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Annual Conference 2019

Theology in the public square - Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th July 2019 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.

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New editor for Modern Believing journal

Modern Church appoints Dr Karen O' Donnell as the new managing editor of our academic journal Modern Believing

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Modern Church is 120!

Modern Church is celebrating 120 years with a social media campaign recording key moments in its history

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A contradiction in terms? Assessing the place and importance of the English parish church cathedrals

by Ivor Moody
from Modern Believing Vol 59:2 - April 2018

Abstract:

Of the 42 cathedrals in the Church of England, 19 of them are parish church cathedrals, a significant proportion. It is surprising, then, that there does not appear to have been any sustained research or analysis done specifically on parish church cathedrals. Much of the thinking and writing about cathedrals going back to the Heritage and Renewal Report of 1994 only seems to make passing references to parish church cathedrals in the effort to make theological sense of cathedrals and their huge impact on church and society. For many, the title ‘parish church cathedral’ is one that should no longer be used.

Keywords:

CATHEDRAL, CONTEXT, CONTRADICTION, EMBEDDEDNESS, HISTORY, PARISH CHURCH, PAROCHIAL SYSTEM, SCALE, TENSION


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

Ever mediated, ever salvific: A Chauvean perspective on same-sex marriage in the Church

by T. Derrick Witherington
from Modern Believing Vol 59:2 - April 2018

Abstract:

Homosexuality in the Anglican Communion is a contentious and polarizing issue. In 2015, the Episcopal Church was the first member of the Anglican Communion to change its canonical legislation to allow same-sex couples access to matrimony. Since then, other national Anglican churches have struggled with finding a response both to this action and to the reality of LGBTQ persons in the church. Here we propose a way of theologically approaching same-sex marriage in the church in a way which leads to a more nuanced understanding, rising beyond the polarizations. Concretely, we make use of a ‘liturgical hermeneutic’ which we derive from the French theologian Louis-Marie Chauvet.

Keywords:

EPISCOPAL, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, GENDER, HERMENEUTICS, HOMOSEXUALITY, LGBTQ, LITURGY, LOUIS-MARIE CHAUVET, SACRAMENTS, SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

On the move

Editorial by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

It is always a delight, in this second issue of the year, to focus on reporting from the annual residential meeting of the Council of Modern Church at the beginning of March.

Not only is Hinsley Hall, the Roman Catholic centre of the Diocese of Leeds, a most pleasant venue, but the fellowship at Council is always a renewing experience, even when we have contentious issues to discuss, as we have often had in recent years.

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God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but not three persons

by John Goodchild
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

There is a world of difference between the one God of the monotheist and the gods of the polytheist.

A polytheistic God is usually partial, having favourites, and cannot offer a basis for an overarching morality. When the first Christians experienced Jesus as God they did not want to think of him as a second God. They could use the idea of Jesus as the Word of God - the expression of the mind of God in human life. If we express what is in our mind we do not empty our mind. God was not diminished or changed by the incarnation and Christ as the Word made flesh could be said to have existed from the beginning of time.

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Three persons, one God

by Adrian Thatcher
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

In response to John Goodchild’s reflection on the Trinity, I wonder:

  • why, in his title (‘…not three persons’) he denies, without a single argument, what is central to the Christian doctrine of God?
  • why he conflates Trinitarianism with polytheism?

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