from Modern Believing Vol 59:4 • previous edition
Life after Tragedy: Essays on Faith and the First World War Evoked by Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy
M. W. Brierley and G. A. Byrne, eds.
Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 254. Pb. $31.
ISBN 978-1-5326-0226-9.

Review by Stuart Bell, Durham University


Invisible Worlds: Death, Religion and the Supernatural in England, 1500–1700
P. Marshall, 
London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. viii, 260. Pb. £17.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-07522-5.

Review by Georgina Byrne, Worcester Cathedral 


Perfecting Perfection: Essays in Honour of Henry D. Rack.
R. J. Webster, ed., 
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 297. Pb. £24.
ISBN 978-0-227-17588-0.

Review by Sarah Heaner Lancaster, Methodist Theological School in Ohio


God and Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours.
J. Sandys and W. Henley, 
London: SPCK, 2015. Pp. xxx, 268. Pb. £19.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-07527-0.

Review by Warren Dockter, Aberystwyth University 


Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom.
A. J. W. Copson, 
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. x, 153. Hb. £12.99.
ISBN 978-0-19-880913-5.

Review by Grace Davie, University of Exeter 


Modernities, Memory and Mutations: Grace Davie and the Study of Religion.
A. F. Day and M. Lövheim, eds., 
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xvi, 255. Hb. £65.
ISBN 978-1-4724-3617-7.

Review by Martyn Percy, University of Oxford 


Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post-Brexit Britain.
B. W. Ryan, ed.
London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018. Pp. 176. Pb. £16.99.
ISBN 978-1-78592-309-8.

Review by Nicholas Sagovsky, King’s College, London


Blessed Are the Poor? Urban Poverty and the Church.
L. A. Green, 
London: SCM Press, 2015. Pp. xviii, 218. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-334-05365-1.

Review by Angus Ritchie, Centre for Theology and Community, East London


Plundering Egypt: A Subversive Christian Ethic of Economy.
G. P. Wagenfuhr, 
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. xiv, 257. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9468-9

Review by Eve Poole, Church Commissioners, London 


Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action.
E. Lothes Biviano,
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xxxiv, 286. Pb. £23.99.
ISBN 978-1-62698-163-8.

Review by Frances Ward, Mirfield 


Christianity and Religious Plurality, Studies in Church History 51.
C. M. Methuen, A. P. Spicer and J. R. Wolffe, eds.
Woodbridge and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2015. Pp. xxiv, 454. Hb. £45.
ISBN 978-0-9546810-3-6.

Review by Michael Ipgrave, Diocese of Lichfield 


Jesus and Buddha: Friends in Conversation.
P. F. Knitter and R. Haight, 
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xviii, 253. Pb. £17.99.
ISBN 978-1-62698-151-5.

Review by Ross Thompson, Mere, Wiltshire 


Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World.
K. van Bekkum, J. Dekker, H. R. van de Kamp and H. G. L. Peels, eds., 
Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. xxviii, 315. Pb.
ISBN 978-90-04-33795-4.

Review by Andrew Angel, Burgess Hill 


Paul and His Recent Interpreters: Some Contemporary Debates.
N. T. Wright, 
London: SPCK, 2015. Pp. xxiv, 379. Pb. £25.
ISBN 978-0-281-06758-9.

Review by Michael Lakey, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford 


Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience.
P. J. Leithart, 
Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015. Pp. x, 165. Pb. £10.99.
ISBN 978-1-58743-367-2.

Review by Andrew Robinson, University of Exeter


Systematic Theology.
A. C. Thiselton,
London: SPCK, 2015. Pp. xiv, 453. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-281-07330-6.

Review by Alexander D. Garton, University of Cambridge 


Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction.
T. J. Bayne,
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. xxii, 133. Pb. £7.99.
ISBN 978-0-19-875496-1.

Review by Keith Ward, University of Roehampton 


William Desmond and Contemporary Theology.
C. B. Simpson and B. T. Sammon, eds., 
Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Pp. viii, 301. Hb. $50.
ISBN 978-0-268-10221-0.

Review by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice, William Temple Foundation and University of Worcester


The Problem of Evil.
D. Speak, 
Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2015. Pp. viii, 149. Pb. £15.99.
ISBN 978-0-7456-6407-1.

Review by Mark Hocknull, University of Lincoln 


Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things that Matter Most.
J. L. Walls, 
Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015. Pp. 235. Pb. £12.99.
ISBN 978-1-58743-356-6.

Review by Robin Parry, Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, OR 


Hope and the Longing for Utopia: Futures and Illusions in Theology and Narrative.
D. Boscaljon, ed., 
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2015. Pp. xx, 239. Pb. £18.
ISBN 978-0-227-17505-7.

Review by Stefan Skrimshire, University of Leeds 


Science Fiction Theology: Beauty and the Transformation of the Sublime.
A. P. R. Gregory, 
Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2015. Pp. x, 318. Hb.
ISBN 978-1-60258-460-0.

Review by Stephen May, Worcester 


Reimagining Worship: Renewing Worship in a Changing Church.
A. M. de Lange, B. T. Lloyd, T. R. Stratford and I. D. Tarrant, eds.,
London: Canterbury Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 273. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-84825-913-3.

Review by Bridget Nichols, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin 


Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age.
A. E. Nekola and T. J. Wagner, eds., 
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2015. Pp. xiv, 263. Hb. £65.
ISBN 978-1-4724-5919-0.

Review by June Boyce-Tillman, University of Winchester 


Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church.
S. Hensman, 
London: Ekklesia, 2015. Pp. xvi, 255. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-9932942-0-4.

Review by Alan Wilson, Diocese of Oxford 


Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women.
E. Storkey, 
London: SPCK, 2015. Pp. 320. Pb. £9.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-07508-9.

Review by Lesley Orr, University of Edinburgh 


Soft Shepherd or Almighty Pastor? Power and Pastoral Care.
A. Dillen, ed., 
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2015. Pp. xx, 200. Pb. £16.50.
ISBN 978-0-227-17522-4.

Review by Margaret Whipp, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 


The Logic of the Spirit in Human Thought and Experience: Exploring the Vision of James E. Loder Jr.
D. R. Wright and K. J. White, eds., 
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. xxvi, 357. Pb. £27.50
ISBN 978-0-7188-9378-1.

Review by Rebecca Nye, Open University, Milton Keynes 


The Resourceful Self: And a Little Child Shall Lead Them.
D. E. Capps, 
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. xiv, 203. Pb. £16.50.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9390-3.

Review by Fiona Gardner, Bath 


Still Growing: The Creative Self in Older Adulthood.
D. E. Capps, 
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. xviii, 190. Pb. £16.50.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9391-0.

Review by James Woodward, Sarum College, Salisbury, and University of Winchester 


Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness, 2nd edn.
K. E. Greene-McCreight,
Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015. Pp. xxiv, 216. Pb. £12.99.
ISBN 978-1-58743-372-6.

Review by Julian Raffay, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool 


In the Fellowship of His Suffering: A Theological Interpretation of Mental Illness - A Focus on ‘Schizophrenia’.
E. Hessamfar, 
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. xii, 375. Pb. £25.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9382-8.

Review by Christopher Cook, Durham University 


Psychological Perspectives on Religion and Religiosity.
B. Beit-Hallahmi, 
Hove and New York: Routledge, 2015. Pp. xii, 316. Pb. £34.99.
ISBN 978-0-415-68287-9.

Review by Laura G. E. Smith, University of Bath