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books EARTHLY POWERS: RELIGION AND POLITICS IN EUROPE FROM THE FRENCH REVOLUT-ION TO THE GREAT WAR Michael Burleigh Harper Collins, 576pp, hbk 0 00 719572 9, £25 It is a rare privilege and an unalloyed pleasure to finish reading a [...]

Letters to the Editor

Evangelical perspective From the Revd Jonathan Frais Thank you for ‘What is a bishop?’ by Dr Geoffrey Rowell [ND January] who was Father-in-God to me until I left Ukraine last year. Permit me to add some points that evangelicals can [...]

Last chronicle

The religious affairs correspondents of the quality dailies were in a frenzy of excitement. News had emerged from a meeting of the House of Bishops that agreement had finally been reached about the way forward in the matter of women [...]


Good news that one cannot share? Ohio State University’s Centre for Human Resource Research, who have been tracking nearly 10,000 people since they were teenagers in 1979, have discovered that to be married and to stay married will almost double [...]

30 Days

Ecumenical News – from the Methodist Recorder 19 January, 2006: Superintendent minister of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, the Rev Martin Turner has defended his decision to allow an Anglican organisation campaigning against women bishops to hold a major meeting at [...]

Touching Place

St Mary's, Isle Abbots, Somerset Isle Abbots has a remote moorland setting above the Somerset levels, a general absence of signposts adding to the feeling of solitude. Forget the chocolate box setting at the end of a lane, next to [...]

the patrick reardon page

Converting Manasseh Patrick Henry Reardon is a Senior Editor of Touchstone: a Journal of Mere Christianity Holy Scripture gives us two views of King Manasseh (687–642, apparently with a co-regency from 697). In 2 Kings he was a thoroughly bad [...]

Faith of our fathers

Arthur Middleton on John Cosin & bishops John Cosin preached at the consecration of Francis White, the Bishop of Carlisle (1626), on the action of consecrating a bishop as Christ’s own work [John 20.21, 22]: ‘the solemn deriving of a [...]

The way we live now

Opponents of the ordination of women have yet to receive a fair hearing. Geoffrey Kirk looks at the inadequate discussions and consultations This magazine has repeatedly and rightly drawn attention to the lack of consultation with those for whom provision [...]

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