Origins Beliefs Practices Holy Texts Sacred Places
This illustrated introduction to Christianity succinctly outlines the historical development of the faith and its main denominations; Christian concepts of the divine and of sacred persons, places and times; ethical and social principles; and beliefs about death and the afterlife. Each chapter ends with a section that explains the significance of an extract from a key text in the Christian tradition.
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?
The God of Jesus Christ
When it was first published in 1982, this important work by the German Catholic cardinal and theologian Walter Kasper argued for a ‘theological theology’ that makes the explanation of the confession of the triune God its first priority. In this new edition, Kasper’s introduction addresses recent changes as theology reassesses itself in relation to science, culture and the Church; and he emphasizes the importance of the existential and pastoral meaning of the doctrine of God in this new situation.
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.
Newman's Unquiet Grave
The Reluctant Saint
Written in the wake of publicity about the beatification of John Henry Newman (1801–1890), Cornwell's highly acclaimed biography focuses not on arguments for and against sainthood, but on Newman's character and importance as a writer. The study includes chapters devoted to each of his major works – Idea of a University, the Apologia, The Dream of Gerontius and The Grammar of Assent – and aims to reveal Newman's 'genius for creating new ways of imagining and writing about religion'.
The Wife of Jesus
Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals
Was Jesus married? The question has inspired fierce debate, conspiracy theories, sensationalist news stories and The Da Vinci Code. In this clear account of the evidence Anthony le Donne examines a range of ancient texts and modern scholarship to offer arguments for and against a married Jesus; he also considers how the changing nature of our quest for Jesus' wife illuminates the ebb and flow of modern social and cultural preoccupations.
The Divine Conspiracy Continued
Fulfilling God's Kingdom on Earth
Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy was one of the most important works of Christian philosophy of recent decades, and influenced a whole generation of disciples. This sequel takes its message out of the church and into the wider world of business and the professions, encouraging those disciples to become leaders in the civil community in order to build Christian principles and practices into the fabric of their society.
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.
Jocelin of Wells
Bishop, Builder, Courtier
Jocelin, a royal administrator and the bishop of Wells from 1206 to 1242, played a major role in the growth of Somerset's towns, fairs and markets as well as the completion of Wells Cathedral and its Bishop's Palace. This volume comprises ten essays on Jocelin's life, career and reforms, his building projects and the findings of recent architectural, archaeological and botanical investigations into the curious physical nature of the palace site.
Anglican Church-Building in London 1946–2012
After the Blitz devastated many of London's historic churches, some 250 new ones were built throughout the capital, mostly in the Modernist style. They have received little attention, and some have fallen into neglect or been demolished; but as this unique survey makes clear, many have considerable architectural merit. A general introduction is followed by a borough-by-borough gazetteer, with each entry illustrated by both an interior and exterior view. The book concludes with a list of architects and their work.
The Myth of Persecution
How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom
Central to the traditions of Christianity is the example of the early martyrs, crucified, burned and thrown to wild beasts because they refused to renounce their faith. Yet as this controversial study makes clear, the myth of persecution was greatly exaggerated. Drawing on both Christian and pagan sources, it shows that only during brief, widely separated intervals did believers suffer violence, and that for much of Roman history they prospered and even achieved high public office.
The First Christian Heretics
The religious schools embraced by the term 'Gnosticism' formed the official church's main rival during the early centuries of Christianity. Introducing key texts such as the Gospel of Thomas, this book outlines Gnostic beliefs - that the world was created by an evil God, that Christ came to teach liberating knowledge and that women are men's equal - and shows how these ideas survived underground to influence modern writers including Blake, Camus and Philip K Dick.
The Sacred in Music
Despite the central role of music in religion, academic theology has treated its sacred significance as a peripheral concern. In a provocative exploration of the connections between theology and music theory, Blackwell redresses this balance. Bringing together the perspectives of different Christian traditions, he uses the concept of 'sacramental potential' to show how these two interdependent 'realms of experience veiled in mystery' can work together in worship to place the essence of the divine in human minds.
Great Christian Thinkers
A Beginner's Guide to Over Seventy Leading Theologians Through the Ages
In a concise, informative and light-hearted book, Blakely offers 'a beginner's guide' to over 70 leading theologians, ranging chronologically from Ignatius of Antioch (35–107 CE) to Leonardo Boff (b.1938), but arranged alphabetically.
The Cistercians in the Early Middle Ages
Published to mark the nonacentenary of the foundation of the Cistercian order at Citeaux in 1098, this volume portrays the growth and the cultural, spiritual and economic life of the 'white monks'. Williams's study is concerned with the first 250 years of Cistercian history, the so-called 'Golden Age' that was brought to an end by the Black Death. The book includes numerous maps and plans, a chapter on the Cistercian-affiliated nunneries and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
The Church of England in Industrialising Society
The Lancashire Parish of Whalley in the Eighteenth Century
Through a close study of the parish of Whalley in Lancashire, Snape examines the fortunes of the Church of England during the 18th century, raising issues such as parochial charities and the Church's relationship with folk religion. No jacket.
Connecting the Covenants
Judaism and the Search for Christian Identity in Eighteenth-Century England
Studying 'the preoccupation of certain Christian thinkers with Judaism as a critical religious and cultural factor' in the early 18th century, Ruderman focuses on the writings and career of English-born Christian convert Moses Marcus.
The Son of God for the Secular Age
The image of Jesus as divine has endured for 2,000 years, but how, in the light of the Holocaust and other atrocities, can it be reconciled with the modern world? Drawing on acute searching as a believer and a wide range of scholarship from Bonhoeffer onwards, James Carroll brings into focus a view of Jesus that is both true to the classical tradition and relevant to the 21st century.
The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring
Drawing on astonishingly wide reading (Lucian, Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Dante, Heine, Flaubert, Ruskin, Orwell, Truffaut and Francis of Assisi are just some of the authors cited), Bazyn sets each of the seven 'deadly sins' - and seven 'subsins' - in the context of millennia of observations on the darker side of human nature. Never moralizing, but often amusing, the book provides a corrective to modern Christianity's neglect of this traditional resource for teaching responsibility in ethics. Slightly off-mint.
Introduction to the History of Christianity
From the Early Church to the Enlightenment
Focusing on the interaction between the sacred and the secular, this introduction to the history of Christianity examines three pivotal periods: from 300 CE, when Constantine initiated the process of Christianizing the Roman world, to 500 CE; 1050-1250, which saw a radical programme of renewal in Latin Christendom; and 1450-1650, the age of upheavals known as the Reformation. Within these periods Herring illuminates specific aspects of the historical experience of Christianity by looking at institutions, theological ideas or particular individuals.
Dictionary of Christian Biography
The scope of this Dictionary extends beyond 'professional' Christians such as churchmen, saints, theologians and mystics: in 6,500 or so brief biographies it covers many hundreds of people from diverse walks of life, selected because their commitment to Christianity played an important part in their public lives. Here are profiles of economists, artists, archaeologists and journalists alongside the major, and many minor, figures of Christian history. The Dictionary covers the period from the end of the New Testament era to the 20th century.
The Private Prayers
Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) was best known for his work on the translation of the Authorized Version of the Bible. It was only after his death that his 'Private Prayers', written in Greek and Latin, began to be circulated. The powerful quality of his sermons and prayers has influenced the work of many others, most notably TS Eliot. Here, David Scott introduces and translates a new selection from the Preces Privatae. From The Golden Age of Spiritual Writing series.
Butler's Saint for the Day
With one saint for each day of the year, this volume is a selection from the 2,500 entries in the full edition of Butler's work. It gives simple factual presentations of the saints' lives, showing how they worked for the good of their fellow men and women, and illustrating the words of Alban Butler himself: in saints' lives 'we see the most perfect maxims of the gospel reduced to practice'. This is a revised and updated version of Butler's Lives of the Saints: New Concise Edition (2003).
Letters of Direction
'Never follow any narrow way; but on the contrary choose the broadest, the most generous way.' This book comprises extracts from a spiritual classic, the Letters of Direction written by the Parisian priest Henri de Tourville (1842-1903) in the last 20 years of his life when, although an invalid, he never lost his noble optimism and common sense.
Counsels of Light and Love of St John of the Cross
First published in 1935, this short manual containing the nine simple 'Cautions' and the 'Points of Light and Love' of St John of the Cross (1542-1591), is introduced by the Catholic theologian Thomas Merton(1915-1968), who shows how these powerful sayings reveal the essential ascetic doctrine of the Carmelite Doctor.