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 […]

Growth around the Communion

Growth around the Communion

Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion David Goodhew (ed) Routledge, pb, £24.99   According to Martin Percy, Archbishop Justin Welby and his colleagues on the episcopal bench have decided that the Church of England is in the last chance saloon and that unless the pattern of decline can be reversed the end could be […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

In God’s Hands (William Collins) is the title given to the spiritual diaries Pope John Paul II kept between 1962 and 2003. They have been translated into English and give a fascinating insight into a life centred on God. The diaries formed part of the evidence presented for John Paul’s canonisation.  SPCK is issuing a […]

Revisiting the Reformation

Revisiting the Reformation

Reformation Divided Eamon Duffy Bloomsbury, hb, £30.00   Eamon Duffy is one of a group of contemporary theologians who have changed our understanding of the Reformation in England. In The Stripping of Altars and a number of other important works he has shown that Catholicism was much stronger in this country on the brink of […]

Books for everyone

Books for everyone

Sydney Diocese has a reputation for conservative theology but probably few Anglicans outside Australia know much about its history. In Phenomenal Sydney (Wipf and Stock), Marcia Cameron looks at the history of the diocese from 1945 to 2013. She is sympathetic but not uncritical. She is open about the scandal that brought down Archbishop Gough […]

Remembering a Dean

Remembering a Dean

A Great and Godly Dean: The Life of Edward Carpenter Michael De-la-Noy Gloriette Publications,hb, £10. Available from Church House Bookshop   To read this book is to be reminded of just how much the Church of England has changed. Michael De-la-Noy refers to change several times. He remarks that confirmation numbers at Westminster School were […]

Tackling the critics

Tackling the critics

Damming Words DG Hart Eerdmans, hb, £18.99   Before the New Atheists came along there was HL Mencken. But the Sage of Baltimore was a much wittier assailant of Christianity than Richard Dawkins or even Christopher Hitchens. “Throw an egg out of Pullman carriage anywhere in America,” he wrote, “and you are bound to hit […]

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 […]