Modern Believing is Modern Church's journal, published quarterly by Liverpool University Press.
The aims of Modern Believing are
to publish fresh, constructive, tradition-informed, responsible, open-minded, challenging, easily readable theology;
to keep its readers in touch with recent developments in all branches of Christian theology, and with progressive accounts of Christian beliefs and doctrines, in dialogue with other disciplines.
The aims of Modern Believing are achieved, in partnership with our co-publication Signs of the Times, by
- establishing themes for each edition, inviting articles from established and emerging scholars,
- publishing reviews of books, especially books which illuminate the themes of each edition,
- and publishing edited presentations from the annual conference of Modern
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: Prof. Adrian Thatcher.
- Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
Vol 60:4 October 2019 - Editor: Adrian Thatcher
Modern Church is the main advocate for liberal theology in the British churches.
By ‘liberal theology’ we mean that religious beliefs can and should develop in the light of new insights.
Divine revelation has not come to an end. God invites us to believe in ways appropriate to 21st Century.
New ideas should be judged on their merits. They may be true today even if they have not been officially accepted by church leaders in the past.
Modern Church has been promoting liberal theology since 1898.
• a quarterly theological journal: Modern Believing, first published in 1911
• a quarterly newsletter: Signs of the Times
• an annual conference and other events featuring leading speakers in their fields
• Forewords booklets illustrating liberal approaches to theological topics
• letters, papers, articles and other publications in response to current events.
Modern Church is a membership organisation with a long history and a liberal ethos.
It is a registered charity (number 281573), managed by a committee of officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) who are trustees and up to eight other trustees. Click here to download our 2017 Constitution including our revised Charitable Objects.
The Treasurer is elected annually by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the Council are elected from among the Modern Church membership for terms of up to three years at the Annual General Meeting. The officers and the trustees are elected by the Council at its first meeting after the AGM.