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Our 2022 Online Conference

Healing and Harm: Intersections of Trauma, Justice and Scripture.
23-25 May

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Resources for the Church

Free, accessible resources for the church on the often tricky topic of violence in the Bible.

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Academic Work

Our research community focuses on undertaking and facilitating cutting-edge postgraduate research in the area, and offering postgraduate academic teaching.

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Guns and God Podcast

Join us as we approach faith and politics with a focus on extremism and violence.

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Latest Blog

Insights and challenges around the Bible and violence.

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Welcome from the CSBV director,
Helen Paynter

The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence is a research centre to study the overlap between the Bible and violence. Our work falls into two areas:

  • Interpretation of violence that the Bible contains
  • Studying the ways that the Bible is weaponised

We do this in two ways:

More about us

We are an ecumenical Christian organisation, embedded within Bristol Baptist College in the UK.

We believe that the Bible, God’s word to us, has a trajectory that points to God’s heart for peace and justice. We are convinced that the highest revelation of the character of God is found in Christ crucified, but that faithful, rigorous biblical interpretation can help us to reveal the upright and loving character of God in both Testaments.

We are therefore dedicated to rigorous, honest scholarship which does not shy away from asking hard questions of the text and interpreters. At core, we are committed to a confessional, faithful reading of scripture, but we are also committed to respectful dialogue with scholars from many faith backgrounds and ideological stances.

You can read more fully about our core convictions here.

If you are interested in learning more about our work, please get in touch with us by emailing the director at

About CSBV

CSBV is a research and resource hub to promote and facilitate scholarship in the area of Bible and Violence; and to produce accessible resources for the church. Find out more.

Our conference starts tomorrow so NOW is the time to get your ticket to access the Zoom links. We are very excited!!
Eventbrite link:

It was a fantastic service. For those who missed it, we’ll have it on YouTube in a day or two, I hope. I’m very grateful to Revd Liz Squires for leading it, for @trevorilaurence for the rich intercessory prayers, and for @vhobbs5 for the challenging sermon.

Dr Maria Power@mariacpower

At the @CSBibleViolence annual service, thanking God for the gift of spirit filled friendship and support that this organisation brings to my life and looking forward to hearing @vhobbs5 preach. #ecumenism #GodIsGood

Our online conference starts on MONDAY! Can’t make the dates/times? Links to recordings will be sent to all ticket holders following the live sessions.
Get your ticket: /conference-2022/

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