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Reflections: On Co-opting Bonhoeffer (Ben Fulford)

Prophet of secularism, champion of costly grace: appeals to 
Bonhoeffer in recent Christian media

Teaching the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the first time this term, I’ve been more alert than usual to the different ways in which he figures in the media I consume.

One of the striking things about Bonhoeffer’s currency is the contrasting ways in which he appeals to different Christian constituencies. Some (often but not only of a more liberal persuasion) are drawn to the daring explorations of ‘religionless Christianity’ in the prison letters. Others (often but not only conversatives) appeal to Continue reading


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Post-seminar discussion (Alana Vincent)

StorifyThe above Twitter exchange, between Ben Fulford and me, was prompted by the questions at the end of a Chester PG research seminar paper delivered a few weeks ago by one of our research students, Jason Boyd. Jason’s paper was arguing for treating sermons as a dialogic space, and moving away from the model in which the preacher delivers the word from on high and Continue reading

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TRS Coffee Collective: w/b 11th Nov

As a matter of course, TRS staff meet daily at 11AM to drink coffee and have a natter. Here’s a flavour of what’s been discussed by the Coffee Collective this week …

Members are perplexed by the continued use of certain kinds of bathroom accessories: the existence of mats shaped to fit round the toilet and plastic-doll loo-roll holders cause particular disquiet. There is, however, as yet, no consensus concerning the bearing this has on the discipline or any of the research specialisms represented.

Celebration ensued after Continue reading