The Once and Future Scriptures
Exploring the Role of the Bible in the Contemporary Church
Edited by Gregory C. Jenks
Can we learn to take the Bible seriously without taking it literally, to be honest about its historical, literary and religious character? Can the Bible serve as a source of faith, hope, and wisdom? In this book, academic theologians engage in a public conversation about the kind of Bible we have. This is not a book of answers, but a dialogue about topics such as the relationship between science and religion, the authority of scripture, and the impact of critical biblical scholarship on liturgy.
Gregory C. Jenks is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University and Academic Dean of St Francis Theological College, Brisbane, Australia; Co-Director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project, Israel; and a Fellow of the Westar Institute, Willamette University. His publications include The Once and Future Bible: An Introduction to the Bible for Religious Progressives (2011) and The Origins and Development of the Antichrist Myth (1991).
Phillip Aspinall is Archbishop of Brisbane and Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia.
Peter Catt is Dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane. Peter has degrees in Science and Theology. While Dean of Grafton Cathedral, he established the International Festival of Philosophy, Science and Theology.
Susan Crothers-Robertson is Director of Formation at St Francis Theological College, Brisbane. Her doctoral research is investigating models of ministry formation within Anglican communion that are responsive to the realities of current and future church contexts.
Marian Free has a PhD in New Testament from the University of Queensland, and is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. She teaches classes in New Testament and Christian Worship at St Francis Theological College. Marian is a Canon of St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and Rector of St. Augustine’s Parish, Hamilton in Brisbane.
Nigel Leaves is Canon of St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. He teaches undergraduate classes at St Francis Theological College. His publications includes Religion Under Attack: Getting Theology Right! (2011) and The God Problem: Alternatives to Fundamentalism (2006).
Steven Ogden is Principal of St Francis Theological College, Brisbane, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. He was formerly Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide. His publications include Love Upside Down: Life, Love and the Subversive Jesus (2011) and I Met God in Bermuda: Faith in the Twenty-First Century (2009).
Cathy Thomson has a PhD in Theology from Flinders University of South Australia, and is currently the Rector of Christ Church, St Lucia in Brisbane. A member of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, Cathy is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University and teaches theology at St Francis Theological College. She is co-editor of Ordination of Women: Interdenominational Perspectives (2006, with Victor C. Pfitzner) and Faithfulness in Fellowship: A Study Guide (2003, with Muriel Porter).