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Sheffield University, its Department of Philosophy

& The Bible College of Wales

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09 09 18 BRIAN MASON BY THE PHILOSOPHERS CAULDRON AT SHEFFIELD

EXISTENTIALISM REPLACES ABANDONMENT - SHEFFIELD PHILOSOPHERS TAKE SPIRITUAL HOLD OF THE BIBLE COLLEGE OF WALES - FORMER STUDENT BRIAN MASON INTERCEDES .....

 

Some years ago, in the case of the Bible College of Wales it had fallen to modern approaches placing itself under a Dr Hugh Pyper, Head of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield - linked to the Department of Philosophy from where this intercession through Brian Mason takes place.

 

Instead of being under the leadership of Rees Howells, the college now had placed itself under an existentialist who like Carnell at Fuller embraced the teachings of Soren Kierkegaard. Pyper does not proclaim the inerrancy of the Bible but new ways of interpreting it. He says of himself: "My current interests include contemporary cultural influence of the Bible; the interaction of biblical and literary studies, and Postcolonial studies.

 

The way in which the bible has entered into cultures worldwide is another example of its unique power to create new communities of readers and these communities have in turn brought new insights to biblical interpretation. The bible is a tool of both the colonisers and the colonised and still has important effects on contemporary politics. It is also the product of a community which had to survive the imperial ambitions of a succession of conquerors and which had its own ambitions of conquest. I have a hunch that postcolonial theory might help to explain some of the peculiar features of biblical books, and am exploring this in the commentary on Daniel I am working on." PROOF!

 

Another interest, which is not as remote as it might appear, is in Kierkegaard and in particular in the place of the bible in his thought. As well as being endlessly fascinating to read, and remarkably funny at times, Kierkegaard´s understanding of the problems of communication is well ahead of his time, and indeed probably of ours too." http://www.shef.ac.uk/biblicalstudies... Pyper's bible was clearly not the true one of Rees Howells.

 

The College that had now bowed to the curse of higher criticism was offering a Bth Ministry course under an existentialist, existentialism being the philosophical belief that begins with the human subject regarding traditional approaches to theology as too remote from ordinary people. It is from this existential approach that we have the emerging move that has brought about community churches, Christ Jesus no longer being in his preeminent position. Indeed at the Bible College of Wales building in Swansea met the Swansea Community Church, a church of 100 people according to their website absolutely in line with the Drucker ethos. Upholding the original vision of Rees Howells in reaching every creature with the Gospel, the Gospel of the true Bible, not the Alexandrian counterfeits of the Emerging Church.

 

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