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Reviews

God talk and normal talk

God talk and normal talk

The Edge of Words: God and the habits of language by Rowan Williams

Deserts, rivers, dictators’ pants

Deserts, rivers, dictators’ pants

Including The Psalms: A commentary for prayer and reflection by Henry Wansbrough

He spoke to them in parables

He spoke to them in parables

Jesus the storyteller by Stephen I. Wright

The online sceptics taken to task

The online sceptics taken to task

Jesus: Evidence and argument or mythicist myths? by Maurice Casey 

The Bible’s worship songs

The Bible’s worship songs

Stirred by a Noble Theme: The book of Psalms in the life of the Church -  Andrew G. Shead, editor

Founding precepts

Founding precepts

The Ten Commandments: A short history of an ancient text by Michael Coogan 

Judaism’s greatest prophet

Judaism’s greatest prophet

Journey Through the Old Testament: The five books of Moses: A family storybook with masterpieces of art by Suzanne E. Lier

Getting into the NT

Getting into the NT

The Question of Canon: Challenging the status quo in the New Testament debate by  Michael J. Kruger

Last Supper

Last Supper

Image from The Handy Bible Answer Book: Understanding the world's all-time bestseller by Jennifer R. Prince

Scripture goes east

Scripture goes east

The Bible and Asia: From the Pre-Christian era to the postcolonial age by R. S. Sugirtharajah 

New Titles just published

Including What Matters Most? Finding spiritual treasure in everyday life by Brian Draper 

Rome synod: happy, or divided?

Rome synod: happy, or divided?

Press: THE Roman Catholic synod was a story that got even better as the week rolled on. It is also an interesting example of how little even the very best journalists can understand of what is happening in fast-moving stories - not because we are particularly stupid or ill-informed, but because no one knows

Greatly exaggerated

Radio: Matt Thompon's documentary was a joy: full of bonkers theories, and plenty of archive material. And, in case you thought that this was all a bit of a laugh, there was Professor Diane Purkiss, of Oxford University, to remind us that conspiracy theories are, in fact, one of the most dangerous aspects of the modern media age

Jaw, jaw, no frisson

Television: I waited until the second episode of Grantchester, ITV's new detective series, lest the opener was atypical of the series, but, alas, it does not fill me with delight.

Week ahead

Our pick of the best television and radio for the coming week

Once upon a time in Britain

Once upon a time in Britain

WHEN the artist Paul Nash published his gazetteer to Dorset in 1935 as one of the first Shell Guides, he dedicated it "to all those Courageous Enemies of 'Development' to whom we owe what is left of England". Edwin Smith (1912-71) was one of the photographers invited by John...

From pre-cradle to pre-grave

From pre-cradle to pre-grave

Including Theology and Issues of Life and Death by John Heywood Thomas; Susan F. Parsons, editor

Lessons from the resuscitated

Lessons from the resuscitated

The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How understanding NDEs can help us live more fully by Penny Sartori 

Visited with great sickness

Visited with great sickness

Medicine and Religion: A historical introduction by Gary B. Ferngren

Not dazzled by biology

Not dazzled by biology

Beyond Human? Science and the changing face of humanity by John Bryant 

Fri 24 Oct 14 @ 16:57
NEW: The new era of women bishops: an independent reviewer and the possibility of positive action http://t.co/PHsD3kKpxl

Fri 24 Oct 14 @ 10:50
York Inquiry finds 'systemic failure' over abuse @ http://t.co/zTXYit4WnC