Church/Christian History & Future

The history of the church: its development and practice, trends and future possibilities.

Ancient Voices (History Today)

- Learning From Pompeii

by Ann Sloane


If you ask me where is the most memorable place I have visited, I will reply “Pompeii”. It is extraordinary to walk along a Roman street, as it was in the 1st century AD and see the shops, homes and civic buildings, and sobering to realise that the city was the graveyard for over 2,000 people.

In this book Ann Sloane gives us the history and a guidebook to this remarkable place. Beginning with background information about the Roman Empire, she goes on to describe the volcanic eruption of 79 AD and the subsequent rediscovery and excavation of the city. Finally there is a chapter outlining spiritual lessons we can learn from the tragic events drawing a parallel with Sodom and Gomorrah.

It would have been good if the book had contained information about the location of the various sites, visiting hours and car parking, but this is a minor quibble. Overall this is a book that will educate, enlighten and encourage you visit one of the wonders of the world.



Review by Alan Hill  (10/12/13)
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Price: £6.00
Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-846-25398-0

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Pioneers Of Scottish Christianity

- Ninian, Columba and Mungo

by Roderick Graham


This book seeks to answer the question of how Christianity came to Scotland. Covering, in particular, the period from 400 AD to 700 AD, Roderick Graham looks at three individuals—Ninian, Columbia and Mungo.

It is difficult to uncover the truth of what happened. Many stories read like Greek myths with bizarre miracles and strange events. The author simply recounts these, leaving it to the reader to try and separate fact from fiction. My conclusion was that most should be filed under fiction.

The book ends with the church leaders debating minor matters such as when to celebrate Easter and the way in which a priest's head should be shaved after ordination.

I was left with the overriding impression that Scotland was still largely in spiritual darkness even after 400 years of Christian influence. There were, I am sure, ordinary people who believed the good news about Jesus Christ and were saved but sadly their stories have been lost in the mists of time.

Overall the author has done his best to bring some order to the patchy and unreliable records that we have. He writes in a flowing, easy to read style. The result is not a definitive history but broad brush picture containing some of what may have happened. If this period of history interests you then you will enjoy this book.



Review by Alan Hill  (08/12/13)
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Price: £14.99
Publisher: Saint Andrew Press
Published: May 2013
ISBN: 978-0-715-20965-3

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Thirty Nine New Articles

- An Anglican Landscape Of Faith

by Martyn Percy


Martyn Percy has written a brilliant book that not only provides a great and concise overview to the reasoning behind the original development of the Thirty Nine articles of faith of the Anglican Church but that also sets out to provide a new modern and relevant consideration and update of them from a modern theological perspective.

He does this utilising a series of short articles that are pieced together from pieces he as written for national papers and also sermons he has given. Following the four points of the original articles we get modern considerations on A Catholic Faith, A Personal Religion, A Corporate Religion and finally in line but divergent from the original Miscellaneous we have Miscellaneous People.

The articles provided are short and easy to read, and though not necessarily what we would consider 'articles of faith' in the traditional sense are none the less worthy considerations and views of what the theology and understandings of our day reflect the Anglican faith to be - a consideration of divergence, difference and coming together despite all of this.

This book would make a great personal read for any member of the Anglican Communion but would also be a great book to use as a church or small group study, taking each article as the basis for discussion.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (11/11/13)
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Price: £16.99
Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-848-25525-8

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Silent Witnesses

- Lessons On Theology, Life, and the Church from Christians of the Past

by Garry J Williams


What an excellent book, a brilliant series of studies on theologians, witnesses, pastors and fathers of the church that both clearly and concisely tell us not only about the people themselves, their times and their beliefs but in so doing helps inform us about our own faith, theology and beliefs - especially if you are from a reformed tradition. After all the future is written on the past and without first understanding where we come from how can we truly understand where we are and where we yet have to go. Jonathan Edwards, Calvin, Tyndale and others are here, silent witnesses in the way of all witnesses that have gone before but ones that speak loudly. Foundational characters one and all, and I loved the chapter that dealt with Puritan Psychology, indeed this chapter really made the book for me. If you have even a passing interest in Puritan theology then you really need to read this chapter for fresh insight and enjoyment. A great church history book but one that sets its sights radically on today's church.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (06/08/13)
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Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Published: May 2013
ISBN: 978-1-848-71217-1

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The Underground Church

- Reclaiming the subversive way of Jesus

by Robin Meyers


"We have so long defined ourselves by who and what we are not that we have almost forgotten entirely who and what we are."¯ So begins Robin Meyers at the start of this remarkable book in which he seeks to rediscover the essential components of what should be the defining characteristics of the church.

Meyers' critique of the church is staggeringly accurate ("More passion is generated by a service that runs too long than by the destruction of the planet.") His analysis of what has gone wrong returns - as other commentators have before him - to the effect of, as he puts it "waking up in bed with Constantine". Political recognition has compromised the church and dragged us further and further from the heart of Jesus' call. We are in bed today with the imperial forces of global consumerism determined to wreck God's world and the church has nothing to say - or more importantly perhaps - lives in such a compromised and complicit way that its words, however heroic and well-intentioned, will never be heard.

Meyers' solution is to call upon Christians to rediscover the gospel by placing trust in God, truly loving one another sacrificially and countering the imperial forces of today's culture by deliberate acts of subversion. Translating this from Meyers' American context to the UK naturally - at least for us Anglicans - raises questions about the future of the established church. But more fundamental questions are raised too - just how many Christians are there that would recognise the subversive nature of the Jesus that Meyers describes? And how many of them are prepared to act upon it? As the church seeks to adjust to the reality of its own powerlessness Meyers asks some vital questions we all need to consider.



Review by David Ford  (10/07/13)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: November 2012
ISBN: 978-0-281-06941-5

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Wounded Visions

- Unity, Justice, and Peace in the World Church after 1968

by Jonas Jonson


Jonas Jonson is bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Strängnäs, Church of Sweden. He has been directly involved with the ecumenical movement for forty years. As a result he has produced this authoritative volume giving clear perspectives on the changes in, and developments of global Christianity from the 1960s to the present day. Significant for the direction of ecumenical relations was the fourth assembly of the World Council of Churches in Uppsala in 1968, which was to colour future ecumenical discussions and relationships. He covers, among other issues, the ecumenical movement's response to the fall of communism, the opening-up of China and the globalization of the financial markets. For all that, the author believes that all Christian relationships must be rooted in prayer allied with hope brought about by the resurrection of Christ. Therefore, they can believe in the world's and the Church's future. For those who believe that continuing ecumenical dialogue is important this book will inform and shape both thought and direction.

Review by Graham Wise  (21/05/13)
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Price: £26.99
Publisher: Eerdmans from Alban Books
Published: January 2013
ISBN: 978-0-802-86778-0

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The Church Jesus Prayed For

- A personal journey into John 17

by Michael Cassidy

ISBN: 978-0-857-21330-3
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Published: November 2012
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Sermons of The Great Ejection



by Various

ISBN: 978-1-848-71152-5
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Published: July 2012
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Confraternities and Sodalities in Ireland

- Charity, Devotion and Sociability

editor Colm Lennon

ISBN: 978-1-856-07792-7
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Published: November 2012
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Wakefield Diocese

- Celebrating 125 Years

by Kate Taylor

ISBN: 978-1-848-25253-0
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Published: October 2012
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Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition

- Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformations

by Eamon Duffy

ISBN: 978-1-441-18117-6
Price: £20.00

Published: June 2012
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A Passionate Faith

- What makes an evangelical?

by Richard Turnbull

ISBN: 978-1-854-24901-2
Price: £8.99

Published: June 2012
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From Willow Creek To Sacred Heart

- Rekindling My Love for Catholicism

by Chris Haw

ISBN: 978-1-594-71292-0
Price: £9.99

Published: November 2012
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The Essential History of Christianity



by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

ISBN: 978-0-281-06642-1
Price: £12.99

Published: October 2012
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Britain's Spiritual Inheritance

- Our revival history, our prophetic heritage

by Diana Chapman

ISBN: 978-1-908-39323-4
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Published: August 2012
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No Lions in the Hierarchy

- An Anthology of Sorts

by Joseph Dunn

ISBN: 978-1-856-07782-8
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Published: September 2012
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Luther and His World



by Graham Tomlin

ISBN: 978-0-745-95588-9
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Published: 24 August 2012
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1536 - The Year That Changed Henry VIII



by Suzannah Lipscombe

ISBN: 978-0-745-95332-8
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Published: October 2012
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Where Has The Church Been For 2000 Years?



by David Pawson

ISBN: 978-0-956-93761-2
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Published: March 2012
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Law, Power and Justice In Ancient Israel



by Douglas A. Knight

ISBN: 978-0-664-22144-7
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Published: 2011
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Christian Music

- A Global History

by Tim Dowley

ISBN: 978-0-745-95324-3
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Published: September 2011
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Christian Beginnings from Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325



by Geza Vermes

ISBN: 978-1-846-14150-8
Price: £25.00

Published: 07 July 2012
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The Missional Church in Perspective

- Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation

by Craig Van Gelder & Dwight J Zscheile

ISBN: 978-0-801-03913-3
Price: £11.99

Published: 01 May 2011
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Jesus: A Short Life

- The Historical Evidence

by John Dickson

ISBN: 978-0-745-95578-0
Price: £6.99

Published: 18 May 2012
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The Redemptorists in Ireland 1851-2011



by Brendon McConvery CSsR

ISBN: 978-1-856-07759-0
Price: £19.99

Published: 29 June 2012
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Reaping the Harvest

- Fifty Years After Vatican II

by Suzanne Mulligan

ISBN: 978-1-856-07789-7
Price: £8.50

Published: 12 June 2012
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Thy Kingdom Come

- The Past Present and Future of Evangelical Christianity

by Christopher Catherwood

ISBN: 978-1-903-90537-1
Price: £8.99

Published: 2010
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The Reformation Experience

- Living Through the Turbulent 16th Century

by Eric Ives

ISBN: 978-0-745-95277-2
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Published: 12 December 2012
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Sacraments and Worship

- Key Readings in the History and Theology of Christian Worship From the New Testament to the Present

Edited and introduced by Maxwell E. Johnson

ISBN: 978-0-281-06803-6
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Published: April 2012
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Overcoming Violence



by Johnston McMaster

ISBN: 978-1-856-07754-5
Price: £12.50

Published: 30 March 2012
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Ultimate Price

- Testimonies of Christians Who resisted the Third Reich

Selected with an Introduction by Annemarie S. Kidder

ISBN: 978-1-570-75955-0
Price: £14.99

Published: February 2012
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The Future of the Global Church

- History, Trends and Possibilities

by Patrick Johnstone

ISBN: 978-1-850-78966-6
Price: £24.99

Published: December 2011
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The Ordained Women Deacons of the Church’s First Millennium



by John Wijngaards

ISBN: 978-1-848-25121-2
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Published: 28 February 2012
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Outcast Nation – Israel The Jews.....and You

- The Complete Story from Abraham to Armageddon

by Steve Maltz

ISBN: 978-0-956-22964-9
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Published: January 2012
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Walsingham

- Pilgrims and Pilgrimage

by Michael Rear

ISBN: 978-0-854-39811-9
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Published: March 2011
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The Siege of Jerusalem

- Crusade and Conquest in 1099

by Conor Kostick

ISBN: 978-1-441-13828-6
Price: £10.99

Published: September 2011
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The King James Bible

- A Short History from Tyndale to Today

by David Norton

ISBN: 978-0-521-61688-1
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Published: January 2011
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