October 2017 brings the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door. This event, although uncertain, and part of much wider unrest, is generally regarded as the beginning of a movement across the European churches that changed the face of Western Christianity for ever.
In her keynote address to the Modern Church Day conference, Do we need a new Reformation?, held in Bath on 15th October 2016, Modern Church's Acting General Secretary Lorraine Cavanagh argued that the prophetic voice of the Church is being stifled by managerialism and the idea that the Church is an ‘organisation’, rather than the body of Christ.
2017 Annual Conference of Modern Church
God: None, One, Three or Many?
10th-12th July 2017
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.
What do we mean by the word ‘God’?
Or, for that matter, lower-case ‘god’ or ‘gods’?
A majority of people in Britain claim to believe in ‘God’, but is this ‘the Christian God’?
And what is ‘the Christian God’ anyway?
Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church. It publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism.
Published quarterly by Liverpool University Press and indexed in the ATLA religion database.
Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
Assistant Editor: Revd Anthony Freeman
Vol 57:4 October 2016 - Guest Editor: Katharine Sarah Moody
Peter Rollins, Pyrotheology, Transformance Art and Suspended Space
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Language about or addressed to God should be derived from human experience, not just from men’s experience, argues Prof. Adrian Thatcher, a trustee of Modern Church, in a new Forewords booklet launched at our 2016 annual conference.
In the 36-page booklet, Gender Inclusive Language and Worship, Professor Thatcher advocates the use of language which does not privilege men over women, in Christian theology, hymnody, liturgy and prayer.
Gender-inclusive language recognizes that God is beyond the distinctions of sex - it differs from ‘gender-neutral’ language which avoids the use of personal pronouns such as 'he' and 'him', or 'she' and 'her'. Gender-inclusive language is personal language drawn from the whole range of human experience, including and especially women.
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