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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 »

Compassionate eating? Christians and vegetarianism

KEDS Dean of Students, Dr. Stephen Vantassel has a very interesting piece in the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics which should be of interest to students, especially those with a concern for animal welfare and ethical food production. Does the compassion of Christ really suggest that Christians should reduce animal suffering by abstaining from meat? And does the Bible have anything to say about factory farming? Dr. Vantassel, with Dr. Kloosterman, evaluates the claims made by Mark C. Halteman, (Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Professor at Calvin College, a prestigious evangelical college in the U.S.), in Compassionate Eating published by the Humane Society of the United States.

They demonstrate that Dr. Halteman’s arguments calling Christians to increased adoption of vegetarianism lack logical necessity and fail to give due attention to all the available data. Vantassel and Kloosterman conclude that if there is a convincing argument in favour of vegetarianism, Dr. Halteman has failed to make it.

KEDS tutor on benefits, dangers of Internet

Tim LimStudents may be interested in an article by new KEDS tutor Timothy Lim Teck Ngern, published in The Christian Post (Singapore Edition) of 8th May 2012.

In the piece, Tim highlights the fact that although technology has given us great opportunities for making our views widely known, it has  also highlighted the need for us to be extra careful about what we say – and how we say it.

In a brief outline of his article, Tim writes:

In a global and technologically savvy economy, the Netizens’ (i.e., Internet Citizens’) free-flowing conversations (on blogs, chatrooms, and other social mediums) can quickly be turned into a doubled-edged sword, unless the free-spirited use of the media is tempered with an ethic of godly civility, recognizing at the same time, that we are deeply human in our engagements.

Drawing from a broad Christian philosophical-theological tradition, the article suggests a fourfold role for Christians engaging in a political-economy. While the contribution is contextual to recent social-political developments in Singapore, the suggestions nevertheless would have parallel value for the development of godly civility in any demographically and religiously pluralistic context.
The original article is available here.

Make a New Year Resolution With a Difference

We’re fast moving into the Christmas holiday season (how did it get here so fast?) and with it New Year. By the end of December millions of us will be contemplating our New Year’s resolutions for early January. For many people the start of a brand new year is simply an opportunity to put the excesses of the Christmas season behind them (more diets are started – and end – in January than at any other time of the year). But for others 1 January represents something a little more serious: an opportunity for a fresh start, a time to wipe the slate clean and move on, the start date for ditching a particular habit, or else the ideal time to do or try something new.

Of course, one can draw a line under the past, kick a habit, or take up something new at any time of the year… there’s no need whatsoever to revolve life changes around the somewhat abstract concept of New Year. Yet given how the work, school and family yearly cycles tend to operate, together with how society seems to invest so much into the concept of a fresh start at New Year, it is difficult not to see 1st January as an opportunity to make those desired changes. The problem is, many New Year resolutions rarely make it to the end of the month. The long dismal winter ahead (at least here in the northern reaches of the globe), the abrupt introduction of an ascetic lifestyle following a month of feasting, unrealistic resolutions, and the cold light of (wintry) day all combine to make us fail at the first hurdle. Read more »