• Making a world of difference: Christian reflections on disability

      McCloughry, Roy; Morris, Wayne (SPCK, 2002-06-21)
      This book discusses disability and Christian faith.
    • Manifestations of the post-secular emerging within discourses of posthumanism

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (2013-07-07)
      This paper discusses the concepts of posthuman and post-secular in critical theory.
    • The many names of Christ in wisdom: Reading Scripture with Origen for a diverse world

      Greggs, Tom; University of Chester (2008-07)
      This article discusses Origen's belief that the the plurality of names and titles of Christ demonstrates that one should recognise that the full diversity of the world must be taken seriously within God's plan of salvation: the universality of the One who will be "all in all" is not such that it destroys particularity; rather it is a universality which is brought about through a recognition of God's willingness to be involved in the various particularities of creation through the person and work of his Son. The article seeks to outline Origen's teaching on the many titles (or epinoiai) of Christ in Scripture, and then apply this teaching to contemporary theological concerns.
    • Mapping Shia Muslim Communities in Europe

      Shanneik, Yafa; Heinhold, Chris; Ali, Zahra (Brill, 2017-12-04)
      Abstract This article provides an introduction to the special issue on Mapping Shia Muslim Communities in Europe.1 With six empirically rich case studies on Shia Muslim communities in various European countries, this issue intends: first, to illustrate the historical developments and emergence of the Shia presence in Europe; second, to highlight the local particularities of the various Shia communities within each nation state and demonstrate their transnational links; and third, to provide for the first time an empirical comparative study on the increasingly visible presence of Shia communities in Europe that fills an important gap in research on Muslims in Europe.
    • Martyrdom

      Middleton, Paul; University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (Cambridge University Press, 2014-03-06)
      Dictionary article on martyrdom in Christianity
    • Martyrdom

      Middleton, Paul; University of Chester (Routledge, 2017-05-23)
      An overview of martyrdom in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
    • Maternal Silences: Motherhood and Voluntary Childlessness in Christianity

      Llewellyn, Dawn; University of Chester (Brill, 2016-02-19)
      In Christianity, there is an ideology of motherhood that pervades scripture, ritual, and doctrine, yet there is an academic silence that means relatively little space has been given to motherhood and mothering, and even less to voluntary childlessness, from a faith perspective. By drawing on qualitative in-depth interviews with Christian women living in Britain, narrating their experiences of motherhood and voluntary childlessness, I suggest there are also lived maternal silences encountered by women in contemporary Christianity. There is a maternal expectation produced through church teaching, liturgy and culture that constructs women as ‘maternal bodies’ (Gatrell 2008); this silences and marginalises women from articulating their complex relationship with religion, motherhood, and childlessness in ways that challenge their spiritual development. However, this article also introduces the everyday and intentional tactics women employ to disrupt the maternal expectation, and hereby interrupt the maternal silence.
    • Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety– A Tercentenary Celebration

      Collins, Matthew A.; Middleton, Paul; University of Chester; University of Chester (T&T Clark, 2019-05-30)
      Three hundred years after his death, Matthew Henry (1662–1714) remains arguably the best known expositor of the Bible in English, due to his six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments. However, Henry’s famous commentary is by no means the only expression of his engagement with the Scriptures. His many sermons and works on Christian piety — including the still popular Method for Prayer — are saturated with his peculiarly practical approach to the Bible. To mark the tercentenary of Henry’s death, Matthew A. Collins and Paul Middleton have brought together notable historians, theologians, and biblical scholars to celebrate his life and legacy. Representing the first serious examination of Henry’s body of work and approach to the Bible, Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety opens a scholarly conversation on Matthew Henry’s place in the eighteenth-century nonconformist movement, his contribution to the interpretation of the Bible, and his continued legacy in evangelical piety.
    • Micah, Pesher of (ESTJ)

      Collins, Matthew A.; University of Chester
      Encyclopaedia article on the Pesher of Micah.
    • Moderating Religious Identity and the Eclipse of Religious Wisdoms: Lessons from Hans Frei

      Fulford, Ben; University of Chester (Taylor & Francis, 2017-06-16)
      The multivalent binary distinction between radical and moderate religion plays a key part in the rhetoric and strategy of European governments in their attempts to produce European Muslim citizens whose primary political loyalty lies with the society and state in which they live. It also plays a key part in public discourse about European Muslims and their citizenship. In what follows, I focus especially on one relatively constructive use of the distinction in the UK, offer an account of its logic through a reading of the political theology of John Locke and a critique of its effects upon a religious tradition that draws on the analysis of Hans W. Frei. Frei’s account suggests that to the extent that this logic has shaped Christian self-understanding, it tends to eclipse the wellsprings of the critically constructive engagement of Christians in the public sphere and public institutions constitutive of a pluralist, democratic society. This assessment in turn raises questions about the impact of the moderate/radical binary in respect of sources of constructive critical engagement by citizens with other religious identities.
    • Muslims in Ireland: Past and present

      Scharbrodt, Oliver; Sakaranaho, Tuula; Khan, Adil H.; Shanhanneik, Yafa; Ibrahim, Vivian; University of Chester ; University of Helsinki ; University College Cork ; University College Cork ; University College Cork (Edinburgh University Press, 2015-03-20)
      This book aims to provide the first complete survey of Muslims in Ireland combining historical, sociological and ethnographic research approaches.
    • The myth of the treacherous yogin

      Ferrari, Fabrizio M.; University of Chester (2015)
      The article investigates the last 20 years of Italian politics through the philosophy of Vasugupta’s Śiva-sūtra and Guy Debord’s La Société du spectacle.
    • The Necessity of a Jewish Systematic Theology

      Vincent, Alana M.; University of Chester (2017-12-22)
      Taking into account current disputes about the nature of theology and religious studies, both inside and outside of the academy, this article argues that the academic discipline of theology would benefit greatly by expanding its religious remit beyond the traditional field of Christian Systematic Theology to include constructive-critical insider engagement with the texts of other traditions--e.g., Jewish and Islamic theology.
    • Negotiating negation: Christians and Muslims making a space for the religious 'other' in British society

      Mohammad, Seddon (T & T Clark, 2011-06-23)
      This chapter examines how different approaches in theology and religious studies can develop relations between Christian and Muslim communities in the context of multicultural Britain.
    • A New Apologetics: Speaking of God in a world troubled by Religion

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (2015-10-21)
      One way of thinking about the current status of religion in public life s to frame it within the paradigm of the “post-secular”. Whilst this denotes in part the ‘new visibility’ of religion in global politics and the reappraisal of the assumptions of classic secularization theory, it is also an attempt to capture the trends of religious resurgence whilst noting the resilience of secularism as a default position for much public debate. Even if we adopt the conceptual framework of the post-secular, it is by no means clear how society might negotiate the unprecedented co-existence of these two trajectories of ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’. In a world that is more sensitive than ever to religious belief and practice, yet often struggles to accommodate it into secular discourse, how should we handle the unprecedented co-existence of these two discourses? And in particular, how do Christians give an account of the theological well-springs of their commitments in ways that are accessible and comprehensible to an ever more fragmented and sceptical body politic?
    • A new dawn? The Roman Catholic Church and environmental issues

      Deane-Drummond, Celia (Blackwell, 1997-07)
      This article discusses the stance of the Roman Catholic Church on environmental issues and argues that the Church tends to stay on the fringe rather than get involved. Some of the ways in which Roman Catholic theologians have incorporated environmental issues into theological reflection is discussed, as are environmental challenges facing the Church in Britain (conservation, resources, biodiversity, animal welfare, biotechnology, cooperate/individual ethics, environmental justice, economics/policy development, and global issues).
    • Nicholas E. Lombardo, O.P. The Father’s Will. Christ’s Crucifixion and the Goodness of God

      Fulford, Ben; University of Chester (Sage Publications, 2015-02-23)
      Book review
    • Nicola Slee, Fran Porter and Anne Phillips (eds), Researching Female Faith: Qualitative Research Methods (2018)

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester
      This article is a book review of the edited collection, 'Researching Female Faith'. The volume is a successor to 'Faith Lives of Women and Girls', published in 2013, and represents further work to emerge from a network of feminist qualitative researchers in practical theology which has been meeting since 2010.