Tag: Hermeneutics

(Belated) BACI STUDY DAY, September 7th 2013: ‘Bibles gather dust on shelves’

INTRODUCING a study day sponsored by the Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland, Dr William Olhausen said that BACI had been set up because of a sense that the Bible was too often gathering dust on shelves rather than being thoughtfully used. Lay people are increasingly well-educated but not in the exciting developments in biblical study. The conference was held in the Theological Institute, Dublin, on September 7th.

The speakers, Dr Ian Paul (formerly of St John’s Nottingham and now editor of Grove booklets) and Dr Andrew Rogers (of Roehampton University and the author of the well-known H+ course on biblical interpretation) were theologians and educators who have also been in leadership positions in various churches. They emphasised the challenges and opportunities of engaging with the Bible in meaningful and responsible ways. Explanation and interpretation is necessary to get the full meaning of Bible passages.  Jesus himself  explained the Scriptures to the disciples in Luke 24,v25-27. On another occasion (Luke chapter 10) he asked the question, ‘How do you read the commandments?’

Dr Ian Paul said that the reality is that we are all interpreters of the Bible, whether or not we acknowledge it explicitly. In fact interpretation is at the heart of the New Testament, at the heart of Christian faith, and at the heart of mission.

Dr Andrew Rogers spoke of the “virtues” needed for “making good sense of the Bible”: perseverance, confidence, honesty, faithfulness, humility, courage, openness, and community.

Both speakers gave lively and stimulating presentations to a full room. Participants included clergy from several parts of the country, students, lay readers and others interested in Bible study.

L to R are: Dr Ian Paul, Canon Dr. Ginnie Kennerley, Dr Andrew Rogers, and Rev. Dr. William Olhausen.
L to R are: Dr Ian Paul, Canon Dr. Ginnie Kennerley, Dr Andrew Rogers, and Rev. Dr. William Olhausen.

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Lent Feedback and Bible in the CoI Symposium

As Lent marches on, BACI is pleased by the response received so far on the Economic Justice study.  At the end of Lent we strongly encourage all rectors, parishioners, and individuals who have used the study to fill in the short feedback form at the back of the study (also available here), and send it to us. BACI will collate and analyze the responses, which will be reported at the first BACI symposium, to the Church of Ireland, and to the ACO’s Bible in the Life of the Church project.

As has been announced in the CoI Gazette, BACI encourages people from throughout Ireland to attend our first symposium on the Bible in the Church of Ireland on 21 April 2012 at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Braemor Park, Dublin 14. The event will encourage the discussion and consideration of the way the Bible is, ought, and could be read in the Church today. Cost is only  €35 and includes tea and coffee and lunch. CoI ordinands may come for free, and students may come for only  €15. We do encourage advanced booking, so we may let CITI know lunch numbers.

The day will include the speakers Professor David Ford (Cambridge University), Professor Gordon McConville (Gloucestershire University), Stephen Lyon (Anglican Communion Office), the Most Reverend Dr. Michael Jackson, and the Right Reverend Michael Burrows.  Ample time throughout the day will be devoted to discussion.

The day will end with the election of an executive committee for BACI. All interested in running are welcome to put their names forward for nominations. We hope to have the committee to be representative of the CoI, geographically, theologically, and vocationally (lay and clerical). The positions envisioned at present are those of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Press Officer, and four members-at-large.

Please spread the word and encourage all you know to come. A basic flier can be found here, and a more detailed flier here.

The ACC and BACI’s Lent Course

Lent in 2012 starts on 22 Feb. What are you doing?

BACI is encouraging the Church of Ireland to interact with the ACC’s Bible in the Life of the Church project. Last year’s theme, Creation, was chosen in connection with their stage 1. This year’s theme, Economic Justice, is in conjunction with their stage 2.

On the last two pages of the study (last three of the A5 format) are feedback questions for individuals and groups who use the materials. These are designed to let BACI formulate answers for how Anglicans in Ireland read the Bible, as well as to assess our materials’ usefulness. A separate file can also be downloaded here: 2012 feedback form

The A4 version of the Lent course can be downloaded above or here: Lent 2012 – A4

We hope to print copies of the A5 version shortly. In the meantime, it can be viewed here: Lent 2012 – A5