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Public Lecture – ‘Reading the Bible as Baptists’

Wed 9 Apr, 2014 at 1pm
South Wales Baptist College CF24 3UR

Always on the way and in the fray:

Reading the Bible as Baptists

Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 1:30pm

On Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 1:30pm the College will welcome back a recent graduate, the Revd Helen Dare, who will deliver the Whitley Lecture for 2014. The lecture explores some of the issues raised by the ways in which Baptists read and interpret the Bible. Helen currently serves as the joint minister of Broad Haven Baptist Church in Pembrokeshire, where she serves alongside the Revd Ben Dare. After gaining degrees from the universities of Oxford and Cardiff, Helen embarked on postgraduate research at the University of Bristol, with a particular interest in the ways in which Baptists interpret the Bible.

When disagreement has arisen in the history of the Christian church, conflict concerning biblical interpretation has often been at its heart, and the cause of much painful division. This continues to be a challenge for us today as we attempt to hear God’s word in an ever changing society. The lecture explores contemporary British Baptist biblical interpretation. Using Walter Brueggemann as a dialogue partner, it argues that division is not inevitable, by examining the processes, negotiations and pressures that require engagement when the Bible is read communally. It proposes a deeper commitment to a covenantal understanding of interpretation as a way of engaging the possibilities of diversity more creatively.

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