Women’s Holy Burden and Patriarchy

By Dr Valerie Hobbs. Valerie is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. Her book, An Introduction to Religious Language, will be published by Bloomsbury in January, 2021. Guest blogs are invited to stimulate thought and comment. They do not necessarily reflect the view of the Centre

The prayers of the Saints and the Judgment of God

By Dr Trevor Laurence. Trevor is a Research Associate of the CSBV, and Executive Director of the Cateclesia Institute.This blog post was first published on the Cateclesia blog on June 24th 2020, and is here reproduced by kind permission. The prayers of the Saints and the Judgment of God For

Breakfast, Bathsheba, and biblical interpretation

In the second in her occasional series on interpretation of biblical narratives (you can find the first one here), CSBV director Helen Paynter discusses breakfast, Bathsheba, and the Bible. For breakfast today, I had Weightwatchers banana pancakes served with coconut yoghurt, made by my daughter.  There. I’ve told you a history. A story. Not,

Responsible Scholarship: Moral and Ethical Considerations

Guest blog post by Hannah Kate Capey. Hannah graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019 with a degree in Philosophy and Theology. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium. Hannah has particular interests in humour, the construction of foreignness, and alcohol

The Christian imagination: Theology and the origins of Race

The Christian imagination: Theology and the origins of Race, by Willie James Jennings. London: Yale University Press, 2010. Review by Sara Améstegui Deik. Sara is undertaking doctoral research through the CSBV. Her research focuses on how dispensational eschatology influences Palestinian reception of the gospel. Introduction Willie Jennings is an associate

Sermon: The Way of Jesus in a World on Fire

Sermon on 1 Peter 3:8-22, preached at St Nic’s, Durham, by CSBV Research Associate Brandon Hurlbert, on 7th June 2020, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests in the USA and across the world. Sermon transcript is as delivered. Listen to it here. I have to be honest,

Thomas Merton: Catholic humanist?

By Matthew Feldman. Professor Feldman is a specialist on fascist ideology and the far-right in Europe and the USA. He has written widely on these subjects, for both academic and general audiences. He has long researched the interaction between politics and faith in the modern world, and has taught these subjects