Tracing the roots of evangelicalism

Tracing the roots of evangelicalism

The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism D Bruce Hindmarsh OUP, hb, £22.99   These are not happy days for evangelicals in the US. The fact that they have given overwhelming support to Donald Trump is tarnishing their brand and may do them lasting damage. Evangelical students at Princeton have abandoned the traditional name for their association […]

Where religion meets culture

Where religion meets culture

The Devil’s Music Randall J Stephens Harvard, hb, £21.95   The Monk’s Record Player, Robert Hudson Eerdmans, hb, £17.21   Martin Marty, the doyen of American church historians, once tried to summarise the different relationships between secular culture and religion in Europe, Britain and America. In Europe he saw conflict (think of the battles between […]

Celebrating the man who shaped our language

Celebrating the man who shaped our language

By Paul Richardson   At first sight it might seem surprising that a successful novelist and broadcaster should be enthusiastic about a Bible translator who died in 1536 but look more closely at the careers of Melvyn Bragg and William Tyndale and it is possible to see they have much in common. Tyndale famously wanted […]

A fresh view on mission

A fresh view on mission

Incarnational Mission Samuel Wells Canterbury, pb, £14.99   For Sam Wells ‘with’ is the most important word in the Christian vocabulary. He made a strong case for this in his Nazareth Manifesto and explored the implications for ministry in the church in Incarnational Ministry. Now he has turned his attention to mission and to the […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

Reimagining Worship (Canterbury Press) describes itself as a handbook for those who want to ‘offer worship that is authentically biblical and traditional, contemporary and engaged’. To a large extent the members of the Group for the Renewal of Worship who have contributed to this book have achieved their aim. Clergy, readers and all involved in […]

Chinese insights into Christian theology

Chinese insights into Christian theology

Chinese Public Theology Alexander Chow OUP, hb, £65.00   China is home to a large Christian population. As an indication of the strength of Christianity Alexander Chow quotes a Christian thinker whose blog has over 9 million followers, far more than the total population of Scotland at 5.2 million people. But Chinese Christianity is not […]

Two remarkable women of faith

Two remarkable women of faith

By Derek Wilson ‘Neither life, honour, riches, neither whatsoever I possess here … be it never so dearly beloved of me, but most willingly and gladly I would leave it, to win any man to Christ.’ These words that read like something from the pen of an 18th or 19th century revivalist appeared in a […]

Fresh insights from Marilynne Robinson

Fresh insights from Marilynne Robinson

What Are We Doing Here? Marilynne Robinson Virago, hb, £18.99   Two major themes dominate this collection of essays and lectures by one of America’s best novelists. The first is her admiration for Anglo-American Puritanism and for Calvinist theology; the second is her conviction that if we set aside the question of God’s existence but […]

Does the Anglican Communion have a future?

Does the Anglican Communion have a future?

The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads Christopher Craig Brittain and Andrew McKinnon Penn State University Press, pb, £21.95   British journalists have been predicting the demise of the Anglican Communion for the past 30 years or so. First divisions over the ordination of women and then rows about sexuality were seen as signs that the […]

Bart’s bias is on display

Bart’s bias is on display

The Triumph of Christianity Bart D Ehrman One World, hb, £20.00   In his ‘Afterword’ to this book Bart Ehrman describes his own attitude to the triumph of Christianity. “I do not think the Christianisation of the Roman Empire was inevitable,” he writes, “and I do not celebrate it either as a victory for the […]