Dr Marion Carson

Honorary Fellow

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Marion Carson worked for several years as a psychiatric nurse before attaining a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Glasgow. She then became lecturer in New Testament Studies and Pastoral Care at International Christian College in Glasgow, where she led the postgraduate research programme. She is a member of the European Baptist Federation Theological Education Commission and the World Baptist Alliance Education Commission and was formerly Secretary of the European Baptist Federation Anti-Trafficking Network. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Baptist Study Centre in Amsterdam, and a Trustee of BMS World Mission. 

An accredited Baptist minister, she currently serves as Chaplain to Glasgow City Mission, Glasgow, where she works with asylum seekers and refugees and people affected by homelessness and addiction. She is regularly invited to speak internationally on the subjects of human trafficking and mental health. Her research interest is the integration of Biblical Hermeneutics and Pastoral Theology, with particular focus on mental health, human trafficking and ethics. She is the author of Human Trafficking, the Bible and the Church: An Interdisciplinary Study (Cascade 2016) and The Pastoral Care of People with Mental Health Problems (SPCK 2008). Her current research project is an exploration the use of the Bible in the pastoral care of people suffering from severe depression.

Research summary

(forthcoming 2021) “Making disciples in Visible Unity: Reflections on Jesus’ Prayer in John 17” in Seeds of the Church: Towards an Ecumenical Baptist Ecclesiology eds Henk Bakker, Steven Harmon, Beth Newman, Teun van der Leer Eugene: Cascade

“Real People, Real Lives: Biblical Perspectives on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” in (ed Dan Pratt) Slavery Free Communities: Emerging Theologies and Faith Responses to Modern Slavery London: SCM 2021, 57-77.

With Duncan A.P. Angus “Mental Illness and Moral Responsibility: A Clinical Psychiatric Perspective” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (2020), 191-211.

“Resilient Readers: Spiritual Growth and the Bible” Journal of European Baptist Studies 19 (2019), 83-94.

“In Whose Interests? Ante-Bellum Abolitionism, the Bible, and Contemporary Christian Ethics” Perichoresis 16 (2018), 41-60.

“Utrpeni, naděje a svatost: Dva pohledy na Ř 5,1-5 a jejich dűsledky pro

pastoraci” Telogicka Reflexe 24 (2018), 57-68.

"Sheer Grace: Psalm 88, Depression and the Dark Night of the Spirit" Communio Viatorum 59 (2017), 160-176.

 “The Bible, Character Ethics, and Same-Sex Relationships” Baptistic Theologies 9:1 (2017), 78-91.

 “Circumcision of the Heart: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Religiosity in Romans 1–5”  Expository Times 128 (2017), 376-84.

“Feed My Lambs: Some Pastoral Implications of a Biblical Metaphor” Baptistic Theologies 17:2 (2015), 10-24.

“Grown Up Religion: Polemic and Pastoral Practice in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians”  Expository Times  127 (2015),  105-113.

“Conversation on a Train: Reflections on the Bible and Christian Discipleship” Journal of European Baptist Studies 15 (2014), 58-70.

 “Difficult Texts: Colossians 3.22 – slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything” Theology 117 (2014), 203-205.

“The Harlot, the Beast and the Sex Trafficker: Reflections on some Recent Feminist Interpretations of Revelation 17-18” Expository Times 122 (2011), 218-227.

“Deep Heat and Bandages? Historical Criticism, Bounded Indeterminacy, and Pastoral Care" Evangelical Quarterly 82 (2010), 340-352.

“Loving, Discernment and Distance: Pastoral Care in Schizophrenia” Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling  60 (2006), 227-239.

“Fine Madness: Psychosis, Faith Communities and the Rehabilitation of the Christian Apocalypse” Expository Times 117 (2006), 360-365.

“For Now we Live: Paul’s Pastoral Leadership in 1 Thessalonians” Themelios 30 (2005), 23-41.