*** DEBUG END ***

New titles just published

24 June 2022

This week’s selection: the afterlife in Early Christian tradition, German Idealists, and postmodern Western culture

Journeys to Heaven and Hell: Tours of the afterlife in the Early Christian tradition by Bart Ehrman (Yale, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-300-25700-7).

“From classics such as the Odyssey and the Aeneid to fifth-century Christian apocrypha, narratives that described guided tours of the afterlife played a major role in shaping ancient notions of morality and ethics. In this new account, Bart Ehrman contextualizes early Christian narratives of heaven and hell within the broader intellectual and cultural worlds from which they emerged. He examines how fundamental social experiences of the early Christian communities molded the conceptions of the afterlife that eventuated into the accepted doctrines of heaven, hell, and purgatory.”

The Shadow of God: Kant, Hegel, and the passage from heaven to history by Michael Rosen (Belknap, £28.95 (£26.05); 978-0-674-24461-0).

In a bold retelling of philosophical history, Michael Rosen explains the limits of this story, showing that many modern and apparently secular ways of seeing the world were in fact profoundly shaped by religion. The key thinkers, Rosen argues, were the German Idealists, as they sought to reconcile reason and religion.

The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the wisdom of tradition in an age of chaos by Sohrab Ahmari (Hodder, £12.99 (£11.69); 978-1-529-36452-1). New in paperback.

“For millennia, philosophical, ethical and theological reflection was commonplace among the intellectually curious. But the wisdom that some of the greatest minds across the centuries continue to offer us remains routinely ignored in our modern pursuit of self-fulfilment, economic growth, and technological advancement. Sohrab Ahmari offers a brilliant examination of our postmodern Western culture, and an analysis of the paradox at its heart: that the ‘freedoms’ we enjoy — to be or do whatever we want, subject only to consent, with everything morally neutral or relative — are at odds with the true freedom that comes from the pursuit of the collective good. 

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

Church Times Bookshop

Save money on books reviewed or featured in the Church Times. To get your reader discount:

> Click on the “Church Times Bookshop” link at the end of the review.

> Call 0845 017 6965 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm).

The reader discount is valid for two months after the review publication date. E&OE

Forthcoming Events

6-7 September 2022
Preaching as Pilgrimage conference
From the College of Preachers.

27-28 September 2022
humbler church Bigger God conference
The HeartEdge Conference in Manchester includes the Theology Slam Live Final.

More events

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four* articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)

*Until the end of June: we’re doubling the number of free articles to eight, to celebrate the publication of our Platinum Jubilee double issue.