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Tito’s turbulent priest

Tito’s turbulent priest

Michael Bourdeaux on the injustice done to Cardinal Stepinac

Justifying the ways of God to man    

Justifying the ways of God to man
 
 

Mike Starkey looks at two books with an apologetic tendency

Notice board: ecumenical studies

SPCK has published in one volume all ARCIC II’s five Agreed State­ments: Looking Towards a Church Fully Reconciled: The Final Report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission 1983-2005 (ARCIC II), edited by Adelbert Denaux, Nicholas Sagovsky, and Charles Sherlock (£14.99 (£13.50); 978-...

Secularisation revisited

STEVE BRUCE has edited a new edition of a classic work of sociology by the late Bryan R. Wilson from 1966 (originally published by C. A. Watts, and praised as “a model for the sociology of religion”): Religion in Secular Society: Fifty years on

How the Tracts really became acts

Colin Podmore on part of an answer

Horizons widen in the East

Horizons widen in the East

Christopher Hall reads about the founders of a Christian ashram

The Pope tweets

POPE FRANCIS’s green encyclical, Laudato Sì: On care for our common home, has been published with a commentary by Sean McDonagh

Subversion in the cathedral?

Subversion in the cathedral?

Roger Hiorns’s show prompts Jonathan Evens to look back at a rare attempt to draw on the liturgical in contemporary art

Trump places his faith in the prosperity gospel

THE cultural distance between traditional Christianity and the contemporary media landscape occasionally jumps into my face as if I had trodden on a rake

Island in the sun

Island in the sun

EPISCOPAL ministry is clearly enhanced when your bishop begins each day with an invigorating swim; but it is obviously a bonus if that means, rather than shivering at the local municipal baths, plunging instead into the warm clear waters of the Caribbean

Total disorder

THE post-Christmas season has, for centuries, been a topsy-turvy time. The Roman Saturnalia, the tradition of boy bishops in medieval cathedrals, and lords of misrule in Renaissance courts — all enacted a conceit in which the world was temporarily turned upside down

Week ahead

HIGHLIGHT: Revisiting the 14-Day Rule For more than 25 years it has been illegal in the UK to carry out research on human embryos beyond 14 days. Matthew Hill looks at the rule in the light of recent scientific developments.Tuesday 11am, Radio 4   TELEVISION:Sunday 4.30pm (BBC1) Songs of Praise A lo...

The signs — and challenges — of Jesus    

The signs — and challenges — of Jesus
 
 

John Saxbee reviews two very different New Testament studies

Christology in the making  

Christology in the making
 

John Court considers the theory of a ‘high human’ view of Jesus

‘He lived in a shoebox with Mary and Joseph’

‘He lived in a shoebox with Mary and Joseph’

A knitted donkey is proud to be in the crib after staying with the other figures at children’s houses during Advent, in Rebecca Abrey’s charming The Knitted Donkey (£6 (plus £1.50 p&p) from the Vicarage, Church Road, Chadlington, Oxon

Growing weary of worldly rhetoric?  

Growing weary of worldly rhetoric?
 

David Martin on the church-growth thing

Evil getting its comeuppance

Evil getting its comeuppance

Fiona Hook reads two crime mysteries with satisfying conclusions

‘Five-century division between east and west ends’

‘Five-century division between east and west ends’

Bothwell Parish Church, now dominated by its nave and crossing tower by Scott & Wilson, 1831-33, and later restoration, was “Probably the most important of Lanarkshire’s pre-Reformation churches” and is “the most significant of its surviving medieval ecclesiastical monuments”

Notice board

MARTYN and Esther Whittock’s Christ: The first 2000 years is a guide to how Jesus has been perceived by different groups of people during the Christian era

Bible-reading notes

THE Gift of Years: Bible reflec­tions for older people: January-April 2017 (Tricia Wil­liams, editor) has contributions from David Winter, Jennifer Bute, Lin Ball, Russ Parker, and Debbie Thrower (BRF, £4.99 (£4.50); 978-0-85746-514-6)

New titles just published

Churches of the Church of England by Janet Gough (Scala, £12.95 (£11.70); 978-1-78551-061-8).   Miniature Baptismal Fonts by Julian Wheeler (Fircone Books, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-907700-08-8).   In a Glass Darkly: The Bible, reflection and everyday life by Zoe Bennett and Christopher...

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Extending a ministry of welcome

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