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I am a biblical scholar who works on the reception history of the Bible, particularly its handling by Pentecostals and Evangelicals throughout the world today and its interpretation in the arts, particularly music. My PhD, in the field of biblical ethics, provoked my interest in literary-critical approaches to the Hebrew Bible (particularly in the use of a resistant reader-response methodology for reading biblical texts), and in the use of the Bible as a moral resource. Both these concerns have encouraged my broader fascination with the role and function of the Bible in today’s world, its relevance for people of all faiths and none, and its cultural significance in both sacred and secular contexts. I'm really interested at the moment in why people think religion and the Bible are so important to them and how faith commitments impact our interactions with and contributions to society and the public and political spheres.
I joined the University of Birmingham in January 2010, after ten years of working in the theological college sector, the last five of them as Vice Principal. I now combine my leadership responsibilities as Deputy Director of Education for the College of Arts and Law and Academic Director for the University's exciting and innovative new 'Birmingham Project' with teaching and supervision in the Department of Theology & Religion and research including the AHRC-funded Megachurches and Social Engagement in London project.
I am available for feedback and tutorial meetings with students by appointment.
In the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years I will be heading up the Birmingham Project for the University and so will not be teaching any modules in the Department of Theology & Religion.
I would be interested in talking to potential research students who would like to work in any of the following fields:
My research interests include:
I am joint Series Editor of Brill’s monograph series, Global Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies with Professor William Kay as well as a member of the editorial boards of three peer-reviewed journals: Journal of the European Theological Association, Biblical Reception and Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research.
In November 2011, I recorded an IdeasLab Predictor Podcast on the future of Christianity in the UK.
I was awarded a University of Birmingham Teaching Fellowship in June 2014.
Contemporary Christian belief and practice; Christianity and contemporary culture; the Bible in the modern world; biblical ethics; Christianity and social engagement; Christian engagement with politics.
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