Biblical & Theological Ethics
KLICE Book Colloquium on ‘Biblical Law’, March 2012
Co-sponsored by KLICE and the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. Based around a new book by Jonathan Burnside entitled God, Justice and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible (Oxford University Press, 2011). Dr. Burnside is Reader in Biblical Law at the University of Bristol and chair of the KLICE Advisory Council. Plenary speakers included Professor Bernard Jackson (Liverpool Hope University, formerly University of Manchester), Professor Gordon McConville (University of Gloucester) and Sheikh Michael Mumisa (University of Cambridge). Jonathan Burnside and Professor Nicholas Aroney (Faculty of Law, University of Queensland) responded to the plenary speakers.
Tyndale Fellowship: Ethics and Social Theology Group on New Testament Ethics, 2009
The Tyndale Lecture on Ethics and Social Theology: ‘Continuity, discontinuity and hope: the contribution of New Testament eschatology to a distinctively Christian environmental ethos’ was given by Dr Jonathan Moo.
KLICE Book Colloquium, 2008
30 people participated in this one-day colloquium on KLICE Advisory Council member Brian Brock’s book, Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture
- Dr. Brian Brock, University of Aberdeen
- Dr. Bernd Wannenwetsch, University of Oxford
- Professor Gordon Wenham, Trinity College, Bristol
- Professor Hans Ulrich
- Dr Donald Woods, University of Aberdeen
The papers appear in a special issue of European Journal of Theology, November 2009, for which Dr. Simon Woodman (South Wales Baptist College) also wrote a precis of the book.
- 'Living Witness: Explorations in missional ethics' encourages reflection and conversation that will feed the life of the body of Christ. 'Missional ethics' concerns all the ways in which Christian ethical practice flows out of, supports and advances the wider mission of the church to proclaim the gospel. Contributions by seven KLICE linked writers, including Jonathan Chaplin and Joshua Hordern.
Ethics in Brief
Jonathan Rowe was the first KLICE award-holder to defend a thesis, a revised version of which was published as Michal's Moral Dilemma: A Literary, Anthropological and Ethical Interpretation (LHBOTS 533; New York, T&T Clark, 2011). Other publications include Sons or Lovers: An Interpretation of David and Jonathan's Friendship (LHBOTS 575; London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2012) and the edited volume (with Andy Draycott) Living Witness: Explorations in Missional Ethics (Nottingham: Apollos, 2012). Jonathan is now Director of Development and Tutor for the South West Ministry Training Course and Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Exeter.
- European Journal of Theology (November 2009) special issue on Brian Brock, Singing the Ethos of God.
- Hilary Marlow, Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics(Oxford University Press, 2009).
- Jamie A. Grant and Dewi A. Hughes, Transforming the World: The gospel and social responsibility (Apollo 2009) (papers of the 2006 Tyndale Fellowship Ethics and Social Theology Group meeting).
- Ellen F. Davis, Scripture, Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge 2009) (Hulsean lectures 2005-6, Cambridge University Divinity Faculty).
- Catholic Social Teaching Gateway here.
- Michael Leyden, Doctrine in Practice: Introducing Karl Barth’s Moral Theology, E180 (January 2016).
Karl Barth is widely regarded as a giant of systematic theology but he was also a significant, if unconventional, ethicist whose theological ethics continue to be a dialogue partner for much practical Christian thinking today. This lucid introduction explores the main themes in Barth’s thinking, and why they are both important and relevant, and offers ways for further engagement. It will prove an immensely useful introduction to Barth’s ethical thought.
- Kate Kirkpatrick, Women, Justice and the Church: An Apology for Feminism, E173 (April 2014).
Despite the advances of the last century, women today still face significant injustices in many spheres of life. This book draws on recent scholarship to bring such injustices to light, explores their pervasive effects, and argues that it is imperative for the church to take them seriously.
- Matthew Kirkpatrick, Søren Kierkegaard, E171 (October 2013).
This introduction explores the shape of Kierkegaard’s thought, making accessible some of his more difficult ideas, and shows why his perspective on identity, faith and ethics is so significant.
- Andrew Moore, Preaching—With Integrity, E167 (October 2012).
Preaching is a demanding task. It is demanding because it challenges us about the truth of the God we proclaim. It is demanding because it asks us to articulate this truth. And it is demanding because our personal involvement in this task is unavoidable. This profound study explores each of these in turn, rooted in careful theological reflection on the task of preaching, and offering key parameters as we learn how to preach more truthfully.
- Matthew Kirkpatrick, Bonhoeffer's Ethics: Between Pacifism and Assassination, E163 (October 2011).
This fascinating study traces the influence of Luther's ethics on the young Bonhoeffer, his radical change of heart, and his questioning of all 'systems' of ethics in the face of the call to discipleship as radical dependence on relationship with God.
- Mike Higton, Deciding Differently: Rowan Williams' Theology of Moral Decision-making, E162 (July 2011).
According to Rowan Williams, moral decisions are made in community with other believers and are part of the process of growing in holiness. Handling differences in moral positions is not, therefore, about simply agreeing with one another, but about recognising whether such decisions are being made as part of a recognizable obedience to God as revealed in Scripture.
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