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Listening to God, Shaped by The Word
Professor Edith M. Humphrey is the William F. Orr Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her most recent book is Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit (Eerdmans, 2006). Recordings of this and her other two talks at the AWESOME conference are available from http://www.awesome.org.uk
This address by New Testament scholar Edith Humphrey, based on 2 Peter 1 and Mary's encounter with the risen Christ, was given at the 2006 conference of AWESOME, a support network for ordained evangelical Anglican women. It offers a relational, Christocentric and Trinitarian understanding of how as we listen together to God's Word in Scripture, we receive light for our path and we ourselves are transformed.
Scripture and Christian Ethics
The Revd Professor Oliver O'Donovan is Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at Edinburgh University . This article originally appeared in the Dutch journal, Theologia Reformata, and is reprinted with permission.
With a focus on Psalm 119, Oliver O'Donovan here explores the task of Christian ethics and Scripture as God's word to illumine our path. Warning against certain approaches to 'using the Bible in ethics', he explores the task of interpretation, the nature of commands, and concludes with reflections on the historical narrative of the Bible in relation to love and hate, good and evil.
Tough Texts: Reading the parts we'd rather not
The Revd Jenni Williams is Tutor in Biblical Studies at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford .
Some parts of the Old Testament make difficult reading, especially for evangelicals committed to the authority of Scripture, and if they make difficult reading, then they make difficult preaching. In this article Jenni Williams focuses on the revolting story of Judges 19-21 and looks at ways we might read it (and some other tough texts) using what Elijah found in the desert: the sound of silence.
Evangelical Theological Colleges in the Church of England and Ordinand Numbers 1963-2003
The Venerable Dr Gordon Kuhrt was Director of Ministry, Archbishops' Council Church of England 1996-2006.
In this survey, Gordon Kuhrt shows that the proportion of Church of England ordinands training in the evangelical theological colleges has grown in the period 1963-2003 from 33% to 68%. Tracing the developments over these 40 years he claims evangelical colleges have generally responded with greater imagination and energy to the challenge of diversification and that the changes have significance for the church's future leadership.
Deluded about God?
A reflection on Richard Dawkins' God Delusion .
The Revd Professor Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University . He has co-authored the book The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist fundamentalism and the denial of the divine (SPCK, 2007) with his wife, Joanna Collicutt McGrath, who is lecturer in the psychology of religion at the University of London . McGrath has also authored the standard account of Dawkins' views on the relation of science and religion: Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life. Oxford : Blackwell, 2004.
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