‘It is original, beautifully written, and compelling…’ Dr Young’s ‘Inferior Office? A History of Deacons in the Church of England.’

In spite of the centrality of the threefold orders of bishop, priest and deacon to Anglicanism, deacons have been virtually invisible in the contemporary Church of England. Inferior Office? is the first complete history of this neglected portion of the clergy, tracing the church’s changing theology of the diaconate from the Ordinal of 1550 to the present day.

Francis Young skilfully overturns the widely held belief that before the twentieth century, the diaconate was merely a brief and nominal period of probation for priests, revealing how it became an integral part of the Elizabethan defence of conformity and exploring the diverse range of ministries assumed by lifelong deacons in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lifelong deacons often belonged to a marginalised ‘lower class’ of the clergy that has since been forgotten, an oversight of considerable importance to the wider social history of the clergy that is corrected in this volume.

Inferior Office? tells the story of persistent calls for the revival of a distinctive diaconate within the Victorian Church of England and situates the institution of deaconesses and later revival of the distinctive diaconate for women, as well as subsequent developments, within their wider historical context.

Set against this backdrop, Young presents a balanced case both for and against the further development of a distinctive diaconate today, offering much for further discussion and debate amongst clergy of the Church of England and all those with an interest in the rich tapestry of its history.

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“Francis Young’s book is a welcome antidote to the generally impoverished view of the diaconate that has prevailed in the Church of England in recent years. It is a timely and significant contribution to the Church of England’s understanding of the order of deacons within her threefold ministry, and will be a valuable and informative tool for those charged with the restructuring of the allocation of church resources in the 21st century.”
Dr Serenhedd James, Hon Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford

“Young’s scholarship adds much to our understanding of the diaconate within the threefold ministry in the Church of England.”
Stephen Platten, in Theology, Vol 119 (2)

“This erudite book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of the diaconate in the Church of England from the Reformation to the present day.”
Gloria Cadman, in The Reader, Vol 115, No 2

Dr Young’s book is available to purchase here now!

Make sure you get your copy to unlock the secrets of the often most overlooked section of the Anglican clergy. Follow Dr Young’s journey in tracing the role of the diaconate from the Reformation through to the present day; clarifying the debate about its future.

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“Relevant” Exegesis

A wonderfully positive review from Larry Hurtado of one of our most recent titles: A Relevant Way to Read by Margaret G. Sim.

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In a recent book, Margaret Sim lays out an approach to exegesis of the Greek NT that draws upon the insights of linguistics, especially what is known as “relevance theory”:  A Relevant Way to Read:  A New Approach to Exegesis and Communication (Cambridge:  James Clarke, 2016).

Sim is herself an expert in linguistics and completed her PhD here with a fine work that likewise applied “relevance theory.”  The published form = Marking Thought and Talk in New Testament Greek:  New Light from Linguistics on the Particles ἱνα and  ὁτι (James Clark, 2011).  In her more recent book, Sim widens the scope to address verbal irony (and how to detect it), several “small words” such as those addressed in her earlier book, conditional sentences, and several other matters, one of them being “verbal aspect.”

The first couple of chapters lay out in simple terms what “relevance theory” is in linguistics, and how it offers…

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#Reviews from the Heythrop Journal

We are very privileged to have had a large number of our titles reviewed in the latest volumes of the esteemed Heythrop Journal, from titles on Karl Barth to Paul’s Gospel. Keep reading the Heythrop Journal for more reviews of James Clarke & Co’s theological books.

Richard Hooker and the Vision of God
Exploring the Origins of ‘Anglicanism’
By Charles Miller
ISBN: 9780227174005

9780227174067_coverRichard.indd“Miller has written a clear and accessible account of Hooker’s theology, illuminating very helpfully the context in which he wrote, while also apprecitating the complexity of Hooker’s contested legacy during subsequent periods in Anglican history including the present. … Miller has made a valuable contribution not only to the study of Richard Hooker as an historical figure of importance to Anglicanism, but opened his writings as a gift to the Church today.”

N.H. Taylor, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 57 Iss. 2, March 2016

Karl Barth and the Resurrection of the Flesh
The Loss of the Body in Participatory Eschatology
By Nathan Hitchcock
ISBN: 9780227174104

Karl Barth Resurrection 9780227174104“Hitchcock demonstrates in a well-researched and astutely written volume the difficulties that Barth encountered while pressing the mystery of resurrection too much, and how the failings get submerged even lost in his massive theological enterprise.”

Paul Brazier, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 56 Iss. 6, November 2015

Paul’s Message and Ministry in Covenant Perspective
Selected Essays
By Scott J. Hafemann
ISBN: 9780227175385

Paul's Message_9780227175385“…masterful and insightful… This volume is highly recommended for scholars and graduate students working on Paul or the New Testament… Certain essays will also prove beneficial for certain other audiences as well, particualrly pastoral leaders and undergraduates.”

Jacob J. Prahlow, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 57 Iss. 4, July 2016

The God Who Is Beauty
Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite
By Brendon Thomas Sammon
ISBN: 9780227174296

God Who Is Beauty_9780227174296“This is a brilliant book on both Dionysus’s On the Divine Names and Thomas Aquinas’ commentary; it hammers in a final nail that forces modernity to re-configure its understanding of the relation between Greek and Medieval philosophy.”

Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 57 Iss. 2, March 2016

Eternal Blessedness for All?
A Historical-Systematic Examination of Schleiermacher’s Understanding of Predestination
By Anette I. Hagan
ISBN: 9780227174302

9780227174302_cover Eternal.indd“…this is a salutory and well researched study…”

Paul Brazier, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 56 Iss. 6, November 2015

The Acts of Paul
A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
By Richard I. Pervo
ISBN: 9780227174616

Acts of Paul “…the present-day reader is in Richard Pervo’s debt for his scholarly work on the text, its translation and his detailed commentary.”

Geoffrey Turner, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 57 Iss. 4, July 2016

Paul’s Non-Violent Gospel
The Theological Politics of Peace in Paul’s Life and Letters
By Jeremy Gabrielson
ISBN: 9780227174654

Pauls Non Violent“This is an excellent study that brings out a strand of Paul’s theology that should not be ignored and it also contributes to the on-going debate about the connections between Jesus and Paul, showing that on this theme Paul had received something from Jesus at his conversion experience and from the sayings-tradition of Jesus that Paul received from the earliest followers of Jesus.”

Geoffrey Turner, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 57 Iss. 4, July 2016

Theologizing Friendship
How Amicitia in the Thought of Aelred and Aquinas Inscribes the Scholastic Turn
By Nathan Lefler
ISBN: 9780227174814

Theologizing Friendship_9780227174814“…he [Nathan Lefler] is even-handed, perspicacious, and penetrating…”

Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 57 Iss. 2, March 2016

Paul’s Pisidian Antioch Speech
(Acts 13)
By John Eifion Morgan-Wynne
ISBN: 9780227174975

Paul's Pisidian Antioch Speech 9780227174975“John Morgan-Wynne has produced a lucid, schorlarly and systematic analysis of the speech that Luke presents of Paul in Pisidian Antioch on his first journey in Asia Minor (Acts 13). It is the first such study in English for some years and so brings us up to date with all the relevant literature.”

Geoffrey Turner, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 57 Iss. 4, July 2016

Nature and Grace
A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement
By Andrew Dean Swafford
ISBN: 9780227175026

Nature and Grace_9780227175026“This is a fascinating study of the cultural fashions that have influenced approaches to the nature/grace relationship.”

Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 56 Iss. 6, November 2015

Election, Atonement and the Holy Spirit
Through and Beyond Barth’s Theological Interpretation of Scripture
By Matthias Grebe
ISBN: 9780227175170

Election Atonement and_9780227175170“…this study is a seriously considered, erudite, and a relatively conclusive work, exhibiting sound biblical exegesis, offering fresh insights to an understanding of atonement generally, and is an excellent contribution to Barthian studies.”

Paul Brazier, Heythrop Journal, Vol. 56 Iss. 6, November 2015

#Review Thinking the Faith with Passion

Thinking the Faith with Passion
Selected Essays
By Paul L. Holmer
ISBN: 9780227174128


9780227174128 cover thinking the faith.indd“Highly esteemed by colleagues and students alike, this collection of essays enables those unfamiliar with Paul L. Holmer to better glimpse the sagacity of the man who had significant influence on the academic study of theology in the United States. Of the nineteen essays that comprise this volume eleven are published here for the first time.”

Andrew R. Johnson, The Expository Times, Vol. 127 No. 9, June 2016

#Review Between Vision and Obedience – Rethinking Theological Epistemology

Between Vision and Obedience – Rethinking Theological Epistemology
Theological Reflections on Rationality and Agency with Special Reference to Paul Ricoeur and G.W.F. Hegel
By George Ille
ISBN: 9780227174265

Between Vision and Obedience_9780227174265“The book offers an interesting contribution to the hermeneutical ontological debate… “

Johann-Allberecht Meylahn, Theologische Literaturzeitung 141. Jahrgang, Heft 4 April 2016

#Reviews from The Reader Magazine

We were delighted on opening up the latest edition of The Reader to find no less than three James Clarke & Co titles favourably reviewed within its pages:

Inferior Office?
A History of Deacons in the Church of England
By Francis Young
ISBN: 9780227174883

Inferior Office_9780227174883“This erudite book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of the diaconate in the Church of England from the Reformation to the present day.”

Gloria Cadman, The Reader, Vol. 115 No. 2, Summer 2016

Atonement Theories
A Way through the Maze
By Ben Pugh
ISBN: 9780227175002

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“An excellent book which more than lives up to the claims made for it by the author in his introduction. It is well-written and easy to read as well as being thoroughly referenced. … This book has much to offer Readers at whatever stage of their ministry, and will hopefully go some way to bringing about a rapprochement between those who hold particular views at opposite ends of the spectrum – to the exclusion of all others.”

Marion Gray, The Reader, Vol. 115 No. 2, Summer 2016

Apostle Paul
A Polite Bribe
By Robert Orlando
ISBN: 9780227175101

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“It’s certainly a fresh perspective – enjoyable, provoking, interesting and challenging…”

John Knowles, The Reader, Vol. 115 No. 2, Summer 2016