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22 May 2020

Acts, by Craig S. Keener (Cambridge University Press, £29.99 (£26.99); 978-1-108-46868-8)

“This volume is an abridged version of Keener’s monumental, four-volume commentary on Acts, the longest and one of the most thorough engagements with Acts in its ancient setting. Sensitive to the work’s narrative unity, Keener’s commentary is especially known for its direct engagement with the wide range of ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman sources.”

Religion and the Meaning of Life
, by Clifford Williams (Cambridge University Press, £21.99 (£19.79); 978-1-108-43298-6)

“Delving into felt realities pertinent to meaning, such as boredom, trauma, suicide, denial of death, and indifference, Williams describes ways to acquire meaning and potential obstacles to its acquisition.”

, by Danny Dorling (Yale, £18.99 (£17.09); 978-0-300-24340-6)

“The end of our high-growth world was underway well before Covid-19 arrived. In this powerful and timely argument, Danny Dorling demonstrates the benefits of a larger, ongoing societal slowdown. Drawing from an incredibly rich trove of global data, this groundbreaking book reveals that human progress has been slowing down since the early 1970s.”

Radical Sacrifice
, by Terry Eagleton (Yale, £10.99 (£9.89); 978-0-300-25150-0). New in paperback.

“A trenchant analysis of sacrifice as the foundation of the modern, as well as the ancient, social order. The modern conception of sacrifice is at once cast as a victory of self-discipline over desire and condescended to as destructive and archaic abnegation. . . In this analysis, Terry Eagleton makes a compelling argument that the idea of sacrifice has long been misunderstood.”

The Eastern Orthodox Church
, by John Anthony McGuckin (Yale, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-300-21876-3)

“An insider’s account of the Eastern Orthodox Church, from its beginning in the era of Jesus and the Apostles to the modern age. In this lively and intimate account of the Eastern Orthodox Church, John McGuckin tackles the question ‘What is the Church?’ His answer is a clear, historically and theologically rooted portrait of what the Church is for Orthodox Christianity and how it differs from Western Christians’ expectations.”


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