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The Oxford History of British and Irish Catholicism, Vol II: Uncertainty and Change, 1641-1745


John Morrill, Liam Temple

01 October 2023

The second volume of The Oxford History of British & Irish Catholicism traces the fortunes of Catholic communities in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland from the outset of the Civil Wars in 1641 to the Jacobite rising of 1745. Consciously transnational, it stresses connections with the European continent and beyond.

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Vatican II: A Very Short Introduction


Shaun Blanchard, Stephen Bullivant

23 March 2023

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction explores the backstory, event, and reception of the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, in light of the wider history of the Catholic Church and places it in the exciting and tumultuous context of the 1960s.

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Spiritual Care: The Everyday Work of Chaplains


Wendy Cadge

12 January 2023

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The Virgin Mary: A Very Short Introduction


Mary Joan Winn Leith

25 November 2021

Very Short Introductions

This book describes the evolution of Marian thought from early Christianity to the present day. Covering the various Christian denominations, as well as the Islamic Mary, it considers medieval and renaissance doctrine and representations of Mary, as well as her involvement in debates over the Virginal body, race, anti-Semitism, and globalism.

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The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


John Riches

28 October 2021

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction explores how the Bible was written, the development of the canon, the role of Biblical criticism, the appropriation of the Bible in high and popular culture, and its use for political ends.

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Blasphemy: A Very Short Introduction


Yvonne Sherwood

26 August 2021

Very Short Introductions

This book considers the steady presence of blasphemy in our world today, even as society grows increasingly secular. Discussing some of the most famous cases of blasphemy, it looks at factors such as the increased visibility of religious and racial minorities, new media, and engines of surveillance, and the legacies of colonial blasphemy laws.

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The Book of Common Prayer: A Guide


Charles Hefling

12 January 2021

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Religion: A Very Short Introduction


Thomas A. Tweed

26 November 2020

Very Short Introductions

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The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction


Brian Cummings

23 August 2018

Very Short Introductions

The Book of Common Prayer is one of the most influential books in history. Brian Cummings tell its fascinating story, charting its spread from England to reach the world, and showing how the book has divided conformity from non-conformity, in social terms as well as religious, from birth to marriage to death.

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Jonathan Edwards and Scripture: Biblical Exegesis in British North America


David P. Barshinger, Douglas A. Sweeney

10 May 2018

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Monasticism: A Very Short Introduction


Stephen J. Davis

25 January 2018

Very Short Introductions

Stephen J. Davis considers the phenomenon of monasticism from antiquity to the present day, addressing key questions about monastic spirituality and practice. Looking at Christian, Jainism, and Buddhist traditions of monasticism, Davis explores the life and beliefs of those in monasteries, and considers the role of monasticism in the modern world.

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Miracles: A Very Short Introduction


Yujin Nagasawa

23 November 2017

Very Short Introductions

From a chicken nugget shaped like Jesus, to Mohammad splitting the moon in two, to a Japanese doll whose hair grows, Yujin Nagasawa considers reported miracles in ancient scriptures and modern day life, and uses cutting-edge scientific research on belief formation to address some of our most fundamental questions concerning miracles.

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The Business Turn in American Religious History


Amanda Porterfield, Darren Grem, John Corrigan

14 September 2017

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Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church


Tricia Colleen Bruce

14 September 2017

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Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Gerald O'Collins

25 May 2017

Very Short Introductions

What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism changed and adapted over the centuries? What challenges does the Catholic Church face in the twenty-first century? Gerald O'Collins answers these and other questions, and in this new edition considers the impact of Pope Francis' leadership of the Church since 2013.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Timothy H. Lim

23 March 2017

Very Short Introductions

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important finds in biblical archaeology, and have profound implications for our understanding of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. Timothy Lim discusses the leading interpretations of the scrolls, and how they have changed the way we understand the emergence of the Old Testament.

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Calvinism: A Very Short Introduction


Jon Balserak

08 December 2016

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Jon Balserak explores major ideas and issues associated with the Calvinist system of thought. He looks at how Calvinist ideas and practices spread and took root, helping shape societies today. Much of contemporary thought - especially western thought - on everything from civil government to money, suicide, and divorce has been influenced by Calvinism. Balserak also combats common misconceptions about Calvinism, and explores the relationship between Calvinism and the modern world.

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Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity


John Behr

12 February 2015

Christian Theology in Context

A full, contextual study of Irenaeus of Lyons, the first great theologian of the Christian tradition. John Behr sets Irenaeus both within his own context of the second century and our own contemporary context.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture

Second Edition


Tom Devonshire Jones, Linda Murray, Peter Murray

11 September 2014

Oxford Quick Reference

This dictionary is a fascinating guide to the broad range of terms used in the study of the history of Christian art and architecture, including themes, artists, and movements. The long-awaited new edition includes entries by over a dozen expert contributors, and a fully revised online bibliography, bringing it up to date for the 21st century.

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Christianity: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Linda Woodhead

04 September 2014

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Linda Woodhead explores the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity and its course over two millennia, including its geographical spread and struggles with modernity. This new edition is a candid portrait of Christianity's past and present, and its importance in the twenty-first century.

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