Nick Spencer looks at an argument weighed down by its prose
Simon Valentine on an idea that inspires both Quietism and terrorism
Michael Doe considers interfaith encounters
From Mother of God: Similar to Fire, one of the book’s 51 Marian icons by a US priest, William Hart McNichols, which appear with Mirabai Starr’s devotional words
David Atkinson on a contributor to the God-and-science debate
Peter Forster reflects on old dispute and new developments
Paula Gooder finds some gems in this reflective book
Anne Spalding takes up offers of help to reflect and pray
Ronni Lament weighs up ideas for going wild
Fiona Hook is gripped by some historical novels for children
Hanging by a Thread: The questions of the cross by Samuel Wells (Canterbury Press, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-84825-907-2).
Coles to Jerusalem: A pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Reverend Richard Coles by Kevin Jackson (Pallas Athene, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-84368-143-4).
Roderic Dunnett hears The Cloud Messenger at Tonbridge School
Stephen Brown considers a battle for the soul
THE editor of this newspaper remarked to me that he had spent the weekend with his head in a tub of wallpaper paste. This seems needlessly energetic when he could have had exactly the same sensation from reading the press releases of the National Secular Society
LAST week’s TV portrayed a series of transformations from old to new. Regret at the passing of former things, and eagerness to embrace that which lies ahead were there in equal measure — sometimes within the same breast
THE internet can be a sinister place. That much we knew even before the post-Truth era descended like a pea-souper on our consciousness
HIGHLIGHT: Muslims Like Us Ten participants who represent the Muslim faith take up residence in a house together to explore their beliefs (1-2/2).
Monday and Tuesday 9pm, BBC2
Edward Dowler enjoys a parallel translation of the Confessions
David Stancliffe looks at some do-it-yourself Eucharistic Prayers
ADVENT daily reading is provided by the Principal of Westcott House, Chris Chivers, in his book Letters to Jonny: Journeying to Bethlehem by different roads, published by ISPCK (978-81-8465-559-9), and available from USPG for £10 (cheques payable to USPG, to:
USPG, Harling House, 47-51 Great S...
ROBIN LANE FOX’s Augustine: Conversions and Confessions, which was widely admired, and described by Carolyn Hammond as “enjoyable, thorough, stimulating, and moving”, when it was first published in hardback last year (