Tales from the parish in Coles’ new book

Tales from the parish in Coles’ new book

Bringing in the Sheaves Richard Coles Weidenfeld and Nicolson, hb, £20.00   A glance at the non-evangelical clergy of the C of E suggests that gay priests contribute a good deal of the intellectual firepower. If he were a bishop, Jeffrey John would be the ablest theologian on a bench not exactly dripping with talent. […]

Brexit, Trump and the Gospel message

Brexit, Trump and the Gospel message

The Market as God Harvey Cox Harvard, hb, £19.95   The Liberating Gospel David Smith DLT, pb, £12.99   Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump have both been seen as signs that many people in Britain and America think globalisation has not worked for them. White working class males in particular feel left behind […]

Tracing the roots of Wesley’s Methodists

Tracing the roots of Wesley’s Methodists

Wesley and the Anglicans Ryan Nicholas Danker IVP, pb, £20.14   Why did Methodists end up leaving the Church of England and why did John Wesley disagree with fellow evangelicals who were Anglicans? Lord Macaulay suggested that if Wesley had been a Roman Catholic he would have followed the example of Francis of Assisi and […]

A modern history of the Church of England

A modern history of the Church of England

That Was the Church That Was Andrew Brown and Linda Woodhead Bloomsbury, hb, £16.99   Although the publisher makes no mention of the fact, this is the second edition of a book that first appeared in February only to be dramatically recalled following what were termed ‘legal complaints’. Reviewers were instructed to return all copies […]

A life in the church and academia

A life in the church and academia

Drawn Three Ways AE Harvey Eerdmans, pb, £16.99   This memoir of a ministry, a profession and a marriage is a unusually honest book that sheds light not only on the author but also on the history of the Church of England in the post-war years. Perhaps unintentionally it suggests reasons for the Church’s decline. […]

Author outlines a ‘constructive’ theology

Author outlines a ‘constructive’ theology

Spirit and Salvation Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Eerdmans, pb, £26.99   Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, a Finnish Pentecostal theologian who teaches at Fuller Seminary, has now produced the fourth of his five-volume ‘constructive’ theology. Like the previous volumes in the series this is written for a ‘pluralistic world’ and takes into account not only of the work of non-Western […]

CS Lewis legacy examined

CS Lewis legacy examined

CS Lewis’s ‘Mere Christianity’: A Biography George Marsden Princeton, hb, £16.95   Mere Apologetics Alister McGrath SPCK, pb, £9.99   When America’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Emerging Scholars Network ran a ‘Best Book of All Time’ competition in 2013 Mere Christianity made it to the finals where it was defeated by Augustine’s Confessions. George Marsden tells […]

Theology examined

Theology examined

In Modern Christian Theology (T and T Clark) Christopher Ben Simpson traces the history of theology from the Middle Ages to the present. He has produced a clear, incisive and judicious survey that will put students in his debt but which can be read with profit by general readers. Highly recommended.   The fourth gospel […]

A different view of history

A different view of history

A Foot in the River Felipe Fernández-Armesto OUP, hb, £20.00   Felipe Fernández-Armesto is the author of a number of historical works that challenge conventional views of how history should be written. In [i] Millennium and Civilisation he showed how environmental factors helped shape human history. In this new book he laments the influence of […]

Understanding St Paul

Understanding St Paul

Paul, the Apostle’s Life, Letters and Thought EP Sanders SCM, pb, £40   The Paul Debate NT Wright SPCK, pb, £16.99   As Christians prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Lutheran Reformation it is ironical that Luther’s interpretation of St Paul’s understanding of Justification by Faith is rejected by a […]