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New titles just published

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02 June 2017

Forgiveness, secularisation, what queer culture could bring to faith, the surprising things rabbis hear, and essays on metaphysics feature among this week's new books just published

Forgiveness Remembers: A journey into the heart of God by Paul Farren and Robert Miller (Instant Apostle, £6.99 (£6.30); 978-1-909728-67-7).

"Forgive and forget is the mantra. But what if the path to true peace were forgive and remember ? This is the radical and liberating truth shared by two authors who bridge the Catholic Protestant divide. Together they show that true forgiveness lies the other side of grace-filled remembering and not denial-laden forgetting.

 

Holy Ignorance: When religion and culture part ways by Oliver Roy (Hurst, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-84904-447-9).

"Olivier Roy, world-renowned authority on Islam and politics, finds in the modern disconnection between faith communities and socio-cultural identities a fertile space for fundamentalism to grow. Instead of freeing the world from religion, secularisation has encouraged a kind of holy ignorance to take root, an anti-intellectualism that promises immediate, emotional access to the sacred and positions itself in direct opposition to contemporary pagan culture."

 

Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ people know about life and love and how it can revitalize Christianity by Elizabeth Edman (Beacon Press, £17.99 (£16.20); 978-0-8070-5908-1).

"Thus queer experience is a lens that can help Christians better understand and navigate an authentic Christian path. Exploring ethical dimensions of queer experience such as Pride, coming out, scandal, and hospitality, Queer Virtue lifts up the queer ethical path as a model for progressive Christian practice, illuminating and potentially vivifying the Christian faith."

 

Confessions of a Rabbi by Jonathan Romain (Biteback Publishing, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-785-90189-8).

"The life of a congregational rabbi is often seen as an ivory-tower existence - full of prayers and piety - but Jonathan Romain's has radically departed from that image. Virtually no one has ever asked him about their spiritual life and instead he has dealt with a rollercoaster of crises, emotional traumas, moral dilemmas, attempts at seduction, multiple murders, Machiavellian families, funerals that go wrong, weddings that are hijacked, and fighting his way through a maze of other people's sexual fantasies."

 

The Hidden and the Manifest: Essays in theology and metaphysics by David Bentley Hart (Eerdmans, £34.99 (£31.50); (978-0-8028-6596-0).

"Rowan Williams says that David Bentley Hart 'can always be relied on to offer a perspective on the Christian faith that is both profound and unexpected.' A new collection of this brilliant scholar's work, The Hidden and the Manifest contains nineteen essays by Hart on theology and metaphysics."

 

Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.

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