New and radical understandings of God

New and radical understandings of God

Only God Will Save Us Simon Cuff SCM, pb.£19.99 One of the interesting developments in the Church of England has been the emergence of a number of young, ‘non-traditionalist’ Catholic theologians. They are not concerned with some of the issues  that continue to excite Forward in Faith but they are definitely orthodox in their understanding […]

God will not be without witnesses

God will not be without witnesses

British Gods: Religion in Modern Britain  Steve Bruce OUP, £25.00   Steve Bruce, Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, is a leading proponent of the secularisation thesis. Religion has been in decline in Britain for 150 years, he argues, and there is little reason to think this process is going to be halted. […]

Coming out of lockdown, into Julian’s cell

Coming out of lockdown, into Julian’s cell

By Sheila Upjohn The picture at the start of The Way of Julian of Norwich is a 15th century roof boss in Norwich Cathedral showing  a woman holding open the door to a small room, as if the anchoress is inviting us into her cell.   Spending more time inside four walls is the last thing […]

How the Bible challenges patriarchy

How the Bible challenges patriarchy

SECOND IN A SERIES EXPLORING WOMEN AND THE CHURCH By Elaine Storkey   It is common to hear various aspects of society described as ‘patriarchal,’ but less common to have the term defined. This is not surprising since ‘patriarchy’ as a descriptive concept has a long and varied history. Max Weber introduced it into sociology […]

Martyrdom: the ultimate price of faith

Martyrdom: the ultimate price of faith

By Catherine Pepinster Christianity would not exist as a religion without witnesses. The four Gospels and the other books of the New Testament are full of witnesses’ accounts of Jesus’ life and his teaching. And the Christmas story features many different acts of witness, starting with his mother Mary and Joseph recognizing that Jesus is […]

JI Packer: a conservative who embraced change

JI Packer: a conservative who embraced change

J.I.Packer – His Life in Thought Alister McGrath Hachette, £14.99   Theologians are often divided into three categories: those who are primarily interested in addressing fellow academics, those who are able to speak to a popular audience and those who are ready to attempt to communicate both at the popular and at the academic level. […]

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