Vol 51:1 January 2010 - Editor: Paul Badham

Liberal theology in the contemporary world

 
 
The Future of Liberal Theology - A Reflection from the Chair
John Saxbee
For What We have Received
Geoffrey Rowell
Liberalism in Science and in Christian Faith
Keith Ward
Liberating the Church for Today and Tomorrow
Brian Smith
Liberating Scripture: Holding on to Fundamentals without being Fundamentalist
Helen-Ann Hartley
Liberal Theology: To Bring Peace or a Sword
Jonathan Clatworthy
When the Word on the Street is RESIST
Peter Selby

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Vol 51:2  April 2010 - Editor: Paul Badham

Attitudes of Lay Anglicans to Current Controversies

 
 
How Homonegative is the Typical Anglican Congregation?
Mandy Robbins, Leslie Francis, Andrew Village and Laura Murray
A Lay Vote of Confidence: New research across five provinces indicates more agreement than division and little appetite for schism
Nicholas P. Henderson
Religious Experience among Contemporary Japanese University Students
Paul McQuillan and John O'Gorman
The Church and Modern Media
Colin McAlister
Quantum Creation? Cosmologists are coming up with some strange theories about the origin of the Universe
Tim Belben
Weighing the Gravity of Sin: A Response to Jeyan Anketell's Article 'Making sense of Atonement'
Brenda Watson

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Vol 51:3  July 2010 - Guest editor: Alan Race

Edinburgh 1910 to 2010: a Century of Being Changed

 
 
Between Edinburgh 1910 and 2010: Changing Theological Views of Mission
Paul H. Cho
Matthew's Trumpet Blast (28.16-20)
J. Leslie Houlden
Ecumenical Theology 1910-2010: Does it have a future?
Paul Avis
Interreligious Dialogue and Mission in Protestant Theology
S. Wesley Ariarajah
Mission and Dialogue in Contemporary Catholicism
John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
Feminist Theology as Theology of Religions
Helene Egnell

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Vol 51:4 October 2010 - Editor: Paul Badham

Modern Church

 
 
Modern Church's Response to the Proposed Covenant
Jonathan Clatworthy
The Episcopacy of all Believers
Marilyn McCord Adams
Once Again: 'Does Christology Rest on a Mistake?'
Paul Trudinger
What's in a name? The Significance of John Ruskin for Anglia Ruskin University and its Chaplaincy
Ivor Moody
Religious Experience in Contemporary Turkey
Cafer Sadik Yaran

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by Paul Badham
from Modern Believing Vol 51:4

Modern Church

At its Annual General Meeting last July The Modern Churchpeople's Union decided to simplify its name to Modern Church. The Society was founded in 1898 as The Churchmen's Union for the Advancement of Liberal Religious Thought. Colloquially it came to be referred to as The Modern Churchmen's Union because this was the term used in its Journal, The Modern Churchman,  which was founded in 1911, and in it's Annual Conference series which began in 1914.  The popularly used title was made constitutional in 1931 and remained the title of the Union until 1987. However with the strong commitment of the Union to the case for the Ordination of Women it became increasingly embarrassing in the seventies and eighties to have a non-inclusive title. Accordingly the name of the Journal was changed to Modern Believing and the name of the society was amended in 1987  so that it referred to 'Churchpeople' rather than 'Churchmen'. However although members recognized the politically correct need for such a change 'Churchpeople' never seemed a natural expression to use and pressure for a new title has steadily grown.

Guest editorial by Alan Race
from Modern Believing Vol 51:3

Edinburgh 1910 to 2010: A Century of Being Changed

This volume of Modern Believing marks the centenary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference, which was held in the Assembly Hall of the United Free Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, on 14th - 23rd June. It does so by reflecting essentially on a number of themes - Christian missiology, ecumenical unity, tensions between mission and interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and the Great Commission at the climax of the Gospel of Matthew - all themes which occupied the minds of those in attendance at Edinburgh. Each theme remains as controversial and contested now as it was then.

Editorial by Paul Badham, from Modern Believing Vol 51:2

Attitudes of Lay Anglicans to Current Controversies

Unlike the moral controversies which surrounded the 'permissive legislation' of the 1960's and 70's, discussions within Anglicanism on women Bishops and gay clergy has largely taken place at Episcopal or even Primatial level without input from lay experts or consultation with the laity. In particular the views of the ordinary person in the pew have not been sought out. This issue contains two articles which seek to redress this and to find out what Anglican laity think. The first article focuses on Britain. The second goes global.

by Paul Badham, from Modern Believing Vol 51:1

Liberal Theology in the Contemporary World

John Saxbee, in his introduction to the conference papers, argues that by the time of the MCU centenary in 1998 almost all the key liberal causes of the 20th Century had become mainstream in the life of the Christian Churches.Yet Liberalism remains a contentious issue and we have still to argue in its defence in contemporary religious dialogue. That is what we sought to do in this summer's conference on Liberal Theology and that is the concern of this issue of Modern Believing.