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 […]

Remembering a Dean

Remembering a Dean

A Great and Godly Dean: The Life of Edward Carpenter Michael De-la-Noy Gloriette Publications,hb, £10. Available from Church House Bookshop   To read this book is to be reminded of just how much the Church of England has changed. Michael De-la-Noy refers to change several times. He remarks that confirmation numbers at Westminster School were […]

Tackling the critics

Tackling the critics

Damming Words DG Hart Eerdmans, hb, £18.99   Before the New Atheists came along there was HL Mencken. But the Sage of Baltimore was a much wittier assailant of Christianity than Richard Dawkins or even Christopher Hitchens. “Throw an egg out of Pullman carriage anywhere in America,” he wrote, “and you are bound to hit […]

Evangelism matters

Evangelism matters

The New Evangelization, Paul Grogan and Kirsteen Kim T and T Clark, pb, £29   First issued in hardback last year, this collection of papers given at a conference in Leeds in 2012 has now been issued in paperback. Although almost all the contributors are Roman Catholic and the focus is very much on the […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Top of the reading list for holy week should be God With Us by Rowan Williams (SPCK). Three chapters are based on holy week lectures the former archbishop gave in Canterbury in 2006 and two chapters are based on the Bishop of Winchester’s Lent Lecture for 2008. An epilogue was preached as a sermon at […]

Opposition from the establishment

Opposition from the establishment

The Future Shapes of Anglicanism Martyn Percy Routledge, pb, £24.99   From a perch at the heart of the establishment as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Martyn Percy has emerged as a forceful opponent of many developments in the contemporary Church of England. In a collection of recent essays he lays out his position in […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

The death of John Hughes in a car crash in 2014 was a tragic loss not just to his family and friends but to the whole Christian Church. He was one of the most gifted theologians of his generation. Matthew Bullimore has collected a number of his writings (published and unpublished) in Grace Life (SCM). […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Lent and holy week will soon be upon us. Tom Wright has produced The Day the Revolution Began (SPCK), a stimulating work that helps us reflect on the meaning of the crucifixion. Themes from Wright’s other works appear here but the book’s accessible style makes it an excellent introduction to Wright’s overall view of Jesus, […]

Reassessing the impact of the Reformation

Reassessing the impact of the Reformation

Protestantism After 500 Years Thomas Albert Howard and Mark Noll (eds) OUP, pb, £22.99   Remembering the Reformation Thomas Albert Howard OUP, hb, £25.00   As Thomas Howard reminds us in the second of the books under review, remembering past events is one way in which individuals or groups sustain a sense of identity. By […]

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