• 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.
    • “From Hafiz”: Irish Orientalism, Persian poetry, and W B Yeats

      Scharbrodt, Oliver; University of Chester (Harvard University Press, 2015-09-24)
      This book chapter investigates the reception of and views on Persian mystical poetry within literary and intellectual circles in Ireland at the turn from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, focusing on William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the leading figure of the cultural and literary Irish Renaissance in this period.
    • From Irish Exceptionalism to European Normality?: The New Islamic Presence in the Republic of Ireland, Etudes Irlandaises 39

      Scharbrodt, Oliver; University of Chester (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2014-11)
      Due to its colonial past, Ireland has often been described as an exceptional state in Western Europe. The discourse of Irish exceptionalism also suggests a smoother path of integration for Muslim migrants compared to other Western European countries. Apart from providing an overview of Muslim immigration to the Republic of Ireland in the last 20 years, the paper critically engages with the discourse of Irish exceptionalism and discusses how the Ireland’s experience of colonialism shapes current discourses on the new Islamic presence in the Republic of Ireland.
    • From where does the Red Tory speak?, Phillip Blond, theology and public discourse

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (Equinox, 2012)
      This journal examines the role of theology in the public discourse of Philip Blond.
    • The future of God

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (2006)
    • Futurenatural? A future of science through the lens of wisdom

      Deane-Drummond, Celia (2007-11-21)
      This article discusses genetic engineering and Christian theories of wisdom, particularly in relation in creation, redemption, and apocalyptic literature. It concludes by discussing a future of science through the lens of wisdom.
    • Gaia as science made myth: Implications for environmental ethics

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; University College Chester (T & T Clark, 1996)
      This article discusses the Gaia hypothesis - the earth as a giant ecosystem. It comments on scientific models of Gaia (the interconnected model, the homeostatic process model, the cooperative evolutionary model, the ideological/technological model) and ambiguous ethical implications. The article particularly comments on the work of James Lovelock.
    • Genetic engineering for a new earth?

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; Chester College of Higher Education (Grove Books, 1999-07-01)
      This book discusses the ethics of genetic engineering. It covers the advantages and disadvantages of genetic engineering and genetic cloning, and ethical arguments for alternative strategies.
    • Genetic engineering for the environment: Ethical implications of the biotechnology revolution

      Deane-Drummond, Celia (Blackwell, 1995-07)
      This article discusses the environmental consequences of genetic engineering for agricultural purposes within a theological and philosophical framework. The advanatges and disadvantages of genetic engineering of crop plants are anlaysed. Theological aspects of genetic engineering and animals and nature are commented upon.
    • Genetic futures and our search for wisdom

      Deane-Drummond, Celia; University of Chester (Chester Academic Press, 2007-12-17)
      This book is about genetics and theology.