The inspiration of Scripture

The inspiration of Scripture

Inspiration Gerald O’Collins SJ OUP , hb, £25.00 A good deal of debate has surrounded the inspiration of scripture, especially among evangelicals. Harold Lindsell stirred things up with the Battle for the Bible, in which he advocated a high doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. His book played a key role in energising conservatives to take control […]

Glimpsing the transcendent in art: is it still possible?

Glimpsing the transcendent in art: is it still possible?

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art L Fanning [Ed.] Yale University Press, £55 ISBN: 978-0-300-233650-0 Pickled mammals, soiled beds and incomprehensible ‘installations’ constantly proclaim the spiritual bankruptcy and absurd narcissism of so much hyped contemporary art. Yet two decades ago, Millennium Christian-themed art shows were hugely successful, as have been exhibitions of devotional artefacts, Baroque […]

Religion and the corporations

Religion and the corporations

Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation Amanda Porterfield OUP, hb, £22.99   By the time Donald Trump had spent 466 days in office The Washington Post calculated he had made 3,000 untrue or misleading statements. No one kept a tally of the lies told by Barack Obama or George Bush but […]

Duffy’s fascinating insights

Duffy’s fascinating insights

Royal Books and Holy Bones Eamon Duffy Bloomsbury,hb, £25.00   In 1977 when I went to a remote mission station in the highlands of New Guinea a friend asked if he could give me a present. I suggested a subscription to the New York Review of Books. Every Friday a light aircraft landed on the […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

Sr Benedicta Ward SLG has taught spirituality for many years at Oxford. In Give Love and Receive the Kingdom (Paraclete Press) she has collected a number of papers dealing with such people as Bede, Anselm, Julian of Norwich, Lancelot Andrews and John Bunyan who are important figures in thehistory of English Christian spirituality. Highly recommended. […]

Defending faith today

Defending faith today

Why We Need Religion Stephen T Asma OUP, hb, £25.00   The new thing about the ‘New Atheists’ is not the arguments they make against religious belief. These have all been made before. It is the hostility they show to religion and the harm they claim it does. As Christopher Hitchens put it, ‘religion poisons […]

Faith in the Colonies

Faith in the Colonies

Victorian Christianity and Emigrant Voyages to British Colonies c1840 – c1914 Rowan Strong OUP, hb, £70   Emigration was an important feature of Victorian Britain. One estimate puts the figure for English and Welsh emigration at 81,000 for the 1840s rising to 601,000 for the 1890s. The role of the churches in emigration has been […]

Reforming the Church

Reforming the Church

The Path to Change Pope Francis with Dominique Wolton Bluebird, hb, £25.00   Open to God, Open to the World Pope Francis with Antonio Spadaro Bloomsbury, pb, £10.99   After five years as Pope it is apparent that Francis is changing more than the style of the papacy. If no change has taken place in […]

20th Century Christianity

20th Century Christianity

Christianity in the 20th Century Brian Stanley Princeton, hb, £27.00   As Brian Stanley points out, the history of Christianity in the 20th century has received far less attention from historians than the 19th century church. The only other volume that springs to mind that covers this period is Jeremy Morris’ work in the IB […]

Re-examining Christian ethics

Re-examining Christian ethics

Exploring Christian Ethics Craig Hovey SPCK, pb, £19.99   Recent reports on churchgoing in Britain have cast an interesting light on the religious practices of young people. On the one hand just 3 per centof those aged between 18 to 24 say they are members of the Church of England but on the other hand […]