Celebrating our Christian heritage

Celebrating our Christian heritage

Reimagining Britain Justin Welby Bloomsbury, hb, £16.99   My guess is that Rowan Williams is a reader of The Guardian but his successor is most definitely a reader of The Financial Times (full disclosure: so am I). Justin Welby is definitely not a ‘hairy lefty’. He quotes FT columnist Martin Wolf with approval and although, […]

Understanding life after death

Understanding life after death

Is This All There Is? Gerhard Lohfink Liturgical Press, Collegeville,pb, £18.99   Dying and the Virtues Matthew Levering Eerdmans,hb, £37.99   Gerhad Lohfink is a German Catholic theologian who deserves to be better known in the UK than he is. A former professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen he is a […]

Faith and social justice

Faith and social justice

Theology Reforming Society Stephen Spencer (ed) SCM, pb, £35.00   Empirical Foundations of the Common God Daniel K Finn OUP, hb, £64.00   Stephen Spencer and his fellow contributors tell the story of Anglican Social Teaching (AST) from FD Maurice down to the present. It is a fascinating narrative that raises issues of contemporary relevance. […]

Pick of the new Christian books

Pick of the new Christian books

Trigger Press are publishing what they call their ‘inspirational series’ in which people talk openly about their experience of mental illness. In Life After Care Anglican priest Mark Edwards tells his own truly inspirational story. Placed as a young boy in a children’s home, Mark tried to take his own life and was sectioned and sent […]

Illuminating insights

Illuminating insights

The Keys and the Kingdom Catherine Pepinster T and T Clark, pb, £16.99   Anglicans should not make the mistake of thinking this account of the British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis is of interest only to Roman Catholics. Catherine Pepinster, former editor of The Tablet, has written a fascinating book […]

The testing of faith

The testing of faith

Is there a Cure for Tragedy? Kate Bowler SPCK, hb, £14.99   Kate Bowler has been living with Stage IV colon cancer for two-and-a-half years, receiving CT treatment every 90 days. A professor of American Church History at Duke Divinity School she has written about the Prosperity Gospel and the promise mega church pastors offer […]

Gender and religion now

Gender and religion now

Sex and Secularism Joan Wallach Scott Princeton, hb, £22.95   In Britain we have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of votes for women. Other parts of the world lag far behind. Women in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to vote in local elections but not national ones since 2015. Later this year they are to […]

The impact of Lambeth

The impact of Lambeth

The Lambeth Conference Paul Avis and Benjamin M Guyer Bloomsbury, hb, £85.00   Some of the bishops attending the 2008 Lambeth Conference wondered if it would be the last. No resolutions were put forward and at least 200 bishops stayed away. A number of the bishops who attended had also been to the GAFCON gathering […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

A major theme of Tom Wright’s work is that Israel’s continuing sense of exile was an important issue in the emergence of Christianity. In Exile, edited by James M Scott (IVP Academic), a number of leading scholars discuss Wright’s thesis. The book opens with an essay by Wright and closes with his response to the […]

Understanding churches

Understanding churches

Unlocking the Church William Whyte OUP, hb, £16.99   The Rise and Fall of the Incomparable Liturgy Bryan D Spinks SPCK, pb, £19.99   Both these books offer thought-provoking and well-researched accounts of change in the Church of England (Bryan Spinks ranges wider to take in the US Episcopal Church). Spinks is concerned with the […]