Book review – church history

St Mary’s, Mundon, Essex. From Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills

Tiny churches can be as uplifting as cathedrals

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here are two approachable and distinctive books on our churches, great and small. Simon Jenkins’s cathedrals survey follows his earlier…

Mary Magdalene by Francesco Ubertini, il Bacchiacca

Mary Magdalene: all-singing, all-dancing Goddess of Light

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Many of the great faith narratives (the Holy Quran being a notable exception) are clumsy, rough-hewn things; makepiece amalgams of…

St Paul (detail) by the Byzantine Master,St Sophia Cathedral, Kiev

Following Jesus’s followers

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In his new book Apostle Tom Bissell has an advantage over writers who go looking for Jesus: he can start…

The remains of the column of St Simeon Stylites at Qalat Sem’an, Syria.

The Guru of Late Antiquity speaks again

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Nearly 50 years ago we made our way into an inner place, a semi-subterranean room, in a peculiar college. A…