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.
Pope Pius XII
Architect for Peace
Pope Pius XII has been much criticized for his role during the Second World War, particularly his alleged appeasement of the Nazis and failure to intervene on behalf of Jews during the Holocaust. This reappraisal challenges that view. Drawing on letters and other documents from the Vatican archives, it reveals his work for peace, his support for prisoners of war, and his efforts to save Jewish lives in Italy. Slightly off-mint.
Garland of Faith
Medieval Prayers and Poems Newly Translated and Arranged for the Three Year Lectionary
The texts in this collection were excised from the liturgy in the 16th century, but have been newly arranged for use in modern worship. Mostly translated for the first time, they comprise sequences originally sung before the Gospel, prayers from the ancient Gallican rite and a variety of poems. The items are organized according to the seasons of the church’s year; each is accompanied by a short commentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday's Texts
The Second Readings: Acts and the Epistles
This second of three volumes of exegetical essays on biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary, covers the final chapters of Acts and the New Testament Epistles from Romans to Revelation.
In this second autobiographical volume, theologian Hans Kung describes his career during the years following the Second Vatican Council, when he published several bestselling books despite finding himself faced with both the revolutionary student unrest of 1968 and the removal of his accreditation as a Catholic teacher. Running through these memoirs is the parallel career of Kung's fellow Tubingen professor Joseph Ratzinger, who rose through the Catholic hierarchy as Kung gained a worldwide reputation.
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 I
Sodor and Man 1229–1877
This volume deals with the ancient kingdom of Man and the Isles (the sudre oyar – southern islands, now the Scottish Hebrides). The book presents all the manuscript material up to 1877 and supplementary printed material, along with an introduction to the history of the Church in Ellan Vannin.
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.
Records of Convocation III
Transcribed, with notes, a list of parliamentary clergy proctors 1295–1536, and indexes, this volume presents convocations and relevant documents such as royal writs, from the time of Archbishop Walter Reynolds to that of Simon Sudbury, during the reigns of Edward II and Edward III. Texts in Latin and French.
The Mirror of Salvation
An Edition of British Library Blockbook G.11784
Speculum Humanae Salvationis ('The Mirror of Salvation') is a blockbook dating from 1470, with 116 woodcut illustrations, each accompanied by a Latin caption and commentary. It was intended for use as a sourcebook and reference for sermons and religious instruction. The illustrations are reproduced here with translations of their commentaries, followed by Labriola and Smeltz's detailed interpretations, providing valuable information and insights into the interaction of visual and verbal elements in medieval religious works.
The Diary of Samuel Rogers
Samuel Rogers (1613–1643) of Wethersfield, Essex, kept a diary while at home with his family, at university in Cambridge, and at various posts in Bishop's Stortford and London. Transcribed and published here for the first time, with a substantial biography and introduction, and with translations of Latin passages, the diary gives access to the experience and observations of a minister who, although himself obscure, was living in ‘interesting times’. No jacket.
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 Winchcombe Sacramentary
(Orléans, Bibliothèque Municipale, 127 )
The Winchcombe Sacramentary is the oldest complete surviving English sacramentary, written in the late tenth century and soon after taken to Fleury, where it remained. This edition presents the Latin text, with synoptic tables, and critical apparatus in French.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Books and Holy Bones
Essays in Medieval Christianity
In this collection of his recent writing, Duffy engages with historians’ growing interest in the material culture and practices by which medieval Christians articulated their convictions. Shedding light on Western religion between the decline of pagan Rome and the Reformation, the 21 essays focus both on physical objects, from relics and images of saints to the mysterious Voynich manuscript, and on responses to such varied phenomena as sacred song, holy war and plague.