• The anxiety of the human animal: Martin Luther on non-human animals and human animality

      Clough, David; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2009-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses human superiority and dominance over other animals, human commonality with and compassion for other animals, and tensions in Luther's account of animals.
    • Are animals moral? Taking soundings through vice, virtue, conscience and imago Dei

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2009-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses the moral stautus of non-human animals and the extent to which it matters to humans. It focuses on animals emotions and complex behaviour, the works of Thomas Aquinas and Alasdair MacIntyre, virtue ethics, anthropomorphism, conscience, and human distinctiveness as imago Dei.
    • Between a rock and a hard place: Public theology in a post-secular age

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2013-01-31)
      Public theology is an increasingly important area of theological discourse with strong global networks of institutions and academics involved in it. In this book, Elaine Graham argues that Western society is entering an unprecedented political and cultural era, in which many of the assumptions of classic sociological theory and of mainstream public theology are being overturned. Whilst many of the features of the trajectory of religious decline, typical of Western modernity, are still apparent, there are compelling and vibrant signs of religious revival, not least in public life and politics - local, national and global. This requires a revision of the classic secularization thesis, as well as much Western liberal political theory, which set out separate or at least demarcated terms of engagement between religion and the public domain. Elaine Graham examines claims that Western societies are moving from 'secular' to 'post-secular' conditions and traces the contours of the 'post-secular': the revival of faith-based engagement in public sphere alongside the continuing - perhaps intensifying - questioning of the legitimacy of religion in public life. She argues that public theology must rethink its theological and strategic priorities in order to be convincing in this new 'post-secular' world and makes the case for the renewed prospects for public theology as a form of Christian apologetics, drawing from Biblical, classical and contemporary sources.
    • Biology and theology today: Exploring the boundaries

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; Chester College of Higher Education (SCM Press, 2001-04-01)
      This book discusses advances in biology such as genetics and environmental issues within a theological framework. It focuses on historical issues, probing scientific practice, genetic engineering, the response of the various Christian churches to new advances in genetics, and theological issues in cloning and genetic engineering.It also discusses Gaia as an alternative environmental science and feminist approach to science and religion.
    • Christ and evolution: Wonder and wisdom

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2009-02-18)
      This book is about Christian theology and evolution.
    • A fistful of shekels: Ehud the judge and the spaghetti western

      Christianson, Eric (SCM Press, 2005)
      This book chapter discusses a scene in the film "For a few dollars more" (1965) and the character of Ehud, the warrior in Judges 3.12-30.
    • A handbook in theology and ecology

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; Chester College of Higher Education (SCM Press, 1996-05-01)
      This book discusses Christian theology and environmental concerns. It focuses on practical issues of environmental concern, ecology and Bibical studies, ecology and Celtic Christianity, women and ecology, ecology and ethics, ecology and liturgy, ecology and Gaia, ecology and politics, and future directives for an ecological theology.
    • Introduction (to Creaturely theology)

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; Clough, David; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2009-02-28)
      This book chapter introduces the edited book Creaturely theology: On God, humans and other animals. It discusses the term 'creaturely theology' - theology which is conscious of the theologian's own creatureliness and begins with the recognition of humans likeliness to others of God's creatures rather than differences between them.
    • Promoting the Good: Ethical and Methodological Considerations in Practical Theological Research.

      Graham, Elaine L.; Llewellyn, Dawn; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2018-09-28)
      In this chapter, we draw on our experiences as supervisors on a Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology (DProf) at the University of Chester, UK, to reflect on the ethical dimensions of undertaking research in this field of study. Using three case-studies, based on our students’ work, we examine how the ethical challenges they have navigated and addressed – using a range of methods -- offer examples of the ways practical theological research can trouble and speak back to well-established practices. First, we contextualize the Professional Doctorate in practical theology and introduce the idea of the ‘researching professional’, before suggesting that although practical theology is a broad discipline, it aims to transform the researcher’s practice, their institution, and the academy. The chapter then moves to outline the part that qualitative methodologies play in the discipline and focus on its forms of research as implicated and therefore ethical project. Finally, we discuss three illustrations of recent doctoral work in practical theology that raise issues of consent, privacy, anonymity, and avoiding harm. In particular, we draw out that these examples point towards ways that qualitative research strives towards ‘the good’.
    • Thinking about Marriage with Scripture

      Fulford, Ben; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2016-02-28)
      In this chapter, I articulate theological grounds, drawn from the way New Testaments texts relate scriptural texts to the identity and presence of Jesus Christ, for an approach to using biblical texts to think through a theological understanding of marriage and human sexuality oriented around the way human beings are identified relative to God and Jesus Christ in biblical narrative. In this approach paranetic texts are taken not as giving absolute rules but offering formation in reasoning about these matters of belief and practice in accordance with who God is, and who we are relative to God. The remainder of the chapter begins that process by looking at creation stories and the import of the way they identify humans relative to God for these issues.