Sofia 104

June 2012

Church: A Common Treasury?

Click on thumbnail of front and back pages for larger image.

Click below for access to a PDF of this edition of Sofia or to the archive of all the SOF magazines since 1990.



  • Front cover image :  Samuel Palmer,Coming from Evening Church. Tate Gallery.
  • Back cover image :  Fr Ernesto Cardenal about to celebrate Mass in a Sandinista camp. Photo: Julio Valle-Castillo archive.

Articles and Features


  • Spem in Alium by Janet Simon
  • Revenge by Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy
  • What Survives by Christopher Hampton


  • Autobiography: Alison McRobb reviews Leaving Alexandria by Richard Holloway
  • History: Dominic Kirkham reviews Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Religion: David Hatton reviews Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton
  • Poetry: Christopher Truman reviews Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011 by Mimi Khalvati

Regulars and Occasionals

  • Letters
  • SOF Sift by Carol Palfrey
  • Radio Rockall
  • Cicely Herbert on The Joys of Singing