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Biblical Study Break: The Bible and Christian Ethics

  • Course Dates: Mon 27 April 2015, 1:00 pm to Thu 30 April 2015, 2:00 pm

Questions about what it means to be human and how to live well are as acute now as they have ever been.

For most Christians, the Bible is a fundamental source of moral guidance. But what kind of guidance does the Bible offer, given that it was written in a world so different from our own? How is it to be interpreted, given that some of the issues we face today were unthinkable in biblical times? How should we deal with ‘problem texts’? Is the Bible a ‘savage text’ as some claim?

The aim of this Bible Study Break is to explore these questions. Drawing upon recent scholarship, we will consider various approaches to the use of the Bible in Christian ethics. We will also examine several test cases of current interest, such as assisted dying, environmental ethics, and gay marriage.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

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Mon 27 April 2015, 1:00 pm
Thu 30 April 2015, 2:00 pm
£205 – £345
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Stephen Barton is an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University. He was Tutor in Biblical Studies at Salisbury and Wells Theological College from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 2010, he was Lecturer (and subsequently Reader) in New Testament. He is an ordained priest and has served in parishes in Durham and Newcastle dioceses. His publications include Invitation to the Bible (SPCK, 1997), and Life Together. Family, Sexuality and Community in the New Testament and Today (T&T Clark, 2001). Volumes he has edited include The Family in Theological Perspective (T&T Clark, 1996); and Holiness Past and Present (T&T Clark, 2003).
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