Sofia 99

Easter 2011

Tree of Life and Death

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  • Front cover image :  12th or 13th century Apse Mosaic of the Cross as the Tree of Life in the Church of San Clemente, Rome
  • Back cover image :  Lucas Cranach the Elder Adam and Eve



  • Ballad of True Thomas
  • Trees Be Company
  • Hail, Mary! A Latin pun for Lady Day from the hymn Ave Maris Stella


  • Philip Feakin reviews Eternal Life: A New Vision by John Selby Spong
  • Morality as a Human Creation. David Lee reviews Dishonest to God – On Keeping Religion out of Politics by Mary Warnock
  • Dominic Kirkham reviews A History of Christianity by Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Mary Lloyd reviews First Sixty: The Acumen Anthology edited by Patricia Oxley
  • Evolving English. Cicely Herbert visits the British Library exhibition on the English language


  • Letters
  • SOF Sift by Christine Hacklett
  • Red Letter Days by Mary Lloyd
  • Radio Rockall