Understanding St Paul

Understanding St Paul

Paul: A Biography Tom Wright SPCK, hb, £19.99 Very few theological books can be described as page-turners. Probably none written in recent years but Tom Wright’s new biography of Paul is an exception. This is a work that really brings Paul to life and helps us to understand the thinking of one of history’s greatest figures. […]

The choice of the new books

The choice of the new books

Peter Stanford is one of Britain’s leading religious journalists. He has written for national dailies as well as the church press and produced a number of well reviewed books. In What We Talk About When We Talk About Faith (Hodder) he has collected the interviews he has conducted over the past 30 years or so. […]

The battles for the soul of Catholicism

The battles for the soul of Catholicism

Catholic Modern James Chappel Harvard, hb, £25.00 A furious debate is raging in part of the Roman Catholic Church. Conservatives are attacking Pope Francis and accusing him of plunging the Church into one of the biggest crises in its history. They believe a footnote in a recent papal document, amoris Laetitia, which opens the way […]

The new nexus of social action

The new nexus of social action

For Good Samuel Wells, Russell Rock and David Barclay Canterbury Press, pb, £10.99 This is a short book of only 90 pages but its importance is out of proportion to its size. Everyone involved in the ministry of the church, lay or ordained, should read this book. It has much to teach us. It describes […]

Celebrating the value of the Creeds

Celebrating the value of the Creeds

The Landscape of Faith Alister McGrath SPCK, pb, £16.99   In Search of Ancient Roots Kenneth J Stewart IVP Apollos, pb, £17.99   Kenneth Stewart is concerned about the number of young evangelicals in America who are converting to Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy. Often they do so because they are attracted to traditions that are […]

Tracing the history of Anglicanism

Tracing the history of Anglicanism

The Oxford History of Anglicanism, VOL II, 1662 TO 1829 Jeremy Gregory (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00 In many ways the final of the five volumes of the oxford History of anglicanism to be published is the most interesting. As a number of contributors have pointed out, it covers a period in which the shortcomings and […]

Celebrating our Christian heritage

Celebrating our Christian heritage

Reimagining Britain Justin Welby Bloomsbury, hb, £16.99   My guess is that Rowan Williams is a reader of The Guardian but his successor is most definitely a reader of The Financial Times (full disclosure: so am I). Justin Welby is definitely not a ‘hairy lefty’. He quotes FT columnist Martin Wolf with approval and although, […]

Understanding life after death

Understanding life after death

Is This All There Is? Gerhard Lohfink Liturgical Press, Collegeville,pb, £18.99   Dying and the Virtues Matthew Levering Eerdmans,hb, £37.99   Gerhad Lohfink is a German Catholic theologian who deserves to be better known in the UK than he is. A former professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen he is a […]

Faith and social justice

Faith and social justice

Theology Reforming Society Stephen Spencer (ed) SCM, pb, £35.00   Empirical Foundations of the Common God Daniel K Finn OUP, hb, £64.00   Stephen Spencer and his fellow contributors tell the story of Anglican Social Teaching (AST) from FD Maurice down to the present. It is a fascinating narrative that raises issues of contemporary relevance. […]

Pick of the new Christian books

Pick of the new Christian books

Trigger Press are publishing what they call their ‘inspirational series’ in which people talk openly about their experience of mental illness. In Life After Care Anglican priest Mark Edwards tells his own truly inspirational story. Placed as a young boy in a children’s home, Mark tried to take his own life and was sectioned and sent […]