Faith and science examine the Fall

Faith and science examine the Fall

Evolution and the Fall William T Cavanaugh and James K Smith (ed) Eerdmans, pb.   Many people will be tempted to buy this volume by the names of the two editors, both outstanding theologians, one a Roman Catholic and the other a Pentecostal. They will not be disappointed. This is a first-rate collection of essays […]

A defender of the rights of conscience

A defender of the rights of conscience

The Pope and the Professor Thomas Albert Howard OUP, hb, £35.00   “He knew everything,” WE Gladstone wrote of his friend, the German historian Ignaz von Döllinger. “If the tale of such a life is not told it will be a fraud upon mankind.” Thomas Albert Howard recognises the pressure Gladstone placed upon future biographers […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Looking towards a Church fully reconciled (SPCK) is an important work that brings together for the first time the five Agreed Statements of ARCIC II, offers critical analyses of the responses made and provides resources to promote the reception of ARCIC II’s work by both the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. With ARCIC […]

The return of a classic

The return of a classic

Streams of Living Water Richard Foster Hodder & Stoughton, pb, £13.99   We do love a label. Christians are as bad as anyone at labelling people -she’s a charismatic, he’s an evangelical. Richard Foster,in Streams of Living Water, acknowledge sour natural tendency to pigeon-hole and that we all have a default position when it comes to […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Three new books from Bible Reading Fellowship offer plenty of material for reflection. In Musings of a clergy child Nell Goddard describes what it was like to grow up in a family where Mum and Dad where both ordained and how she came to a faith of her own. After studying Theology at Durham University, […]

Oxford movement is re-examined

Oxford movement is re-examined

The Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement Steward J Brown, Peter B Nockles and James Pereiro OUP, hb, £95.00   Fifty years ago as a student I wondered if there was anything left to say about the Oxford Movement. Books by Owen Chadwick and David Newsome topped my reading list; the late Geoffrey Rowell was […]

The refugee problem

The refugee problem

Refuge, Alexander Betts and Paul Collier Allen Lane, hb, £20.00   A refugee crisis is challenging the world’s governments and the UN agency, UNHCR, that is meant to coordinate their response. According to Alexander Betts and Paul Collier 65.3 million people have been displaced from their homes by violence. They are talking not about economic […]

Understanding evangelism today

Understanding evangelism today

Warfare and Waves Peter Herriot Lutterworth, pb, £20.00 (PDF £16.50).   Evangelicals in the Church of England are usually divided into three categories: conservative evangelicals, Charismatics and open evangelicals. Peter Herriot, a social psychologist who was Professor at the City University and at Birkbeck College, London, is concerned with the first two of these categories […]

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 […]