• 1 & 2 Thessalonians through the centuries

      Thiselton, Anthony; University of Chester (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
      This book discusses the evolution of religious beliefs and practices resulting from the first two of St. Paul's Epistles.
    • Abraham, Testament of: Reception in Literature

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester (De Gruyter, 2009-07)
      Encyclopaedia article on the reception of the Testament of Abraham in literature.
    • Addiction and Forgiveness

      Dossett, Wendy; Cook, Christopher C.H.; University of Chester; Durham University (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018-09-21)
      This chapter explores the role of forgiveness in the personal stories of people in long-term recovery from addictions.
    • Addiction, spirituality and 12-step programmes

      Dossett, Wendy; University of Chester (Sage, 2013-05)
      Drawing on qualitative data, this article attempts to clarify the language of spirituality as used in relation to addiction and recovery. It explores what is meant by ‘spirituality’ in the context of 12-step programmes followed in the numerous anonymous mutual help groups which address the problem of addiction to a variety of substances and behaviours, and raises some of the most frequently cited problems with a ‘spiritual’ approach. It argues that wariness on the part of social workers (and other professionals) of 12-step programmes on grounds of their religious/spiritual dimension may benefit from reconsideration. It also suggests that social workers might be informed and empowered to support those individuals and families who chose to seek recovery through the 12 steps.
    • Agriculture, Floriculture and Botanical Knowledge in a Middle Bengali Text

      Ferrari, Fabrizio M.; University of Chester (Equinox Publishing, 2016-04-20)
      This chapter offers an overview of botanical lore in Śūnyapurāṇ, a heterogeneous Bengali liturgical work attributed to Rāmāi Paṇḍit. The text celebrates the god Dharmarāj, or Dharma Ṭhākur, through a lengthy cosmogonic narrative and various ritual tracts that define the practice of Dharmapūjā. After a brief introduction about the text, its authorship and date, I will discuss the use of flowers and rice in the worship of Dharmarāj in three sections: the plucking of flowers (puṣpatolān); the birth of paddy (dhānyer janma), which includes the popular tale of the farming (kr̥ṣak) Śiva, and the auspicious song of the husking pedal (ḍheṅkīmaṅgal).
    • Ahithophel (DBWC)

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012)
      Dictionary article on Ahithophel for the Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture.
    • Ahithophel: Reception in Literature

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester (De Gruyter, 2009-07)
      Encyclopaedia article on the reception of Ahithophel in literature.
    • Alexander Jannaeus (King of Judaea)

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester (De Gruyter, 2009-07)
      Encyclopaedia article stub on Alexander Jannaeus.
    • All God's creatures: Reading Genesis on human and nonhuman animals

      Clough, David; University of Chester (Oxford University Press, 2009)
      This book chapter discusses reading Genesis after Darwin with specific reference to understanding the relationship between human beings and other living creatures.
    • Alternative spiritualities, new religions, and the reenchantment of the West

      Partridge, Christopher; University of Chester (Oxford University Press, 2004)
      This book chapter discusses the rise of alternative spiritualities in the West, particuarly in relation to popular culture.
    • Angels, beasts, machines, and men: Configuring the human and nonhuman in Judaeo-Christian tradition

      Clough, David; University of Chester (T&T Clark, 2008)
      This book chapter offers four snapshots from the Judaeo-Christian tradition of the theological significance of the distinction between human and nonhuman life.
    • The anxiety of the human animal: Martin Luther on non-human animals and human animality

      Clough, David; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2009)
      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.
    • Apologetics without apology

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (2014-07-09)
    • Apologetics without Apology: Speaking of God in a World Troubled by Religion

      Graham, Elaine; University of Chester (Cascade Books, 2017-07-31)
      Against many expectations, religion has not vanished from Western culture. If anything, it exercises a greater fascination than ever before. But people are troubled and fascinated in equal measure by this new visibility of faith, not least because those who ‘speak of God in public’ are now in a minority. Society as a whole is nervous about the public engagement of faith groups and whether it is right to (re)incorporate the vocabulary of faith into our common life. This unprecedented, unanticipated, agonistic co-existence of religion and secularism is sometimes termed the ‘post-secular’, and in this book I consider some of its implications and especially for the public witness of Christianity. I argue that everyone, from Church leaders, theologians to local activists and campaigners, needs to learn again how to ‘speak Christian’ in these contexts, not just to articulate credible theological justifications for their involvement in public life but to justify the very relevance of their faith to a culture that no longer grants automatic privilege or credence. This entails a retrieval of the practice of apologetics, in terms of Christians being prepared to defend their core principles and convictions in public. An apologetics of presence involves a three-fold process of discerning the actions of God in the world, participating in the praxis of God’s mission and bearing witness to the theological convictions that underpin that praxis. Rather than being an adversarial or argumentative process, however, the apologetics of presence is an invitation to dialogue and to the rejuvenation of the vocabulary and praxis of public life, as a way of enriching our shared commitment to the common good.
    • Aquinas, wisdom ethics and the new genetics

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; Chester College of Higher Education (T & T Clark, 2003)
      This book chapter discusses how virtue ethics can bring a fresh approach to theological debates relating to genetics. Virtue ethics, which focuses on the agent first, rather than the possible outcomes of specific ethics problems encourages ongoing moral attention and re-examination of attitudes and beliefs.
    • Are animals moral? Taking soundings through vice, virtue, conscience and imago Dei

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; University of Chester (SCM Press, 2009)
      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.
    • Asher Lev at the Israel Museum: Stereotyping art and craft

      Vincent, Alana M.; University of Chester (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013-08)
    • Asmodeus (DBWC)

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012)
      Dictionary article on Asmodeus for the Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture.
    • Asmodeus: Reception History

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester (De Gruyter, 2009-07)
      Encyclopaedia article on the reception of Asmodeus in popular culture.