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Modern Believing

Modern Believing is Modern Church's journal, published quarterly by Liverpool University Press, with articles promoting theological liberalism.

 Students in universities, colleges and theological institutions which subscribe to the EBSCO database, can access Modern Believing online. Subscription to the journal is included for Modern Church members.

  • Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
  • Assistant Editor: Dr Katharine Sarah Moody
  • Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley

Current issue: 'Getting God'

Vol 59:3 July 2018 - Editors: Jane Shaw and Linda Woodhead

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Modern Believing editorial July 2018

Editorial by Jane Shaw and Linda Woodhead
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

This issue of the journal brings together a series of short, personal reflections on how the authors get – or get to – God.

They come from several directions and disciplines – theology, sociology, art, historical theology, preaching, liturgy, prayer and poetry – but each is written from the particular, deliberately autobiographical, standpoint of the writer.

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Getting God through music

by David Stancliffe
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

This article distinguishes between 'the what' and 'the how' of music and worship, of life itself, to stress that it is not what we do but how we do it that reveals what we are being shaped to become. Good worship is what happens when we try out – rehearse – what we are really supposed to be. 'Christian' is not a what that we are but a way (a how) we are becoming what we are destined for. Taking communal singing as an example, I illustrate how music-making can help us 'get' Divine Harmony.

Keywords:

DIVINE HARMONY

GOD

HARMONY

MUSIC

SINGING

WORSHIP

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Imagination, liturgy & God - Rt Revd David Stancliffe's talk at the 2017 annual conference of Modern Church, 'God: None, One, Three or Many?'

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Getting God through poetry and prayer

by Nicola Slee
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

In liturgy, we discover who God is or can be, what kind of God is sayable and prayable. The poetic language of prayer is the place for birthing not only new theologies or God-talk but dynamic encounters with God. This article reflects on the nature of the psalms and other prayers as analogous to the giving of words in the writing of poetry. It concludes with a reworking of the Lord’s Prayer from the author’s own prayer life.

Keywords:

AMMA

BRUEGGEMANN, WALTER

FEMINISM

FEMINIST LITURGY

LORD’S PRAYER, the

PSALMS, the

POETRY

PRAYER

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Feminist persepctives on liturgy, prayer and God - Dr Nicola Slee's  talk at the 2017 annual conference of Modern Church, 'God: None, One, Three or Many?'

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Getting to God through art

by Jane Shaw
from Modern Believing Vol 59:3 - July 2018

Abstract:

The author evokes the ways in which art, beauty, community life and justice were threaded through her English childhood, and how they have shaped her theology and how she ‘got to’ God. she concludes by relating this autobiographical element to the work of two early twentieth-century Anglican theologians: Percy Dearmer and Kenneth E. Kirk.

Keywords:

ART

BEAUTY

COMMUNITY

DEARMER, PERCY

GOD

GREAT HOSPITAL, the

JUSTICE

KIRK, KENNETH E.

TATE, the


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