Vol 53:1  January 2012 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher

 • Index to Volume 52
 
The Literal Sense of Scripture: A Hermeneutical Disaster
Adrian Thatcher
Contextual Bible Study: Characteristics and Challenges
Susannah Cornwall
The Bible and the Novel: Apocalyptic Reading
Alison Milbank
The New Atheism: Reflections of a Biblical Scholar
John Barton
'God's Ex-Wife: what price monotheism?'
A 'discussion' with Prof. Francesca Stavrakopolou
The Control of Life and Death: Widening the Field
Averil Stedeford

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Vol 53:2 April 2012 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher

 
 
Bible and Film: Suffering and Special Effects
Gerard Loughlin
William Blake and King James Bible
Christopher Rowland
'Promising much, delivering little': Ministry Development Review and its secular critics
Justin Lewis-Anthony
Instead of the Anglican Covenant
Jonathan Clatworthy
The Death and Resurrection of the Bible in Church and Society
Ray Vincent
'Good as New' - A Different Approach to Translation
John Henson
O Books: an Invitation to Publish
John Hunt
Moving On
Averil Stedeford

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Vol 53:3 July 2012 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher

Modern Church statement for the C of E Sexuality Working Group
Susannah Cornwall, Elaine Graham, Adrian Thatcher
John Hick - Champion of Liberal Religious Thought
Alan Race
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Theologian for Our Time
Richard Truss
Changing Perceptions of Churchmanship
Kelvin J. Randall
Hastings Rashdall's Doctrine of Atonement
Margaret J. Rayner
The Finger of God
Tim Belben
On Being Disabled
Michael N. Marsh

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Vol 53:4 October 2012 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher

Patriotism - Special Edition in association with Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester

 
The Value of Limited Loyalty: Christianity, the Nation, and Territorial Boundaries
Nigel Biggar
Patriotism, Nationhood and Neighbourhood
Stephen Backhouse
Being the Enemy Within:  Re-asserting Black 'Otherness' as a Riposte to the Homogeneous Construct of Whiteness
Anthony G. Reddie
Patriotism Good - Nationalism Bad?  The News from Scotland
Doug Gay

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Introduction by Peter Manley Scott
from Modern Believing Vol 53:4

Patriotism

As I write, Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics  - titled Isles of Wonder - is receiving plaudits from around the world. Its soundtrack is the best selling album on iTunes in several European countries, and no. 5 in USA. It is not clear whether the opening ceremony contained a strong narrative. Certainly, however, it was a creative effort to celebrate 'Britishness' over the last 300 years.  Perhaps a lack of a strong narrative indicates how elusive 'Britishness' is.  Nor were religious themes absent: 'Jerusalem' and 'Abide with Me' featured prominently.

by Adrian Thatcher
from Modern Believing Vol 53:3

This edition

Regular readers of Modern Believing will recognise familiar names in this edition, devoted to a miscellany of contributions. One article, commemorating the late John Hick, was commissioned. Alan Race, its author, guest edited the edition of Modern Believing devoted to the centenary of the World Mission Conference at Edinburgh in 2010 [51.3].

by Adrian Thatcher
from Modern Believing Vol 53:2

This edition

The six articles in this edition are arranged in three couplets. The first couplet consists of two major papers from the Modern Church conference last July. How is our Bible reading able to be enhanced by the deep engagement of the imagination? Gerard Loughlin and Christopher Rowland help to answer that question in their articles on 'The Bible and Film' and on 'William Blake and the King James Bible'. The second couplet consists of critical commentaries on a pair of dubious ecclesiastical ventures. Justin Lewis-Anthony demolishes 'Ministry Development Review', exercising wit and wisdom in equal measure. His essay reminded me of Stephen Pattison's devastating critique  of managerialism, The Faith of the Managers: When Management becomes Religion (Cassell, 1997). Jonathan Clatworthy continues a run of articles against the proposed Anglican Covenant,  taking up and refuting the Thatcherite tactic of claiming 'There Is No Alternative' ('TINA', she used to be called, as readers will remember). There is an alternative to the Covenant, and it can be read here.

by Adrian Thatcher
from Modern Believing Vol 53:1

New Editor

I am pleased and honoured to have been invited by the Standing Committee of Modern Church to become the new editor of Modern Believing. My first task is to convey the thanks of all readers of the Journal to my predecessor, Prof. Paul Badham. Paul has served the Journal well. His breadth of theological knowledge and interest, and his wise counsels and judgements, will be missed. He will continue to be a book reviewer and peer-reviewer for the Journal,  and a member of Modern Church. I have edited books before, but never a journal. It is a daunting task. So I ask readers to be patient with their new Editor. There is also a new Editorial Assistant, Mrs. Caroline Major, and we both need to learn  a lot more about our new jobs and grow into our respective roles.