Exploring the limits of humanism’s philosophy

Exploring the limits of humanism’s philosophy

God Created Humanism Theo Hobson SPCK, hb, £16.99   In the New South Wales Art Gallery there is a painting of Sir Joseph Banks, a great botanist and one of the founders of Kew Gardens, by an Aboriginal artist.The portrait shows Sir Joseph with an aboriginal head in a bottle at his feet, a self-portrait […]

Henry and the heretics

Henry and the heretics

Heretics and Believers Peter Marshall Yale,hb, £25.00   There will be many people who question the need for another book on the Reformation. Sceptics need to be assured that this is probably the best account of the Reformation in England that has appeared in recent years. It draws on vast reserves of scholarship but the […]

McGrath’s mysteries

McGrath’s mysteries

The Great Mystery Alister McGrath Hodder, hb, £20.00   Alister McGrath has devoted his new book, billed by his publisher as the follow-up to Inventing the Universe, to the question of human nature and the quest for meaning. The new book exhibits all the strengths of McGrath at his best. Although at one stage in […]

Tracing Anglican history

Tracing Anglican history

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol IV: Global Western Anglicanism 1910 – present Jeremy Morris (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   In the new five-volume history of Anglicanism it was decided for good reasons to devote two volumes to the 20th Century, one concentrating on Anglicanism in the West and another surveying the history of Anglicanism […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Not to be missed is A Functional Art (OUP) in which Timothy Dudley-Smith gives his personal reflections on writing hymns, singing hymns and the place of hymns in the life of the church. The author has written around 450 hymns and has been awarded the OBE for services to hymnology. Highly recommended.   As well […]

Church and state clash

Church and state clash

The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898 -1906 Bethany Kilcrease Routledge, hb, £73.68 (£34.99 on Kindle)   This slim book by an American historian who will probably be unknown to most readers of CEN offers a striking new interpretation of British political and religious history in the early years of the […]

Insights into extremism

Insights into extremism

The Strange Death of Europe Douglas Murray Bloomsbury, hb, £18.99   ‘It’s the economy, stupid’ was how Clinton adviser James Carville summed up his political strategy. For years it was commonly accepted that elections were won or lost depending on the performance of the economy. The world has moved on and in the US and […]

The backbone of the church

The backbone of the church

The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen Abby Day OUP, hb, £45.00   John Major remarked that a distinctive feature of England was the sight of old maids cycling through the morning mist to Holy Communion. Abby Day warns us that these old maids, people she calls ‘Generation A’ who were born in the 1920s and […]

Protestants and the world

Protestants and the world

Protestants Alec Ryrie William Collins, hb, £25.00   Diversity and adaptability are two features of Protestantism stressed by Alec Ryrie in this important new book.But what distinguishes Protestant faith above all, he claims, is ‘a direct encounter with God’s power, whether as lived experience, memory or hope’. Writing an historical account of religion marked by […]

Anglicanism and the Empire

Anglicanism and the Empire

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume III; 1829 -c.1914 Rowan Strong (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   This is one of the first volumes published of a five-volume history of Anglicanism that, according to Rowan Strong (who is also the series editor as well as the editor of the volume under review), has been 10 years […]