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Announcements...

KLICE at Society of Biblical Literature /American Academy of Religion

KLICE is partnering with St Georges Centre for Biblical and Public Theology in the following seminars and events held in partnership with IBR in Boston (17-21 November):
The Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar
The Scripture and Doctrine Seminar
The Scripture and Church Seminar



Annual Meal: Dr. Peter Williams, Principal of Tyndale House, will be the After-Dinner speaker.

The three seminars are free although we encourage you to register for them. You need to register for and pay online to attend the meal, offered at a reduced rate. The meal is a highlight of our year so do join us if you are attending SBL/AAR.
Registration for all of the above can be found online.

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Exciting news is that the new Greek New Testament Produced at Tyndale House (published by Cambridge University Press and Crossway) was launched in Boston on Wednesday 15 November. A first launch was held at Tyndale House on Thursday 2 November. This is a major achievement and one that will encourage many of us to take up our Greek New Testaments with renewed vigour. 

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News...

KLICE’s first Culture and Christ discussion group met on Thursday 9 November at Tyndale House from 7-9pm. Craig led us in a discussion of The Ethics of Craft, a dialogue with Peter Korn’s book on craft. It was a good start with stimulating engagement. However, we gather that the 2nd Thursday evening of each month clashes with other good events in Cambridge. If you are keen to attend do watch our website for the date of our December meeting. Our theme will be the widespread right-wing reactions across Europe and in the USA. What is driving these reactions and how should we think about them as Christians? This will become a regular monthly meeting for any of us keen to meet and discuss cultural issues and to develop a Christian perspective on them.

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Craig Bartholomew spoke to the academic group at the meeting of the Fellowship of European Evangelists (FEUER) in Prague (2-4 November). He gave a paper on Christian worldview and also addressed a group of the Comenius Institute of Prague on the ecology of scholarship. The latter group met in the Friends Café which has a room at the back for meetings like ours (group below).

This was a wonderful opportunity to meet with European academics from a whole variety of disciplines, and to savour the delightful culture of Prague.

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On September 16-17, the Klice/Lawyer's Christian Fellowship Summer School was held at Tyndale House. Executive Director Mark Barrell reports on the weekend:

LCF/KLICE – “Dig Deeper” weekend – September 2017

It was a huge encouragement to have 20 young Christian lawyers and students for an intensive weekend at Tyndale House. The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship has been running for the past two years a new programme, “Essential Truths”, at which over 200 young lawyers and law students have engaged.

The aim of the weekend with KLICE was to build on this success by investing in some of those who had really taken a keen interest. The first half of the weekend was Bible and theory heavy as a theology of law, justice, human rights and how to engage in the big questions were presented. The second half became much more practical with a mix of practitioners sharing how to live out the gospel in the profession, demonstrating to these young lawyers how a career in the law can be a witness to Christ in all sorts of different ways.
With plenty of time to build relationship this weekend stretched and equipped those who came to really think carefully and clearly about a Biblical worldview of law and justice. You can see some of the “Essential Truths” videos produced by the LCF here.

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The inner life of animals and humans

How we think about and relate to animals is a theme in much ethical discussion today. Ruth Norris is a PhD student in biblical studies at Tyndale House. She describes below a searing encounter with a deer being attacked by a dog, an experience which led her to write the poem that follows.

It was a shocking and traumatic afternoon. I was sitting in the library when I hear screeches. After a minute or two I get up, wondering if cats are fighting, and run outside towards the awful sound, a friend following me. We reach a house in a lane behind Tyndale to find a muntjack deer trapped in a gate, screaming, with a dog mauling it from behind the gate. It is horrifically violent, with blood pouring out the back, and the dog unable to get to the front, so there was no quick kill. Two strangers also come to assist, making four of us. We manage to get the dog off by throwing water at it. We don't have the means to kill the deer. One person is on the phone trying to get animal rescue, but the nearest help is an hour away. In the meantime, my friend and I focus on the deer, its eyes desperate. A towel over its head calms it right down, and then we sit with it, towel over its head, hands stroking its back and head as it dies. Finally we have to clear up and find the dog owner...I think I'm still in shock, stunned. At the same time, the privilege of helping to calm the deer and stroking it as it died... I can't tell you. 

 

The Doe of the Mourning

We were glad to enshroud your head,


quietening your screams, calming your struggle. 


We were grateful for red sprinkled hands stroking your way


to final... breath... rest. 


At least for you.


Last night I still smelled your blood,


and shouted, silently, 'No!' 


I wanted to put a stake in the ground


and cry, 'Enough!'


But, of course, that has already been done,


and even then, above the baying dogs of Bashan,


your groaning was heard.

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Craig Bartholomew’s When you Want to Yell at God: The Book of Job (Bellingham: Lexham, 2014, 2016) has now been published in Korean by Jireh, 2017.

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KLICE Research Associate Nicholas Townsend’s KLICE Comment piece from April (his half of it) has been republished on ABC Religion and Ethics (a prestigious religious affairs site, based in Australia). 

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David Parish, a former Trustee of Tyndale House, who worked for 35 years in the transport industry for a major global company and is now an Associate at the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, and writes and speaks on business issues, published the following important article in Christianity Today (June 2017): “The Luddites and the First Contest of Man Versus Machine.” You can read it here.

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For a sense of just how quickly technology is transforming our lives see https://www.amazon.com/p/feature/6grqshfrw4gz7tv
which describes how Amazon Prime Air is experimenting with the rapid (30 minutes or under) delivery of books and other products in parts of Cambridge using drones!

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Jonathan Chaplin presented a paper on ‘Justice, the Constitution and the Purpose of the Political Community’ at a conference on ‘Christianity and Constitutionalism’ hosted by University of Durham law school, 2-4 November. Former KLICE Council members Julian Rivers and Jonathan Burnside, and Lawyer’s Christian Fellowship partner and barrister David McIlroy, also submitted papers. Conference papers will appear in a book of the same title, to be published in a Cambridge University Press series on ‘Law and Christianity’.

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Tyndale House Goes Green

Two of our staff now own and drive electric cars. Below you will see our own VP Operations, Simon Sykes, with his new Nissan Leaf. John Hociej (TH, technology) drives the same car. Simon writes as follows:

Since passing my driving test in my mid-twenties, I have always enjoyed driving. After spending many years being able to walk to work and to Church, I now find myself commuting to both and drive over 30,000 miles per year. I still mostly enjoy driving, but would prefer not to have to be on the road by 6.30 am every morning in order to get through the traffic on the A14 to Cambridge! Like many commuters, I bought an economical diesel car and by driving gently could achieve close to 60 miles to the gallon. However, after 5 years working at Tyndale House the car has now covered 185,000 miles and it seems likely that it may not last much longer.

Given the recent furore around diesel cars, I was intrigued when a colleague started talking about the benefits of driving an electric car. I must admit that one of the most compelling arguments was the cost at only 3p per mile instead of 12p per mile. I was also aware that it was a bit unkind to my neighbours to wake them up to the sound of my noisy diesel every morning and I thought that they would appreciate the near silence of the electric car. I can also see at a local level that avoiding polluting city streets makes sense, although I am very unsure about the pollution which is being caused further away by electricity generation. Given all of the above, I decided to go ahead and purchase a Nissan Leaf. It is a real joy to drive, with great acceleration and I do not miss the trips to the petrol station. The only down side is the range, realistically it can only manage around 100 miles to a charge and to fully charge the car takes around 7 hours. So, for long journeys and busy days I am keeping the diesel as a backup. I expect to drive 25,000 virtuous miles and 5,000 burning fossil fuel.

 

What we are reading:

Being in Prague (see above) was fascinating. I – as a true bibliophile – found the Kafka bookstore, and Rev. Dr. Peter Cimala took me to an academic bookstore and introduced me to some of the current Czech literature in English. Here are two books he alerted me to:

Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk. Penguin Classics. (London: Penguin, 1973). Apparently every Czech is familiar with the opening words: “And so they’ve killed our Ferdinand”!

Bohuslav Reynek, The Well at Morning: Selected Poems and Graphic Artworks, 1925-1971. Translated by Justin Quinn. (Prague: Karolinum Press, 2017). This is an extraordinary, beautifully produced work, and it is very encouraging to see this sort of work being translated into English. A wonderful feature of Reynek’s work is how his faith led him to focus in poetry and art on the ordinary, charged as it is with the grandeur of God.

In Prague I got to meet several, distinguished speakers: John Lennox, Glynn Harrison and Os Guinness. Glynn is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol, and gave two excellent talks. If you are not already aware of his important books here is his latest one on one of the hottest areas of our day. It is very encouraging to have a Christian psychiatrist writing on these issues.

Glynn Harrison, A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing (London: IVP, 2017).

 
 
   

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