There is much to appreciate in Melanie Phillips’ first novel, The Legacy

Sep 21, 2021 by

by Irene Lancaster, Christian Today: Many would say that War and Peace, Tolstoy’s epic 1860s chronicle of the earlier Napoleonic invasion of Tzarist Russia, experienced through the lives and loves of a number of individuals, is his greatest novel – maybe even the greatest novel ever written. At exactly the same time, that very English genius, George Eliot (real name Mary Ann Evans), was writing what she herself considered to be her greatest novel, Romola, based on Florentine Renaissance...

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Good recent books on Anglicanism

Sep 2, 2021 by

REFORMATION ANGLICAN WORSHIP: Experiencing Grace, Expressing Gratitude, By Michael P. Jensen, Crossway, 190pp Reviewed by David Virtue, VirtueOnline: […] The author boldly states that his conviction is that the theological commitments of Cranmer and the other English Reformers had, and still have, seminal significance for Anglicans and that theology of this period has often been disregarded in a more cavalier fashion. The spirit of the Reformers, and indeed to orthodox Christian faith is that...

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Onward Christian soldiers, with this book in hand

Aug 31, 2021 by

By Andrew Cadman, TCW: Dominion by Tom Holland; Generic, 2020. FITTINGLY enough, I finished Dominion, Tom Holland’s history of Western Christian thought and its shaping of the Western mind, on the same day as the fall of Kabul. Holland’s book is a magnificent, magisterial work that not just all Christians but anyone who cares about the ascent and decline of Western civilisation should read. Although perhaps sometimes it overstates its case, it brilliantly succeeds in its objective of showing...

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The Bookshelf: Essential Reading on Religious Freedom

Jun 20, 2021 by

by Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse: In the culture wars that rage in our politics today, people of more orthodox faith traditions are sadly becoming accustomed to their religious freedom being threatened. In education, in many professions, and in the public square, the freedom to live according to the teachings of one’s faith in contemporary life is constantly in need of defense—rhetorical, political, and legal. When the Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration are pushing the...

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A Review of ‘Providence’ by John Piper.

Jun 15, 2021 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: The new tome by John Piper is essential reading: (Crossway Books, 2021.) The topic of the providence of God is a major biblical theme, and properly understood, it is a hugely reassuring and comforting doctrine of Scripture. It has often been discussed at length over the centuries, certainly by those in Puritan and Reformed circles. This new treatment by Piper is the most recent, and it is one of the most thorough and detailed to yet appear. Some recent...

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Why We Need the ‘Plurality Principle’

May 18, 2021 by

by Sam Storms, The Gospel Coalition: With Dave Harvey’s publication of The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team, we can ask, “Aren’t there more pressing and urgent issues that call for our attention?” After all, among the many “-ologies,” shouldn’t we emphasize Christology (the study of Jesus Christ), soteriology (the study of salvation), eschatology (the study of the end times), and hamartiology (the study of sin)? Is ecclesiology (the study of the...

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