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Thiselton Lecture, 2017


We were delighted to welcome Revd Dr Pete Phillips to St John's on 25 May to deliver the fifth annual Thiselton Lecture. Pete directs the CODEC Research Centre at Durham University exploring the interface between contemporary digital culture and theology. His background is in teaching New Testament at Cliff College in Derbyshire as well as serving time as the Methodist Church’s Faith and Order Secretary.
He moved to St John’s College, Durham in 2008 to take up the challenge of developing a cutting edge digital theology research programme, now employing five researchers, working with different churches, parachurch organisations and
academics both nationally and internationally. CODEC have recently launched the world’s first MA in Digital Theology.
The lecture entitled The Pixelated Text:Reading the Bible within Digital Culture challenged those who attended asking
  • How do we engage with the Bible in a digital age – through paper, through audio, through screens?
  • How do we engage with a Bible under glass?
  • Do some reading experiences demand a closer encounter with a physical text?
This paper looked at Bible Study in the Digital Age, focused on the changes which new technologies bring to the reading process and asked some questions about our use of different technologies for different tasks. The paper opened up the new
possibilities afforded to scholars through the digitisation of manuscripts and libraries, but also looked at the limitations of digital bibles in their current forms.

 

 

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Thiselton Lecture, 2016

St John's gave a very warm welcome to Revd Dr Jenni Williams on 2 June 2016 as she came to deliver this year's Thiselton Lecture - 'What has feminism ever done for us? Reading the Bible as an evangelical feminist and why that might be good for the Church' 

Jenni is the Tutor in Old Testament at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Prior to ordination Jenni taught modern languages in Oxfordshire and Manchester. She was ordained in the Diocese of Manchester and now serves as Associate Minister in St Peter Wootton. Her areas of research interest include feminist biblical criticism and hermeneutics generally.

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Thiselton Lecture, 2015

We were delighted on 4th June 2015 to welcome Dr Angus Paddison to St John's to deliver the annual Thiselton Lecture, 'Theological Interpretation - what next?'

Angus Paddison is Reader in Theology at the University of Winchester. He is the author of Theological Hermeneutics and 1 Thessalonians and Scripture: A Very Theological Proposal, with his most recently edited book focused on the Bible's role in society and public theology. His current research is centred on theologically understanding the role the Bible plays within the lives of Christians, inside and outside the church. He worships at St Lawrence in the Square, Winchester.

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Thiselton Lecture 2014

Dr Richard Briggs delivered this year's Thiselton Lecture entitled '"These Are The Days of Elijah": The Hermeneutical Move from Applying the Text to Living in its World'. 

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This paper offers an alternative to the commonly held view that one of the goals of the interpreter is to "apply" the Bible to today. First, an exemplar of such an approach is considered (Howard Marshall's Beyond the Bible), an account not atypical of evangelical hermeneutical concerns. It is then suggested that one key theological notion which does not sufficiently trouble this account is that of canon, and in particular the two testament structure of Christian scripture. This has immediate implications for the resultant figural structuring of time in particular, which maps Old into New in ways which are theologically programmatic for how we understand "today" (as long as it is called today). More briefly, it is also argued that the canon sets forth a "secondary world" or a realistic account of reality which again requires something other than a notion of moving from "then" to "now" (or from "there" to "here"). In conclusion, a wager is offered that if one pursues this kind of enriching or intensifying account of the relevance of scripture to the present day, then the kinds of issues and questions which will end up emphasized and probed will be both theologically important and also of relevance to today's differently-shaped issues and questions.