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School of Divinity news articles from 2018

This page features a list of School of Divinity news articles from 2018.

Dr Robert Funk Lights Up the School of Divinity

New College Lights
Thanks to the generous donation of our alumnus Dr Robert Funk, New College now features prominently in the Edinburgh skyline.

Zachary Purvis's Book Awarded Best First Book Prize from Ecclesiastical History Society

Zachary Purvis
We’re delighted to announce that Zachary Purvis’s book, Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany, was joint winner of the inaugural Best First Book Prize from the Ecclesiastical History Society.

Dr Linden Bicket Discusses The Work of Muriel Spark On BBC Radio Scotland

Last Sunday, Linden Bicket joined Richard Holloway and the Scottish critic and author Stuart Kelly, to talk about faith in the work of the novelist Muriel Spark.

Professor Mona Siddiqui Leads Independent Review into the Application of Sharia Law in England and Wales by Sharia Councils

In 2016, the Home Secretary launched an independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales.

Undergraduate School Representative Launches New College Society

New College Society Logo 2
Last September, Stephen Dolan, the School's Undergraduate Representative, launched the New College Society. In this interview, we discuss his plans for the Society:

Dr Mark Harris Awarded Boyle Medal

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Mark Harris has been awarded the Boyle medal.

From Thesis to a Book: In Three Easy Steps?

Wondering about how you will turn your forthcoming PhD thesis into a book? Find out on Friday 23 February, 2.00-4.00 pm, Senate Room

Richard Brash Wins Sir Peter Parker Award for Spoken Business Japanese at SOAS

Richard Brash, a PhD candidate in Systematic Theology at the School of Divinity, won the Sir Peter Parker Award Japanese Speech Contest.

Three New College Students Sweep Up All ESSSAT Prizes

ESSSAT PRIZE WINNERS
Three Edinburgh students won all of the prizes going at the ESSSAT conference.

Dr T. Jack Thompson (1943-2017)

Dr T Jack Thompson
James L. Cox remembers the life and work of Dr T. Jack Thompson

Meet Emmanuel Chiwetalu Ossai

Emmanuel Chiwetalu Ossai
Emmanuel Chiwetalu Ossai is a first-year PhD student in Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Studies. His research focuses on places where Christians and Muslims coexist. He currently examines the causes of communal conflict between Muslims and Christians in Northern Nigeria.

Meet Jessie Ben Fubara-Manuel

Jessie Ben Fubara-Manuel
Jessie Ben Fubara-Manuel is an ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. In this interview, we talk about patriarchy, gender equality and her role in the World Council of Churches.

David Nussbaum Tells Us About His Role as Chief Executive of The Elders

David Nussbaum
Our alumni, David Nussbaum (MTh 1981), was appointed Chief Executive of The Elders in October 2016.  Founded by Nelson Mandela, The Elders is a group of about a dozen leading international figures committed to causes of peace, justice and human rights. Announcing David’s appointment, Kofi Annan (Chair of the Elders) described him as “a real leader in international development.”  David agreed to an interview about his new post

RSE recognition for Matthew Novenson

Royal Society of Edinburgh
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced Dr Matthew Novenson as the winner of this year’s Thomas Reid Medal for early career contributions in humanities and social sciences.

Bicket’s book shortlisted

Dr Linden Bicket's book, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination, is one of three chosen by the Ecclesiastical History Society.

Celebrating Sacred Art

Professor David Fergusson
On 12 August 2018, Professor David Fergusson opened the Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts at St Vincent's Church, as guest preacher.

Winning research grants

Professor Mona Siddiqui, Dr Arkotong Longkumer and Dr David Grumett have become the latest Divinity staff to be awarded funding for their research.

Divinity academics in the media

A stack of newspapers
Our staff have been in the news again this summer, speaking on television, radio, in newspapers and through digital media.

Borders and Boundaries, Belfast

conference chairs
Dr Steven Sutcliffe and Dr Chris Cotter have co-organised the first joint conference of the British Association for the Study of Religions and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions.

Debating the future of democracy

Professor Mona Siddiqui will join a distinguished panel at the Scottish Parliament, 6 September 2018, for the John P Mackintosh Memorial Debate.

Siddiqui heads for Sandhurst

Professor Mona Siddiqui will be guest speaker at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Tuesday 9 October 2018.

“It’s been a great privilege”

Professor David Fergusson standing in New College garden
After 10 years as Principal of New College, Professor David Fergusson reflects on past highlights and future opportunities as he hands over to Professor Susan Hardman Moore.

Edinburgh's first female Head of Divinity

Professor Helen Bond in the quadrangle of New College
Interview with new Head of School, Professor Helen Bond.

Professor Lim delivers distinguished lecture in Jerusalem

Professor Timothy Lim standing outside the Qumran Caves
Professor Timothy Lim will give a lecture on his current research, the Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkuk, at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, 25 October 2018.

AHRC PhD funding opportunity

AHRC Scholarships
An information session will be held, Thursday 11 October 2018, for potential and existing PhD students who may be eligible for Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARHC) Scholarships.

“A compelling account of how the Bible became a global book”

Professor Brian Stanley has been interviewed about his new book, Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History, by Professor Crawford Gribben of Queen’s University Belfast.

Principal’s praise for the School of Divinity

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal, University of Edinburgh, spoke about Divinity’s strong track record in student satisfaction during a visit to the School, 9 October 2018.

Pioneering professor

Professor Helen Bond speaking at a lectern in 2018
“Frontier-crashing" Head of School, Professor Helen Bond, was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland, 14 October 2018.

What can the Western Church learn from Africa?

Dr Emma Wild-Wood
Among African Christian congregations, growth is normal. Dr Emma Wild-Wood discussed the variety of African expressions of Christianity with church, youth and mission thinkers in Sheffield.

The Eucharist and the Care of Creation

Dr David Grumett
Dr David Grumett will lead St John's Theology Symposium 2018, Church of St John the Evangelist, Princes Street, Edinburgh, 10am-4pm Saturday 10 November 2018.

Interested in studying for a PhD here?

Looking up at New College from the Mound steps
Information sessions for new and existing postgraduate students.

Armistice 100: New College remembers

The façade and archway of New College will be bathed in red light each night until Armistice Day, 11 November 2018, to mark the centenary of World War 1.

Landmark year for New College

Professor Susan Hardman Moore in the quad at New College
As New College celebrates 175 years of teaching, its Principal - Professor Susan Hardman Moore - discusses her vision for the College and her call to serve the Church.

Lest we forget: the story of Thomson Sinclair Mackie

Thomson S Mackie (head and shoulders shoot, in uniform)
On the anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War 1, the poetry of one New College alumnus brings home the savage cost of conflict.

Call for papers: ‘Gratitude: Hope or Burden?’

Mosque and church spire against evening skyline towards Arthur's seat
Postgraduates are invited to submit papers by 19 November 2018 for a workshop in Edinburgh which will explore major themes and approaches in Islamic and Christian theologies of gratitude.

Speaking from St Paul's Cathedral

Professor Helen Bond delivering a talk at St Paul's Cathedral
Professor Helen Bond teamed up recently with Professor Joan Taylor (King's College, London) to speak to over 500 people at St Paul's about the role of women in early Christianity.

Honorary Doctor of Divinity: Professor Andrew Finlay Walls, OBE, MA, BLitt, DD, FSASco

Photo of a graduation ceremony in McEwan Hall
Congratulations to all our students graduating today - and to our latest Honorary graduate.

The Bible in crime fiction and drama

Dr Alison Jack in the School Office, Divinity
Dr Alison Jack has co-edited a collection of essays about the influence of the Bible as a ‘murderous text’ in modern day media.

Apocalypses now: modern science and biblical miracles

Dr Mark Harris in the Martin Hall at New College
Boyle Medal winner Dr Mark Harris suggests that scientific explanations for Bible stories do not disprove miracles so much as offer new retellings.

Jake Hale

White roses
The School has been shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Jake Hale, who was in his third year of an MA in Philosophy and Theology.

Christianity Today 2019 Book Award

Professor Brian Stanley standing in front of a cross and stained glass window in the Martin Hall, New College, November 2018
Professor Brian Stanley’s 'Christianity in the Twentieth Century' has been chosen as one of the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought and culture.

First in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

In November, Emmanuel Kwame Tettey became the first student to graduate from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters degree by research in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations