Welcome to the Bishop Payne Library web site, your portal to our theological research services. Contact our library staff
through the Ask a Librarian
service or call us at 703-461-1733
Highlights on our website:
Head Librarian & Professor
Hannah Matis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
Alec Ryrie. Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World. New York: Viking, 2017.
In honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Theses, a balanced account of the Protestant faith from one of its leading historians.
Pádraig Ó Tuama. In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2016.
A moving and beautiful combination of narratives, poetry, and autobiographical reflection from the leader of the Corymeela Community.
Larissa MacFarquhar. Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help. New York: Penguin Random House, 2016.
Amidst news of so many disasters, natural and man-made, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and difficult to know what kind of help to give, and how much. This is a collection of accounts of people who have given incredibly of themselves: it should inspire us, challenge us, and help us to reflect.
Robert Macfarlane. Landmarks. New York: Penguin Random House, 2016.
The godfather of the flood of “new nature writing” now being written in the U.K., a wonderful meditation on the connection between language and landscape: inspiring for anyone thinking about a theology of conservation, ecology, and the preservation of the natural world.
For more Prof's Picks see the 'Useful Links' box here:
Just a reminder that Alums retain borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request these as well others in the catalog be sent at no cost. Alums do pay the shipping costs for the books’ return.