• Early Christian voluntary martyrdom: A statement for the defence

      Middleton, Paul; University of Chester (Oxford University Press, 2013-09-02)
      Many studies of early Christian martyrdom have noted the phenomenon of voluntary martyrdom. However, most scholars, drawing on criticism of the practice found in the Martyrdom of Polycarp and Clement of Alexandria, dismiss those who provoked their own arrest and death as deviant, heretical, or numerically insignificant. This article argues instead that the earliest Christian martyrologies celebrate voluntary martyrdom as a valid mainstream Christian practice, which faced only isolated challenge in the first three centuries. Furthermore, pagan sources support the view that voluntary martyrdom was a significant historical as well as literary phenomenon. As there is no reason to conclude voluntary martyrdom was anything other than a valid subset of proto-orthodox Christian martyrdom, more attention should be paid to this phenomenon by early Christian historians.
    • Ecclesiastes through the centuries

      Christianson, Eric; University of Chester (Blackwell, 2007-12-18)
      This book discusses the effects Ecclesiastes has had on religion, art, social thought, music, and literature.
    • Ecclesiasticus, War Graves, and the secularization of British Values

      Vincent, Alana M.; University of Chester (De Gruyter, 2018-01-05)
      This article reads the design of the British Imperial War Graves cemeteries in the context of the religious pluralism of the late Empire. Reviewing the deliberations of the design committee and parliamentary debates on the design of the cemeteries, it notes that the Christian character of the cemeteries was relatively muted, a design decision which caused no small amount of public and political controversy, but which permitted the cemeteries to present an image of a unified Empire. The paper argues that the choice of quotations specifically from the apocrypha was an important and deliberate aspect of this presentational strategy.
    • Eco-theology

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; University of Chester (Darton, Longman & Todd, 2008-06-23)
      This book discusses trends in ecology and environment, economics and environmental justice, eco-theology in different parts of the world, Biblical eco-theology, eco-theology and Christology, and eco-Feminist theology.
    • Ecology in Jurgen Moltmann's theology

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; Chester College of Higher Education (The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997-09-30)
      This book discusses and assesses theological contexts of Jurgen Moltmann's ecological doctrine of creation and his work God in creation. It is a revised version of a PhD thesis at the University of Manchester in 1992.
    • Editorial: Hope in the Midst of Ruins

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester
      This editorial article introduces the papers originally given at the annual conference of Modern Church, on the theme of "Theology in the Public Square", held in July 2019. It considers what and how, and with what authority, the Christian churches might speak on public issues in the midst of challenges such as Brexit, inequality and globalisation. The church might speak, but is anyone listening?
    • The embodied Deaf God: a God just like us

      Morris, Wayne; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2019-05-22)
      The body, whether understood positively or negatively, has always been a part of Christian thinking and practice. However, the body has often been viewed as a ‘prison’ from which humans should seek to escape. In this paper, I suggest that, despite dominant theological discourses that have sought to negate the human body – and especially bodies that do not conform to certain norms – we find in the Christian tradition extra-ordinary theologies and spiritualities of survival and resistance expressed through the body. Deaf perspectives on God provide one example of this. By giving attention to the ways in which Deaf people imagine God as embodied, I argue that we can imagine ourselves as just like God – concretely in God’s image in our embodied condition, and that in this discovery, we can learn to affirm our embodied states in all their diversity.
    • Enemies of the (Church) and State: Martyrdom as a Problem for Early Christianity’

      Middleton, Paul; University of Chester (Edizioni Dehoniane Bologna, 2013-01)
      This article explores the problematic nature of martyrdom in creating Christian identity in the early Church.
    • Eros and agape in Karl Barth’s Church dogmatics

      Clough, David; University of Chester (Blackwell, 2006-10-10)
      This article discusses the concepts of eros and agape in Karl Barth's Church dogmatics.
    • Ethics in crisis: Interpreting Barth's ethics

      Clough, David; University of Chester (Ashgate, 2005-08-26)
      This work depicts the contemporary crisis in Christian ethical thought and offers a constructive proposal for responding to this crisis. The constructive proposal draws on a new and persuasive interpretation of the ethics of Karl Barth developed in the central section of the book. The aims of the work are three-fold: (1) to draw attention to the failure of Christian ethicists to speak in a way that can be heard in contemporary ethical debate; (2) to demonstrate that Karl Barth’s ethical thought should be interpreted dialectically, in the light of his response to the crisis of the Römerbrief; (3) to make a proposal for how the crisis of speechlessness in contemporary Christian ethics may be overcome, drawing on this dialectical interpretation of Barth’s ethics.
    • The ethics of narrative wisdom: Qoheleth as test case

      Christianson, Eric; Chester College of Higher Education (William B Eerdmans, 2002-10-01)
      This book chapter discusses the character of Qoheleth - focusing on the questions who am I? what ought I to become? and how am I to get there?
    • The ethics of nature

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; University College Chester (Blackwell, 2003-11-18)
      This book discusses humanity's treatment of the natural world from a Christian perspective. It includes debates on environmental ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of biotechnology, cloning, Gaia, and feminism and the ethics of nature.
    • Ever-widening circles: Karl Barth and inter-faith dialogue

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (2007)
    • Examining the Reception and Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Some Possibilities for Future Investigation

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester (Brill, 2011-01-01)
      The last sixty years afford us a remarkable, though largely unexplored, opportunity to examine the Dead Sea Scrolls from the perspective of “reception history.” This article first provides an overview of what has already been done with regard to this goal and highlights the importance and timeliness of such an approach, suggesting that it is furthermore a necessary endeavor if Qumran Studies is to keep pace with developments in the wider world of Biblical Studies. It continues by outlining some possible directions for future investigation, identifying academic reception, popular reception, and processes of knowledge transfer as three main areas or categories into which such examinations could helpfully be divided. The internal processes of scrolls scholarship, the relationship between Qumran Studies and Biblical Studies, gender issues, the scrolls in literature, film, music, and art, and the role of exhibitions, documentaries, and newspapers, are all highlighted as potential areas for future research.
    • Exclusivist or universalist? Origen the 'wise steward of the word' (CommRom. V.1.7) and the issue of genre

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (Blackwell, 2008-10-09)
      This article explores the issue of Origen's universalism. It identifies the two seemingly self-contradictory strands in the Origen corpus which have led to dual pictures of Origen as either an arch-universalist or an exclusivist. To make sense of this, the hermeneutical key of CommRom. V.1.7 (in which Origen states Paul covers over his universalism to be a 'wise steward of the word') is applied to Origen's own texts. Identifying the different genres in Origen's works, it is clear that different stances on universalism are taken dependent upon the genre of his work. The question is posed as to whether such a move in theology is justifiable and biblical.
    • Fabricated humans? Human genetics, ethics and the Christian wisdom tradition

      Deane-Drummond, Celia (Blackwell, 2005-11-11)
      This article discusses moral and ethical issues surrounding genetic screening and testing and argues that principles of Christian ethics and wisdom can guide this debate.
    • Faith and force: A Christian debate about war

      Clough, David; Stiltner, Brian; St. John's College, University of Durham ; Sacred Heart University (Georgetown University Press, 2007-06-04)
      This book debates the ethics and morality of war within a Christian context. It discusses sources and methods for a Christian ethic of war, Christian pacifism and the just war tradition, humanitarian intervention, the challenges of weapons proliferation, and political and holy terrorism. It concludes with a case study on the Iraq war as spreading democracy or asserting national interests.
    • Fat, syn and disordered eating: The dangers and powers of excess

      Bacon, Hannah; University of Chester (Taylor and Francis, 2015-04-08)
      This article draws on qualitative research inside one UK secular commercial weight loss group to show how ancient Christian suspicions of appetite and pleasure resurface in this group’s language of “Syn.” Following ancient Christian representations of sin, members assume that Syn depicts disorder and that fat is a visible sign of a body which has fallen out of place. Syn, though, is ambiguous, utilizing ancient theological meanings to discipline fat while containing within it the power to resist the very borders which hold women’s bodies and fat in place. Syn thus signals both the dangers and powers of disordered eating.