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Author : Matthew Carr

Publisher : Hurst

In 1609, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or else be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families were forced to abandon the homes and villages where they had lived for generations. In just five years, Muslim Spain had effectively ceased to exist: an estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory making it what was then the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history.

Blood and Faith is a riveting chronicle of this virtually unknown episode, set against the vivid historical backdrop of Muslim Spain. It offers a remarkable window onto a little-known period in modern Europe-a rich and complex tale of competing faiths and beliefs, of cultural oppression and resistance against overwhelming odds. More …

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Authors : Verity Elson, Rosemary Shirley

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

The rural idyll occupies a deeply rooted place in the collective imagination. This highly original and vibrant study examines how key moments in art history hâve shaped our understanding of the British countryside and how contemporary artists continue to access and often challenge this concept.

From High Art to propaganda, garden centres to air fresheners, contemporary art to computer games - a constellation of powerful images and ideas contribute to our understandings of the rural. This publication offers new ways of thinking about how ideas of the countryside have been formed and how they are reflected in contemporary culture, through the innovative intégration of historié works by artists including Constable, Gainsborough and Stubbs, works of modem British art, together with contemporary responses to rural life and landscape by artists such as Mat Collishaw, Grayson Perry, Anna Fox and Alison Goldfrapp. Crucially, this volume enters this rich array of artworks into a productive dialogue with a range of visual cultures that populate everyday life, exploring how the imagery of the mral idyll is re-enacted. adapted and used today.

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irheres of an history, rural history, îiterature and contemporary art. Imerspersed throughout the publication are séries of interviews with artists who are workdng with the rural in innovative ways, offering a stimulating range of new perspectives on the rôle and importance of the countryside in contemporary culture.

The publication features artists whose work spanns nearly four centuries, including r.i’.t- Allingham, William Blake, Edward Burra, Rebecca Chesney, George Cîausen, Wifiiam Collins, Mat Collishaw, John Constable, Evelyn Dunbar, Anna Fox, Thomas Gainsborough, James Guthrie, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Josef Herman, Paul Hill, Sigrid Hohnwood, Horockses, Hilary Jack, Peter Kennard, Delaine Le Bas, Ciare Leighton, Claude Lorrain, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Jean-François Millet, MyVillages, Frank Newbould, Samuel Palmer, Grayson Perry, John Pettie, John Piper, Ingrid Pollard, Paul Reas, John Robertson Reid, Andy Sewell, Jo Spence, Stanley Spencer, George Stubbs, Graham Sutherland, Homer Sykes, Edward Arthur Walton and John Wyndham. More …

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Author :  Sam Smiles

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Presenting the best and most imaginative creative responses by artists to the British prehistoric landscape over the last 250 years. This is the first significant publication to range over the entire field - including images of Stonehenge, Avebury, the Uffington White Horse and other prehistoric landmarks -by the likes of Turner, Constable, Blake, Nash, Ravlious, Piper, Hepworth, Moore, Inshaw, Jarman, Deller and Long.

Published to accompany an exhibition at the Salisbury Museum, British Art: Ancient Landscapes explores the most significant works of art engaged with prehistoric monuments across Britain from the 18th century to the 21st. While some of the works in the earlier period may be familiar to readers - especially Turner’s and Constable’s famous watercolors of Stonehenge - the varied responses to British Antiquity since 1900 are much less well known.

_In this volume Sam Smiles shows the significance of antiquity not just for 19th-century artists but for 20th-century artists, demonstrating how they responded to the observable features of prehistoric Britain and exploited their potential for imaginative re-interpretation. The classic phase of modernist interest in these sites and monuments was the 1930s, but a number of artists working after WWII developed this legacy or were stimulated to explore that landscape in new ways. Indeed, it continues to stimulate responses and the book concludes with an examination of works made within the last few years. More …

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Author :  Patrick T. Egan

Publisher : James Clarke and Co

The relationship between the Church and the Scriptures of Israel is fraught with complexities, particularly about how the first Christians read Scripture alongside the Gospel of Christ. Patrick T. Egan examines the text of 1 Peter in light of its numerous quotations of Scripture and demonstrates how the epistle sets forth a scriptural narrative that explains the nature and purpose of the Church. Egan argues that 1 Peter sets forth an ecclesiology based in a participatory Christology, in which the Church endures suffering in imitation of Jesus’s role as the suffering servant. The epistle admonishes the Church to a high moral standard in light of Christ’s atoning work while also encouraging the Church to place hope in God’s final vindication of his people. Addressing the churches of Asia Minor, 1 Peter applies the Scriptural narrative to the Church in unexpected ways.

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Patrick T. Egan is Dean of the Upper School at Providence Classical Christian Academy in St Louis and Research Tutor in New Testament at King’s Evangelical Divinity School in the UK. More …

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Author :  Fraser Fleming

Publisher : The Lutterworth Press

Religion has been a major influence on the development of science over the past two millennia. The Truth about Science and Religion tells the story of their interaction, examining fundamental topics such as the origin of the universe, evolutionary processes, Christian beliefs, the history of science, and what being human really means from both a scientific and a religious perspective.

The Truth about Science and Religion aims to help explore personal views on science and religion, offering questions for discussion at the end of each chapter. The book provides the historical and scientific background as well as the philosophical insight needed to think through issues of science and religion and their influences on personal beliefs. Metaphors, comparisons and analogies are used to simplify complex topics such that any reader can engage with the thoughts and questions posed. Unlike other books in this field, The Truth about Science and Religion follows a chronological scheme, beginning with the origin of the universe and life itself before discussing matters of the human condition, the life of Jesus, and stories of several great scientists to regain a unified view of science and religion in today’s world. More …

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Author : Diane Reynolds

Publisher : James Clarke and Co

Few twentieth-century theologians have had a bigger impact on theology than Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a man who lived his faith and died at the hands of the Nazis. For Bonhoeffer, the theological was the personal; life and faith were deeply intertwined - and to this day the world is inspired by that witness. Yet the true story of the women in this remarkable man’s life has until now been obscured by a conventional narrative that has distorted their role. Using primary sources written by the women in his life, and even including the first ever photo of alleged “first fiancée” Elisabeth Zinn, this book “sees” these women fully for the first time. A highly readable but scholarly work of narrative nonfiction, The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer places Bonhoeffer’s theology of love and sexuality within the context of his struggles with women, friendship, and the evils of Nazi Germany.

THE AUTHOR:

Diane Reynolds is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Publishers Weekly. She teaches literature and writing and holds an MDiv from Earlham School of Religion. More …

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Publisher : Gestalen

The title says it all: one man, one bike, one long ride, the adventure, the pleasure, and the pain. It is simultaneouslya travelogue and visual journey. Martijn Doolaard traded the convenience of a car and the distractions of daily life for a cross-continental cycling journey: a biped adventure that would take him from Amsterdam to Singapore. Leaving behind repetitive routines, One Year on a Bike indulges in slow travel, the subtlety of a gradually changing landscape, and the lessons learned through traveling. Venturing through Eastern European fields of yellow rapeseed to the intimate hosting culture and community in Iran, One Year on a Bike is a vivid chronicle of what can happen when the norm is pointedly replaced by exceptional self-discoveries and beautiful scenery. Doolaard shares the gear and knowledge that made his trip possible alongside the passionate curiosities that served as his impetus.

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Author :  Helmut Thielicke

Publisher : The Lutterworth Press

“The question of where we come from and where we are going is one of the elementary challenges of life. Perhaps it is the question of life. Only when we get an answer to it do we learn who we are.”

So begins How the World Began, a book that asks the most fundamental of all questions: who are we? And what did God intend us to be? Despite - perhaps even because of - the immense technological advances of our time, and the frightful consequences for the human race of the misuse of that power, humanity is brought face-to-face time and again with the essential problem that has haunted us since the beginning of time: the mystery of good and evil. Helmut Thielicke’s work in these sermons on the first eleven chapters of Genesis is thought-provoking and exceptionally powerful. How the World Began is a collection of sermons for all seasons: highly intelligent, wide-ranging, and fascinating.

Originally translated by the American Lutheran theologian John W. Doberstein, this reprinted edition of How the World Began was published to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Helmut Thielicke’s death. More …

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Author :  R.W.H. Miller

Publisher :  The Lutterworth Press

Institutional foundation stories have a tendency to change and develop with the passage of time and much repetition. Maritime social historian R.W.H. Miller here explores the life of The Rev. John Ashley and his association with the foundation story of the Mission to Seafarers, the work of which society is much admired by its present Patron, HRH the Princess Royal. The traditional story is that Ashley’s son, out walking by the Bristol Channel with his father, in the early 1830s, asked how the islanders could go to church. Ashley went to see, and from the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm seeing large fleets of wind bound ships, asked himself the same question. He used his own money (deriving mainly from the trade of sugar and slaves) to build a schooner, which he sailed in all weathers to provide an answer, in the process creating for himself a place in the ancestry of several Anglican and Catholic societies, of which the Mission to Seafarers, the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, and the Apostleship of the Sea, continue to provide seafarers with a valued and often heroic service. More …

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Author :  Bengt Kristensson Uggla

Publisher : James Clarke and Co

One of the most influential Swedish theologians of the twentieth century, Gustaf Wingren’s career spanned more than forty years of upheaval both in his field and across the globe. Provocative and challenging, Wingren revelled in a good argument and this attitude set the tone for much of his scholarship. A Swedish Lutheran, he made his name through his research into the theology of Martin Luther, breaking away from both traditional interpretations and the theology of his famous teachers, Karl Barth and Anders Nygren, before shifting his focus onto systematic theology.

In a fresh take, Bengt Kristensson Uggla delves into the influence of Wingren’s second wife, Greta Hofsten, on the direction of his theology. Hofsten, a left-wing political activist who was searching for a new language of faith, wove Wingren’s work together with her own political philosophy to create an unusual kind of Christian socialism. Her thinking had a profound effect on Wingren, causing him to recontextualise his older work entirely. In Becoming Human Again, Uggla examines how Wingren’s combative nature often served him well as a theologian, driving him to constantly engage with innovative ideas and re-examine his older views. More …