Book Reviews

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And the Truth Shall Set You Free

Why Believe? A Reasoned Approach to Christianity. By Neil Shenvi. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2022. 272 pp. $19.99 (paper). “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31‒32 (ESV) We live in a world and an age where no…

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Book Review: “Baptism and the Anglican Reformers”

Baptism and the Anglican Reformers. By G. W. Bromiley. Cambridge, UK: James Clarke and Co., 2023. 258 pp. $97.50 (cloth), $33.75 (paper). G. W. Bromiley is perhaps best remembered as one of the translators and a co-editor (with T. F. Torrance) for the English edition of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. However, he was also an…

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Book Review: “As It Is in Heaven”

As It Is in Heaven: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Introduction to the Traditional Church and Her Worship. By Fr. Paul A.F. Castellano. Tucson, AZ: Wheatmark, 2021. 300 pp. $19.95 (paper). The author Paul A. F. Castellano (MAR, MA, ThM, PhD) is an Anglican priest who lives with his family in Southern California. His years…

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Book Review: “Reformation Anglicanism: Essays on Edwardian Evangelicalism”

Reformation Anglicanism: Essays on Edwardian Evangelicalism. Edited by Mark Earngey and Stephen Tong. London, UK: The Latimer Trust, 2023. 260 pp. $11.50 (paper). In some ways, and for some people, the Edwardian period of the English Reformation is fertile ground for speculations about what could have been. Edward VI died in 1553 at the young…

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Book Review: “Give Us This Day Devotionals, Volume 4: John”

Give Us This Day Devotionals, Volume 4: John. By Charles Erlandson. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2022. 266 pp. $37 (cloth), $27 (paper). As the Word of God, the Bible is an inexhaustible fount of life in which are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. But we Christians, dull of mind and sleepy in…

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Book Review: “A History of Global Anglicanism”

A History of Global Anglicanism. By Kevin Ward. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 376 pp. $66.99 (paper). Anglicanism is inescapably English; not only does the name imply it, but the tradition originated due to specific political actions of the English monarch. Kevin Ward challenges this claim in his book A History of Global Anglicanism. Although…

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Book Review: “Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years”

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. By Diarmaid MacCulloch. London, England: Penguin Books, 2009. 1184 pp. $32.00 (paper). The average Christian immediately interjects, “Wait, Christianity is not 3,000 years old.” Where does this story start? Clearly, Diarmaid MacCulloch intends to lay some groundwork for what Christians know and practice in the present day. This impressive…

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Book Review: “The King of Easter”

The King of Easter: Jesus Searches for All God’s Children. By Todd R. Hains. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2023. 56 pp. $17.99 (cloth). My children look forward to different holidays as they approach on the calendar. How long until Christmas? When will it be Halloween again? As we march through the seasons of the Church…

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Book Review: “An Archbishop of the Reformation”

An Archbishop of the Reformation: Laurentius Petri Nericius, Archbishop of Uppsala, 1531-73. A Study of His Liturgical Projects. By The Rev. Dr. Eric E. Yelverton. London: The Epworth Press, 1958. xxi + 153 pp. Introduction It is quite unusual to review a book that is long out of print; however, books from previous generations help…

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Book Review: “Bisschop’s Bench”

Bisschop’s Bench: Contours of Arminian Conformity in the Church of England, c. 1674‒1742. By Samuel Fornecker. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022. 256 pp. $83 (cloth). There is, Samuel Fornecker writes, a historiographical tradition that says the post-Restoration Church of England was a “via media” characterized by “a distinct ‘Anglican’ identity in contrast to the…

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