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15 February 2019

Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism by Kathryn Tanner (Yale, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-300-21903-6).

In his classic The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber famously showed how Christian beliefs and practices could shape persons in line with capitalism. In this significant reimagining of Weber's work, Kathryn Tanner provocatively reverses this thesis, arguing that Christianity can offer a direct challenge to the largely uncontested growth of capitalism.

Poverty: Responding like Jesus, edited by Kenneth Himes and Conor Kelly (Paraclete Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-61261-682-7).

The poor will always be with you, Jesus said - but that doesn't mean Christians have ever figured out how to be with the poor. Pope Francis has emphasized a vision of a "Church that is poor and for the poor." But growing economic inequality continues to spread across the globe. This book takes a fresh look at the role of churches, and individual Christians, in relating to poverty and the poor among them.

The Triumph of Christianity: How a forbidden religion swept the world by Bart Ehrman (Oneworld, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-78607-483-6). New in paperback.

How did Christianity become the dominant religion in the West? In the early first century, a small group of peasants from the backwaters of the Roman Empire proclaimed that an executed enemy of the state was God's messiah. Less than four hundred years later it had become the official religion of Rome with some thirty million followers. It could so easily have been a forgotten sect of Judaism.

Apprentices and Witnesses: Creative liturgies for incarnational worship: Lent, Holy Week and Easter by Chris Thorpe (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78622-110-0).

This worship collection for Lent, Holy Week and Easter brims with unique liturgies, prayers and resources for the most important season of the Christian year.”

 

A Glad Obedience: Why and what we sing by Walter Brueggemann (WJK, £12 (£10.80); 978-0-664-26464-2).

The Christian practice of hymn singing, says renowned biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann, is a countercultural act. It marks the Christian community as different from an unforgiving and often ungrateful culture. It is also, he adds, an "absurd enterprise" in the midst of the hyper-busy, market-driven society that surrounds us. In this helpful and engaging volume, Brueggemann discusses both why we sing and what we sing.

 

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

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