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.
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.
David's Blissful Harp
A Critical Edition of the Manuscript of Matthew Parker's Metrical Psalms (1–80)
Archbishop Parker’s psalter was printed in 1567/68, following a long process of revision. This edition presents the published text facing Parker’s manuscript version; it includes two unpublished metrical psalms, together with facsimiles of the manuscript and Thomas Tallis’s eight tunes.
The Beginning of Women's Ministry
The Revival of the Deaconess in the Nineteenth-Century Church of England
This volume on the revival of women’s ministry in the 19th-century Church of England presents documents from a variety of unpublished sources that show how the Deaconess Movement posed a threat to the gender order of Victorian society by creating new areas of activity and roles of authority outside the domestic sphere. Prominent among the institutions and individuals discussed are the North London Deaconess Institute and the first head deaconess, Elizabeth Ferard (1825–1883). No jacket.
Bishop Joseph Hall
and Protestant Meditation in Seventeenth-Century England
Joseph Hall (1574–1656), the Bishop of Norwich, was a prolific author of sermons and other religious tracts; this volume focuses on two, his The Art of Divine Meditation (1606) and Occasional Meditations (1633). Providing critical editions of both texts, with notes and a substantial introduction, Huntley argues that these works show how Hall’s writings were crucial to the development of a ‘non-Jesuitical, Protestant and English mode of meditation’. Off-mint.
And Other Meditations of a Durham Hermit
Nearly 800 years after St Cuthbert founded a monastic cell on one of the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, an anonymous monk there composed these six meditations on the Crucified Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Angels, Abraham and David, John the Evangelist, and Cuthbert himself, and they remain a source of spiritual guidance to Christians today. Slightly off-mint.
From Cranmer to Davidson
A Church of England Miscellany
Presenting scholarly editions of eight texts, the Miscellany covers aspects of the Church’s history from the Reformation to 1917, and includes WJ Conybeare’s influential article on 19th-century ‘Church Parties’ (1853). Church of England Record Society 7.
Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus
Using insights from the sociological study of human memory, and particularly the concept of physical and practical 'sites of memory', Davis explores how ancient Christians recollected Jesus' childhood and how early Christian history was created. Central to the study is the collection of stories known as the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, or the Paidika ('Childhood Deeds'), which begins with Jesus at the age of five and includes tales of miracles, cursing and his classroom encounters with the teacher Zacchaeus.
A Century of Protestant Theology
Many significant developments have taken place in Protestant theology over the past century. After an historical survey of Protestant responses to the Enlightenment, this book examines the ideas of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth, the work of Bultmann, and the radical theologies that emerged after the Second World War. The final chapter surveys the horizons opened by ecumenical encounters with the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, with other faiths, and with the natural sciences.
Religion, Reform and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century
Thomas Secker and the Church of England
Some scholars contend that the 18th century witnessed the birth of the modern world; others argue that England remained an ancient régime confessional state. Robert Ingram takes issue with both positions and uses the career of the reforming Archbishop Thomas Secker (1693–1768) to look afresh at aspects of social and church reform, including the church-state alliance, and to argue that war rather than social, economic or cultural developments was the catalyst for change. No jacket.
Mechthild of Magdeburg
Selections from The Flowing Light of the Godhead
Mechthild of Magdeburg's sole book, Das fliessende Licht der Gottheit (The Flowing Light of the Godhead), written between c.1250 and c.1282, is an outstanding piece of imaginative writing in its documentation of the author's relationship with God and with her contemporaries. It is also, within the context of German literary history, the first mystical text composed in the vernacular. Elizabeth Andersen presents the first English translation of this text, with introduction, notes and interpretive essay. Library of Medieval Women. No jacket.
Augustine and the Jews
A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism
In a book which sheds light on the origins of anti-Semitism and opens a path towards better understanding between Judaism and Christianity, Paula Fredriksen examines the thought of Augustine of Hippo (354-430) who opposed his church's hostility to Jews. Investigating Augustine's intellectual inheritance and spiritual development she shows how he reached his influential conclusion that the Christian empire was right to ban paganism and to coerce heretics, but should not attack Judaism.
Ethics and Power in Medieval English Reformist Writing
In an in-depth study of the late medieval practice of fraternal correction of sin, Craun examines how it was constructed in pastoral writing and, looking particularly at Piers Plowman and The Book of Margery Kempe, how it was used by writers intent on reform.
Memorials of St Anselm
The Latin texts collected in this volume supplement Anselm's formally published works with a body of material preserved by the secretaries and disciples who heard his conversation and rescued his unfinished drafts. De moribus is a treatise on virtues and vices; the Dicta and Miracula preserve stories about Anselm himself; and De beatitudine is a reconstruction of a sermon; these texts are followed by six brief miscellanies. For each work the editors provide introductions to the content and manuscript tradition. Slightly off-mint.
Records of Convocation II
Sodor and Man 1878–2003
This second volume on Man and the Isles begins with the arrival of Bishop Rowley Hill in 1877 and a renewal in the vitality of the Church. It contains transcripts of the minute books of convocation from 1878 to 1947 and a calendared edition of the remainder, with a substantial introduction.
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 Sacramentary of Ratoldus
(Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 12052)
Supervised by Ratoldus, Abbot of Corbie (ca.972–986) this manuscript is a complex work drawing on a range of liturgical sources, and a rare example of a combined sacramentary and pontifical. With substantial introduction, collation tables and indexes.
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.
Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England
Examining the work of authors including John Milton, John Donne, Thomas Browne and John Bunyan, this study focuses on passages that Brooke Conti calls 'confessions of faith' – autobiographical moments and sudden declarations of belief that occur in works of politics or religious controversy. Slightly off-mint.
Seeking the Absolute Love
The Founders of Christian Monasticism
How should Christian religions adapt to today’s changing culture? The author argues that this question is best answered by considering the founders of monastic traditions, from the Greek-educated Clement of Alexandria (who died c.215 CE) to 12th-century reformer St Bernard. He explains how these early Fathers skilfully selected the spiritual treasures of the ancients and adapted them for new contexts.
Father Martin D'Arcy
Philosopher of Christian Love
The Jesuit Father Martin D'Arcy (1888–1976) was eminent both as a theologian and an aesthete. As Master of Campion Hall, Oxford, he rebuilt the house to a design by Lutyens, while his converts included Evelyn Waugh, Lord Longford and Edith Sitwell. This biography investigates his career and beliefs; his tragic friendship with Henry John, son of the painter Augustus; and his abrupt dismissal as Superior of the English Jesuit Province.
Occasional Meditations of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick
Remarkable for their religious and personal immediacy, the occasional meditations of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick (1625–1678) are brief, spontaneous responses to daily life, in which spiritual significance is discovered in the commonplace. From ‘Upon desiring my docter to give me a potion’ to ‘Upon the lighting many Candles...’ the meditations are transcribed here in a complete, critical edition with an index of Biblical citations and a general index.
John Donne and Religious Authority in the Reformed English Church
Concentrating on Donne’s theology within the sermons and, in particular, issues of theological authority, Sweetman’s study locates Donne’s work in the wider context of the Reformation and reveals him as more Protestant than is usually recognized.
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.
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.
Children and Asceticism in Late Antiquity
Continuity, Family Dynamics and the Rise of Christianity
Concentrating on the late fourth and early fifth centuries, Vuolanto’s study examines how the rise of Christianity and, with it, asceticism raised issues of sexuality, marriage, family and celibacy, challenging the traditional norms and practices of a culture in which to remain unmarried had not been an option.
Atheism and Deism Revalued
Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650–1800
With 14 essays discussing topics including Thomas Hobbes’s atheism, definitions of blasphemy in the 18th century, and William Wollaston’s The Religion of Nature Delineated (1722), this volume argues that, in the 17th and 18th centuries, the contentious terms ‘atheism’ and ‘deism’ involved fine distinctions that have not always been preserved by later scholars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts
A Reassessment of the Evidence
Using a newly designed statistical analysis of Luke and Acts, Walters's study points to highly significant differences in their prose style and also reveals ancient prose compositional patterns that distinguish Luke and Acts beyond reasonable doubt.
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.
A New Edition, Revised
The Old English poem Genesis A combines translation of the biblical text with explanatory interpolations. Taking account of recent scholarship, this volume includes an introduction, a conservative edition of the text, reconstruction of its Latin sources and line-by-line commentary.
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.
Not in God's Name
Confronting Religious Violence
‘Religiously motivated violence must be fought religiously as well as militarily, and with passionate intensity.’ So writes the former Chief Rabbi in this powerful exploration of the roots of religious extremism. By analysing stories of sibling rivalry in the biblical texts shared by the Abrahamic faiths, he shows how centuries of misreadings have led to the ‘altruistic evil’ by which murder is seen as a moral act – an idea against which those of all faiths and none must stand together. Off-mint.
The Psalms and Medieval English Literature
From the Conversion to the Reformation
Exploring the ways in which the Book of Psalms profoundly influenced medieval English literature and culture, this volume of 13 essays is in three parts: the first focuses on the development of translation from Anglo-Saxon psalters to Rolle’s English Psalter; part two looks at how medieval prose and verse writers drew on the Psalms; and part three considers how the Psalms gave voice to medieval secular and religious ideas.