A series of books published by SPCK and sponsored by Modern Church exploring aspects of Christian faith from a liberal perspective.


MCmsBible

Making Sense of the Bible

Helen-Ann Hartley
SPCK Publishing, June 2011. Paperback, 96 pages. Incl. p&p - UK: £7.20 / non-UK: £10.00

Again and again, we hear that such-and-such an opinion is not 'biblical', implying that the Bible speaks with a unified voice on any matter. With humour and examples drawn from art and life, Helen-Ann Hartley argues that to appreciate fully the Bible's richness and diversity, we have to wrestle critically and creatively with themes that attract us and repel us.

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MCmsGodsLove

Making Sense of God's Love: Atonement and Redemption

Lorraine Cavanagh
SPCK Publishing, June 2011. Paperback, 96 pages. Incl. p&p - UK: £7.20 / non-UK: £10.00

Many people are put off Christianity by the idea of God punishing his Son for our sins. They find it hard to believe in a loving God who appears to be so angry and vindictive. This book addresses some of these difficult questions. It will form ideal reading for those wanting to return to their faith, or those who would like to explore it in greater depth. The book aims to create an open theological landscape, which will take account of the many different ways in which we are saved and restored.

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MCmsFaith

Making Sense of Faith in God

Jonathan Clatworthy
SPCK Publishing, June 2012. Paperback, 96 pages. Incl. p&p - UK: £7.20 / non-UK: £10.00

This book deals with the popular interest in spirituality, and physicists' interest in God, as opposed by the new atheists. It also considers the role of God in a secular society. Modern secularism separates religion from secular knowledge and expects us to explain reality without reference to God. This taboo on God limits our understanding of life as we experience it, and undermines confidence in human knowledge generally.

Review by Laura Sykes

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MCmsSex  

Making Sense of Sex

Adrian Thatcher
SPCK Publishing, June 2012. Paperback, 96 pages. Incl. p&p - UK: £7.20 / non-UK: £10.00

Using familiar theological ideas, biblical passages and Christian doctrines, this book reinterprets them in a less familiar way. Subjects covered include Desire, Bodies, Sexual Difference, Marriage, Spirituality and Sexualities.

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MCmsDeathImmortality

Making Sense of Death and Immortality

Paul Badham
SPCK Publishing, June 2013. Paperback, 96 pages. Incl. p&p - UK: £7.20 / non-UK: £10.00

Many think that belief in life after death flies in the face of what science has discovered. Paul Badham explores the grounds on which the hope of immortality, central for Christian doctrine, can be revitalized today. He suggests that the possibility of a relationship between God and human beings is confirmed by our religious experience, and that resurrection and immortality need each other. Includes chapters on the evidential value of near-death experiences, concepts of heaven, and arguments against belief in hell.

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MCmsReligiousPluralism  

Making Sense of Religious Pluralism

Alan Race
SPCK Publishing, June 2013. Paperback, 96 pages. Incl. p&p - UK: £7.20 / non-UK: £10.00

This short book includes:
a) Listening for authenticity
b) Respect for differences
c) Willingness to learn from the other
d) Self-criticism
e) Moving beyond absolutism
f) Leaving behind relativism
g) Forging criteria to distinguish between true and false religious belief and practice.

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