Inside the Anglican world

Inside the Anglican world

Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume V, Global Anglicanism c1910 – 2000 William Sachs (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   It is appropriate that the final volume of a history of Anglicanism looks at mission and church life outside the West. By the end of the 20th century Anglicanism had become a global church, smaller in numbers […]

A father-and-son joint team explore how clergy and church leaders can cope with

A father-and-son joint team explore how clergy and church leaders can cope with

Never-ending expectations by Peter Shaw and Graham Shaw Expectations are an unavoidable fact of life. Having clear, agreed expectations is helpful. The problem comes when expectations are unclear, overbearing and never-ending. Living with a variety of expectations is part of daily life. They may be simple expectations, such as the expectation that a chair will hold […]

Theology, systematic style

Theology, systematic style

Hope and Community Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Eerdmans, pb, £41.99   Since 2013 Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen has been publishing a volume each year of his ‘constructive Christian theology for the pluralist world’. With the fifth volume, ‘Hope and Community’ which is in two parts, the first dealing with eschatology and the second with ecclesiology, he brings the series […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Henry Chadwick was a giant among 20th Century Anglican theologians, noted particularly for his knowledge of the early church. Eerdmans have issued a volume of his Selected Writings, edited by William Rusch and with a foreword by Rowan Williams. Included are essays on Episcopacy and Ministry, Council of Nicaea, the Chalcedonian definition, Augustine, and the […]

The power of belief

The power of belief

Religion Christian Smith Princeton,hb, £27.95   With works on liberation theology, American evangelicalism, the religious beliefs of young Americans, and more theoretical studies of morality and human flourishing Christian Smith has established himself as a leading sociologist of religion. His journey of faith has taken him from evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism and he is now […]

A Christian statesman

A Christian statesman

Billy Graham Andrew Finstuen, Anne Blue Wills, Grant Wacker Oxford, hb, £22.99   Summing up Billy Graham’s achievement one contributor in this volume of essays quotes a church historian who said Graham ‘allowed America to become comfortable with evangelicalism’. This is no longer the case. Graham’s efforts have been in vain. Thanks to evangelical support […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Books on the Reformation are continuing to appear. Mark D Thompson, Colin Bale and Edward Loane have edited a collection of essays Celebrating the Reformation (IVP) that looks at its continuing relevance. Craig Harline has written a very readable account of the Reformation in A World Ablaze (OUP) that is based on a good knowledge […]

The great aid debate

The great aid debate

Global Poverty Justin Thacker SCM, pb, £19.99   Justin Thacker has set out to write what he calls ‘a systematic theology of global poverty’ that will be both comprehensive and coherent. He has succeeded in producing just such a work, one that is written from an evangelical perspective but which engages with other points of […]

The evolution of thinking

The evolution of thinking

Oxford Handbook of 19th Century Christian Thought Joel DS Rasmussen, Judith Wolfe, Johannes Zachhuber (eds) OUP, hb, £110.00   As the editors state in their preface, Owen Chadwick’s description of the ‘secularisation of the European mind in the 19th century’ has long been the way in which the history of Christianity in this period has […]

Answering the atheists

Answering the atheists

Who Needs the New Testament Katharine Dell SPCK, pb, £9.99   The Divine Imprint: Finding God in the Human Mind Russell Stannard SPCK, pb, £9.99   For all the attention they have gained I can’t help but think the New Atheists have been a plus for the Christian Church. Compared to the logical positivists of […]