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Christianity in Evolution: An Exploration
Christianity in Evolution: An Exploration
by Jack Mahoney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.60

5.0 out of 5 stars EVOLUTION AND THEOLOGY, 9 April 2014
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Using the theory of evolution Fr. Mahoney reinterprets much of current Catholic theology.Traditional formulations of the

Fall,of original sin , death,the Atonement,the sacrificial dimension of the eucharist are replaced with explanations more

in tune with modern thinking.The great dogmas are still there ,Trinity,Incarnation,even the Marian ones, with the exception

of the sinless conception but still given positive and attractive reinterpretation.

It is a radical book,a great read,but still to be reread and studied.So far there have been no thunderbolts from Rome, and

that is good.Recommended to all interested in Catholic theology.May be old hat to non-Catholic readers,but a breath of

fresh air to Catholics.Pity it was not longer Perhaps Fr.Mahoney can br persuaded to write more at length on this subject.


Glory and Honour: The Scottish Renaissance
Glory and Honour: The Scottish Renaissance
by Andrea Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.71

5.0 out of 5 stars A SCOTTISH RENAISSANCE, 20 Mar 2014
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A very necessary book indeed.Andrea Thomas has given us a much needed corrective to the myths and nonsense previously written
on this subject.True the Reformation did its damndest to erase the Renaissance since that culture went hand in hand with the old
Faith,but it didn't wholly succeed,praise be!Thomas puts it in perspective and gives us a veritable feast.We may lament what was lost
but Andrea Thomas gives a beautifully written account,even more beautifully illustrated,of the beautiful things that remain.Now all we need is a companion volume doing something similar for the Reformation.!


Silence Speaks
Silence Speaks
by Robert Nugent
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Suffering Triumphs, 20 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Silence Speaks (Paperback)
The late Fr. Nugent suffered like the men whose work he writes about here. The Vatican disaproved of his work for the gay community,so he writes with empathy.The work and suffering of giants like Congar has been fruitful,witness Vatican II and will continue to inspire and motivate.Useful,clear,and succinct.


The Starting Point of Calvin's Theology
The Starting Point of Calvin's Theology
by George H. Tavard
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The Young Calvin, 20 Mar 2014
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My attention was drawn to this book by a favourable review by a Calvinist scholar.The author,the late George Tavard,noted Catholic
ecumenical theologian,taught a course on Calvin to Presbyterian students at a Methodist school in Ohio.You can't get more ecumenical
than that! He puts Calvin's emerging theological thought in Its Renaissance and Reformation context.OThe problems connected with
the soul much exercised contemporary humanist and Catholic and Reformed minds.Only one page where he was trying to explain
scholastic thought I found Incomprehensible.Other than that,the book is illuminating.He links the work with the early Institutes and
goes beyond the sterile polemics of the past.A book for all students of the Reformation,and especially for all Calvinists.


Scottish Schools and Schoolmasters, 1560-1633 (Scottish History Society Fifth Series)
Scottish Schools and Schoolmasters, 1560-1633 (Scottish History Society Fifth Series)
by John Durkan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars AN INDISPENSABLE BOOK, 6 Mar 2014
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Eagerly awaited,rescued after being lost ' in a computer disaster ',superbly edited by Dr.Jamie Reid-Baxter,finally published.All who c
all John Durkan master and mentor know what to expect and some have already availed themselves of its results.
In two parts,one a book length introduction rich with the results of decades of research and reflection.Second,Lists of schools and
schoolmasters painstakingly extracted from the Registers of Deeds in the Scottish Record Office.
The introduction puts the schoolmasters into context with anamazing amount of detail.Gordon Donaldson once described John Durkan
as 'a walking biographical dictionary of medieval Scottish scholars and clerics ' and that is evident here.
From the uncut,unindexed manuscript Registers ,'danaged..eaten away...some largely unreadable ' Dr.Durkan obtained an incredible amount of information.
Up to1633, over 500 parish schools see light of day,then some 300 odd non-parochial schools 'heirs of the old
lairds' chaplain schools of medieval times'.
In 1959 John Durkan wrote that 'there is nothing more difficult to pin down than a climate of thought,nothing more necessary to reckon
with '.This book will enable scholars to go a long way in achieving that aim.
A review of Durkan and Ross-EARLY SCOTTISH LIBRARIES-stated that it had the effect 'of puttingon a lot of lights in aroom almost
wholly enveloped in darkness '.I think this book will do something similar.
Those who subscribe to the myth of Calvinism's negative effect on culture will be surprised that many song schools survived as
did much instrumental teaching."Music clearly did not die out overnight after the Reformation ."-165.
In the coming decades which would see the Civil War,the rise of the Covenanters and the Thirty Years War in Europe,Scots of
all social classes would participate.
These men had their first formation in the schools here listed under the teachers also listed,who planted the seeds which bore
fruit in their future careers as politicians, ministers,mechants,lawyers and soldiers.
This book will be an enduring monument and a lasting testament to an outstanding scholar.


J.A. Froude's Mary Tudor (Continuum Histories)
J.A. Froude's Mary Tudor (Continuum Histories)
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars DUFFY versus FROUDE, 27 Feb 2014
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Anything associated with Eamon Duffy is always welcome,and it is always useful to have the brilliant wrting of Froude,albeit biased,

but objectively mediated by Duffy.--


John Henry Newman: The Liturgy and the Breviary - Their Influence on His Life as an Anglican
John Henry Newman: The Liturgy and the Breviary - Their Influence on His Life as an Anglican
by Donald A. Withey
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars insight into spiritual life, 13 July 2012
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I bought this mainly for Newman,s translations of the breviary hymns.However, i think it will prove useful in providing clues as to the spirital life of an earliar priest whom i,m researching.


Certain Tractates: Together with the Book of Four Score Three Questions, Vol. I
Certain Tractates: Together with the Book of Four Score Three Questions, Vol. I
by Ninian Winzet
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Still awaiting an answer from John Knox., 28 April 2010
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It is good to have this work back in print since this is the 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation.Winzet was a witty,learned and determined opponent of John Knox.We still await answers to many of his 83 questions.But the publisher has done the reader and student no favours. The print is small,minute for the marginal references,and they have not reprinted volume 2 with the historical notes and very necessary glossary.May we hope to see it in print again soon?


The Story of the Scottish Reformation
The Story of the Scottish Reformation
by Alexander Wilmot
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.01

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3.0 out of 5 stars the story of the scottish reformation, 17 Jan 2010
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A Victorian,Catholic account of the revolution in Scottish history called the Reformation.It has its bias of course but is still useful.It is based on good Scottish non-Catholic scholarship.Although now somewhat dated,it is still a good read.Wilmot writes clearly and vigourously and certainly does not pull his punches.He most certainly dislikes John Knox,but then even some Protestant scholars share that sentiment!It is good to see such a book back in print.


The day Shakespeare died
The day Shakespeare died
by Hugh Ross Williamson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare the Papist, 25 Sep 2009
An actor, playwright as well as historian, Williamson was well qualified to validate this,still controversial,and in some academic quarters,unpopular view of the bard of Stratford.It is an enjoyable read and deserves to be republished.If possible should be read in conjunction with his short book on the Engish Reformation which,I think is now in print again .


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