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19 January 2024

This week’s selection: Magisteria by Nicholas Spencer in paperback, how medieval monastic practices can assist in conserving the earth, and the gospel as emancipation

Magisteria: The entangled histories of science and religion by Nicholas Spencer (Oneworld, £11.99 (£10.79); 978-0-86154-730-2). New in paperback

“The true history of science and religion is a human one. It’s about the role of religion in inspiring, and strangling, science before the scientific revolution. It’s about the sincere but eccentric faith and the quiet, creeping doubts of the most brilliant scientists in history . . . From eighth-century Baghdad to the frontiers of AI today, via medieval Europe, nineteenth-century India and Soviet Russia, Magisteria sheds new light on this complex historical landscape.” 


Monastic Ecological Wisdom : A living tradition
by Samuel Torvend (Liturgical Press, £17.99 (£16.19); 978-0-8146-6797-2).

“In Monastic Ecological Wisdom, Samuel Torvend shows how it is possible that medieval monastic values and practices could assist in the careful conservation of what we claim is God’s first gift, God’s first gesture of grace: the earth and all that dwells with it.”


The Emancipation of God: Postmarks on cultural prophecy
by Walter Brueggemann (Fortress Press, £19.99 (£17.99); 978-1-5064-9823-2).

“Understanding the gospel as emancipation has been central to Walter Brueggemann’s biblical interpretation. This book illustrates the theme’s centrality, addressing the emancipation of God from our attempts to control, the emancipation of the church to be the people of an emancipated God, and the emancipation of the gospel to be a cultural prophecy.”


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