The Natural History of the Bible
A Guide for Bible Readers and Naturalists
The Bible abounds in references to plants and animals, from the fruit trees and snake in the Garden of Eden to Revelation’s visions of terrifying beasts. This guide to the flora and fauna of the Holy Land links these biblical references with the species that are still visible in today’s landscapes. It also shows how examples from nature were used figuratively in spiritual guidance aimed at an audience with everyday experience of the region’s wide range of habitats.
In His Own Words
In 2013, Benedict XVI became the only Pope to resign from office in modern times. In these conversations with the religious journalist Peter Seewald, he discusses the reasons for his resignation and his admiration for his successor, speaking frankly about the controversies that have dogged the Church, including ‘Vatileaks’ and the child abuse scandal, and revealing his thoughts about his life, his philosophy, his mistakes, and the future of Christianity.
The Church of England and the Home Front 1914–1918
Civilians, Soldiers and Religion in Wartime Colchester
An historian and parish priest, Dr Robert Beaken gives a detailed account of the impact of the First World War on life in the ancient garrison town of Colchester, focusing on the parish churches and their response to the challenges of wartime.
Puritanism and the Pursuit of Happiness
The Ministry and Theology of Ralph Venning, c.1621–1674
Against the familiar view of puritans as killjoys, this study reveals a neglected strand of puritan theology in the writings and pastoral work of Ralph Venning, an Independent divine who emphasized the importance of inner happiness and personal piety.
The Life and Works of Robert Baillie (1602–1662)
Politics, Religion and Record-Keeping in the British Civil Wars
The letters of the Glaswegian minister Robert Baillie (1620–1662) are a common source for the history of Scotland during the violent years 1637–1660. This first biography of Baillie establishes his significance as a polemicist, theologian and contemporary historian.
A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1257–1301
Simon of Luton and John of Northwold
St Edmund’s Abbey, one of the country’s wealthiest religious houses, was closely involved with the central government of medieval England. This history, which covers the rule of two 13th-century abbots, uses evidence from the abbey’s extensive surviving records to provide insights into its governance and economy in difficult times as well as its religious, intellectual and cultural life. The monks’ dietary regime is examined in an appendix featuring recipes from the archives.
Or Bones That Shine Like Fire
Who were the Apostles and what was their relationship to Jesus? Was James the Less really his brother? This synthesis of travelogue and biblical history ranges from Rome and Jerusalem, Turkey and Russia to India and Kyrgyzstan to seek answers to these ancient enigmas. Exploring the way the identities of the Apostles have evolved over two millennia, Tom Bissell charts the growth of Christianity from an obscure sect to the global faith we know today.
A Nun's Story
The Deeply Moving True Story of Giving Up A Life of Luxury in A Single Irresistible Moment
Shirley Leach grew up surrounded by comfort and privilege, enjoying horse-riding, tennis and parties, and felt shocked when she received a calling from God to become a nun. Nevertheless, a few months later she had become Sister Agatha. Her faith in this life-changing decision never faltered, and at the age of 85, she looks back over her remarkable life.
Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
‘Christianity doesn’t abrogate the Old Testament; it completes it.’ Limbaugh presents a reading of the 39 books from Genesis to Malachi, arguing that they offer rich and plentiful insights to help us understand Jesus’ life, deeds and message. After an overview of Old Testament history and key themes such as prophecy, covenants and salvation, he unlocks each book’s mysteries through an analysis of the passages that herald the coming of the Saviour. (Previously published as The Emmaus Code.)
An Anthology: 365 Readings
The clergyman and scholar George MacDonald (1824–1905) was a pioneer of fantasy fiction and an inspiration to CS Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. This collection of MacDonald’s thoughts, selected by Lewis, offers inspiration for every day of the year. Reflecting on topics from ‘Inexorable Love’ to ‘The Torment of Death’, it illuminates the Christian faith that underpins the work of both writers.
Journeying with Jesus
Personal Reflections on the Stations of the Cross and Resurrection
In this collection of moving personal testimonies, modern people relate their experiences to the Stations of the Cross and resurrection. Contributors include Archbishops John Sentamu and Vincent Nicholls; Sister Wendy Beckett; Peter Hitchens; Margaret Mizen, the mother of a murdered teenager; Kelly Connor, who ran over and killed an innocent victim; and Anne Maguire, of the wrongfully convicted Maguire Seven. Slightly off-mint.
Britain's Medieval Episcopal Thrones
History, Archaeology and Conservation
Six episcopal thrones survive from 14th-century cathedral churches. In this scholarly volume, Charles Tracy presents in-depth studies of the timber thrones in Exeter, St David’s and Hereford Cathedrals and the impressive, canopied oak bishop’s chair in Lincoln; and Andrew Budge contributes a chapter on the two stone episcopal thrones at Wells and Durham Cathedrals. There is much additional information in appendices, and the studies are lavishly illustrated with photographs, plans and line drawings of the thrones.
Eastern Orthodox Christianity
The Essential Texts
In the first anthology of its kind, Geffert and Stavrou have compiled more than 100 primary sources in translation – letters and memoirs, official documents, treatises and homilies – to illustrate how Eastern Christianity developed from its Roman origins to the Soviet era and beyond. The texts are preceded by accessible editorial introductions, which explain their cultural and historical background as well as highlighting their importance for understanding the trends, controversies and reforms that have shaped the Orthodox tradition.
Preaching, Building, and Burying
Friars in The Medieval City
By preaching in the open and visiting lay people at home, mendicant friars took religion outside church buildings. Yet, despite their dedication to apostolic poverty, the friars were criticized for their churches’ considerable size. In her study of the ‘social lives of buildings’, Bruzelius describes how friars’ activities shaped the interior and exterior spaces of medieval cities; in particular explaining how individual donors’ requests for intercessory prayers and burial rights led to the episodic expansion and decoration of the friars’ convents.
Philosopher of Christianity
The philosopher Kurt Flasch offers a full-scale reappraisal of the life and legacy of Meister Eckhart, the medieval German theologian, philosopher and alleged mystic who was active during the 14th-century Avignon Papacy and posthumously condemned as a heretic by Pope John XXII. Flasch argues that Eckhart was an important philosopher of his time rather than a mystic, and sheds new light on this medieval figure who has attracted the attention of modern thinkers including Schopenhauer, Fromm and Derrida.
Authorship and Publicity Before Print
Jean Gerson and the Transformation of Late Medieval Learning
Daniel Hobbins looks beyond the ecclesiastical career of Jean Gerson (1363–1429) to present the French theologian as representative of his wider cultural era and an author active at a time when written culture was rapidly expanding.
A Brief History of Christianity
Bamber Gascoigne tells the story of the Christian faith, from its origins in the Roman Empire, through the glories of Byzantium and the machinations of Renaissance popes, to the Soviet Union’s hostility to religion. His entertaining narrative sets Christianity in the context of other world religions and explains the forces behind its development over time. Revised edition of The Christians, originally written to accompany Gascoigne’s 1977 television series.
The Radicals Who Made the Modern World
In 1517, Martin Luther, the ‘indispensable firestarter’, launched his 95 theses protesting the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. From the upheaval of the Reformation that followed, Alec Ryrie’s fast-paced and engaging history traces five centuries of Protestantism, across the globe and across a vast diversity of sects and movements, to Pentecostalism in the 20th century and the situation today. ‘We cannot understand the modern age,’ writes Ryrie, ‘without understanding the dynamic history of Protestant Christianity’.
In God's Hands
The Spiritual Diaries: 1962–2003
Karol Wojtyla – St John Paul II – kept a spiritual diary from his early days as a priest in his native Poland until two years before his death in 2005. Now translated into English for the first time, alongside facsimiles of original pages, it charts his religious development over the course of 40 years, including his leadership of the Catholic Church through turbulent times. Intimate, searching and deeply honest, this book reveals his relationship with God, with others, and with himself.
Pope Gregory X and the Crusades
Studies in the History of Medieval Religion: Volume XLI
Pope Gregory X (1271–1276) died before the crusade he planned could be launched; but Baldwin uses a study of Gregory’s preparations to reveal the changing nature of crusading and particularly the passagium particulare.
John Wesley's Teachings
Volume 4, Ethics and Society
Thomas C Oden summarizes Wesley’s voluminous ethical writings on such subjects as slavery, war and the danger of riches. Under the headings of social, economic, political and theological ethics, he explains Wesley’s thought in everyday language for a modern audience.
A History of Anglican Exorcism
Deliverance and Demonology in Church Ritual
Exorcism, the casting out of demons, or ‘deliverance ministry’ (the modern Church of England’s preferred term) is widespread today, with every diocese having a designated member of clergy to advise on the casting out of demons. Francis Young provides a full history of exorcism and its rituals in the Church of England, discusses the Church’s approach to demonology, and reveals how present-day exorcism in Anglicanism is an unlikely anomaly.
The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Rome, 1922: two men assume power in their respective spheres, the sacred and the secular. Superficially, Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini could not have been less alike, yet they shared a social conservatism and hatred of democracy. Combining meticulous research in the Vatican archives with narrative drive, this groundbreaking history reveals the controversial truth of their unholy alliance, and how, as Il Duce grew closer to Hitler, the ailing pontiff began to sense that something had gone terribly wrong… American-cut pages.
Setting the World on Fire
The Brief, Astonishing Life of St Catherine of Siena
St Catherine of Siena was Italy’s answer to Joan of Arc. Amid the war, plague and social unrest of the 14th century, she struggled with feckless clergy, rival popes and conniving cardinals to bring peace to warring factions. Blending meticulous research and vivid storytelling, this first modern, secular biography offers an intimate portrait of the fascinating and revolutionary woman who offered moral guidance to kings, queens and popes, and remains an inspiration to Catholics and feminists alike.
Self-Deification in Early Jewish and Christian Mythmaking
M David Litwa tells the stories of six self-deifiers in their historical, social and ideological contexts: the cosmic rebels Adam, Lucifer and Yaldaboath; and the heroes, Jesus (in John’s Gospel), Simon of Samaria and Allogenes (in Nag Hammadi library).
The Christian Writer's Manual of Style
Religious texts pose many challenges for writers and editors that are not covered by general style guides, whether in print or online. This comprehensive, easy-to-use manual provides clear answers to such questions, including Biblical citation, capitalization, abbreviation and dialogue. Fully updated to keep pace with changes in English usage, it includes an all-new word list and advice on turning blogs into books.
The Story of the Holy Father
Pope Francis is a pontiff like no other, loved the world over for his humility, charisma and reforming agenda. This Vatican-endorsed illustrated biography recounts his parents’ emigration from Italy, his childhood love of soccer, his calling to the priesthood and his formative encounter with poverty as a missionary in Chile. Illustrated with more than 250 photographs, the book includes 50 removable documents including facsimiles of his baptismal certificate and handwritten notes as pope.
The son of a famous soldier, Andrew Festing spent nine years in the army and another twelve at Sotheby's auction house before becoming a professional painter in 1981. He quickly established himself as a leading portraitist and has completed commissions of prominent figures in politics, the Church and the Royal Family, including the Queen. This exploration of his oeuvre gives an account of his life and influences, discusses his meticulous methods and includes reproductions of over 150 of his works.
The Foundation of Freedom, 1215–2015
Described by Lord Denning as ‘the greatest constitutional document of all times’, Magna Carta is widely seen as a guarantor of individual rights and freedom from tyranny. But how is a charter forced on a medieval king by his barons relevant today? This comprehensive, accessible and richly illustrated volume explains its origins, how it has been interpreted through the centuries, and the inspiration it provides to those wishing to build democratic societies across the world.
The Essence Of Jesus
Having first examined the evidence for the historical Jesus and the reliability of the New Testament documents to establish who Jesus was, what he did and what he taught, Rowe goes on to look at how Jesus has been interpreted and experienced through history up to the present day.
Heraldry in the Vatican
Taking the reader on 20 ‘walks’ around the Vatican, a former Prefect of the Papal Household draws attention to the City State’s abundant examples of armorial devices relating to popes from Eugene IV to John Paul II. The text, which is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, explains the significance of the coats of arms, inscriptions and other decorative features of the Vatican’s buildings, while also forming a brief history of 55 pontificates. Captions in English, French and German.
In Search of England's Lost King
Francis Young, himself at the forefront of the search to locate the lost coffin of King Edmund, tells the story of the historical search for the real man behind the legendary East Anglian king killed by the Vikings in 869. The book traces Edmund’s progress from martyred king to England’s national saint in medieval times; and describes current research into Edmund’s burial in the abbey at Bury St Edmunds and the present whereabouts of his mortal remains.
Tudor Church Reform
The Henrician Canons of 1535 and the Reformation Legum Ecclesiasticarum
This volume makes available full scholarly editions and translations of two documents that are vital for an understanding of Reformation church discipline: the drafts for the reformation of canon law known as the Henrician Canons; and the attempt to revise canon law published by John Foxe in 1571, the Reformation legum ecclesiasticarum, which never became law but attained unofficial authority in ecclesiastical courts. No jacket.