In Search of Authority
Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment
Throughout its history, the Anglican Church has attempted to pursue a middle course – the ‘Religio Medici’ advocated by Sir Thomas Browne in the 17th century – between doctrinal purity and compassionate pragmatism, an approach that still generates fierce controversy today. This important, thought-provoking book charts its intellectual development in response to secular society and modern science, and addresses the fundamental question: from where does the Church derive its authority – scripture, tradition, reason or conscience?
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.
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).
Light from the East
Authors and Themes in Orthodox Theology
Aidan Nichols has two main objectives: first, to identify a variety of dogmatic issues raised or discussed by Eastern Orthodox theologians, but of equal importance to Catholic theology; and secondly, to discover, through a study of modern Orthodox theologians, the character of the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
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.
Evangelicalism in the Church of England c.1790-c.1900
This volume presents four texts that provide different perspectives on the relationship between evangelicalism and the Church: Hannah More’s correspondence during the Blagdon controversy (1799–1802); Henry Ryder’s Charge to the Clergy of Gloucester, 1816; the undergraduate diary of Francis Chavasse (1865–1868); and JC Ryle’s address to the Liverpool diocesan conference in 1881. No jacket.
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.
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.
The Diary of Thomas Larkham
During his varied career, Thomas Larkham (1602–1669) was a Church of England cleric, a New England colonist, chaplain in Cromwell’s New Model Army, a preacher and, in the 1660s, a fugitive non-conformist. His idiosyncratic ‘diary’, in which finances prompt spiritual reflections and poetry, sheds light on both parish life during Cromwell’s Commonwealth and the early experience of non-conformists after the Restoration of Charles II. No jacket.
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.
The Early Letters of Bishop Richard Hurd
A prominent cleric during the late 18th century, Richard Hurd (1720–1808) was also a significant figure among the literary ‘pre-Romantics’; and his letters, beginning during his fellowship at Emmanuel, Cambridge, address a wide circle of correspondents. Church of England Record Society 3.
The Old Testament Apocrypha
Including historical and prophetic texts as well as psalms and two wisdom books, the Jewish documents known collectively as the ‘Old Testament Apocrypha’ originated between the third century BCE and first century CE. In his succinct survey of their contents and structure, Kaiser explains the historical background to each text, traces the development of Jewish theological ideas and provides information on modern commentaries, articles and other scholarly works. (Previously published in German.)
Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination 1860-1920
In response to theologians’ quest for the historical Jesus, a new genre of Gospel-inspired fictional reconstructions became increasingly popular during the Victorian period. By exploring how such writers as Oscar Wilde, George Moore and Marie Corelli used fiction to revitalize the Scriptures, Stevens shows that they not only helped to disseminate modernist theology to the reading public but also set down the template for a literary tradition within which later authors, from Robert Graves to Dan Brown, have worked.
God and the Atlantic
America, Europe, and the Religious Divide
Addressing the religious divide between Europe and America, and the causes of that divide, this study carefully examines European views of America since the late 18th century to explore how transatlantic comparisons and prejudices developed and solidified.
Sedulius Scottus, De Rectoribus Christianis
'On Christian Rulers'
In his significant political treatise On Christian Rulers, Sedulius Scottus (fl. c.850) attempted to clarify the proper relation between spiritual and secular power. Dyson has produced this new critical edition of the Latin text, with facing translation; he also provides an introduction covering what we know of Sedulius' life, the background to this work and its place in the development of political theory in the Christian West.
A Century of New Testament Study
The past 100 years have seen profound changes in New Testament study. This book follows its development from the late 19th century through the challenges of the 20th. Central to the book's argument is Rudolf Bultmann's attempt to reconcile critical, historical and theological studies, and its ultimate failure. Reviewing recent developments, Riches concludes by asking if the time has not come for a similar attempt to integrate modern approaches.
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.
Conscience and Its Problems
An Introduction to Casuistry
One of the great classics of moral theology, first published in 1927, and a benchmark in 20th-century casuistry, this work both recognizes the legacy of 16th and 17th century casuists and faces the moral issues relevant to modern times. An extensive new introduction by David H Smith places Kirk's approach to casuistry in the context of a general discussion of the term, its meaning and the ways it has been variously interpreted.
You Looked at Me
The Spiritual Testimony of Claudine Moine
A refugee from the Thirty Years War, the French dressmaker Claudine Moine lived in Paris in the middle of the 17th century. Under instructions from her spiritual director, she kept a detailed account of God's action in her life during the three years from 1652 to 1655. The result is a work of extraordinary spiritual and theological richness, made available in English for the first time in Father Gerard Carroll's fine translation. With an introduction and notes.
Ancient Philosophy of Religion
Volume One: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion
Comprising chapters devoted to individual thinkers from Pythagoras to Pseudo-Dionysius, this volume covers ancient and early Christian thought on God, the gods, religious belief and practice. Vol 1 of The History of Western Philosophy of Religion.
Robert Grosseteste: Hexaëmeron
Robert Grosseteste's influential Hexaëmeron is a study of the creation story found in the opening chapters of Genesis, which he interpreted not only through the contemporary scientific ideas of the 1230s but also in the light of ancient philosophical thought which was being re-introduced into western Europe. This critical edition presents the full Latin text, based on all the available manuscripts, one of which contains Grosseteste's own annotations and corrections.
Sex These Days
Essays on Theology, Sexuality and Society
What has been lost and what has been gained in replacing the sexual orthodoxy of heterosexual procreative monogamy with the 'heresies' of postmodern sexualities? In this volume, nine writers look first at the present 'pornotopia' in which the goal of sex is no longer procreation but self-satisfaction, discussing how it has come to dominate Western societies and its consequences for social life. Part two looks to the future in discussions of topics including chastity, celibacy, sexual difference and homosexuality.
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.
Religious Life in Normandy, 1050–1300
Space, Gender and Social Pressure
Leonie V Hicks uses new ideas about space and gender to examine the social pressures arising from the interaction between communities of monks and nuns and the laity whose support was essential to sustaining the religious life. The study uses sources ranging from architecture to visitation records and, focusing on people rather than institutions, explores four main themes: display, reception and intrusion, enclosure, and the family. No jacket.