January/February/March 2021

Book reviews January/February/March 2021

Bread of Life in Broken Britain: Foodbanks, Faith and Neoliberalism 
Charles Roding Pemberton 
ISBN: 978-0334058960 
SCM Press 2020
Paperback 196 pp £19.99 
Pastoral Review bookshop £16.00
Given the explosion in UK faith-based food aid over the two last decades, and with predictions that UK food insecurity is only going to get worse in a post-Brexit future, it is extraordinary that so little attention has been given to it as an urgent theological issue of the day. Bread of Life in Broken Britain is therefore a hugely welcome attempt to seriously engage with the faith-based nature of much of the emergency food aid effort we have witnessed in recent years by the Christian churches and other faith groups. It offers an insightful, if at times particularly Anglican, theological response and guiding vision, which, until publication of this well-researched book, has largely been regrettably lacking.  

As foodbanks sit at the crossroads of faith, politics and economics, Pemberton’s book is necessarily interdisciplinary – he helpfully aims to straddle disconnected worlds by providing a Christian narrative on foodbanks to the secular world of social scientists and activists, whilst simultaneously offering a political and economic analysis of foodbanks for Christians. His weighting of material, however, seems to favour the latter ambition more.  

The book is divided into five punchy chapters. It begins, as I would hope, with the actual experiences of foodbank users themselves. Pemberton’s book is commendable, not least because it does not theologise from afar, but is rather a practical theological response grounded in the author’s two years of recent volunteering at a foodbank. He consistently writes with real sensitivity and concern for the struggles of people who end up accessing foodbanks, often as a last resort when all other coping mechanisms have been exhausted, setting his experiences within the broader field of social research. He charts the ‘complex and ambiguous’ foodbank phenomenon, and the recent social and economic trends that have propelled foodbanks to flourish in a neoliberal context.   

It is not until we reach Chapter 3 that Christian theology as a resource is explored in any depth, and it is here, for me, that the book really shines. Pemberton offers a beautiful synopsis of why food is endemic to the Christian imagination, and a theology of food as participatory, gift and sacramental, which serve as the hallmarks by which to assess Christian practical initiatives like foodbanks. He does not utilise Catholic social thought as a resource though, and I felt the absence of its particularly luminous principles if applied to this issue. Drawing on the important contributions of Williams and Allen in their critiques of foodbanks, his conclusion in the subsequent two final chapters, that foodbanks are ‘too problematic, too partial, too compatible with neo-liberalism’ to be an adequate expression of the richer Christian tradition, does indeed need to be heard. And though such a conclusion may be challenging for some, there is simultaneously no desire to denigrate such charitable effort by the author. Indeed, by confining his investigation to only the franchised foodbanks model, perhaps a valuable opportunity was lost to examine other alternative Christian food models, that could offer more theologically faithful ways forward for concerned Christian activists and practitioners. But a relatively short book of this nature cannot, of course, cover all the bases.

The established policy suggestions Pemberton endorses as more fruitful directions in Chapter 5 will be familiar to many – for example, universal basic income and altering individual patterns of food consumption – and while there is nothing surprising in such prescriptions, he does offer a Christian perspective to these wider policy debates that is sorely needed. The success of the book for me was in leaving me with a more hopeful sense that there is a way for food production and environmental concerns to be more compatible than the current insanity of the existing status quo, with its associated UK food insecurity crisis, suggests.  

Philomena Cullen, theologian and consultant, Killarney, Ireland

The Godless Gospel: Was Jesus a Great Moral Teacher? 
Julian Baggini 
ISBN: 978-1783782314 
Granta 2020 
Hardback 304 pp £16.99 
Pastoral Review bookshop £15.30 
These days it is all too easy to fall into the trap of the echo chamber of agreement, and it becomes unfathomable that another opinion even exists. But whilst it is good to know that you disagree with something, it is also crucial that you know why. The Godless Gospel serves as a good reminder of the importance of engaging with material with which you feel you are likely to disagree. 

Julian Baggini’s project, in a nutshell, is to remove God from the Gospel and test whether this still makes Jesus a great moral teacher. Spoiler alert: unsurprisingly, the answer is yes.  

In theory, this might seem like an interesting exercise. However, it quickly becomes apparent that The Godless Gospel is an attempt by a lapsed Catholic who now identifies as an atheist to justify his agreement with and admiration of Jesus’ teaching, without having to believe in or deal with a higher being. 

The book is in two parts. The first explores Jesus’ teachings through the lens of moral philosophy, with Baggini reasoning that, ‘If the alternative to appeals to authority is rational moral argument, on the face of it, Jesus doesn’t look like a great moral teacher.’

However, ultimately, and perhaps inevitably, he concludes: ‘Nonetheless, there can be little doubt that, stripped of his divine status, the Jesus of The Godless Gospel is still a bona fide moral teacher.’

The focus of this moral philosophy is Baggini’s take on the parables, and he makes some interesting observations, particularly on the subject of forgiveness in the chapter, ‘Non-Judgement’.

‘Against Family Values’ is the most engaging chapter, in which Baggini perceives a disconnect between the Church’s teachings on family life and Jesus’ example – or lack thereof. Discussions about sex and sexuality are perhaps always going to be more interesting than those about lost sheep, and Baggini does have some good points to make. However, he has a penchant for inflammatory and under-referenced statements, which feels a bit like he’s playing a game of Mornington Crescent, and he wins every time.

One such example is his claim that, ‘The world needs far fewer children. Those of us who don’t reproduce are doing society a favour, not letting it down.’

And, a little later, after describing how Jesus asks his disciple to be a son to Mary after he has died, Baggini concludes that, ‘It is not too harsh to say that, having pretty much ignored his mother all his adult life, Jesus leaves it to someone else to be the son he never was.’

Lines like this are obviously intended to shock, but without theological or scientific footnoting they lose their edge, and to a Catholic reader feel a little like yet another under-researched interpretation of the Church’s teachings.   

One of the strengths of The Godless Gospel is that Baggini includes the voices of several interlocutors, largely Christian theologians and philosophers, including Karen Kilby, Lucy Winkett, Clare Carlisle and Elizabeth Oldfield, who provide a much-needed and often-lacking female voice in philosophical and theological debate. These voices also provide balance and occasionally reassurance for the Christian reader who might find themselves discombobulated by Baggini’s approach, which becomes increasingly provocative as the first part reaches its conclusion.  

I’m not sure if Baggini has heard of Pope Francis and/or his detractors, but to say that ‘It is a pity that contemporary Christianity seems unwilling or unable to emphasise the radical toughness of Jesus’s teaching’ seems a bit out of kilter with the current state of the Catholic Church.

On the other hand, I would not think it difficult for any reader, believer or not, who has a vague awareness of Jesus’ teachings to agree with the statement that ‘Jesus remains as much a countercultural force in our lifetime as he was in his own’. Yet it would seem that for Baggini this is a revelation.

The second part of The Godless Gospel is a ‘hybrid’ of the four Gospels, using the King James Version of the Bible, but with ‘all mentions of God, miracles and so on’ removed. Or supposedly removed, as during the Passion there are in fact three mentions of God and two indirect references to the miracle of salvation.  

As you might be able to tell, by the time I got to the second part I was tired. The use of the King James Version, though aesthetically pleasing, felt incongruous and inconsistent with Baggini’s attempt to radically modernise the Gospel. The ‘godless’ narrative felt jarring and incomplete. At the time of writing of the (actual) Gospels, there was an implicit belief by everybody that God existed, and that the Gospel was the Word of God. It is nearly impossible to read any part of the Bible without acknowledging its historical context, and so the second part, of Baggini’s book only serves to confirm that the premise of this project does not really work.  

The Godless Gospel is an attempt to be contentious, but it lacks conviction and nuance, which renders it both underwhelming and flawed. I can’t help thinking that this book was borne out of the idea for a catchy title, rather than any serious academic inquiry.

Stephanie MacGillivray, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Fatima
113 minutes
Picturehouse, also on Amazon Prime video
UK release: 29 January 2021
One of the iconic films of the twentieth century was The Song of Bernadette. Based on Franz Werfel’s eponymous novel, it told the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a poor peasant girl, and the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes. The Song of Bernadette was first released in 1943, at the height of the Second World War – a story of faith and hope much needed in times of utter despair.

Perhaps it is not surprising that Fatima is released now, at a time of global pandemic when wars haven’t ceased and the relentless suffering of many continues. The story of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to three poor children in Fatima in Portugal in 1917 is familiar to many, and the plot as set out in the film does not stray far from it, though thankfully it doesn’t seek to exaggerate certain aspects of it either.

In 1917, Portugal is in the grip of the First World War. Although the war is fought elsewhere, Portuguese soldiers are fighting on foreign soil and the numbers of casualties are enormous. One of the interesting devices employed by the director is the repetition of a scene in the marketplace where families gather to receive news of their sons who have died in battle or are missing in action. The three children to whom ‘the Lady’ appeared are caught up in a network of complex relationships, of disbelief and belief, of fear and oppression, and yet they persist in telling what they have seen and many follow them. There is of course opposition, not only from the anti-clericalist factions within Portugal’s First Republic and from within the Church, but also from within the children’s families. There is much beautiful acting in this film, and perhaps one of the highlights is Lúcia Moniz who plays Maria Rose, Lucia’s Mother. When the sceptic Professor Nichols interviews the now elderly Sister Lucia in her convent and asks her if she has any regrets, she replies that she regrets that she wasn’t able to do more to please her mother. Nichols probes: ‘Which mother?’, and the question is left there, perhaps for the viewer to remember as we see the tension between Lucia and her earthly mother unfold. Like several other subplots in the film, this is done gently and with great sensitivity, so as not to distract from the story itself, the apparitions and the message of Fatima, the call to conversion and to prayer.

Fatima is a remarkable and indeed beautiful film, telling a familiar story and yet taking those who see it beyond the experience of watching the film to the message heard by three small children at a time of war and pandemic suffering. Perhaps for those who cannot hear that message itself, it can speak about the need for and indeed the power of faith.

Natalie K. Watson, Peterborough

The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology 
Edward Howells and Mark A. McIntosh (eds) 
ISBN 978-0198722380 
Oxford University Press 2020 
Hardback 720 pp £110.00 
Pastoral Review bookshop £99.00 
An examination of the contents page of this impressive volume immediately discloses that this is a collection of articles from leading experts in the field of theology, and not just mystical theology. It also reveals that there is a wealth of material in scope, depth and breadth which has been assembled to covers a wide range of topics. A review of this length cannot possibly hope to do justice to the richness of this work. One of the characteristics of this handbook is that certain themes and approaches emerge which run through the entire volume. There are overarching ideas and topics that encompass a wide range of material and this is no mean achievement. I therefore offer a review which treats this handbook as a single work, possessing a thematic unity, rather than a collection of loosely connected essays. 

This volume begins by emphasising the central role that mystical theology plays at the heart of human experience and therefore at the heart of theology itself. Mystical theology is not a ‘sub-discipline’ of theology that deals with spiritual experiences, but it is concerned to understand God’s self-disclosure in all things and in all his actions in the world. The role of mystical theology is framed by a number of binary terms, or tensions: collective-individual, human and ‘more than human’, spirit and body, presence and absence, knowing and unknowing, definable and ineffable and of course, apophatic and cataphatic. In one way or another, these pairings appear throughout the volume. 

The key images or patterns of mystical thought also exhibit these dual terms. The connection between God and Creation can be seen as one between God and humanity, but also between time and eternity, immanence and transcendence. These are not simply rhetorical flourishes but point to a dynamic sense of identity and relationship. There is also an important sense in which the goal of mystical theology is not to merge or conflate these dualities, but to embark on a process of reciprocal definition and clarification of the terms. Mystics affirm the sacramental nature of creation, but they also express respect for what cannot be known or described. The classic cataphatic/apophatic duality is not a sterile contradiction, rather it can be enriching and expand appreciation of its referent. 

A second project which seems evident is the recovery of a wider sense of the ‘mystical’ beyond the reductionist tendency of the Enlightenment to see it as an irrational, subjective discourse about spiritual or emotional experiences. This has a number of implications for an appreciation of the sources of mystical theology, such as the human sciences, as well as theological ones. Scripture, liturgy, preaching, asceticism, prayer and poetry can all be understood better when mysticism is allowed to enjoy a broader scope beyond the ‘spiritual’ in that rationalist eighteenth-century sense.

There is a strong concern to underscore the much wider concerns of mystical theology and this is superbly illustrated in the fourth part of the volume where several theological disciplines are brought into dialogue with mysticism. The theologies of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Spirit and Revelation can all be expanded and deepened when brought into dialogue with mystical theology. 

Also present in this work is the belief that mystical theology can relate to, explain and be explained by the secular world in which it operates. The social and historical context is critical for understanding the significance and importance of mysticism. The experience of the spirit is intertwined with the politics of poverty, discrimination and violence. At the heart of a Christian understanding of the world is a proclamation of human liberation and salvation. Spirituality cannot be boxed in apart from a social context. Of course, this gives a strong ethical edge to mysticism which many authors comment on. The wider understanding of mysticism is also seen in Christian life and practices. Mystical experiences are not elitist or reserved to ‘spiritual athletes’ but are instances of the ordinary call of the Holy Spirit to every Christian to be another Christ. 

There must be a special word of commendation for the quality of the bibliographies provided at the end of each article, as well as the recommendations for further reading. The essays in this volume are not only an invaluable starting point in the many aspects of mystical theology but also represent the latest scholarship and offer stimulating new perspectives. At a cover price of £110 it seems unlikely that undergraduates will buy this volume, and therefore it is vital that all university and seminary libraries invest in a copy. 

Kevin Alban O. Carm, Aylesford Priory 

The Problem of War: Darwinism, Christianity, and Their Battle to Understand Human Conflict
Michael Ruse
ISBN: 978-0190867577 
Oxford University Press 2019 
Hardback 280 pp £22.99 
Pastoral Review bookshop £20.69 
The debate about human nature has raged among philosophers and theologians for centuries. For pessimists like Augustine and Hobbes, human beings are fundamentally flawed: war and conflict are therefore inevitable. Optimists like Pelagius and Rousseau, by contrast, believe that humans are innately good, having the capacity to overcome conflict and make progress through their own efforts. 

Michael Ruse examines the contributions made to this debate by Christians and Darwinians. Both, he claims, share an obsession with human nature, and this has led them to advance two opposing worldviews. Christians believe us to be tainted by original sin; for this reason, while war is to be avoided, it will always be with us. Ruse dismisses this as morbid fatalism. Darwinians, on the other hand, believe us to be primates who evolved through natural selection. Violence may be innate, but, thanks to the powerful new adaptation of culture, we are now capable of transcending our aggressive heritage. Ruse sees this as nothing more than naïve optimism. He proposes, instead, a kind of via media between the two perspectives. 

The apparent opposition between Christian and Darwinian views forms the core of Ruse’s thesis. But how convincing is it? Unfortunately, in order to substantiate his claims, his work descends into caricature. Ruse sets up two ‘straw men’: Nigel Biggar, a Protestant theologian with neo-Calvinist convictions about the total depravity of humanity, is taken as representative of ‘Christian’ views. And the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, who trumpets the inexorable ‘progress’ that society has made since the Enlightenment, is said to embody ‘Darwinism’. 

However, Ruse conspicuously fails to engage with the work of those whose ideas do not fit into his schema. On the Christian side, little or no account is taken, for instance, of the fact that Catholic theology does not share Biggar’s Calvinesque notion that human nature is totally depraved. On the contrary, Catholics believe that, though we are wounded by the Fall, human beings are intrinsically good; it is therefore possible, with God’s grace, for us to overcome our concupiscence. Likewise, in Ruse’s discussion of ‘Darwinians’, there is no mention of the philosopher John Gray, whose dark, phantasmagoric anthropology leads him to dismiss the whole idea of human progress as a pernicious illusion. In contrast to Pinker’s positivism, Gray holds that original sin is the only Christian doctrine that is empirically verifiable. For him, human beings are animals, whose violent and bellicose instincts will never be conquered. 

Many scholars working in the field of philosophy and ethics will hate this book. The author’s historical analysis is simplified to the point of distortion, and he makes the fundamental error of assuming that Darwinians and Christians can be neatly divided into two ideologically distinct and internally consistent camps. The fact is, however, that thinking across both groups on the issue of war and human conflict is a great deal more nuanced and variegated than Ruse seems prepared to admit. And yet The Problem of War, as well as being beautifully written, has the power that Ruse’s works have always had – the power of arresting the reader’s attention and forcing her to think and argue. For this reason alone, the book is worth wrestling with. Still, what we need now is a volume that does full justice to the complexity of the debate and eschews crude generalisations. 

Jonathan W. Chappell, St Mary’s University, Twickenham 

Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom 
Ilya Somin 
ISBN 978-0190054588 
Oxford University Press 2020 
Hardback 232 pp £19.99 
Pastoral Review bookshop £18.00 
Catholic social teaching expects us to engage in dialogue both with non-theological disciplines and with other people of good will. The issue of migration has become a key concern, repeatedly raised by Pope Francis, and most of what we assert draws on the Scriptures and our theological traditions. Ilya Somin is an American academic from a Russian Jewish background. In this important new study, he looks at the issue simply from the standpoint of political philosophy and Free Market economics; he ends up in the same place as the Church. 

Somin argues that migration, or ‘foot-voting’, as he calls it, is a good thing: broadening opportunities for it enhances political liberty for many people – far more effectively than voting through the ballot box. Migration enables people to make more impact through their choices and gives them stronger incentives for action compared to voting, He looks also not only at migration from one country to another, but at migration within federal nations such as the United States, demonstrating the economic benefits which this has brought. He examines and refutes the arguments against migration advanced by nationalists. Since the churches in general assert that migration should be seen as a basic human right, we are up against the same opponents as Somin and the arguments he advances should be part of how we defend the victims of nationalistic policies. The Church’s are primarily moral; but being able to draw on political and economic considerations aid our cause. 
I have problems with some of Somin’s positions. He places a very high value on individual choice: so he extends ‘foot-voting’ in Chapter 4 to the private sector: ‘people choose among private organisations that offer services similar to those provided by local or regional governments, most notably private planned communities’ (p. 80), a phenomenon found in the US rather than Europe. This places some individuals’ freedom on a much higher level than the needs of authentic local communities; Somin’s approach here does not really accord with the notions of solidarity or subsidiarity, and favours those with economic freedom rather than the poor. I also think his negative and pessimistic view of ‘world government’ (towards the end of the book) – that is, enhanced powers for bodies like the UN – is also not consistent with Catholic teaching. Since St John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris, the Church has called for more powerful international structures to limit national sovereignty in the interests of peace – and now, in the teachings of Benedict XVI and Francis, to provide for justice and fairness in international economic and financial policies, and to safeguard the environment. That moves in this direction have been undermined by the populist nationalists whom Somin opposes does not mean that we should abandon the quest. 

That said, this is an impressive book which should be on the reading lists for students examining the issue of migration. 

Ashley Beck, St Mary’s University, Twickenham 

Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg 
Paul Vallely 
ISBN 978-1472920126 
Bloomsbury 2020 
Hardback 768 pp £30.00 
Pastoral Review bookshop £27.00 
Three years ago, the Catholic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg remarked that he thought that poor and needy families making use of foodbanks was ‘rather uplifting’. Many Christians, including many who support foodbanks, found his statement appalling. A massive new book by Paul Vallely about philanthropy helps us understand both Rees-Mogg’s comment and the critical reactions.  

Vallely’s book is the product of five years’ research; he was asked to write the book by the philanthropist Trevor Pears and supported by a generous research grant from the Pears Foundation; while there are extensive footnotes, the references, to save space in the substantial printed text, can be found at www.philanthropyatoz.com. The structure of the book, strikingly, is both chronological and thematic, so chapters cover periods and historical figures while looking at particular angles: so, for example the chapter covering the eighteenth century (‘The Philanthropist as Activist’) points to the new approach to charitable giving in the careers of John Howard (after whom the Howard League is named), William Wilberforce and Thomas Coram. The book is monumental in terms of its detail and research, and Vallely never loses sight of the moral issues surrounding giving to the poor. Such a book could from some authors become very ‘heavy weather’, but one of this book’s strengths is that Vallely breaks up his narrative with interviews at the end of every chapter with a significant writer or philanthropist – they include Bob Geldof (twice), Lenny Henry, David Sainsbury, Richard Branson, Ian Linden, Rowan Williams and the late Jonathan Sacks. 

Philanthropy is important for any study of Catholic social teaching – on such courses this book will be essential reading. Vallely devotes a lot of space to the relationship between faith and philanthropy – Judaism, Islam, early Christianity, Medieval Christianity, the Reformation and Victorian Christianity – and examines the tensions which are sometimes present now between practical charitable work and campaigning for social justice. There is a very good section on social teaching itself (‘Finding a New Balance’, pp. 400ff.) which examines clearly the concepts of solidarity and subsidiarity in relation to a discussion of the Welfare State.  

Philanthropy is such a big topic that it is easy to miss things, and this book will be an important resource because of information which the reader might not find elsewhere. So in one of the concluding chapters, ‘How Philanthropy Can Recover its Lost Soul’, Vallely examines the surprising support given by Pope Francis to ‘social impact investing’, the model of philanthropy which brings together making a profit with doing good; and the Pope organised a conference in Rome in 2014 to promote this. 
The website referred to above explains more about the book and enables the reader to raise issues directly with Vallely. This is an outstanding book and will be the authoritative guide to this complex topic for many years. And when you read it, you will know why Rees-Mogg was wrong. 

Ashley Beck, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene
Richard Greene
ISBN: 978-1408703977
Little, Brown 2020
Hardback 608 pp £25.00
Pastoral Review bookshop £22.50
This new biography of Greene, the first of its generation, sets out to ‘avoid the obscure details of Greene’s sexual life’, which have often been the focus of past discussions of Greene’s life. Instead, Richard Greene’s Russian Roulette gives an exhaustive, fascinating account of Greene’s life first and foremost as a writer. Delving into his journalism as well as his fiction, this biography provides insight into his travels, how they shaped Greene and his worldview, as well as, of course, his religion.
Greene’s mental health is explored throughout the book, where Richard Greene confirms he suffered from bipolar disorder, but the romantic lens with which his mental health has previously been viewed is swapped for a sobering account of the author’s battles. His infamous flirtation with the life-threatening Russian roulette ‘game’ is put into question, as several conflicting accounts from Greene himself are cited, and it becomes clear that the author is his own most unreliable narrator. Greene is a storyteller par excellence, and this unusual talent can make his own accounts of his life less than forensic.

This blurred boundary between fact and fiction is observed again when it comes to Greene’s religious conversion. The eternal question of exactly what kind of Catholic novelist Greene was is by no means answered in this biography, although it is extensively, and captivatingly, explored. The sources accounting for his initial conversion tell an unclear story. The retrospective Greene is lucid and passionate when recounting his conversion: ‘It was on the grounds of a dogmatic atheism that I fought … a fight for personal survival.’ Yet Richard Greene reminds us that ‘it is hard to know whether this was precisely true at the time, or a touch of drama added decades later’. The young Greene, infatuated with his future Catholic wife, instead describes his first experience of Church as ‘rather fun’, and Richard Greene affirms that ‘he was prepared to do almost anything to please her’.

The role which his love for a devout Catholic woman unwilling to marry a non-Catholic had in his conversion thus remains a question mark.

And yet some of Greene’s observations suggest a profound commitment to the conversations he held as part of his instruction led by Father Trollope, a priest he felt he could identify with, for whom ‘plays competed with theological works for space on his bookshelves’. It remains unclear why this theism presented itself as Catholic in nature, except for the fact of his instruction having come from a Catholic priest – and this ambiguity and ‘unwillingness’ surrounding his religious identity persists throughout his life, as it becomes clear Greene does not have a straightforward relationship with his faith.

The uneasiness of Greene’s religious conversion is an existential problem present in his life in general. From his difficult childhood as the bullied son of the school headmaster through to his marriage, affairs and extensive travels, nothing about this man appears to be settled, and Richard Greene expertly does justice to this essential quality in Greene’s life by providing a breadth of sources and accounts that paint a meticulously multifaceted picture.

Sofia Abasolo, Beckenham

Coming soon:
The Sunday Gospels for Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter and The Sunday Gospels for Ordinary Time by Fr Adrian Graffy have just been published by Darton, Longman and Todd. Fr Adrian is a frequent contributor to the Pastoral Review, and there will be a review of the books in the next issue of the journal.

Text Size
FacebookTwitter

Pastoral Review Subscription

Manage or Renew your Subscription


Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

editor

Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev. Professor Michael Hayes editor of the Pastoral Review.

Many friends and readers of the Pastoral Review and The Tablet will have been shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Hayes early on Easter Saturday.   Read More

Bookshop

In partnership with Redemptorist Publications, each issue we offer you the opportunity to purchase any of the books reviewed in The Tablet, with 10% off the recommended retail price.

You can place your order:

By mail:
The Tablet Bookshop
Alphonsus House
Chawton
Hampshire GU34 3HQ

By Phone:
+44 (0)1420 592 974

By Fax:
+44 (0)1420 888 05

By Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postage and packing:

UK: £1.95 per book (4 books or more add £5)
Europe: £2.25 per book
Rest of the world: £2.75 per book

Cheques payable to Redemptorist Publications
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Switch and Maestro