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Research Skills in Theology: Theological Writing in Contemporary Context

February 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Led by Prof Michael Barnes SJ, this set of seminars is intended mainly for research students.  To that extent it will include attention to the skills necessary for academic writing. But it will also be useful for all students seeking to foster an imaginative and critical presentation of Christian faith as it engages with a variety of contexts in the contemporary world. While providing a brief yet partial overview of such contexts and the methods appropriate for addressing them, the aim is to foster the skills needed for intelligent and thought-provoking theological writing.

For further details, and to register, please contact, Prof. Barnes (mbarnessj@jesuit.org.uk)

Feb 12th Scripture and hermeneutics

The Word of God is central to any Christian account of God.  If we are to speak or write in response to the Word that God utters, we first need to learn how to read the record of God’s act of self-revelation in canonical scripture. Using Paul Griffiths’ distinction between ‘consumerist’ and ‘reverential’ reading and John Barton’s A History of the Bible: the Book and its Faiths, this session raises questions about how the prayerful reading and study of scripture feeds into theological commentary on contemporary issues.  


February 12
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm