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05 August 2022

This week’s selection: theology in the Ordinary, poetry for the Church’s year, and the Apostles’ Creed

Marilynne Robinson: Theologian of the Ordinary by Andrew Cunning (Bloomsbury, £28.99 (£26.09); 978-1-5013-7134-9).

 “Marilynne Robinson, Theologian of the Ordinary posits that Robinson's widely celebrated novels and essays are best understood as emerging from a foundational theology that has ‘the Ordinary’ as its source. Reading Robinson's published work, and drawing on an original interview with Robinson, Andrew Cunning constructs an authentically Robinsonian theology that is at once distinctly American and conversant with contemporary continental philosophy of religion. . . Under the themes of grace, language, time and self, Cunning locates the ordinary, everyday grounding of Robinson's metaphysics.”


Tumbling Into Light: A hundred poems by Richard Bauckham (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£10.39); 978-1-78622-436-1).

Tumbling Into Light collects together Richard Bauckham’s poetry, including an extended sequence on the seasons and feasts of the church year, plus many other poems on biblical themes, creation, and saints. This wide-ranging collection of poems will enrich the liturgy and worship of the church.”


Confessing and Believing: The Apostles’ Creed as script for the Christian Life by Trevor Hart (Fortress Press, £19.99 (£17.99); 978-1-5064-8547-8).

“Hart reveals that there is far more to the Creed than ancient statements about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Church. Hart employs the Creed’s twelve clauses to reveal the vibrant theology behind, in, and in front of the Creed. His interpretation of the Creed is not just an historical exercise, i.e., to discover what Christians once believed, but to understand “what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all” — and to do so in a way that addresses the intellectual and cultural contexts of the 21st century. Hart’s perceptive analysis reveals why the Creed has been, is, and will continue to be both confessed and believed.”

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

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