rss_2.0Holiness FeedSciendo RSS Feed for Holiness 's Cover Reviews on Morna Hooker at 90<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>On 14 May 2021, the Cambridge New Testament Research Seminar was dedicated to a celebration of the life and work of Professor Morna Hooker on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday. What follows is the text of three contributions to that seminar, from James Carleton Paget, John Barclay, and Morna Hooker herself. Taken together, they provide an insight into the development of an outstanding biblical scholar, and the development of that discipline during her long and distinguished career. The papers are presented here in the same format as they were given at the seminar, with only minor corrections. It was decided not to add footnotes and bibliographies, but readers who wish to follow up references to Morna Hooker’s books and articles will find them readily available.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-02-04T00:00:00.000+00:00Disposal: What Do We Do With A Dead Body?<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This article looks at the different ways in which dead human bodies are disposed of in modern society, particularly in Britain, and examines the social, theological, liturgical, and practical issues they raise for the Christian Church. It argues that the churches have failed to reflect theologically on cremation. In particular, it argues that ashes remain part of the body and should be treated with equal respect; the ashes of a Christian should be buried. Finally, it looks at the effect of the COVID pandemic on funeral practices.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-02-04T00:00:00.000+00:00Discernment or Direction: Dancing with the Spirit as we step out in Mission The Fernley-Hartley Lecture, 2019<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This article draws from the developments in pneumatology, especially in respect to how the Spirit calls God’s people into mission and missional endeavour, in order to offer a critical insight into how the Fresh Expressions movement continues to equip the church to live faithfully. To do this, the article utilises research from ecumenical partners in mission in the UK, before arguing that Fresh Expressions (as an organisation as well as a set of principles and practices), has inherited much from the work of the Holy Spirit, but had not gone far enough to draw further conclusions or to self-resource itself from a strong pneumato-missional perspective.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-02-04T00:00:00.000+00:00Editorial the Theology of Procreation in Response to Stigmatisation of Childlessness<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This article, based on the author’s doctoral research, offers a theological response to the traditional attitudes towards childlessness within the Bakossi community of South West Cameroon. Research reveals a prevalent negative attitude towards those—both men and women—who do not have children. This stigmatization is often reinforced within Christian communities by a reading of scripture that interprets the command to ‘be fruitful and multiply’ as referring exclusively to biological reproduction. In contrast to this, an African cultural feminist hermeneutic can be used to argue for a more holistic interpretation of scripture, one that draws out God’s concern for family, community and creation.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-02-04T00:00:00.000+00:00Social Holiness and Social Justice<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>This article explores the connection between social holiness and social justice. It accepts the view of Andrew C Thompson that ‘social holiness’ in Methodist history has a distinctive meaning which was not linked to, and quite different from, the notion of social justice. However, it argues that encountering grace was not restricted to the gathering of Christians in Wesley's theology or practice and that missional engagement opens another channel or means of grace. Acts of mercy are themselves expressions of and encounters with holiness, so that holiness will lead us to justice and justice to holiness. Social holiness and social justice are, thus, part of a divine ecology where one follows the other in the rhythm of discipleship.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00‘Finish Then Thy New Creation’: God's Promise to Inherit the World<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>In Romans 4:13, Paul characterizes God's promise to Abraham as the inheritance of the world. This promise, Paul argues, extends to Abraham's descendants, not according to the flesh, but to all who believe in the one who raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 4:25). What does it mean for believers to be heirs of God's promise to ‘inherit the world’? This article considers God's promise in light of the apostle's confidence in the reconciliation of the whole world and the renewal of creation, and also in the context of the hymns and sermons of Charles and John Wesley. The promise to inherit the world indicates that God has not abandoned God's creation, but is actively engaged in redeeming it. This article was originally presented as a paper at the 2018 Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00John Wesley and Methodist Responses to Slavery in America<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>John Wesley considered the slave trade to be a national disgrace. However, while the American Methodist Church had initially made bold declarations concerning the evils of slavery, the practical application of this principled opposition was seriously compromised, obstructed by the leviathan of the plantation economy prominent in this period of American history. This paper surveys a variety of Methodist responses to slavery and race, exploring the dialectical germination of ideas like holiness, liberty and equality within the realities of the Antebellum context.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Mission-shaped Methodism and Fresh Expressions<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The <italic>Mission-Shaped Church</italic> report by the Church of England prompted the Methodist Church and the Church of England in the UK to respond to the dislocation being felt between the inherited model of church and the missiological challenges of the twenty-first century. The most significant ecumenical development arising from the report was the formation of the Fresh Expressions initiative, whose sole task was to release leaders and communities to found churches for the ‘unchurched’.</p><p>Examples of Anglican fresh expressions are much researched, but Methodist contributions less so. This essay argues that Methodist people, as people of a holiness movement of mission and ministry, have much to offer to the current ecclesial debate. There is a need for fresh expressions to be denominationally distinctive before they can be distilled into something new.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00Mission in Britain today: some modest reflections and proposals<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>While ‘Mission in Britain today’ includes many aspects, this article focuses on the witness of the Church within Britain’s contemporary highly secularized culture. Rather than ‘technical change’, the Church is called to work at ‘adaptive change’, and so to concentrate less on strategies and more on internal renewal. Such adaptive change involves freeing people’s imagination from simplistic and abusive images of God, offering a positive image of God that is inspiring and truly challenging, recognizing the kenotic nature of the Church, and realizing that mission is carried out in a world of grace where God is already present and working</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00‘If it is teaching, then teach!’ (Romans 12:7): ministry, big issues and grown-up discipleship<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>After addressing the teaching and learning context in which contemporary theology exists, this article seeks to address contemporary Methodism and Methodist theology. Drawing on Scripture and theologians, it is argued that the Church is a creation of the Holy Spirit, and knows itself as such not only as it is created intensely so by an event of the Spirit of God, but also that the purpose of this intensive indwelling work of the Holy Spirit is to push the Church beyond its boundaries and orientate it onto the world. In light of this, seven motifs are identified for a theology which seeks to serve the Church.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00The end of theological education – is wisdom the principal thing?<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>This article invites reflection on the theological purposes of the education of church leaders. It is conceived as a piece of practical theology that arises from the challenge to the Wesley House Trustees in Cambridge to reconceive and re-articulate their vision for theological education in a time of turbulence and change. I reflect on Wesley House’s inheritance as a community of formation (<italic>paideia</italic>) and rigorous scholarship (<italic>Wissenschaft</italic>); and on the opportunities offered for the future of theological education in this context by a serious engagement with both the practices and concepts of phronēsis and poiēsis and a dialogical understanding of biblical wisdom, as Wesley House seeks to offer itself as a cross-cultural community of prayer and study to an international Methodist constituency.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00Assimilation, Accommodation and Appropriation: Three attitudes to truth in science and religion<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>This article addresses the relationship between experience and belief, focusing on the role of science in the debate between secular Humanism and Christianity. It suggests that the possibility of appropriating experience to belief – taking action to bring experience into line with belief – distinguishes spiritual belief from systematic belief (in which the object is independent of beliefs about it); but that the boundary between these two forms of belief is itself a matter of (metaphysical) belief. Understanding science and religion, Humanism and Christianity in relationship to systematic and spiritual belief-structures helps to bring clarity to the debate.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Holiness, social justice and the mission of the Church: John Wesley’s insights in contemporary context<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>John Wesley summarised Methodism’s mission as spreading ‘scriptural holiness’. This article argues that the praxis of social justice as an expression of holiness is integral to the mission of the Church. The following themes from Wesley’s theology are examined: holiness as love; ‘justice, mercy, and truth’; social holiness; works of mercy as a means of grace; stewardship, and ‘the outcasts of men’. It argues that the praxis of justice, mercy and truth is integral to holiness and hence to mission of the Church. A contextualisation of this theme in the context of secularisation and migration is then developed.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00A discipleship movement shaped for mission: forming a new ecclesial identity for British Methodism?<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The article tracks the development of a new ecclesial strapline for the British Methodist Church in the period between 2007 and 2014 and assesses the initial impact of the identity on education and ecumenism. It argues that the theme and practice of holiness has been underplayed and underdeveloped in the discourse to find a fresh expression of Methodism’s calling but that there are surprisingly creative elements latent in the expression, especially in a new era of ecumenical relations.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00Reviews for Social Holiness in Institutions of Higher Education in Africa: Toward an Innovative Afrocentric Curriculum for Methodist Theological Education<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>In 2016, South Africa saw student and staff protests calling for the decolonisation of the teaching curriculum in institutions of Higher Education. Although these protests were centred in public universities, the issue of decolonisation also affects private institutions such as seminaries that need to transform curricula from being permeated with Western idealism to being authentically African. This article explores this issue for Methodist theological education. It argues that decolonisation affects not only the content of the teaching curriculum but also matters such as staffing and curriculum development. Its focus is to develop ways of implementing an Afrocentric curriculum in African Methodist seminaries.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-04-14T00:00:00.000+00:00The Impact of Garrick Braide's Revival on the Growth of Methodism in Eastern Nigeria between 1910 and 1932<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The missionaries of the Primitive Methodist Mission pioneered into Igboland in 1910 and encountered opposition and difficulties. Efforts to become established were hindered by several factors. However, starting from 1914, a religious awakening led by Garrick Braide, an African convert of Niger Delta Pastorate Church (i.e. Anglican Church in the Niger Delta), spread throughout Igboland causing widespread religious revival. Using original source material, this article examines how the Primitive Methodist Mission benefitted greatly from this religious awakening, and subsequently witnessed phenomenal growth and consolidation in Igboland.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-04-14T00:00:00.000+00:00Living Together in Unity and Interdependence: Reviving the African Spirit of Altruism and Benevolence<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>How can we live together in peace? This article reflects on the need to develop an ethic of social responsibility that values and enhances solidarity. It is a response to the proliferation of violence in many African communities and seeks to argue against egoism (individualism) which it considers the root cause of much political and socio-economic insecurity across the continent. It maintains that a way of addressing this situation is the development of an altruistic mindset. The article thus attempts to combine traditional African cultural and religious narratives with comparable principles within the Christian tradition in order to explore the importance of altruistic action in the contemporary African context.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-04-14T00:00:00.000+00:00en-us-1