Archbishop Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury

Author: Andrew Atherstone?
ISBN: 978 0 232 52994 4
Date: 2013
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Publisher: Darton, Longman, Todd

This book is what it says it is, an account of the journey that has seen Justin Welby consecrated as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. Despite the speed of publication, it is not thin on content although no doubt many more, much thicker, books will be written over the years to fill out what is here about the man whose sudden emergence in the public eye caught the world by surprise.

When the Archbishop?s appointment was announced, all some sections of the press seemed interested in was his father?s colourful lifestyle and his schooling. Both appear in this book where the tabloid headlines are given more of a context. Similarly with the tragic death of his baby daughter which is treated sensitively rather than sensationally. There is also much more which was not available to, or not of interest to, the popular press.

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Healing Agony: Re-imagining Forgiveness

Author: Stephen Cherry?
ISBN: 978 1 4411 1938 4?
Date: 2012
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Publisher: Continuum 2012

The Rt Revd the Lord Eames writes on the back cover of this book, ?Healing Agony is a searching analysis of forgiveness, challenging simplistic assumptions and asking questions to which there are no easy answers.? Stephen Cherry certainly teases out na?ve or unsophisticated thinking about forgiveness.

Working from the presumption that forgiveness is at the heart of Christian spirituality and of the sacraments, Stephen Cherry then challenges much of what passes for forgiveness. Forgiveness is a process that can only be entered into if we are free not to forgive; it is distinguished from compassion, which has a different dynamic, from pardoning which involves remission of a penalty and is less personal than forgiveness, from not condemning and from any therapy of reconciliation. Instead, forgiveness is a generous and creative venture of trust, a dynamic that moves forward rather than puts the clocks back. We should develop a forgiving heart and virtues rather than imagining we have a God-like power to forgive.?

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Take and Read: The Letter to the Romans

Author: Adrian Graffy
ISBN 978-1-906278-16-8
Date: 2012
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Publisher: Alive Publishing, Stoke on Trent

Paul?s Letter to the Christians in Rome is widely considered his magnum opus, the boldest statement of his Gospel. Yet the experience of reading this intricate letter can, in the words of the Dominican biblical scholar Marie-Joseph Lagrange, be ?overwhelming?. Many readers of Romans struggle to see the branches for the twigs, let alone the wood for the trees. In this latest volume in the Take and Read series, Adrian Graffy offers a way through the woods which promises to make the journey much less daunting.?

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Peter Singer and Christian Ethics ? Beyond Polarization

Author: Charles Camosy
ISBN: 978-0521149334?
Date: 2012
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This book explores the common ground between the Catholic Church and world champion of preference utilitarianism, Prof Peter Singer ? and in case you thought otherwise, there is plenty of it. In fact this scholarly book is full of surprises and is of interest to ethicists in general, not just Singerians and Catholics.?

Camosy considers the mutual rejection of each other?s views by Singer and Christian ethicists stems largely ?from a kind of ignorance which comes from defining oneself in opposition to another? (p7) which at very least severely restricts and serious engagement. Camosy?s thesis is that actually such differences as there are between the two camps are relatively narrow and there is scope for ?working together on many important issues of ethics and public policy? (p7); he goes on to justify this claim by examining in detail four specific areas of applied bioethics ? abortion, euthanasia and other end of life issues, non-human animals and care for the poor.?

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