanism that, according to Rowan Strong (who is also the series editor as well as the editor of the volume under review), has been 10 years […]

Growth around the Communion

Growth around the Communion

Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion David Goodhew (ed) Routledge, pb, £24.99   According to Martin Percy, Archbishop Justin Welby and his colleagues on the episcopal bench have decided that the Church of England is in the last chance saloon and that unless the pattern of decline can be reversed the end could be […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

In God’s Hands (William Collins) is the title given to the spiritual diaries Pope John Paul II kept between 1962 and 2003. They have been translated into English and give a fascinating insight into a life centred on God. The diaries formed part of the evidence presented for John Paul’s canonisation.  SPCK is issuing a […]

Revisiting the Reformation

Revisiting the Reformation

Reformation Divided Eamon Duffy Bloomsbury, hb, £30.00   Eamon Duffy is one of a group of contemporary theologians who have changed our understanding of the Reformation in England. In The Stripping of Altars and a number of other important works he has shown that Catholicism was much stronger in this country on the brink of […]

Books for everyone

Books for everyone

Sydney Diocese has a reputation for conservative theology but probably few Anglicans outside Australia know much about its history. In Phenomenal Sydney (Wipf and Stock), Marcia Cameron looks at the history of the diocese from 1945 to 2013. She is sympathetic but not uncritical. She is open about the scandal that brought down Archbishop Gough […]

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