Eric Stoddart will be holding a live webinar on 14 March 2018 at 4pm (UK time) when he’ll explain what’s involved in this part-time, distance learning postgraduate degree programme. There’ll be a live Q&A session.
Congratulations to one of our former students, Winston Chin, who has had an article published in the journal Practical Theology. Winston, who lives in Singapore, has developed work he originally undertook for his dissertation on our distance learning programme. ‘Reading Exodus 1–3 with Indian migrant workers in Singapore: a dialogic approach‘ is now available online and will be in the next print issue. The study investigated how Indian Christian low-wage migrant workers in Singapore responded to the text of Exodus 1–3 in light of their real-life experiences, through a dialogic methodology of contextual bible reading based on Gerald West’s approach of ‘reading with’ marginalized groups.
Closing date for applications for entry in January 2019 is 1 November 2018. We process applications as promptly as possible upon receipt of all paperwork. If you are offered a place this lets you plan ahead in good time. (Applications for entry in September 2018 are now closed.)
Natasha 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.
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 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 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.
The Scottish Government have announced that tuition fee loans of £5,500 are to be made available to distance learning students (living in Scotland) on taught postgraduate courses from next year (2018-2019).
21 students gathered in St Andrews on 22 January 2018 for the taught module, ‘Surveillance, Theology, and the Bible’. A further 8 came the study week centred around further developing the skills required for their dissertation. This latter group are now researching and writing dissertations on topics as diverse as, for example, non-invasive prenatal testing , Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and New Testament concepts, the Victorian social reformer Thomas Chalmers and 21st century Christian ministry to people in poverty, and Christian contributions to the recent same-sex marriage public consultation in Australia.
At the beginning of 2016, I arrived at St Andrews for the first time, an engineer and business executive, seeking to gain some theological understanding towards an intended priesthood ministry. The two years that would follow would turn out to be a journey of both world class intellectual discipline and personal awareness of our relationship with God and one another. In particular, this programme provided a platform for reflecting on key theological themes and the realities of today’s world through major voices and opinions. As diverse as the topics and views covered were the diversity of the programme’s attendants and their backgrounds that span different professions, age and geographical origins.
At the end of those two years, I leave St Andrews with the fondest of experiences and a body of knowledge that could only be a strong foundation and a planted seed of desire for life-long learning. I reflect back on the journey that brought me some 5,000 miles from Accra to St Andrews and remain convinced that it was worth every single mile of it.
– Fin (Ghana)