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Modern Believing 2013

Vol 54:1 January 2013 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher

Women's Leadership

  • Index to Volume 53

Part 1: The Theology of Women's Leadership

Authority, Followership and 'Humbition'
Harriet Harris
Women Leaders in the New Testament
Loveday Alexander
Christian Women and Religious Authority in Third-Century North Africa
Charlotte Methuen

Part 2: The Practice of Women's Leadership

Embodying Leadership: Reflections on the Synod Decision
Vanessa Herrick
A Female Imam?
Halima Krausen

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Vol 54:2 April 2013 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher

Still Honest To God - Special 50th Anniversary Edition

 
The Gospel and Myth
Steven Shakespeare
Panentheism: The Abiding Significance of Honest to God
Michael Brierley
John A. T. Robinson and Christology
Ann Loades
Worldly Holiness
Jane Shaw
The New Morality
Samuel Wells
Recasting the Mould? Or 'Was John Robinson a Prophet?'
Natalie Watson

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Vol 54:3 July 2013 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher

 
Usury and Homosexual Behaviour: Parallel Theological Tracks?
Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman
From Sherwin Bailey to Gay Marriage: Some Significant Developments in Christian Thought since 1955
Michael Wilson
An Equal Episcopate: Theological Explorations
Miranda Threlfall-Holmes
The Marriage of Two Temperaments in the Theology of 'Honest to God'
Hugh Rock
God-Talk: 'God in Us' Re-visited
Anthony Freeman
Narcissism and Christian Leadership
Stephen Parsons

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Vol 54:4 October 2013 - Editor: Jonathan Clatworthy

The Environment

Whose Good? Which Community? The Individual, the Whole and the Common Good
Kurt Remele
Germain Grisez and the Climate Challenge
Jacaranda Turvey
‘The Earth is the Lord’s’: The Eternal Covenant
Margaret Barker
The Eternal Covenant, Atonement, and Environmental Restoration
Alex Evans
Together in Hope: Implementing the Earth Charter
Jeffrey Newman
Melting Icecaps, Disappearing Mangrove Swamps and Vanishing Bees: How Do These Events Play in Stocking Pelham?
Helen Hutchison

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Modern Believing editorial April 2013

by Adrian Thatcher
from Modern Believing Vol 54:2

Still Honest To God

This edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of John Robinson's Honest To God in March 1963.

The Revd. Dr. Michael Brierley (our Reviews Editor)  and I began the planning for it well over a year ago (and proved the importance of allowing  a long lead-in time for special projects). We were determined to produce an edition worthy of Robinson,  of his life and work, and of the impact he made in and far beyond the Church. We recalled  that previous publications remembering the 25th and 40th anniversaries were in the main negative  or preoccupied with reminiscence. We were determined not to give more space to the nostalgic recollections  of elderly Christians who, like this Editor, were inspired by the book and astonished by its impact.  Neither did we want to indulge in yet more moans about what wasn't in Honest to God,  or more complaints about the incompatibility of the authors on whom Robinson drew.

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Modern Believing editorial July 2013

by Adrian Thatcher
from Modern Believing Vol 54:3

I was delighted when Michael Lawler, professor emeritus of Catholic theology at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, and Todd Salzman, professor of Catholic theology and chair of the Department of Theology - also at Creighton - kindly responded to my invitation to contribute an essay to Modern Believing.

Michael and Todd are very well known theologians in the USA. The Catholic Press Association of the USA awarded their book, The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology1 first place for the best book in theology, in its 2009 book awards. What do you think was the response of the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops? Guess. Was it gratitude for writing such a profound and deeply Christian book? Or pride that such a competent, liberal, far-sighted set of proposals for renewing Catholic sexual teaching had been produced by two of their theologians? Or an enthusiastic response to the plea for dialogue? No, I'm dreaming. Not for the first time they received a 'severe censure'. The book was thought to contain 'serious error ... [that] cannot be considered authentic Catholic teaching'.

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Modern Believing editorial January 2013

by Adrian Thatcher
from Modern Believing Vol 54:1

This edition of Modern Believing carries some of the presentations  to the annual conference of Modern Church, entitled 'Women in Religious Leadership', last July.

We had expected the conference to coincide with the vote of the General Synod  regarding women bishops, and were hoping for celebration instead of further procrastination  in the face of determined opposition. Our theme, however, lost none of its topicality.

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Books reviewed July 2013

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Images of Jesus Christ in Islam, 2nd edn.

O. Leirvik

London and New York: Continuum, 2010. Pp. xii, 292. Pb.

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Reviewed by Tim Winter, University of Cambridge


A Christian View of Islam: Essays on Dialogue, ed. I. A. Omar

T. F. Michel

Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010. Pp. xxiv, 214. Pb.

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Reviewed by Tim Winter, University of Cambridge


Buddhist and Christian? An Exploration of Dual Belonging

R. Drew

Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2011. Pp. xii, 274. Hb.

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Reviewed by Kristin Beise Kiblinger, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC


Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism: A Critical Evaluation of John Hick

D. S. Nah

Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2013. Pp. viii, 234. Pb.

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Reviewed by Paul Hedges, University of Winchester


The Reign of God Is Such as These: A Socio-Literary Analysis of Daughters in the Gospel of Mark

S. Betsworth

London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2010. Pp. xii, 164. Hb.

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Reviewed by Victoria Phillips, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV


Literary Theology by Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century

R. Styler

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp. x, 180. Hb.

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Reviewed by Cornelia Cook, Queen Mary, University of London


Anglo-Catholic in Religion: T. S. Eliot and Christianity

B. Spurr

Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 325. Pb.

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Reviewed by David Fuller, University of Durham


Free Churches and Society: The Nonconformist Contribution to Social Welfare 1800-2010

L. A. Husselbee and P. H. Ballard, eds.

London and New York: Continuum, 2012. Pp. x, 252. Pb.

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Reviewed by Tony Addy, International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action, Czech Republic


Celebrating a Century of Ecumenism: Exploring the Achievements of International Dialogue  in Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference

J. A. Radano, ed.

Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. xxvi, 330. Pb.

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Reviewed by Richard Clutterbuck, Edgehill Theological College, Belfast


Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church: Visual Culture, Missionization  and Appropriation

K. J. Martin

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp. xxviii, 271. Hb.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Koepping, University of Edinburgh


The Postmodern Saints of France: Refiguring 'The Holy' in Contemporary French Philosophy

C. H. Dickinson, ed.

London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2013. Pp. xii, 264. Pb.

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Reviewed by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice and William Temple Foundation


Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times

M. M. Ellison

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012. Pp. x, 161. Pb.

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Reviewed by Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter


Stories from the Street: A Theology of Homelessness

D. J. Nixon

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. Pp. xii, 202. Pb.

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Reviewed by Laura Stivers, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA


Spirituality and Social Work

B. R. Crisp

Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. Pp. x, 169. Hb.

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Reviewed by John Swinton, University of Aberdeen


On Kierkegaard and the Truth, ed. D. J. Gouwens and L. C. Barrett

P. L. Holmer

Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2012. Pp. xxviii, 314. Pb.

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Reviewed by Steven Shakespeare, Liverpool Hope University


Returning to Reality: Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a Technological Age

P. M. Thompson

Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2013. Pp. xxii, 112. Pb.

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Reviewed by Fiona Gardner, Bath Spa University


Out of Babylon

W. Brueggemann

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010. Pp. xiv, 178. Pb.

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Reviewed by Hilary Marlow (short review), University of Cambridge


Spirituality and Personhood in Dementia

A. Jewell, ed.

London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011. Pp. 224. Pb.

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Reviewed by James Woodward (short review), St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle