Theology and Science

I’m sure everyone at KEDS will be interested to hear about Mike Brownnutt, one of our students in the third year of his master’s course. Mike, who already holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London, has recently finished running a three week course at Hong Kong University, in collaboration with the Faith and Global Engagement Initiative, entitled “Belief in Science and Religion.” Slides for this may be found at; http://beta.gened.hku.hk/archive

Following this, on 13th March, Mike gave a lecture at an interdisciplinary workshop for the Department of Christian Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, entitled; “Determinism/ Indeterminism in Nature: Agency, Genetics, Quantum Mechanics.” The workshop website is here:
http://www.uibk.ac.at/philtheol/powers/conferences/workshop_determinism.html.

Mike currently lives in Innsbruck, Austria with his wife and two children (they have a third child due at the end of March). In between writing his thesis, looking after his family, and giving interdisciplinary lectures in far-flung places, Mike is busy as an assistant professor of experimental quantum mechanics at the University of Innsbruck. When asked if he had any encouraging words for other students, Mike replied; ‘A spouse that supports you is worth more than their weight in gold. Hold on to them!’

I’m sure everyone juggling families, work and studies will want to add a heart-felt ‘Amen’ to his words, and wish Mike all the best for his future work and ministry.

Book Review: Galatians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Douglas Moo

Moo, Douglas J. (2013). Galatians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. Reviewed by Dr Andy Cheung
[Douglas Moo is Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School.]

This is a commentary long awaited by many Biblical scholars and students, partly because of Douglas Moo’s reputation, and partly because Galatians is not well served with technical, conservative commentaries. It does not disappoint and that in itself is part of the expectation with a Moo commentary; that not only will it be well written, judicious in exegesis, and reasonable in conclusions, but also of consistently high quality. There’s an evenness in Moo’s work stretching back several decades and it is perhaps unsurprising that this commentary fulfils expectations of excellence. For many, this will be the new ‘go to’ commentary on Galatians.
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Former Student’s Talk on 1859 Ulster Revival

Having carried out an examination of the place of prayer in the Ulster Revival of 1859 for her M.A. dissertation taken through KEDS, Donna Orr (now an Associate Tutor at the school) has been asked to give an historical talk on this revival for Libraries N.I. at the end of October. A good number of attendees is expected, and Donna requests our prayers, particularly that although this is essentially a historical talk, many will be encouraged to seek and pray for a similar revival in Northern Ireland at this time.

For any KEDS students who live in Northern Ireland and would like to attend, the talk takes place on Thursday, 24 October 2013 in Greenisland Library, Carrickfergus at 6.30 p.m. Admission is free, but booking is advised.

Gold treasure trove discovered at Temple Mount

A treasure trove of gold coins has been unearthed at the base of the Temple Mount by Hebrew University archaeologists. The coins date from the Byzantine era and display some very rare symbols of the menorah and Torah scroll.

Archaeological Discovery Once Again Verifies Accuracy of Scripture

Remains have been unearthed south of Tel Aviv revealing massive fortifications built about 2,700 years ago. Archaeologists with Tel Aviv University state that these appear to have a connection to Assyria’s takeover of the region, as mentioned in the book of Isaiah.

A History of Twentieth Century Translation Theory and Its Application to Bible Translation

I just had an article published in the Journal of Translation titled “A History of Twentieth Century Translation Theory and Its Application to Bible Translation”. It discusses theoretical developments in translation theory while advocating a perspective I support called ‘functionalism’ which, in short, argues that translations must be designed to fit particular needs. The logical end to this is that because there are multiple needs, there must be multiple ‘correct’ ways of translating the Bible. The one ‘best Bible’ translation doesn’t exist. The one ‘right’ way to translate doesn’t exist either. Sometimes you’ll need a literal translation, other times you’ll need an idiomatic translation, and both are ‘right’ in their particular situation.

Anyway, here’s the LINK (free registration required to view the paper online) and the abstract:

This article studies the development of twentieth century translation theory. This was a period during which significant theoretical contributions were made in both secular and Bible translation circles. These contributions have had a profound impact on the practice of translation throughout the twentieth century and since. The individuals who contributed to the present state of translation theory worked in both secular and Bible translation circles and this article examines contributions from both. A select history of theoretical developments, focusing on the most important ideas relevant to Bible translation work is given in order to examine the impact of such theories in the practice of Bible translation. These include the philosophical approaches of the early twentieth century; the linguistic era of the 1950s and 1960s; the rise of functionalism and descriptive translation studies; and, finally, the emergence of postcolonial and related foreignising approaches.

Andy Cheung, “A History of Twentieth Century Translation Theory and Its Application to Bible Translation”, Journal of Translation 9:1 (Apr 2013) 1-15. [Link]

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Dr Andy Cheung is Academic Dean at King’s Evangelical Divinity School.