My thoughts on Benedict XVI are included here in this story by our local paper, The Northern Life.
I am very happy to include here more advance praise for the Blessed Virgin Mary (Eerdmans), a book which I co-authored with Daniel Kendall, SJ. It will be released on February 28th and can be ordered by clicking on the link at the right hand side of the page. It is the last book on the list. The book has gone through a couple of versions (and one co-author!) and so is appearing later than was originally intended. But the delay, I think, made for a much better piece of work.
“This is a delightfully well-written account of Marian theology, which is unique in the extent to which it addresses the concerns of Protestants while also refusing to minimize Mary’s importance in God’s work of salvation. This book really gets to the heart of the Christian tradition, and will be of great value to students, pastors and general enquirers. It should appear on every undergraduate theology reading list.”
— Sarah Jane Boss
Director of the Centre for Marian Studies
University of Roehampton
“Before we begin arguing theologically about Mary, we should hear what Scripture and Christians in past ages have had to say on the subject. Now we can do just that, thanks to this splendid book by Tim Perry and Daniel Kendall. The writing is balanced and thoughtful, and the annotated bibliography is a goldmine of information. A must read for anyone concerned about Christian unity.”
— Joseph Mangina
Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto
“This accessible book on Marian doctrine and devotion should be warmly welcomed. It reflects the growing and constructive ecumenical convergence on the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the lives of Christians and their churches.”
— Gerald O’Collins
Jesuit Theological College
What do Narnia and Middle-Earth have to do with Christianity?
SUDBURY, ON, NOVEMBER 29, 2012 – – The Church of the Epiphany is pleased to announce the inaugural Rector’s Advent Lecture Series – 2012: An Inkling of Christian Thought. Two Sudbury university faculty members will explore Christian themes that pervade the vivid fantasy worlds of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. On Wednesday, December 5, Dr. Pierre Zundel presents Signs, Lions and Witches – A magical evening in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. On Wednesday, December 12, just in time to gear up for the cinematic release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, The Rev. Dr. Tim Perry presents Rings, Dragons and Hobbits – A magical evening in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. Both free lectures begin at 7:00 PM in the church (85 Larch St. in downtown Sudbury). All are welcome to attend.
Dr. Pierre Zundel is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury (http://usudbury.ca). An innovative educator and a connoisseur of all things C.S. Lewis, Dr. Zundel taught a course on C.S. Lewis’ fiction and science fiction writings for the Thorneloe College School of Theology in July 2012.
The Rev. Dr. Tim Perry is the Rector of Church of the Epiphany (http://epiphanysudbury.org) and a film buff. Dr. Perry is an instructor for the Thorneloe College School of Theology and Laurentian University’s Joint Department of Religious Studies, and the author of several books, most recently co-authoring “The Blessed Virgin Mary” to be released in early 2013.
The Church of the Epiphany is an Anglican church in downtown Sudbury, and a parish of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma. With a growing congregation of over 200 families, Church of the Epiphany has been an iconic presence in Sudbury’s downtown core for over 100 years, and hosts the Out-of-the-Cold dinners throughout the colder months. Epiphany is also a favourite venue for musical performances, including the Kiwanis Music Festival, Bel Canto choir, Cambrian College Music Department, and many more.
I attach an anonymous review of He Ascended into Heaven from Amazon.com. Now’s a good time to order your copy for Easter- or Pentecost themed study, whether in groups or on your own.
Here’s a link to the podcast to a radio interview I did today on Word FM. Do you have your copy of Mary for Evangelicals? If you want one. . . let me know. I still have a few.
Friends, He Ascended Into Heaven (Paraclete), coauthored with my brother Aaron, is available on .pdf, epub, and mobipocket formats for only 1.99 until Christmas. Click here for more information.