Christians in Academia

Below is a series of videos produced by the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) intended to equip Christians entering the world of Academia. They should prove of great interest to anyone considering or who has already begun an academic course in Theology.

Why should a Christian pursue an academic career? Daryl McCarthy. For more information, see here.

Embracing our Calling to the Academy. Daryl McCarthy. For more information, see here.

“Scholarship is a holy calling. Scholarship has played a critical role in the development and expansion of the world Christian movement over the centuries. So it is critical that as Christian educators we do our work with hearts aflame with worship, minds guided by Christ’s lordship, hands ready to serve, all in our effort to glorify God through our teaching and scholarship.”

Christians in Higher Education: Living Worthy of the Calling. Dirk Jongkind. For more information, see here.

“Every profession possesses its own particular dangers and offers its own specific opportunities for service. Those of us who are living and working in the Academy are faced with a specific set of challenges. In this talk, we take a step back and look at the ideals and dreams the Academy offers. What is the University at its best, what is it at its worst, and do we really have to sell our soul to succeed? And what about our role in the body of Christ and in the grand project of world missions?”

Serving Christ in Academia. Daniel Hill. For more information, see here.

“How should our Christian faith influence our academic endeavours? In particular, what should our motivation for doing academic work be, as Christians? How should we do our academic work? How should we choose among the various options available to us in administration, teaching, and research? And what does our faith have to say about the content of our administration, teaching, and research? In this talk, we try to apply the Bible’s teaching to answer these questions.”

European Journal of Theology Articles 1992-2011 available

European Journal of TheologyThe European Journal of Theology is a tri-lingual theological journal. For those not familiar with it there is a short video introduction below. To subscribe, please visit the publisher’s website.

I have just uploaded most of the 2011 articles by permission of the editor and the authors. Below is the table of contents for 2011. Please visit the full table of contents pages to download the articles.

20.1 (2011)

Pieter Lalleman, “Editorial,” p.3.

I. Howard Marshall, “Evangelical New Testament Interpretation within the contemporary scene,” pp.4-14.

Christoph Stenschke, “Judaea in the First Century AD. A Review of recent scholarly contributions and their implications,” pp.15-28.

W. Creighton Marlowe, “The Sin of Shinar (Genesis 11:4),” pp.29-39.

Ed Mackenzie, “The Quest for the political Paul: assessing the apostle’s approach to Empire.”  pp.40-50.

John E. Colwell, “Theology, Piety and prayer: on the study of theology,”  pp.51-59.

Patrick Nullens, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: a third way of Christian social engagement,” European Journal of Theology 20.1 (2011): 60-69.

“Book Reviews,” pp.70-96.

20.2  (2011)

Pieter Lalleman, “Editorial,” p.99.

Krish Kandiah, “Authentic Evangelism? Revelation, truth and worship in late modern, pluralistic Europe,” pp.100-110.

Johannes Reimer, “European Christian Renaissance and Public Theology,” pp.111-118.

Stefan Paas, “Prepared for a missionary ministry in 21st century Europe,” pp.119-130.

Elizabeth Pinder-Ashenden, “How Jewish thinkers come to terms with the Holocaust and why it matters for this generation: a selected survey and comment,” pp.131-138.

Svetlaba Knobnya, “God the Father in the Old Testament,” pp.139-148.

Stephen M. Garrett, “Beauty as the Point of Connection Between Theology and Ethics,” pp.149-158.

“Book Reviews,” pp.159-187.

Introducing the European Journal of Theology

Resources on the Book of Daniel

Daniel in the Lions' Den by Briton Rivière (1890)
Daniel in the Lion’s Den by Briton Rivière (1890)

In addition to its extensive collection of theological journals BiblicalStudies.org.uk offers detailed bibliographies on every book of the Bible. These are usually divided into Introductions, Commentaries and other subjects – such as material on the book’s background, authorship, historicity  and dating. As well as providing links to Amazon listings,  many of the resources are available for free download. The page on the book of Daniel, for example, links to over 100 on-line resources.

These articles include many which are not available elsewhere on the Web and are difficult to find in print, even in the UK. Here are some examples of what is available:

Articles on Daniel

G. Ch. Aalders [1880-1961], “The Book of Daniel: its Trustworthiness and Prophetic Character,” The Evangelical Quarterly 2.3 (July 1930): 242-254.

David W. Gooding, “The Literary Structure of the Book of Daniel and its Implications,” Tyndale Bulletin 32 (1981): 43-79.

Robert J.M. Gurney, God in Control: An Exposition of the Prophecies of the Book of Daniel. Worthing: H.E. Walter Ltd., 1980. Revised and updated for the Web by the author in 2006.

Kenneth A. Kitchen, “The Aramaic of Daniel,” Notes on Some Problems in the Book Of Daniel. London: The Tyndale Press, 1965. Pbk. pp.31-79.

Prof. W.G. Lambert, The Background of Jewish Apocalyptic. The Ethel M. Wood Lecture delivered before the University of London on 22 February 1977. London: The Athlone Press, 1978. Pbk. ISBN: 0485143216. pp.22.

Alan R. Millard, “Daniel in Babylon: An Accurate Record?” James K. Hoffmeier & Dennis R. Magary, eds. Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? Crossway, 2012. Pbk. ISBN-13: 978-1433525711. pp.263-280.

Edward J. Young, Daniel’s Vision of the Son of Man. London: The Tyndale Press, 1958. pp.28.

So, whether you are looking for free resources to enhance your sermon preparation or research material for your College essay BiblicalStudies.org.uk is a good place to start.