The Priest Barracks: Dachau, 1938-1945 by Guillaume Zeller (Ignatius Press, £13.99 (£12.60); 978-1-62164-099-8).
“At the Nazi concentration camp Dachau, three barracks out of thirty were occupied by clergy from 1938 to 1945.The story of these men, which has been submerged in the overall history of the concentration camps, is told in this riveting historical account. Both tragedies and magnificent gestures are chronicled here--from the terrifying forced march in 1942 to the heroic voluntary confinement of those dying of typhoid to the moving clandestine ordination of a young German deacon by a French bishop.”
The Cambridge Companion to the Problem of Evil, edited by Chad Meister and Paul K. Moser (CUP, £23.99 (£21.60); 978-1-107-63602-6).
“For many centuries philosophers have been discussing the problem of evil - one of the greatest problems of intellectual history. There are many facets to the problem, and for students and scholars unfamiliar with the vast literature on the subject, grasping the main issues can be a daunting task. This Companion provides a stimulating introduction to the problem of evil.”
Henry Chadwick: Selected writings, edited by William G. Rusch (Eerdmans, £33.99 (£30.60); 978-0-8028-7277-7).
“This anthology offers a choice selection of writings by one of the 20th century's premier Church historians, Sir Henry Chadwick. Many of Chadwick's considerable contributions to a fuller understanding of the early church were unpublished or not circulated widely during his lifetime, but here they are compiled in a convenient, accessible form.”
Constantine to Chalcedon: Shaping the world to come by Patrick Whitworth (Sacristy Press, £24.99 (£22.50); 978-1-910519-47-9).
“The period covered by this book (AD 381-451) is the first in which the Church can be said to have exercised a dominant role in political history. For some it is the period in which the Church lost its innocence. Yet without the innovations of Constantine and his successors, it is hard for us to imagine what Christianity might have been.”
A Pilgrim’s Guide to Sacred London by John Michell and Jason Goodwin (Argonaut Books, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-9572540-3-9).
“Beneath the carapace of busy London lie relics of an old enchantment, when Guildhall was the palace of Trojan kings and Westminster Abbey was the holy of holies, secluded on Thorney Island. Sacred London shows the capital in a new light. Bathed in the gleam of saints and angels, discover a city of river worship, ancient stones, and holy wells. Visit places of sanctuary and haunts of peace, picked out from the scrum of the modern city, quiet churches and forgotten wildernesses, in the very heart of London.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.