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Going about doing good in Prishtina

Going about doing good in Prishtina

Things snowballed for a questioning visitor, says Caroline Bowder

Stored in the cloud

Stored in the cloud

Adam Ford reflects on faith and the brain

Something more than busybodies

Something more than busybodies

Fraser Dyer evaluates two contemporary spiritual prescriptions

Empowering black Christians

Empowering black Christians

Christopher Landau considers a call to ‘exorcise’ the Church

Wind blows southerly

Wind blows southerly

Peter Selby considers the Churches’ ideas on economic justice

Top ten religious books

1. Meeting God in Paul by Rowan Williams (SPCK, £8.99) (1) 2. Sensing God by Laurence Freeman (SPCK, £7.99) (-) 3. I Am With You by Kathryn Greene-McCreight (Bloomsbury, £9.99) (-) 4. Reflections for Lent (Church House Publishing, £4.99) (-) 5. Abraham by Meg Warner (SPCK, £7.99)...

New titles just published

Paul: The apostle’s life, letters, and thought by E. P. Sanders (SCM Press, £40 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £35); 978-0-334-05455-9).   Making Good Sense of the Bible Together, with a foreword by Paula Gooder (Bible Society, £3.99 (£3.60); 978-0-564-04427- 6).   Congregational...

A frank probe of mortal bodies

A frank probe of mortal bodies

Robin Gill on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Treasures of a persecuted people

Treasures of a persecuted people

Nicholas Cranfield visits the Armenian exhibition in Oxford

Not much vesting in the vestry

Not much vesting in the vestry

THERE are some stories that are timeless: boy meets girl, triumph over tragedy, or simply tragedy over triumph. There are some stories that are immortal and simply cannot die, such as the revelation, fresh every year, that the Pope is Catholic

Coming up trumps

LAST week’s most frightening TV programme was The Mad World of Donald Trump (Channel 4, Tuesday of last week). Matt Frei’s account of the Republican hopeful was more appalling even than the horrors of today’s religious extremism. It was a record of the egregious folly of a free people — people who c...

The 'Wow!' factor

IN ANY typical discourse on the physics of the universe — on the Big Bang, for instance, or multiple dimensions — there comes a moment when one gives up following the argument and resolves one’s lower jaw into the shape of a half-articulated “Wow!” In the first of The Reith Lectures (Radio 4, Tuesda...

Week ahead

HIGHLIGHT: How to Die: Simon’s Choice A documentary that follows the last days of Simon Binner, diagnosed with motor neurone disease, who decides to end his life at a Swiss clinic

Local Churches for local people?

Local Churches for local people?

John Saxbee considers the far-flung matter of Anglican Studies

Rights a project of the Christian Right

Nick Spencer on the forgotten part played by Rome and Dublin

Asceticism to the rescue

Asceticism to the rescue

David Atkinson reads a discussion of desire in theological context

Aboriginal reflection on Mary

Aboriginal reflection on Mary

Miimi Ngaire (Mother 1) by the artist Richard Patrick Campbell, from the Koori cultural group Gumbaynggir, is one of the images discussed and reproduced in a paper by Marie Farrell on the Indigenous Mary, in Mary, Bearer of the Eternal Word

Strong candidate for zero tolerance

Sue Atkinson reflects on the violence done by men to women

Talking of ethics

Talking of ethics

Duncan Dormor finds an interview format less than helpful

New titles

The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis (Bluebird, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-5098-2493-9).   The Story of St Francis of Assisi: In twenty-eight scenes by Timothy Verdon (Paraclete Press, £15.99 (£14.40); 978-1-61261-685-8).   The I. B.Tauris History of Monasticism: The Western tradition...

It takes a whole village . . .  

It takes a whole village . . .
 

Stephen Brown sees the new film about a newspaper’s investigation into abuse in the Roman Catholic Church

Church Times Bloxham Festival
Bloxham Festival (S Circle)

Who were Shakespeare’s friends and family? His neighbours and his rivals? His fellow actors and collaborators?

Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells, Michael Wood and Carol Rutter bring to life Shakespeare’s life and times through the stories of the people who were closest to him.

Book tickets: Bloxham Festival

Thu 11 Feb 16 @ 16:53
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