Octavia, Daughter of God
The Story of a Female Messiah and Her Followers
In the aftermath of the First World War, a group of Englishwomen came up with a solution to the world’s grief: a new religion. Led by Mabel Barthrop, whom they called Octavia and believed to be the daughter of God, they set about building a new Jerusalem in Bedford. Drawing on the group’s painstakingly preserved archive, this book charts the forgotten history of a utopian community that once had thousands of members and ministered to 10,000 people around the globe.
Islam and the West: Wars of the Gods
The Geopolitics of Faith
Ardavan Amir-Aslani was born in Tehran and now works as an international lawyer in Paris. Here he offers his perspective on contemporary geopolitics, arguing that simplistic thinking in terms of a ‘clash of civilizations’ between Muslim nations and the West obscures the complexity of Islam’s religious turmoil and the causes of the Arab Spring: ‘As long as Iran has not returned to secularism the Middle East will continue to burn with religious sectarianism.’
The English Martyr
From Reformation to Revolution
This study of early modern martyrology takes an innovative approach, starting from the premise that ‘martyrdom is not a death but a story that gets written about a death’. Through close analysis of English texts ranging from medieval drama, through Foxe’s famous Acts and Monuments, to John Milton’s Eikonoklastes, the author traces how narrative forms and rhetoric shaped the meanings of human lives during the theological and political upheavals of the Reformation.
The Power of Script and Image
Hebrew manuscripts took on a special significance following the sack of Jerusalem in 70 CE, ensuring the survival of the language, faith and culture across the vast diaspora. The examples in this book - both sacred and secular texts - trace the evolution of format and style in a tradition which remained vibrant even after the advent of printing.
Restoring the "Lost Years" of a Social Activist and Religious Dissident
Who was Jesus? This biography draws on modern economic, forensic and psychological models, alongside ancient Roman and Jewish sources, to create a convincing portrait of an adolescent galvanized by tyranny and the displacement of the Galilean peasantry to embark on a mission of social and religious reform. It sets his teachings in their historical context, explains his healing abilities in terms of both ancient and modern medicine, and sheds new light on his betrayal and execution.
The Catonsville Nine
A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era
In May 1968, a group of activists burst into a draft board in a suburb of Baltimore, stole hundreds of Selective Service records and burned them with home-made napalm. Peters tells the story of the Nine's protest, their trials and their fates.
The Holy Grail
The History of a Legend
The Holy Grail has haunted the human imagination for centuries. It represents the highest Christian ideals, yet it is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. How did it became such a potent image? Is it simply a symbol of a perfection that lies beyond our reach? Ranging across theology, history, literature and art, Richard Barber's book traces the stories surrounding this most elusive of symbols, from Chretien de Troyes' 12th century writings to the Grail's iconic status in new- age mysticism.
Forkhill Protestants and Forkhill Catholics
Irish history is often reduced to the conflict between Catholics and Protestants: this book tells a different story. In a wide-ranging social history that includes analysis of rural disturbances, landholding patterns, family formation, systems of education and local response to the famine, Kyla Madden reveals that the relationship between the Catholics and Protestants in Forkhill, south Armagh, was both layered and complex - and defies a simple sectarian explanation.
Knight of the Goddess
Gawain, nephew of King Arthur, was once the most important knight at Arthur’s Court, yet as the popularity of the Arthurian legend grew his character gradually evolved into a womanizing villain. This scholarly study by a leading Arthurian expert explores how this happened over many hundreds of years of British storytelling, and seeks to restore Gawain’s reputation. This American edition was previously published in the UK as Gawain: Knight of the Goddess.
Faith in the Public Square
As Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams won the respect of believers and non-believers alike for his wisdom, humanity and tolerance. In this series of interlinked essays, he examines the challenges faced by Christians in a modern secular society. His lucid and penetrating analysis gets to the heart of the political, moral and economic crises of our times, shedding light on such pressing issues as multiculturalism, human rights, the environment, the role of religion in government and religious diversity.
In this secular age religion gets a bad press, and atheism has powerful advocates such as Richard Dawkins. This lively, thought-provoking book offers an outspoken counterblast. It seeks not to prove the truth of Christianity – something it admits is unprovable – but its continuing relevance and resonance as a serious, grown-up way of ordering our lives and our emotions, which grants us experiences that our shallow, consumerist society fails to provide.
The First & the Last
The Claim of Jesus Christ and the Claims of Other Religious Traditions
As Christians become more engaged with the reality of religious pluralism, many find themselves torn between two goals: to be faithful to the lordship of Jesus while remaining open to the truths of other religions. This clear, cogent and challenging book offers a way out of the dilemma, maintaining the unique mediating role of Christ while acknowledging that other beliefs are part of God's grace. Essential reading for anyone concerned with inter-faith dialogue and the position of the Church today.
Islamic Fundamentalism Since 1945
Islamic fundamentalism has grabbed the headlines as both a threat to the West and a potentially revolutionary trend in the Middle East. This authoritative study provides a much-needed overview of its origins and diverse strands, the effects of colonialism on Islam, secularism and the Islamic reaction, the effects of globalization, and political violence in the 9/11 era. This fully revised and updated edition also examines recent developments in the wake of the Arab Spring of 2011.
The Correspondence of Henry Edward Manning and William Ewart Gladstone
The Complete Correspondence 1833-1891 (Four volumes)
Between 1833 and 1891, Manning and Gladstone maintained a correspondence, broken significantly only for the decade from 1851 up to 1861 and from 1875 to 1882. Presented here with introductions, notes and index, the letters provide substantial insights into debates on Church-state alignments; entanglements of Anglican Old High Churchmen and Tractarians from the Oxford Movement to 1851; and relationships between Roman Catholics and the British Government over issues including Ireland, Italy and education in the later 19th century.