Natasha O’Hear, ‘Picturing the Apocalypse’

O'Hear Picturing the ApocalypseNatasha O’Hear gave a guest lecture at the study week for our module, ‘The Book of Revelation’ in September 2017. We congratulate Natasha and her co-author Anthony O’Hear on the recognition of their book Picturing the Apocalypse (Oxford University Press) afforded by The Art+ChristianityEnquiry ACE/Mercers’ Book Award. It is the only literary prize worldwide for a publication that notably advances a public understanding of the relationship between the visual arts and religious experience, beliefs and practice.

Richard Bauckham, ‘The Bible in the Contemporary World’

Bauckham, Bible in the Contemporary WorldRichard Bauckham was one of the originators of our distance learning MLitt programme whilst he was a professor here at St Andrews.

This book by Bauckham proposes reading the Bible as a coherent story. He shows his method in means of chapters connecting the Bible to, for example, issues of autonomy, globalisation, and ecoological concerns. Bauckham defends his approach with a sophisticated discussion of relating the Bible and culture.

 

Andrew Rogers, ‘Congregational Hermeneutics…’

Andrew Rogers, Congregational HermeneuticsAndrew Rogers has given a guest lecture at two of our study weeks (September 2015 and January 2017).

The students have valued his insights into how people are actually reading the Bible. Understanding more about the ways congregations interpret Scripture is an important contribution to thinking through how the Bible and the contemporary world connect.

Rogers’ work helps to keep discussions in our programme grounded.

Zoë Bennett, ‘Using the Bible in Practical Theology’

Using the Bible in Practical TheologyZoë Bennett gave a guest lecture at our study week in January 2014 where she introduced some of the key themes of her, then, new book.

I recommend this book to anyone looking to connect the Bible to contemporary issues. She juxtaposes 21st century practical theology with the work of leading nineteenth-century public ‘theologian’, John Ruskin. Better known to many for his contribution as an art critic, Bennett offers a fascinating analysis of his method of deploying the Bible in public issues. This leads to a very helpful discussion of how Christian commentators might develop their own use of biblical materials.