Click here to subscribe to the all new Auckland Religion podcast which will showcase audio recordings from selected seminar talks and public lectures in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland. The first episode is now live, and features Dr Sean Durbin’s (University of Newcastle, Australia) talk from last week to the Theology Research Seminar.
Over the past few months, Robert Myles and I have been working hard to finish our co-edited volume, Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements, which will be published by Sheffield Phoenix Press later this year. The volume will contain a series of essays written by biblical scholars located in Australia and New Zealand on themes relating to sexuality, gender, and queer theory within biblical traditions and interpretations. We were also very fortunate to get the marvellous Professor Hugh Pyper from the University of Sheffield to write a response to these essays and to offer his own thoughts on ‘antipodean engagements’ with sexuality, queer ideologies, and biblical scholarship.
As a taster/teaser, I’ve listed the titles of all the essays in the volume below. And we’ll post more details about the book as it progresses along its publication path.
THE ANTIPODEAN UNDERSIDE OF SEXUALITY, IDEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE
Robert J. Myles
THE PERFECT PENIS OF EDEN AND QUEER TIME IN AUGUSTINE’S READING OF PAUL
‘COME UPON HER’: LAND AS RAPED IN JEREMIAH 6.1-8
IMAGINING THE BODY OF CHRIST
THE MATRIARCH’S MUFF
PAUL SPEAKS LIKE A GIRL: WHEN PHOEBE READS ROMANS
Alan H. Cadwallader
‘WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER—GET USED TO IT!’: EXCLAMATIONS IN THE MARGINS (EUODIA AND SYNTYCHE IN PHIL. 4.2)
QUEER[Y]ING THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
Elaine M. Wainwright
PROMETHEA’S SONG OF SONGS
THE DELILAH MONOLOGUES
Caroline Blyth and Teguh Wijaya Mulya
RESPONSE: QUEERING THE ANTIPODES
Hugh S. Pyper
Being great fans of the US medical drama, ‘House’, staff at Auckland’s School of Theology have been especially excited to accept an invitation from the University’s School of Medicine to take part in this year’s Medical Humanities programme. This multidisciplinary programme offers stage three medical students a range of courses that allow them to study medical issues from the perspective of Arts disciplines, including history, law, music, art, comparative literature, philosophy, and theology.
This year, the School of Theology are offering a course entitled, ‘Exploring the Spirituality of Healing’, which will consider some of the beliefs and practices of spirituality within religious traditions and the different ways that these have been associated with healing in medical and mental health contexts. Taking into account such factors as gender, sexuality, cultural context, and religious diversity, the course will focus on a range of topics, including medical ethics and spirituality, models of research into spirituality and healing, the role of personal spirituality for the clinical practitioner, the psychology of healing and forgiveness, and cross-disciplinary collaboration within the healing/clinical environment.
The significance of spirituality and religion for health and healing has been both increasingly well researched and hotly debated over the past decade by both theologians and those working in the medical professions. It is hoped that ‘Exploring the Spirituality of Healing’ will engage the interest of Auckland’s medical students in this fascinating subject and keep the current debate alive and kicking.