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Modern Believing is Modern Church's journal, published quarterly by Liverpool University Press, with articles promoting theological liberalism.

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  • Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
  • Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
  • Assistant Editor: Dr Katharine Sarah Moody

Current issue:

Vol 58:3 July 2017 - Editor: Steven Shakespeare

Editorial by Steven Shakespeare
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

In the week before writing this editorial, Article 50 was triggered in the UK, initiating the start of its withdrawal from the EU

At the same time, Reker Ahmed, a young Kurdish asylum seeker, was viciously beaten by a gang in Croydon, leaving him in a critical condition. Commenting on the event, the head of a fostering agency which works with many young asylum seekers, said ‘We have made several reports to the police of hate crimes. We think it is rising. It is entirely linked to the environment that has been created by the public discourse about people coming to this country from overseas’ (The Guardian, Monday 3rd April 2017).

by Robert B. Slocum
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy (“Woodbine Willie”) was an Anglican priest and British Army chaplain who served heroically at the front during World War I. His poems and theological reflections were inspired by times of crisis and troubling questions he faced in the war. He came to see war as an unmitigated evil. He was a Christian advocate for peace, forgiveness, and social justice. His theology focuses on reconciling belief in God with the prevalence of evil (especially war). He finds the suffering love of God revealed in Jesus, the crucified God who shares our pains and trials with us.

Keywords:

CRUCIFIED GOD, FAITH AND SUFFERING, FAITH AND WAR, INDUSTRIAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, MILITARY CHAPLAINS, PROBLEM OF EVIL, STUDDERT KENNEDY, GEOFFREY ANKETELL, SUFFERING GOD, THEODICY, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – ARMISTIC MEMORIALS, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – RELIGIOUS MEANINGS


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by Simon Emdin
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

The Atonement effected by Christ has never been authoritatively defined. The notion of God’s ultimate responsibility for the behaviour of all His creatures, may now be expediently re-applied to the Atonement. This notion is explicit in the Old Testament. In the New Testament the death of Jesus results from His Divine Nature; by His death in human flesh, our Creator re-affirms and proclaims His responsibility with us for our sins. Only so can there be justice in Jesus’ death; and it must be just, as well as merciful, if it is the supreme saving act of the supremely righteous God. 

Keywords:

ATONEMENT, CREATOR, EVIL, GOD, GOOD, JESUS, JUST, MANKIND, RESPONSIBILITY, SIN, TAKE AWAY


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by Hugh Rock
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

This article proposes a way to articulate God for people with a materialist worldview.

Keywords:

AFFIRMATION OF LIFE, LIBERAL THEOLOGY, SOCIAL THEISM


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