• 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.
    • Feeding and forming the People of God: the Lord, his Supper and the Church in Calvin and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

      Fulford, Ben; University of Chester (Routledge, 2009-11-23)
      In this chapter I seek to identify the specific value of the Lord's Supper in distinction from hearing the Word, by reading Calvin’s commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, and by seeking to supplement his account through fresh theological engagement with the biblical text. Reading Scripture leads Calvin to identify the Supper, in answer to Cocksworth’s question, as an intensified moment of covenant with God in soul-nourishing union with Christ and one another, intensified because of the instrumental role of physical signs. Yet he pays relatively little attention to the importance of the life of the visible church community in the meaning of the Supper in Paul’s argument. By exploring this ecclesial dimension further, I argue, we see the practical, ethical and missional implications of the Supper’s meaning for the church.
    • Feminist critiques, visions and models of the church

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (Oxford University Press, 2018-08-28)
      Whilst women comprise the majority of active lay members of most Christian denominations, they have been vastly under-represented within the Church’s ministries of Word and Sacrament. Critical feminist ecclesiologies invariably have to begin from this situation of invisibility and discrimination, whilst arguing for the historic and contemporary legitimacy of women’s full participation alongside men. Feminist critiques and reconstructions have drawn on Biblical and historical evidence in order to refute patterns of hierarchy and exclusion in favour of more egalitarian traditions of the Church as a community of equals. The various strands of the ‘Women-Church’ movement have also been central to a practical feminist ecclesiology, in which women have sought new ways to name their everyday experience as sacred and to exercise new patterns of ministry and leadership. Institutionally-led initiatives, such as the World Council of Churches’ programme on The Community of Women and Men in the Church, have met with mixed success; and increasingly, feminist ecclesiology has focused on the lived experience of women, not only in mainstream churches but in locally-based, informal liturgical communities. These serve to illustrate the extent to which liturgy and worship has been one of the most creative well-springs of feminist activity and renewal; and may, in the long run, be seen to have exercised the greatest lasting impact on the life of the Church.
    • Feminist Theology and Contemporary Dieting Culture: Sin, Salvation and Women’s Weight Loss Narratives

      Bacon, Hannah; University of Chester (Bloomsbury, 2019-08-08)
      The fat body has increasingly become a site for a confrontation of different ideologies about lifestyle, as it is increasingly stigmatized and concerns about the obesity 'epidemic' create headlines in the newspapers. Weight-loss industries are booming, and the rise in faith-based dieting among Protestant evangelical women in the US evidences a growing relationship between Christian devotion and the pursuit of female thinness. What exactly though is the relationship between Christianity and secular commercial diet plans? Bacon draws on qualitative research conducted inside one UK secular commercial weight loss group to show how Christian religious forms and theological discourses inform contemporary weight-loss narratives. Notions of sin and salvation resurface in secular guise, but in ways that repeat well-established theological meanings. Theological tropes help produce and sustain a set of contradictions and tensions about weight loss which conform the women's bodies to patriarchal norms while simultaneously providing opportunities for women's self-development. Taking into account these tensions, Bacon asks what a specifically feminist theological response to weight loss might look like. If notions of sin and salvation service hegemonic discourses about fat, how might they be rethought to challenge fat phobia and the frenetic pursuit of thinness? While naming as 'sin' principles and practices which diminish women's appetites and bodies, this book gives theological expression to the conviction of many women in the group, that food and the body can be important sites of power, wisdom and transformation.
    • Feminist theory

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011-09-23)
      This book chaper discusses the ways in which the perennial feminist themes of protest, affirmation, and new creation have taken root in pastoral and practical theological scholarship.
    • Fighting at the command of God: Reassessing the borderline case in Karl Barth’s account of war in the Church dogmatics

      Clough, David; University of Chester (Ashgate, 2004-12-21)
      This book chapter discusses Karl Barth's attitudes to warfare and pacifism.
    • ‘Filling up the Full Measure of their Sins’: Matthew Henry on the Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple

      Middleton, Paul; University of Chester (Bloomsbury, 2019-05-30)
      This essay examines the treatment of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple by the 17th century Bible expositor Matthew Henry.
    • The Final Frontier? Religion and Posthumanism in Film and TV

      Graham, Elaine L; University of Chester (2014-10-08)
      Whilst science fiction is often considered secular in emphasis, more recently it has started to exhibit a different sensibility. This may reflect wider social and cultural change, and the emergence of a ‘post-secular’ culture, in which new and enduring forms of religiosity co-exist, albeit in certain tension, with secular and atheist world-views. In contrast to the assertion that any future or technologically-advanced world would have no need for religion, are more sympathetic treatments of religious belief and identity. This does not represent the extinction of science fiction’s elevation of scientific enquiry and secular humanist values, however: rather, faith is regarded as both inimical to progress and an inescapable part of what it means to be, and become, fully human.
    • The final frontier? Religion and posthumanism in film and TV

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015-09-02)
      This chapter aims to indicate how, in keeping with wider cultural trends, contemporary science fiction film and TV may be exhibiting a shift from a secular to a ‘post-secular’ sensibility. If the modernist paradigm within science fiction is beginning to dissolve, and with it a somewhat one-dimensional narrative of scientific triumph over religious superstition, then recent work on the emergence of post-secular paradigms opens up a range of new potential relationships between science, religion and science fiction. It is reasonable to expect that the resurgence of religion both as a geopolitical force and a source of human understanding would be reflected in contemporary examples of the genre, and that religious and spiritual themes would feature in contemporary science fiction narratives, including representations of the posthuman.
    • Finding ourselves: Theology, place, and human flourishing

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (Cascade Books, 2011)
      This book chapter is about being "lost" and "found" and of the significance of space and place for "finding ourselves" as fully human. Tim Gorringe's work on culture and the built environment will inform some of the author's reflection on this.
    • First Corinthians: A shorter exegetical and pastoral commentary

      Thiselton, Anthony; University of Chester (William B Eerdmans, 2006-11-07)
      This book discusses the context and text of St Paul's first letter to the Corinthians and dicusses how it can be applied to pastoral and practical issues.
    • The First World War and the Mobilization of Biblical Scholarship

      Collins, Matthew A.; Mein, Andrew; MacDonald, Nathan; University of Chester; University of Durham; University of Cambridge (T&T Clark, 2019-03-07)
      This fascinating collection of essays charts, for the first time, the range of responses by scholars on both sides of the conflict to the outbreak of war in August 1914. The volume examines how biblical scholars, like their compatriots from every walk of life, responded to the great crisis they faced, and, with relatively few exceptions, were keen to contribute to the war effort. Some joined up as soldiers. More commonly, however, biblical scholars and theologians put pen to paper as part of the torrent of patriotic publication that arose both in the United Kingdom and in Germany. The contributors reveal that, in many cases, scholars were repeating or refining common arguments about the responsibility for the war. In Germany and Britain, where the Bible was still central to a Protestant national culture, we also find numerous more specialized works, where biblical scholars brought their own disciplinary expertise to bear on the matter of war in general, and this war in particular. The volume’s contributors thus offer new insights into the place of both the Bible and biblical scholarship in early 20th-century culture.
    • 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 fistful of shekels: Scrutinizing Ehud's entertaining violence (Judges 3:12-30)

      Christianson, Eric; Chester College of Higher Education (Brill, 2003-01-01)
      In Judges violence is a typical means by which Yahweh orchestrates justice. It becomes the end for the good (such as, likely, Jephthah's daughter), the bad (such as enemy Sisera) and the ugly (such as the thoroughly unpleasant Abimelech). Just as Judges asks the question, 'Who is going to lead Israel?', it also implicitly questions the value of the means by which Israel shall be led. Likewise, the Western film genre creates a dialogue about violence; who may use it and when. It is also about access to the land and its governance. These mutual concerns are explored in a developed comparison between the Ehud narrative (Judg. 3:12-30) and some of the ambiguously virtuous violent heroes of Western films (particularly Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Western creation, 'the Man with No Name').
    • Forgetting capsules: Public monuments and religious ritual

      Vincent, Alana M.; University of Chester (LIT-Verlag, 2015-03-04)
      A curious characteristic of urban monuments is their invisibility. Even major monuments fade from view with sufficient time and familiarity. People rushing to and from work, travelling a long-familiar route and preoccupied with their own concerns, seldom pause to examine the scenery in any depth. The work of recall prompted by the monuments is a task reserved for the leisured gaze. And if this is true of even the grandest monument, how much more so of the smaller memory markers, the plaques and cornerstones, the benches and decorative fountains, always already effacing their claim on attention, blending by design into the surrounding landscape? They function less as memorials than as forgetting capsules: the non-gaze of the not-viewer sweeping past the obscure and self-effaced marker enacts on a small scale the larger cultural relation to the event or individual the marker represents; the invisibility of the marker signals its subject’s dropping out of cultural consciousness. The readiness with which smaller memorials obtain invisibility in turn illuminates an often overlooked function of even the major monuments: by fixing the locus of memory at a single point, they contain memory and limit the times and places in which the past is at risk of spilling over into everyday life. The process of constructing a monument is a key stage in cultural trauma recovery, in which the traumatic event is acknowledged and incorporated into the cultural narrative in such a way that it can eventually fade safely into the background, rather than dominating everyday life.
    • Förlåtelse och teodicé efter Auschwitz

      Vincent, Alana M.; University of Chester (Kulturföreningen Faethon, 2016-01-31)
      This article addresses questions regarding the possibility of forgiveness after Auschwitz.
    • Frailty and flourishing: Good news for humanity: Response to Alister McGrath

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (Maney, 2011)
      This journal article is a response to Alister McGrath’s keynote lecture to the annual conference of the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology in London on 12 July 2011. It focuses on the themes of the relationship between theology and practice; the practice of ‘attentiveness’ and the nature of virtue or the virtues; and the connections between religion, well-being and flourishing.
    • Frankensteins and cyborgs: Visions of the global future in an age of technology

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (SAGE, 2003-04-01)
      This paper draws attention to the role of representation in the depiction of scientific and technological innovation as a means of understanding the narratives that circulate concerning the shape of things to come. It considers how metaphors play an important part in the conduct of scientific explanation, and how they do more than describe the world in helping also to shape expectations, normalise particular choices, establish priorities and create needs. In surveying the range of metaphorical responses to the digital and biotechnological age, we will see how technologies are regarded both as ’endangerment’ and ’promise’. What we believe ’technology’ is doing to ’us’ reflects important implicit philosophies of technology and its relationship to human agency and political choice; yet we also need to be alert to the assumptions about ’human nature’ itself which inform such reactions. The paper argues that embedded in the various representations implicit in new technologies are crucial issues of identity, community and justice: what it means to be (post)human, who is (and is not) entitled to the rewards of technological advancement, what priorities (and whose interests) will inform the shape of global humanity into the next century.