The London School of Theology to host book launch for Tim Carter’s ‘The Forgiveness of Sins’

James Clarke & C0 are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 9th November, the London School of Theology will open its doors to The Forgiveness of Sins by Tim Carter, one of the most highly anticipated books this year.

The launch will feature talks from author Tim Carter, alongside Dr. Graham Twelftree of The London School of Theology, William Atkinson Senior Lecturer at the London School of Theology and Adrian Brink, Managing Director of James Clarke & Co./ The Lutterworth Press.

If you are interested in attending the launch of Dr Carter’s book, talks and signings, complete with tea and cakes at LST, please confirm your attendance before 9th November to ruwani@lst.ac.uk.

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In The Forgiveness of Sins, Tim Carter examines the significance of forgiveness in a New Testament context, delving deep into second-century Christian literature on sin and the role of the early church in mitigating it. This crucial spiritual issue is at the core of what it means to be Christian, and Carter’s thorough and erudite examination of this theme is a necessity for any professional or amateur scholar of the early church.

His far-reaching analysis begins with St Luke, who is often accused of weakness on the subject of atonement, but who in fact uses the phrase “forgiveness of sins” more frequently than any other New Testament author. Carter explores patristic writers both heterodox and orthodox, such as Marcion, Justin Martyr and Origen. He also deepens our understanding of Second Temple Judaism and the theological context in which Christian ideas about atonement developed. Useful to both the academic and the pastoral theologian, The Forgiveness of Sins is a painstaking, clear-eyed exploration of what forgiveness meant not only to early Christians such as Tertullian, Irenaeus and Luke, but to Jesus himself, and what it means to Christians today.

Some recent praise for the book includes:

“This is an important book. After all, it deals with a matter that, for any Christian, is of eternal significance. And it does so with great care: it is well researched and persuasively argued. The end product is rich in detail and well worth reading. I commend it.”
William Atkinson, Senior Lecturer, London School of Theology

“This book is a remarkable achievement. Tim Carter has taken a fresh look at a vital issue at the heart of the Christian faith. His work is both thoroughly scholarly, showing great command of the source material, and fully accessible. The key matters are all addressed by drawing on the Hebrew Bible, other Jewish material, the New Testament and the writings of the early church, making appropriate use of some helpful innovative methods. The result is a thorough account of a significant doctrine, one which models an approach to thinking biblically about an important theological and pastoral question; it will be read with great profit by anyone who wants to understand what is meant by the forgiveness of sins and to reflect in greater depth on its implications.”
Stephen Finamore, Principal of Bristol Baptist College

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For more information about the author, extracts and reviews, click through here!
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September: Monthly Special Offers

A new month is upon us, and that means its time for our monthly special offers! A number of choice titles are available from our website at a discounted price.

September’s 10% discounted titles are:

Postsecularism: The Hidden Challenge to Extremism
By Mike King
An innovative look at how spiritual and secular thought collide and combine in today’s world, charting a new way forward that combines the best of both worldviews.
Paperback was £27.00, now £24.30

And another title by Mr King:

Secularism: The Hidden Origins of Disbelief
By Mike King
A timely and fascinating examination of the decline in religious faith and rise of secular thought in western intellectual society.
Paperback was £27.00, now £24.30!

Quietism, Dynamic Passivity, and the Void
By Trevor Boiling
Drawing on a new translation of the Spiritual Guide of Miguel de Molinos, this is a highly original and wide-ranging discussion of Quietism and its central concepts of spiritual peace, power and passivity.
Paperback was £33.25, now 29.93!

And finally, September’s Book of the Month (with a 15% discount) is:

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Subversive Spirituality: Transforming Mission through the Collapse of Space and Time
By L. Paul Jensen
An original and enlightening discussion of the relationship between spirituality and mission in a world where the spatial and temporal aspects of contemporary living have become increasingly constricted.
Paperback was £27.00, now £22.95!

Are there any titles you’d like to see on offer from James Clarke & Co soon? Let us know in the comments.

Making Way for War in the Name of Peace

Last month we saw the headlines proclaiming the “Vatican to Recognise Palestinian State“.
I contacted our author and Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) member, Tricia Miller, to find out what this means and what it could mean for the not too distant future. Although away in Israel at the time, she wrote the following for us:

In the name of working for peace in the Arab/Israeli conflict, Pope Francis took a step last month that will, in reality, make way for war. On May 13, 2015, the Vatican’s official website announced that a formal agreement between “the Holy See and the State of Palestine …has been concluded.” In so doing, the Pope has made any possibility for peace much more difficult to obtain.

The agreement, which is the first legal document between the Vatican and “the State of Palestine,” was 15 years in the making and follows a decision in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state. Through this action, the Vatican has made it clear that it has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

Antoine Camilleri, the Holy See’s deputy foreign minister, said that this document expresses the Vatican’s “hope for a solution to the Palestinian question and the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians according to the two-state solution.”

In reality however, what this agreement does is circumvent previously established international conventions for the realization of a two-state solution, which is supposed to come about as a result of direct negotiations between the two parties involved.

According to an an Israeli foreign ministry official, “Such a development does not further the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct bilateral negotiations.” In other words, as international bodies such as the UN General Assembly and the Vatican seek to force the establishment of a Palestinian state, the Palestinians have no motivation to negotiate with the Israelis. As a result, they do not have to make any concessions for peace, but instead only have to wait for their state to be handed to them.

This action on the part of Pope Francis is very troubling for several reasons. The first is that as the supreme authority for the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican’s decisions are more than statements of policy by a governmental body; they are, in fact, official doctrine for all of its churches worldwide.

The second reason this is troubling is that the Vatican is viewed worldwide as a moral and religious authority. As such, this agreement will add credibility to the growing international movement in favor of the declaration of a Palestinian state. This course of action not only removes all need for the Palestinians to negotiate with the Israelis, but it was made in spite of objections on the part of Israel.

And finally, this move is troubling because the Pope appears to believe – in agreement with other international bodies – that if the Palestinians are given a state, there will automatically be peace with Israel. This is a naïve belief at best, as it ignores all recent statements and actions on the part of Abbas and his Fatah Party, whose constitution includes the goal of the eradication the State of Israel through violent means. Article 12 of the Fatah constitution calls for the “complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.” Article 13 states that the goal of Fatah is the establishment of “an independent democratic state with complete sovereignty on all Palestinian lands, and Jerusalem is its capital city.”

Abbas and his government do not just state their intent to have a Palestinian state on all the land; they follow up their words with action. Abbas regularly issues statements of incitement against the State of Israel, and he has declared that a future state of Palestine will be Judenrein, or free of Jews. His government pays salaries to terrorists incarcerated in Israel for committing acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, and names roads and squares after those who have died in the act of killing innocent women and children.

These are not the actions of a man or a government that intends to live in peace with a neighboring Jewish State. Therefore, all actions on the part of the international community to try to enforce some kind of two state solution without requiring the Palestinians to negotiate directly with Israel only strengthens the Palestinian resolve to make no concessions for peace.

This strategy will not bring a resolution to the Arab/Israeli conflict. It will instead make way for war by emboldening the Palestinians to pursue their goal of the “complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.”

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Tricia’s new book, Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church, is available now in paperback, pdf, epub and kindle formats. Click the image for more details.

Local relationships building global scholarship

It is a common known fact that nothing really exists these days until there is photographic evidence to support it. Therefore, without further ado, it brings me great pleasesure to announce (and corroborate with images) a new partnership between ourselves and one of the wold’s most eminent theological institutions, Tyndale House.

James Clarke & Co. managing director, Adrian Brink and Tyndale House warden, Dr Peter Williams with a selection of the titles involved in the Tyndale House Showcase Scheme.

Tyndale House is an internationally recognised centre for biblical study which has had an immeasurable impact on the global church.  Pastors, students and scholars from across the world come every year to study at Tyndale House, with former readers including J.I. Packer, John Stott, Wayne Grudem, D.A. Carson, and John Piper. Books are written, PhD’s are completed, courses are planned, and sermons are composed all done with the aid of Tyndale’s specialist, residential library.

Since February of this year, when Dr Elizabeth Magba retired as librarian, Simon Sykes has been at the helm, ensuring the library continues to meet the needs of its users and stearing it towards a -quite literally- bigger and bighter future. Amongst numerous other developments Simon has been busy striking up publisher partner schemes to keep the library fully stocked with the most important new titles in biblical studies; and we are very proud to say that these include an ever growing number of James Clarke & Co and Lutterworth Press titles!

Tyndale house is a unique establishment providing medium- or long-term accommodation in the heart of Cambridge for scholars carrying out research in biblical studies.

For more information on Tyndale House, the Tyndale Library and the associated scholarly organization, the Tyndale Fellowship, sign up for their monthy E-newsletters by clicking here or better yet, drop by the House on Saturday 6th October for their open day an see if you can spot our titles in the library.

James Clarke and Co goes Digital!

Digital content editor, Olly Barham, is our first guest blogger with a very special announcement:

Apparently metadata is just as important for e-books as traditional formats; this is what we learnt at the IPG Digital Quarterly Meeting last Thursday, 6 June.

When writing, it’s important to use as many keywords as possible; whether you’re a publisher, a book seller, or even Amazon. I also learnt that wine glasses hold an insufficient amount of water when you’re gasping, after being boiled alive on the tube.

Inevitably, the surprising alliance between Amazon and Waterstones was also spoken about, an alliance likened to the 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact.  Will it last two years before one party steps on the other’s territory? And, more importantly, what does it mean for publishers producing their own digital products?

It has been suggested that the problem is visibility, as traditionally customers are bad at connecting the publisher to the book. What publishers need then is their own platform to sell products through and the visibility to bring customers to them. A good example of this is Pottermore who achieved what had been thought impossible: making Amazon give a link to the Pottermore website instead of selling Harry Potter e-books through their own website.

So, without further name-dropping, we are pleased to announce the launch of the James Clarke & Co and The Lutterworth Press e-book programme. From now on we will be providing our titles in PDF and ePUB formats, which can be bought straight from our websites. All new books, starting from January 2012, will be turned into digital content. But we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so if there is a book that you would like to see digitalised then please tell us. You can send us an email, or find the book on our website and click the ‘Would you like to be able to buy this title as an eBook?’ link. We will also be providing some of our titles through Kindle; but we are considering offering non-DRM MOBI files through our website, so we would love to hear your thoughts about that too. Would you prefer non-DRM MOBI’s from a publisher’s website, or are you happy to visit Amazon and buy Kindle e-books complete with DRM?

While you have a think about that, have a peruse of our first James Clarke & Co ebook converts (a list of the new Lutterworth Press ebooks can be found here).