Evangelism matters

Evangelism matters

The New Evangelization, Paul Grogan and Kirsteen Kim T and T Clark, pb, £29   First issued in hardback last year, this collection of papers given at a conference in Leeds in 2012 has now been issued in paperback. Although almost all the contributors are Roman Catholic and the focus is very much on the […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Top of the reading list for holy week should be God With Us by Rowan Williams (SPCK). Three chapters are based on holy week lectures the former archbishop gave in Canterbury in 2006 and two chapters are based on the Bishop of Winchester’s Lent Lecture for 2008. An epilogue was preached as a sermon at […]

Opposition from the establishment

Opposition from the establishment

The Future Shapes of Anglicanism Martyn Percy Routledge, pb, £24.99   From a perch at the heart of the establishment as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Martyn Percy has emerged as a forceful opponent of many developments in the contemporary Church of England. In a collection of recent essays he lays out his position in […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

The death of John Hughes in a car crash in 2014 was a tragic loss not just to his family and friends but to the whole Christian Church. He was one of the most gifted theologians of his generation. Matthew Bullimore has collected a number of his writings (published and unpublished) in Grace Life (SCM). […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Lent and holy week will soon be upon us. Tom Wright has produced The Day the Revolution Began (SPCK), a stimulating work that helps us reflect on the meaning of the crucifixion. Themes from Wright’s other works appear here but the book’s accessible style makes it an excellent introduction to Wright’s overall view of Jesus, […]

Reassessing the impact of the Reformation

Reassessing the impact of the Reformation

Protestantism After 500 Years Thomas Albert Howard and Mark Noll (eds) OUP, pb, £22.99   Remembering the Reformation Thomas Albert Howard OUP, hb, £25.00   As Thomas Howard reminds us in the second of the books under review, remembering past events is one way in which individuals or groups sustain a sense of identity. By […]

Writers tackle the problem of suffering

Writers tackle the problem of suffering

The Beauty and the Horror Richard Harries SPCK, hb, £19.99   Exploring Doubt Alex Wright DLT, pb, £12.99   As Alex Wright remarks, the God the New Atheists think they are demolishing is often religiously and philosophically impoverished. Those theologians who have made the best response to the New Atheists are those who recognise this […]

Books for everyone

Books for everyone

Winston Churchill was certainly not a conventional Christian but he did have a strong sense of destiny or providence. His grandson, Jonathan Sandys, and former White House aide, Wallace Henley, got good reviews for their book God and Churchill when it was published last year. Now SPCK has reissued the book in paperback. Trevor Park […]

McGrath explores science and faith issues

McGrath explores science and faith issues

Enriching Our Vision of Reality, Alister McGrath SPCK, pb, £10.99   There will be much in this new book on the relationship between science and religion that will be familiar to readers of Alister McGrath’s previous works. There is an appeal to Roy Bhaskar’s critical realism, frequent references to CS Lewis and skilful use of […]

Exploring the role of Christianity in our freedom

Exploring the role of Christianity in our freedom

Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1 — Historical Perspectives edited by Timothy Samuel Shah and Allen D Hertzke Cambridge University Press, £66, hb As the American Presidential election ends with forebodings of threats to religious freedom, this timely collection of 15 essays examines the contributions of pre-Reformation Christianity to the development of freedom (particularly religious freedom […]