British Values?

I wonder how many readers of this college’s blog will have been worried by the instability left in the wake of the UK General Election last Thursday (8th June2017)? And I wonder how many are similarly worried by the tack the media are taking with respect to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who are to work with the Conservative party in trying to govern the UK?

The minute this uneasy alliance was proposed, commentators in the media (notably the BBC and Channel 4 of course) were raising their holier-than-thou shrill voices about these ‘unpleasant people’ (DUP), many of whom are ‘against same-sex marriage’ and ‘homophobic’; ‘against abortion’ and have members who believe that ‘Creationism should be taught in schools’. All things, we are continually told, which do not fit in with our ‘British Values’. Read more »

KEDS MA Student Presents Paper at Hawarden Seminar

The following comes from one of our MA students, Anthony Royle. It sounds like quite an experience and we hope the account, in Anthony’s own words, will be an encouragement to you in your own studies.

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Last Thursday (6th April), I had the privilege of presenting a paper at the annual Hawarden Seminar on the NT use of the OT at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. The seminar is headed by Susan Docherty (Newman University) and has some of the most prominent scholars in the field (Steve Moyise, anyone?) in attendance. My paper was based on my MA thesis entitle “The Vorlage of Paul’s Citation in Ephesians 5:14”. It was my hope to present the paper and receive feedback that would help me before my final submission. The benefits of attending and presenting at a conference such as this are invaluable. I thought I would like to share 5 benefits of presenting a paper or attending a conference with my fellow MA students and encourage you to submit abstracts to like mannered seminars. Read more »

Ex KEDS Student Publications

Former KEDS student Dr Mike Lowis has published three new books. Mike (whom many KEDS students will know through the college forum) writes:

Each of the books was inspired and informed by the KEDS studies. (Students) may have seen my Forum postings in the past, where I have encouraged them to consider making the most of their academic research and assignments by writing papers, articles or books. It was certainly satisfying for me to do so. Because my books are written in an academic style, the readership will probably be mostly students, clerics, and others who are comfortable with this type of investigative, theological writing.

Details of the books can be found via the following links:

The Gospel Miracles: What Really Happened
Ageing Disgracefully, with Grace: Enjoying Growing Older
Euthanasia, Suicide, and Despair: Can the Bible Help?

Gender Inclusive Language and God

I wonder whether you’ve read the recent news about those within the Church of England who wish to begin addressing God as ‘She’? Of course, this is no new idea; the femininity of God is suggested in a small number of places in scripture, and occasionally, cults have arisen which emphasise God’s feminine nature. (1) In this case, a group which meets at Lambeth Palace with the snazzy name of the “Transformations Steering Group”, is calling for a rethink on language about God and is seeking to have changes made to the liturgy; changes which are, in some places, already taking place on an informal basis, with ‘He’ being changed to ‘She’ for example, when talking of, or addressing, God. The Daily Telegraph on 31st May, 2015 notes that ‘Hilary Cotton, chair of Women And The Church (WATCH), the group which led the campaign for female bishops, said the shift away from the traditional patriarchal language of the Book of Common Prayer is already at an “advanced” stage in some quarters.’ (2) Read more »

Sexual Orientation, ‘Commited, Loving Same-Sex Relationships’ and The Biblical Prohibition of Homosexuality.

When considered contextually and objectively, the Scriptures are not silent concerning homosexuality. They always, without exception, treat homosexuality as a violation of the divine order; that is the biblical witness clearly and counter-culturally prohibits all forms of same-sex intercourse. Whilst justification of this statement and consideration of the biblical witness is impossible here, suffice it to say that the arguments advanced by those who propose that scripture is ambivalent or accepting of same-sex relationships are exegetically weak. Consequently, if the authority of Scripture means anything, then those who take a revisionist approach and seek to overturn scriptural core values must meet an extraordinary and overwhelming burden of proof.

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St. Mugg and Christmas

I’ve always been a great fan of the writings of Malcolm Muggeridge – ‘St. Mugg’ as he affectionately became known in his later years. Muggeridge led an interesting life; as a young man he was the Guardian correspondent for the USSR, and during World War 2, a secret agent. In later life he became editor of Punch magazine, and later still found celebrity status in the UK and America, largely due to his new-found Christian faith, which eventually led to the nick-name. Read more »