Anglicanism before the Church of England

Anglicanism before the Church of England

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol I, Reformation and Identity, c1520 -1662 Anthony Milton (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   As far as possible, we are told, all the contributors to this work have avoided using the words ‘Anglican’ and ‘Anglicanism’ for the period before 1662 because the use of such terms would imply the Church […]

Lessons from Australia

Lessons from Australia

The New Scapegoats Muriel Porter Morning Star Publishing, pb, £9.99   Churches in Australia are facing a major crisis over sex abuse. A Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has laid bare many failings. In the Anglican Church of Australia one Archbishop has been forced into early retirement while another former Archbishop […]

Atheism examined

Atheism examined

Religion and Atheism Anthony Carroll and Richard Norman Routledge, pb, £24.99   Several times in the course of his premiership David Cameron affirmed that Britain is a Christian country. This claim has generated a good deal of disquiet with humanists like Andrew Copstone (a contributor to this volume) complaining about a ‘Christian sense of entitlement’. […]

Exploring the limits of humanism’s philosophy

Exploring the limits of humanism’s philosophy

God Created Humanism Theo Hobson SPCK, hb, £16.99   In the New South Wales Art Gallery there is a painting of Sir Joseph Banks, a great botanist and one of the founders of Kew Gardens, by an Aboriginal artist.The portrait shows Sir Joseph with an aboriginal head in a bottle at his feet, a self-portrait […]

Henry and the heretics

Henry and the heretics

Heretics and Believers Peter Marshall Yale,hb, £25.00   There will be many people who question the need for another book on the Reformation. Sceptics need to be assured that this is probably the best account of the Reformation in England that has appeared in recent years. It draws on vast reserves of scholarship but the […]

McGrath’s mysteries

McGrath’s mysteries

The Great Mystery Alister McGrath Hodder, hb, £20.00   Alister McGrath has devoted his new book, billed by his publisher as the follow-up to Inventing the Universe, to the question of human nature and the quest for meaning. The new book exhibits all the strengths of McGrath at his best. Although at one stage in […]

Tracing Anglican history

Tracing Anglican history

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol IV: Global Western Anglicanism 1910 – present Jeremy Morris (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   In the new five-volume history of Anglicanism it was decided for good reasons to devote two volumes to the 20th Century, one concentrating on Anglicanism in the West and another surveying the history of Anglicanism […]

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 […]