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Stanford, Peter 1961-

Works: 47 works in 260 publications in 5 languages and 7,717 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Church history  Legends  Apologetic writings  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Peter Stanford
C Day-Lewis : a life by Peter Stanford( )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Poet, translator of classical texts, novelist, detective writer (under the pen-name Nicholas Blake), performer and, at that time, Professor of Poetry at Oxford, C Day-Lewis had many careers all at once. This first authorized biography tells the private story behind the many headlines that this handsome Anglo-Irish Poet Laureate generated in his lifetime." "Day-Lewis made his name as one of the 'poets of the 1930s', launching a communist-influenced poetic revolution alongside W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender that aspired to spark wholesale political change to face down fascism." "In the 1940s, 'Red Cecil', as he had become known, broke with communism, and with Auden. He went on to produce some of his most popular and enduring verse, reflecting both on the course of the Second World War and on the breakdown of his first marriage." "Day-Lewis was always pulled between a fulfilling domestic life and a restless desire to explore. His travels, his infidelities and his reflections on his Irish roots are all part of the rich and many-faceted life that Peter Stanford describes. It is, however, as a poet that he is best remembered, and the poetry itself, often autobiographical, forms an integral part of this biography."--Jacket
The Devil : a biography by Peter Stanford( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Evil - disturbing, inexplicable, deeply rooted - persists. Inching toward the millennium, we speak of the Devil once again: in tabloid accounts of cults, in popular novels, and even in scholarly theological works. We are back where we began 2,000 years ago: going to the Devil." "Now, in this informed, lucid, and very readable biography, Peter Stanford introduces us to this figure of fascination. Tracing the idea back to the pre-Christian era with its many devils, he pauses to explore Judaism's approach, then moves on to concentrate on Christianity's contribution: the creation of the monster we know today. Stanford casts his net widely to include literature and the arts, folklore and psychology, history and theology, and he distills a wealth of complex information - from early Church teachings to medieval iconography, from witchcraft and satanism to satanic cults and modern-day exorcisms. The result is a lively, engaging account of an age-old enemy."--Jacket
Cardinal Hume and the changing face of English Catholicism by Peter Stanford( )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legend of Pope Joan : in search of the truth by Peter Stanford( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of Pope Joan, an Englishwoman who disguised herself as a man and became pope in the middle of the ninth century."
The extra mile : a twenty-first-century pilgrimage by Peter Stanford( )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peter Stanford makes a modern-day pilgrimage around some of the most ancient religious sites in Britain, to take the spiritual temperature of an age often described as secular and sceptical. Do the present-day pilgrims he meets en route go simply in search of history, or does their journey have another significance rooted in the unholy times in which we live now? Are their numbers growing as more conventional church-going declines? The Extra Mile is the evocative, sometimes humorous, sometimes challenging story of one individual' s pilgrimage in search of faith in Britain today. As he walks between Neolithic stones, ruined abbeys and miracle wells, Stanford explores the link between past and present belief and reflects on the spiritual state we are in."--Publisher's description
Judas : the most hated name in history by Peter Stanford( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, Peter Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Stanford explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil. But as the author points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus' mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal. This thankless role fell to Judas; should we in fact be grateful to him for his role in the divine drama of salvation? "You'll have to decide," as Bob Dylan sang in the sixties, "Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side." An essential but doomed character in the Passion narrative, and thus the entire story of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolizes continue to play out in much larger cultural histories, speaking as he does to our deepest fears about friendship, betrayal, and the problem of evil
Heaven : a guide to the undiscovered country by Peter Stanford( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the author's personal exploration of the many interpretations of heaven as depicted in major religions, in the scientific community, among philosophers, in literature, and in popular culture
The death of a child by Peter Stanford( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of a child is seldom discussed. This title offers a collection essays in which parents and siblings tell their own stories of losing a child, brother or sister, and of how they have coped with bereavement and grief. It ends with a reflection by a celebrated psychotherapist on surviving the loss of a child
How to read a graveyard : travels in the company of the dead by Peter Stanford( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death is the one certainty in life, yet, with the decline of religion in the West, we have become collectively reluctant to talk about it. Our contemporary rituals seek to sanitise death and distance us from our own inevitable fate. If we want to know how previous generations dealt with death, graveyards (famous and not) tell us the history -- if we are able to read them. If we want to know how we struggle today with understanding or facing up to death, then graveyards provide a starting point. And, if we want to escape the present taboo on acknowledging our mortality and contemplate our own end, then graveyards offer a rare welcome. From Neolithic mounds to internet memorials via medieval corpse roads and municipal cemeteries, war graves and holocaust memorials, Roman catacombs, Pharaonic grave-robbers, Hammer horrors, body-snatchers, Days of the Dead, humanist burials and flameless cremations, Stanford shows us how to read a graveyard, what to look out for in our own, and how even the most initially unpromising exploration can enthral
Catholicism : an introduction by Peter Stanford( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complete guide to the oldest institution in the Western world-- the Catholic Church. Explore the essential beliefs and practices of Catholicism and delve into its long and fascinating history
The she-pope : a quest for the truth behind the mystery of Pope Joan by Peter Stanford( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in German and English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Stanford speculates whether Pope Joan, an early 9th century pope was real and reveals what can, and cannot, be known about the extraordinary person behind the story
Heaven : a traveller's guide to the undiscovered country by Peter Stanford( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a inquiry into one of the great religious mysteries - and what theologians, artists, writers, psychologists, priests, historians and people from all religions and walks of life have thought of heaven, where many of us still hope to go one day. Heaven's mysteriousness has given it a discreet but powerful allure. There are two basic views: first, the afterlife will involve a vaguely defined spiritual peace - eternal solitude with God alone; the second allows for some overlap between heaven and earth, and hence relationships outside the central bond with God. Or is heaven religion's biggest con-trick but one that is impossible to debunk?"--Publisher
50 Schlüsselideen Religion by Peter Stanford( )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in German and English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eine Entdeckungsreise zu den Religionen der Welt und in die Sphäre von Glauben und Spiritualität Das gottförmige Vakuum Heilige Texte Gut und Böse Leben und Tod Die Goldene Regel Riten und Rituale Das Leben Jesu Gott und Mammon Reformation Das Papsttum Schuld und Frauenfeindlichkeit Der Heilige Geist Heilige und Sünder Orthodoxie Luther und seine Nachfolger Die Anglikanische Kirche Die Methodisten Die Baptisten Reformierte Kirchen Sekten und Kultgemeinschaften Entrückung Das Jüdischsein Jüdische Durchgangsriten Die Kabbala Antisemitismus Die Geburt des Islam Die Säulen des Islam Sunniten und Schiiten Das Herz des Islam Der militante Islam Die vielen Gesichter des Hinduismus Anbetung im Hinduismus Samsara Der Jainismus Sikhismus Buddha und der Bodhi-Baum Schulen des Buddhismus Das buddhistische Lebensrad Konfuzianismus Konfuzius und die Kommunisten Der Taoismus Der Schintoismus Moderne Glaubensrichtungen Religion und Naturwissenschaft Atheismus Verwalter der Schöpfung Der gerechte Krieg Der Missionsdrang Spiritualität Die Zukunft der Religion _____ Religionen und ihre Rolle in der Welt zu verstehen, erscheint heute - mehr denn je - unverzichtbar. Die Glaubensüberzeugungen von etwa 2 Milliarden Christen, 1,2 Milliarden Muslimen, 800 Millionen Hindus und 700 Millionen Anhängern anderer Religionen beeinflussen den Lauf der Weltgeschichte in vielen Aspekten: Krieg und Frieden, Ethik, Politik, Fortpflanzung, Familie und gesellschaftliche Strukturen über sämtliche Zivilisationen und Kontinente hinweg. 50 Schlüsselideen Religion widmet sich den zentralen Fragen der Religion und rückt falsche Vorstellungen über die verschiedenen Glaubenssysteme zurecht. Was ist die "Goldene Regel" und wie verbindet sie gläubige Menschen? Welche Rolle spielen Riten und Rituale für den Zusammenhalt der Glaubensgemeinschaften? Wie kam es zur Spaltung zwischen Katholiken und Protestanten, und was bedeutet dies für uns heute? Was bedeutet Jüdischsein? W
The outcasts' outcast by Peter Stanford( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion : 50 ideas you really need to know by Peter Stanford( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and French and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know offers a clear path through the conceptual and denominational thickets of global religion. Award-winning religious affairs correspondent Peter Stanford begins with an examination of sacred texts, the divine principle and good and evil, before moving on to a discussion of the different traditions within Christianity, Islam, Judaism and the myriad customs of the East
Why I am still a Catholic : essays in faith and perseverance by Peter Stanford( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What does it mean to be a Catholic in today's world? If you are not eating fish on Fridays and having strings of children, then what distinguishes the modern Catholic from anyone else? At a time when the Vatican provokes hostility by its opposition to contraception, abortion and the use of condoms in fighting AIDS, how many Catholics share its views? And if they don't, how can they in good conscience stay in the Church?" "These are among the many questions that writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford has addressed to some of Britain's best-known Catholics. In this collection of short essays, each has come up with a very different reply."--Jacket
Bronwen Astor : her life and times by Peter Stanford( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bronwen Astor has maintained silence over the Profumo scandal of 1963, out of respect for her dead husband's wishes and to protect his children. Now she feels the time has come to tell the truth about a period when she was in the international spotlight, a time that changed her life for ever
Lord Longford : a life by Peter Stanford( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catholics and sex : from purity to perdition by Kate Saunders( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catholicism by Peter Stanford( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The legend of Pope Joan : in search of the truth
The Devil : a biographyCardinal Hume and the changing face of English CatholicismThe legend of Pope Joan : in search of the truthThe extra mile : a twenty-first-century pilgrimageHeaven : a guide to the undiscovered countryThe death of a childCatholicism : an introductionThe she-pope : a quest for the truth behind the mystery of Pope Joan
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Peter Stanford Brits journalist

Peter Stanford English Roman Catholic writer, biographer, editor and columnist

Stanford, P.

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