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Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church. It publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism.

Published quarterly by Liverpool University Press. Students in Universities, Colleges and Theological Institutions which subscribe to the EBSCO database, can access Modern Believing online.
Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
Assistant Editor: Dr Katharine Sarah Moody

Current issue:

Vol 58:2 April 2017 - Guest Editor: Alison Milbank

William Shakespeare died on 3rd May 1616, and this centenary celebration prompted a Modern Church conference, ‘Performing the Faith: Shakespeare, the Theatre and Theology Today’ in July 2016, a flavour of which can be gained from the variety of articles in this volume.

Guest editorial by Alison Milbank
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

William Shakespeare died on 3rd May 1616, and this centenary celebration prompted a Modern Church conference, ‘Performing the Faith: Shakespeare, the Theatre and Theology Today’ in July 2016, a flavour of which can be gained from the variety of articles in this volume.

In this introduction, I also want to offer the reader some sense of the other addresses also, which you can find in oral or written form on the Modern Church website.

by Ronnie Mulryne
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

Abstract:

In what sense is King Lear a play for our times? The talk, written at the moment Brexit was announced, and the preface at the moment of the Donald Trump victory, attempt to draw parallels with, and even draw lessons from, Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.

Keywords:

KING LEAR, SILENCE, POLITICAL DISILLUSION


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by Christian Coppa
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

Abstract:

Through an analysis of the sense of touch and its erotic, devotional, and tragic significance in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this essay considers how theatrical performance might contribute to a theological imagination of bodily life and its transfiguration by grace.

Keywords:

EMBODIMENT, TOUCH, TRANSFORMATION, MORTALITY, GRACE


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by Vittorio Montemaggi
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

Abstract:

In a version of his spoken address, Vittorio Montemaggi demonstrates how King Lear invites us to reflect on theatre and the nature of Resurrection as the ‘theological horizon’ in which language and love are spoken.

Keywords:

KING LEAR, RESURRECTION, PERFORMANCE, THEATRICALITY, FORGIVENESS


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