From East to West
A History of Monasticism
The principles and practices of monasticism – obedience, celibacy and withdrawal from society – long pre-date Christianity. This history, by a Catholic monk who worked in India, Congo and Madagascar, surveys its origin in Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. After examining the links between Eastern and Christian monasticism, it follows its development from the founders of the fourth century through the establishment of the Benedictine order to the challenges it faces today.
Religion, Time and Memorial Culture in Late Medieval Ripon
Ripon in the 14th and 15th centuries was an important ecclesiastical and commercial centre: its market was promoted by the Archbishops of York, who owned the land; and work at Ripon Minster, the church of St Wilfrid, attracted craftsmen such as carpenters and plumbers from surrounding areas as far as York. Stephen Werronen analyses the relationship between religion and society in the parish from 1380 to 1522, looking in particular at the cult of St Wilfrid. No jacket.
The Luther Effect
Protestantism – 500 Years in the World
Recording the spread and impact of Protestantism since the beginning of the Reformation, this history of the faith focuses on how it developed in Germany, its role in the creation of the Swedish Empire and the USA, and recent growth in Korea and Tanzania. Illustrated throughout, it explores the way in which the religion was adapted by, and used to shape, different cultures, and its continued influence.
Leaders of the Anglo-Saxon Church
From Bede to Stigand
Illustrating the various important roles played by leading ecclesiastics in England, both within the church and in the political sphere, this volume of nine papers includes studies of Bede, Archbishop Ecgberth of York, Bishop Æthelwold, Wulfsige of Sherborne and Stigand, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Edith Stein Discovered
A Personal Portrait
Edith Stein (1891–1942), who was canonized in 1998, was born into a Jewish family in Breslau and died in the Auschwitz gas chambers. This introduction to her life draws on her autobiographical writing and follows her academic and religious journey, from philosophical studies with Husserl, through conversion to Catholicism, to her years as a cloistered Carmelite nun.
In the Name of God
A History of Christian and Muslim Intolerance
Selina O’Grady examines the concept of tolerance – ‘that highest of liberal political virtues’ – through the histories of Islam and Christianity, from the time when the Roman Empire became Christian to the genocides of the 20th century. As she traces the two religions’ changing attitudes to religious minorities she asks whether tolerance is enough to bring today’s post-Christian and Islamic worlds together, or whether something deeper is needed.
Who's Who in the Bible
Organized alphabetically and by Testament, this guide offers a brief biography for more than 600 people mentioned in the Bible, with a section at the end for those whose names are not given. Illustrated with over 300 images, the text also includes references and quotations from the King James version. Slightly off-mint.
The Legend and Legacy of the Warriors of God
Both a religious order and a private army, the Templars were answerable only to the Pope and dominated the politics of the Middle East during the tumultuous age of the Crusades. This book traces the history and changing fortunes of the order, from its foundation in 1119 to its suppression amid accusations of heresy less than two centuries later.
In the Days of Rain
Rebecca Stott was born into a closed Christian sect that believed the world was ruled by Satan. In this memoir, she tells how her father, on his deathbed, begged her to write the story of their family, who for generations had worshipped in the ‘Iron Room’, and to tell of his own part in enforcing the cult’s draconian rules.
The Illustrated Bible
Story by Story
While the Bible contains numerous tales of deceit and murder, love and forgiveness, it can be hard to read in its traditional form. This volume provides background information and accessible retellings of Old and New Testament stories, created in consultation with expert scholars and illustrated with photographs of ancient artefacts, Biblical sites and artworks from across the centuries.
Fathers and Anglicans
The Limits of Orthodoxy
Tracing the development of the use of the Fathers in Anglicanism, Arthur Middleton shows how the particular character of the Anglican settlement, with its interplay between Scripture, tradition and reason, together with its constant will to profess only the faith of the undivided Church, has fostered a proximity with Orthodoxy. Middleton sees in this a unique spiritual gift for Anglicanism, bringing the inspiration of Orthodox Christianity into the Western tradition.
Spirit and Matter in the Early Church Fathers
Anti-Roman sentiment was ubiquitous among 2nd- and 3rd-century Christian writers, who advocated complete separation from pagan society and imperial authority. Lopez traces the doctrine’s evolution in these texts, in the context of changing ideas about martyrdom and the spiritual-corporeal dichotomy.
The Dangers of Christian Practice
On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin
The Eucharist, prayer and baptism all promote healing and holiness but they can also perpetuate damage. Winner proposes that, by thinking of these treasured practices as ‘damaged gifts’, Christians can be more alert to their potential to cause harm.
Andrew Melville (1545–1622)
Writings, Reception, and Reputation
While Andrew Melville is usually known as a leader of the radical wing of Scottish Protestantism, this volume of nine essays questions that reputation and shifts the focus to his intellectual contribution to the development of neo-Latin culture in early modern Britain. Appendices contain an edited text of Melville’s Conjuratio Pulverea (1605) and a bibliography of his works.
A Cultural Study of Mary and the Annunciation
From Luke to the Enlightenment
In a cultural rather than theological study of a story that has exerted a powerful hold over the Western imagination, Gary Waller uses a variety of approaches to trace the history of the multiple stories of the Annunciation, from its late insertion into the Gospel of Luke and its elevation as the initiating historical event of Christian revelation, down to the Enlightenment.
Conversion in Late Antiquity
Christianity, Islam, and Beyond
Originally presented at the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar in Oxford, 2009-2010, these 15 papers offer a new comparative study of conversion: to Christianity, traditionally seen as a spiritual; to Islam, widely thought of as implemented ‘by the sword’; and to Buddhism. The study examines the principles of conversion, how it was handled by the state, ‘human ambiguities’, and symbols and institutionalization, with a final chapter on the effect of religious change on Jerusalem.
Decrees of the Fifth Lateran Council (1512–17)
Their Legitimacy, Origins, Contents, and Implementation
In a collection of 12 articles written between 1996 and 2014, Professor Minnich begins by asking ‘what is a ecumenical council?’ He goes on to examine the legitimacy of Lateran V, the role the popes played within the council, its agenda, the decrees it issued and the extent to which they were implemented.
On Land and by Sea, Vol 4
With topics ranging across art, architecture and military and naval matters, including the Portuguese Orders’ involvement in oceanic navigation, these 27 papers reflect the wealth, power and breadth of influence of the military orders throughout medieval Europe. Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on the history of the Military Orders, 2005.
The Use of Hereford
The Sources of a Medieval English Diocesan Rite
This study provides a survey and description of the extant sources for the Use of Hereford (the liturgical customs peculiar to Hereford Cathedral), one of the principal diocesan liturgies of medieval England, and one that exemplified local expression of the Roman rite. No jacket.
The Singing of the Strasbourg Protestants, 1523–1541
Exploring the part played by music, especially group singing, in the unfolding of the Protestant reforms in Strasbourg, this study considers both religious and ‘popular’ songs in the city, looking at how both genres fitted into people’s lives during a time of strife and how this music affected, and was affected by, the new ecclesiastical arrangements.
Parish Churches in the Early Modern World
The religious upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries led to changes in the design, furnishings and uses of parish churches, which nonetheless remained at the heart of local communities. The essays in this interdisciplinary collection examine the evolution of such buildings across different confessions, both in Europe and in the global colonial context, especially Asia and the Americas.
Medieval Art and Architecture in the Diocese of Glasgow
After an introductory, general account of the cathedral, this collection of 13 papers covers a variety of specialized subjects, among them the cult of St Kentigern at the cathedral in the 12th century, Scottish Romanesque sculpture, the stellar vaults of the inner crypt, and excavations at the cathedral in 1992–3.
The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism
Bethany Kilcrease traces the course of the ‘Church Crisis’, the conflict between the Protestant and Ritualistic (or ‘Catholic’) Parties, and alarm about the growth of Anglo-Catholicism within the Church of England. She identifies three developments that contributed to the sense of ‘crisis’: the publication of Walter Walsh’s Secret History of the Oxford Movement in 1897; the 1898 anti-Ritualist protests of John Kensit; and Sir William Harcourt’s parliamentary speeches against Ritualism.
Fealty and Fidelity:
The Lazarists of Bourbon France, 1660–1736
Published in the Catholic Christendom, 1600–1700 series, Smith’s study explores the promotion of one type of fidelity – fealty to the sovereign – in Bourbon France, and the clash of that fealty with the religious creeds of the Lazarists, the followers of Vincent de Paul, in the years after his death in 1660.
Exegesis and Theology in Early Christianity
This volume collects 20 previously published papers in which Young developed her ideas on patristic exegesis. They focus on themes including religious language, metaphor and allegory and early Christianity’s creative interactions with its cultural and intellectual environment.
British Hymn Books for Children, 1800–1900
Re-tuning the History of Childhood
In the first work to tackle this facet of children’s history, Clapp-Itnyre examines how hymn singing and the reading of hymns were an integral part of Victorian childhood experience, and she describes how hymn-book production for the young intersected with the major aesthetic movements of the 19th century. The unique qualities of children’s hymnody, she argues, were the context for empowerment of the child over the course of the century. Ashgate Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present.
Barb of Fire
Twenty Poems of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
First published shortly after her death, these poems by French Carmelite nun Elizabeth Catez (1880–1906) address themes including the Indwelling of the Trinity and the acceptance of suffering. Bancroft’s verse translation sets her poetry alongside prose passages by her contemporary, the celebrated Benedictine Abbot Marmion.
Apostles and Martyrs
Retelling stories of faith, witness and heroism, this introduction to the early Church is based on saints’ own writings and other ancient accounts of their lives. As well as familiar New Testament figures – Peter, Paul and the Evangelists – it highlights the later Christians, including Irenaeus, Hippolytus and Cyprian, who played important roles in the development of the Western Catholic tradition.
Reviving the Heart
The Story of the 18th Century Revival
The religious upheaval of the 18th-century English (or ‘Evangelical’) Revival had a significant impact on British culture and society. This book explores the reformist approach to Protestantism through the key figures in the movement, including the Wesleys and William Wilberforce, and how the ethos of individual piety underpinned the Methodist Church, the Clapham Sect, the anti-slavery campaign and the establishment of Sierra Leone. Off-mint.
The Reformation Experience
Living Through the Turbulent 16th Century
Histories of the Reformation have tended to concentrate on its major events and its most important figures, but this book follows a more recent trend by paying closer attention to ordinary people’s thoughts and lives. With a focus on the experience of individuals and communities in England, Ives considers how much the period’s divisive religious changes affected their beliefs, loyalties and behaviour.
A Global History
From the music of ancient Israel to modern country, folk and jazz, this richly illustrated history introduces the extraordinary breadth of Christian musical expression through the ages. The book traces both liturgical traditions and non-liturgical sacred music across the world, from Europe to China, and draws on the expertise of a team of scholars and musicians to discuss themes as varied as psalms, medieval chant, the 19th-century ‘hymn industry’ and the American gospel tradition.
The 488 personal jottings that form Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations have significantly influenced Western thought but lack clear order and sequence. Stedall’s dialogues make these Stoic ideas more accessible, as the Roman Emperor converses with historical figures including the Greek doctor Galen and Egyptian priest Harnouphis. Slightly off-mint.
Open to God
Open to the World
In these conversations, recorded by Antonio Spadaro, Pope Francis shares his thoughts on some of the issues facing the church, his Papacy and the world. In informal dialogue with people from all walks of life, he confronts the tension between faith and fundamentalism, ecumenism, social justice, and the struggle for human rights in Myanmar and Latin America.
The King and the Catholics
The Fight for Rights 1829
In 1780 the anti-Papist Gordon riots left 1,000 dead and London in flames; half a century later Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act. This narrative history charts the struggles that brought about that conclusion. It profiles the key players, including George III, a staunch opponent of emancipation; the political rivals Wellington and Peel; and the Irish campaigner Daniel O’Connell; and examines the conflict between the right to practise one’s religion and allegiance to the state.
Fragments written in preparation for a defence of Christianity, unfinished at Pascal’s death in 1669 and published posthumously in 1669, Pensées has since been regarded as a masterpiece of French prose as well as a great work of philosophy and theology. Among the ‘Thoughts’ is the famous ‘wager’ argument for the rationality of believing in God that draws on another of Pascal’s works of genius, the theory of probability. Pensées is read, unabridged and in English, by Peter Wickham.
The Minister and the Murderer
A Book of Aftermaths
Should a self-confessed murderer be allowed to become a priest? In 1984 the Church of Scotland wrestled with this question when James Nelson, who had served a prison sentence for killing his mother, applied for ordination as a minister. Kelly uses this case as the starting-point for a history of the Church in Scotland, which also combines personal memoir, true-crime narrative and an exegesis of biblical and literary accounts of sin and forgiveness.