Julian of Norwich is one of the subtlest writers and profoundest thinkers of the Middle Ages, and the earliest woman writer in English. Her Revelations describe a loving and merciful God and a positive vision of humanity. This sensitive new translation conveys the poise and serenity of her style, and includes the two versions of her text.
These early chapters of Augustine's "Confessions" are a source of information on one of the most important relationships in Augustine's life. The book is largely about his son and Wills argues that this is fundamental to the understanding of Augustine's character, theology and world view.
Jesus Christ is undoubtedly the best-known and most influential human person in world history. Richard Bauckham explores the life of the historical Jesus, using the four Gospels to reconstruct his character, showing how their differences provide us with an insight into more than one angle of a complex historical figure.
A. D. Wright challenges the standard view that the development of Papal authority during this period simply reflected the 'Absolutism' of secular governments, and offers an analysis related to present historiographical debates on the subject.
This classic exposition of Trinitarian doctrine eloquently sets forth the distinction yet perpetual communion of the divine Persons. Without explicitly calling the Spirit "God, " St Basil demonstrates that He, like the Son, is of the same nature with the Father.
From her earliest years, Catherine of Siena (1347-80) was griped by the mystery of God incarnate. This was the beginning of a life-long love story, a life-long conversion in which Christ spoke to Catherine and she communicated the truth of his being to the world of her time.
Traces the influence and legacy of the Roman Catholic Church across two centuries (1050-1250 AD). The text describes folklore and church architecture as well as the Crusades, the Inquisition, papal government, the College of Cardinals, the confessional, chivalry, hospitals and marriage.
This acclaimed papal Who's Who contains updated biographical accounts of all the popes from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI. Arranged chronologically it provides a continuous history of the papacy as well as their irregularly elected rivals (the so-called antipopes). It is fully indexed for quick reference and includes recommended further reading.
Locating Calvin in the context of early 16th-century France charting his emergence as an influential theologian and civic religious leader, this book should be of interest to introductory students of history and religion.
Offering an account on Mother Teresa, this work throws light on this remarkable and influential woman, exploring her childhood, her role in Balkan politics and attitude to the Balkan conflicts of the 1980s and 1990s.
This title recounts the lives, deeds and misdeeds of the 264 popes from St Peter to John Paul II. The dichotomy between the awesome dignity of the holy office and the all-too-human passions and pleasures of some of the individuals who have occupied it characterizes the narrative.
The book presents the Ascension as public truth, examining questions such as when did Jesus ascend - and how, where did he go, with what kind of body and into what kind of space? It discusses the nature of Jesus' victory, how it has been challenged, how it has been understood at different times in history, and how it relates to his.
Thomas Aquinas is the most widely read and arguably most influential of the medieval philosophers. He is famous for his coherent synthesis of Greek Philosophy and Christian Theology and his "Summa Theologiae" is an important, and enduring, text in the history of philosophy. This is a student's guide to the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas.
Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, feted by politicians, the Church and the world's media, Mother Teresa of Calcutta appears to be on the fast track to sainthood. But what makes Mother Teresa so divine?
The renowned Oxford Dictionary of Saints returns in a revised and updated form, providing concise accounts of the lives, cults, and artistic associations of over 1,400 saints, from the famous to the obscure. Featuring new entries on recently canonized saints from around the world, and a new appendix on pilgrimages.
Offers a picture of Jesus of Nazareth, highlighting the problems and pitfalls encountered in such a venture, and including a survey of scholarship. This guide discusses scholarship on Jesus since the nineteenth century, introducing and explaining the three different 'quests' for the historical Jesus.
Francis Kilvert was an country clergyman who lived from 1840 to 1879, and these are his diaries: gossipy, sweet-natured, generous, curious, and full of an abiding wonder and delight in the natural world and the beauties of the changing seasons.
Examines the Popes, an oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter (traditionally - but by no means historically - the first Pope) to the present, and from the glories of Byzantium to the decay of Rome, from the Albigensian Heresy to controversy within the Church today.
In this most touching and revealing book - the nearest Benedict will ever get to writing an autobiography - the author speaks with disarming honesty and humility of his inner life, his life of prayer and his firm belief in God.
Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John: who were these men and their fellow Apostles? What was their relationship to Jesus? This book answers these questions in an unusual, erudite and fascinating book. It examines how the Apostles' identities took shape over the course of two millennia, and more.
This fascinating collection of sources, translated for the first time in English and assembled in one accessible volume, show the startling impact of papal reform in the eleventh century and its consequences. An essential collection for students of medieval history.
1517, Martin Luther's attempts to reform Christianity by returning it to its biblical roots split the Western Church, divided Europe and polarised people's beliefs, leading to religious persecution, social unrest and war; and in the long run his ideas would help break the grip of religion on every sphere of life. This book tells his story.
As Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Lang led the Church of England through a period of great upheaval and was a pivotal influence in political and religious decision-making. Although Lang has often been seen as an unsuccessful archbishop and resistant to change, Beaken shows that he was, in fact, an effective leader at a difficult time.
A guide to the life and work of Augustine. It takes up the major concerns of Augustine's complex and evolving thought and accords them a form that allows readers to think with Augustine as well as about him.
This book sheds new light on the women in the Fourth Gospel, seeing their primary purpose as supporting the portrayal of Jesus as the Messianic Bridegroom and furthering the plot of Jesus' giving people the power to become children of god.
John Calvin is a major theologian of the Christian Church, but one who is also the subject of widespread misunderstanding and misinterpretation. He is also a figure whom other theologians either seek to 'capture' to endorse their own or whom they seek to vilify. This guide re-situates Calvin.