A South West Day Conference, Saturday 15th October 2016 at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath
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.
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.
2016 Annual Conference of Modern Church
Performing the Faith: Shakespeare, the Theatre and Theology Today
11th-13th July 2016
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.
2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of England’s – some would say, the world’s – greatest playwright.
Read Jonathan Clatworthy's account of the conference here or click here to view the album of photos on Flickr.
Audio and text from speakers available soon.
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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 57:3 July 2016 - Guest Editor: Marika Rose
Radical theologies: Why philosophers can’t leave Christianity alone
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