Finding A Role?

Finding A Role?

In the end Brian Harrison does not really answer the question posed by his title. Tony Blair left office, we are told, with that ‘holy grail, a world role for Britain’ as elusive as ever. But the British are fortunate, Harrison assures us, to live in a political structure that prescribes no collective role for […]

Book of the Week

Book of the Week

Heresy Alister McGrath SPCK, pb, £12.99 (Buy it from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com for just £7.19) ‘Never has there been such interest in the idea of heresy,’ declares Alister McGrath in the opening sentence of his new book. He is right about that. Heresies appeal to a post-modern way of thinking that values choice […]

Virtue Reborn

Virtue Reborn

Tom Wright SPCK, pb, £9.99 (£7.98 from the CEN Shop at www.churchnewspaper.com) Tom Wright sees his new book as a sequel to two previous works of apologetics, Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope. In the US this book has been given the title After You Believe with the idea that it will appeal to readers […]

Must have books

Must have books

The Historical Jesus James K Beilby and Paul R Eddy SPCK, pb, £14.99 (£9.99 from our shop) According to Tom Wright we are now embarked on the ‘third quest’ for the historical Jesus. The first quest ended with Schweitzer; the second or ‘new quest’ began when Kasemann challenged Bultmann; and the current probably began with […]

A New Kind of Christianity

A New Kind of Christianity

Brian McLaren Hodder, pb, £11.99 Brian McLaren was one of the people Rowan Williams invited to address the 2008 Lambeth Conference. You can see his appeal for the archbishop. McLaren is from an evangelical background and continues to speak much of the language but he is attempting to move evangelicalism on from such doctrines as […]

Against Atheism

Against Atheism

Ian S Markham Wiley-Blackwell, pb, £14.99 Christians are familiar with the concept of felix culpa. Originally applied to Adam’s fall, which on one interpretation led to the incarnation and so produced something good, the idea is capable of a much wider range of application. It could, for example, be applied to what has been called […]

An Introduction to Jewish -Christian Relations

An Introduction to Jewish -Christian Relations

An Introduction to Jewish -Christian Relations, Edward Kessler Cambridge University Press, 243pp. £17.99, pb, ISBN 9780521705622; hb, £55.00. ISBN 9780521879767 If the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” still carries any weight then this is a classic example. It was unfortunate that the author chose the famous Chagall painting for the front cover, […]

A simple guide to other religions

A simple guide to other religions

The inside of a church or any other religious building can be daunting to newcomers. While many people may remember religious buildings from their school days, with church attendance in decline for increasing numbers how religious services operate is shrouded in a fog. However, this new book aims to lift that fog and explain the […]