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Rippling Through History

 
A Review of 

All Things Made New:
The Reformation and Its Legacy

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Hardback: New York: Oxford UP, 2016
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Reviewed by Seth Moland-Kavash
 

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and one of the most well-regarded and prolifically published church historians of our era. This newly published volume is a collection of essays, all previously published in various venues over the past 25 years, that reflect MacCulloch’s reflections on the Reformation and its ongoing legacy in England, in Europe, in the West, and throughout the world.

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Aelred

Today is the traditional date for the feast of St. Aelred of Rievaulx (1110 – 12 January 1167).

St. Aelred’s most familiar extant work is On Spiritual Friendship (read an excerpt here), a work that some have interpreted as a paean to same-sex love. 

His Story:

Aelred was of noble descent, and was born in the north of England, in 1109. Being educated in learning and piety, he was invited by David, the pious king of Scotland, to his court, made master of his household, and highly esteemed both by him and the courtiers. His virtue shone with bright luster in the world, particularly his meekness, which Christ declared to be his favorite virtue, and the distinguishing mark of his true disciples. The following is a memorable instance to what a degree he possessed this virtue: a certain person of quality having insulted and reproached him in the presence of the king, Aelred heard him out with patience, and thanked him for his charity and sincerity, in telling him his faults. This behavior had such an influence on his adversary as made him ask his pardon on the spot.

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Today is the Feast of
St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-c.395)…

 
I’ve been digging into his work recently, especially his theology of the Trinity, and this book by Hans Urs von Balthasar…
 

Presence and Thought: Essay on the Religious Philosophy of Gregory of Nyssa
Hans Urs von Balthasar

Paperback: Ignatius Press, 1995
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I’ve been particularly been fascinated by von Balthasar’s understanding of history as described in this passage…
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Rediscovering Christianity’s Roots.

A Review of

Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World
Larry Hurtado

Hardback: Baylor UP, 2016
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Reviewed by Joseph Johnson
 
 
If Christianity had died out like many of the other religious movements of late antiquity, would those studying the Roman past find anything distinctive about it? Or would it seem more like an unremarkable part of an already crowded religious landscape? This is the kind of question that intrigues me, and having read Larry Hurtado’s Destroyer of the Gods, I think I know how he at least would answer it. In this book, Hurtado looks at the first few centuries of Christianity and sheds light on some of the major features that, he argues, “made it distinctive, noteworthy, and even peculiar in the ancient Greek and Roman setting” (5).

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

The Hollow Men: A Novel

Rob McCarthy

 

 Read the starred review from Publishers Weekly

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Leonard Sweet, Roxane Gay, Martin Marty, MORE)

 

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#1:
From Tablet to Table: Where Community Is Found and Identity Is Formed

Leonard Sweet

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Thoughtful, Committed Citizens Changing the World
 
A Brief Review of 

Battle for Bed-Stuy: The Long War on Poverty in New York City
Michael Woodsworth

Hardback: Harvard UP, 2016
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Reviewed by Leslie Klingensmith
 
 
Too often, we learn history as an impersonal set of dates, geographic locations, and the names of the major players.  While those academic facts are important, our collective past can potentially be much more alive to us in the present and, therefore, more helpful as we seek solutions to the social ills that affect us all.  Historical writing is most effective when it is able present people and scenarios from the past in a way that humanizes those who were there and shows us how decisions made “at the top” actually changed the lives of ordinary people.

Michael Woodsworth, in his book Battle for Bed-Stuy:The Long War on Poverty in New York City, makes a credible attempt to look at one community through a period of decades.  He analyzes Bedford-Stuyvesant’s (“Bed-Stuy”) efforts to combat poverty and remain a safe, vibrant, appealing place for people to live.  Battle for Bed-Stuy is especially useful for learning how President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty legislation and its programs played out in a real community populated by people committed to improving their surroundings and their lives.

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Dying for the Faith

A Review of 

Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship
Charles Moore / Timothy Keiderling, Eds.

Paperback: Plough Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Fred Redekop

 

Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship is a disturbing book. The book comes out of a project called Bearing Witness conducted at Goshen College ( a Mennonite college ). The foreword is written by two people from Goshen College, John Roth and Elizabeth Miller.  Charles Moore and Timothy Keiderling have organized the stories into time periods. The book begins with two stories of Stephen and Polycarp, and the first chapter is about Christians who live out their faith in the presence of the Roman Empire.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Swing Time: A Novel

Zadie Smith

 

Read a review of this book from NPR

 

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura

Eileen Markey

 

Read a review of this book

 

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