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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

Three Professors (Ford, Thiselton and Casey), one Reader (Goddard), one Senior Lecturer (Bell) and one Lecturer B (Goodchild) offer evidence of international standing, whilst Ball (Lecturer) and the recently-appointed Hunt (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) are of national standing in their fields.


Prof. Alan Ford (Head of Department) focuses in his research upon the interplay between theology and history in the early-modern period. He is recognised as an authority on the development of confessionalism and sectarian hatred, both in Britain and abroad, especially in Ireland and America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Reformation and The Seventeenth Century, and is Reviews Editor for the latter. He has acted as a reader for OUP and Four Courts Press, and is an Associate Editor for the New DNB, covering sixteenth-century Ireland. He was invited to contribute to the Folger Library, Washington, Seminar on Political Ideology in Ireland 1995, his paper being published in 1999. He was invited as plenary speaker to the Conference celebrating the 450th anniversary of the death of John Winthrop, in Millersville, Pennsylvania in 1999, and his contribution, together with those of Professors Frank Bremer and John Morrill, is to be published as a book. He was also invited as plenary speaker to address the Society for the Study of Theology Conference in Nottingham in April 2001, on Celtic Spirituality, and his contribution will be published by T&T Clark. He was a keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Irish Ecclesiastical History Society in Dublin in September 1999. He organised the International Colloquium on the Origins of Sectarianism in Early-Modern Ireland, in Dublin during March 1998, with speakers from Germany, Britain, Ireland and America, proceedings of which have since been accepted by the Syndics of the CUP for publication. Working on a country where people can still die because of their religion, he takes very seriously the role of furthering public understanding of his research, ensuring that his work on the development of sectarianism reaches a wider audience by speaking to a range of groups in Ireland, clergy and laity, north and south, including the annual conference of the Irish Association in 1999, and taking part in and acting as consultant for a recent BBC TV programme on Irish religious history.

Prof. Anthony Thiselton (Head of Department 1992-2000) is President of the Society for the Study of Theology (1/1/99-31/12/00), and serves on the Editorial Boards of Biblical Interpretation and Bib. Int. Mon. Series (Leiden), of Ex Auditu (Chicago), of the International Journal of Systematic Theology (Oxford), and of Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Theology and Biblical Studies (International). He assesses awards for PG research for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, has twice refereed funding for the Oxford-Bonn collaborative research award, and three times served as External for UK Chair appointments. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Health to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (full term, 1995-98; incl. Chair of Inspections of Clinics; member Licence, Ethics, and Communications Committees). He became Canon Theologian of Leicester Cathedral (1994) and of Southwell Minster (2000). Numerous series of public lectures and papers include e.g. Scottish Jnl. of Theology Lectures (Aberdeen, 1994); Lund Lectures, North Park University, Chicago, 1997; Keynote Speaker, Singapore 1999); paper for Slovenian Academy of Science (1998), and a number of American and Canadian conferences on hermeneutics (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000). He received a British Academy Competitive Award 1995-96 and his Two Horizons is translated into Korean (726 pp). He also serves on e.g. C of E Doctrine Commission (incl. former Acting Chair and Vice-Chair; C of E Theol. Education Committee; and Clergy Discipline (Doctrine) Group. Peer comments for publicity for works cited in RA2 by J. Moltmann, Tübingen ("enormously rich and constructive"); J. Webster, Oxford and C Blomberg, Denver ("one of the most … compelling commentaries ever written on any book of the Bible"). Awarded DD (Durham) 1993. [Fuller entry: Who's Who].

Prof. Maurice Casey is known internationally as one of the leading specialists on the Aramaic background to the New Testament. He has held a British Academy Readership and, most recently, was awarded a three year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (commencing 1 September 2001), where he was one of 20 successful candidates in humanities and social sciences. The distinctiveness, novelty, and unpredictable originality of his research on Jesus, the Gospels and inter-Testamental literature is known among NT specialists worldwide, and he publishes prodigiously in such high quality organs as SNTS Monographs, NTS, and JSNT. His status is demonstrated in his invitation to deliver the Cadbury Lectures in the University of Birmingham, which have been published. His Aramaic Sources of Mark's Gospel (1999) is the first book to utilize all the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls to reconstruct Mark's sources in their original Aramaic.

Dr Hugh Goddard has an established international reputation in the Muslim and Christian worlds for his distinctive research into Christian-Muslim relations which matches historical and theological depth with contemporary relevance. He maintains close contact with the Arab world, and has recently received a Personal Research Grant (£5K) from the British Academy for a 6-week visit to research current developments in Egypt, the Lebanon and the Gulf. His book, Christians and Muslims, is currently being translated into Bahasa Indonesia, the main language of Indonesia. He has served as examiner of doctoral dissertations for five different British universities. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Islamic Jerusalem Studies, has served as a reader for the Edinburgh University Press series Islamic Surveys, and as a referee for articles in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Theology, and Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations. He is also active in maintaining contact with European universities working in his area by arranging exchanges: he himself travelled as visiting scholar to the university of Uppsala in 1998, and has been invited to the University of Utrecht and the University of Rostock in 2001 as an exchange scholar. He also plays a significant role in broadening public understanding of Muslim and Christian relations, through radio and TV programmes, and addresses to numerous local and national organisations, most recently for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Senior Lecturers

Dr Richard Bell is the third member of this department to be elected to Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, and has published two substantial volumes on Paul and Romans in Mohr's WUNT I and ii series, while a third book on Paul and Israel (c. 300 pp) is nearing completion. In addition to his proven research expertise in Paul and Romans, however, Bell has become widely known for his research on the relation between theology and science and exploring issues of determinism in the two disciplines. His innovative "Studies in Theology and Science" in this interdisciplinary area received recognition by the award of a Templeton Prize (USA). His public presentations include a paper at Tel Aviv (Aug 2000).

Mr Edward Ball is a Committee member of the Society for Old Testament Study and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Society's Old Testament Study Monograph Series. He is known for a wide range of specialisms within OT studies: Hebrew (Prizeman at Trinity College Cambridge); the succession narrative in Samuel-Kings, the prophetic books, and biblical and Arabic wisdom. (In this area he supervised the PhD published by R Kassis, The Book of Proverbs and Arabic Proverbial Works (Brill, 1999, Suppl. To Vetus Test 74). He is a member of the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church and of the British Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue. Since 1996 he has been External Examiner (levels BA to PhD) for the Universities of Manchester, London and Wales.

Dr Philip Goodchild is European Book Review Editor and a member of the European Editorial Board of Religion. He was the initiator and sole organiser of the Continental Philosophy of Religion international conference in Lancaster in July 2000, the first of its kind in the world, which attracted participants from USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. It was supported by the British Academy, and 19 of those who gave papers are established international scholars. It resulted in the setting up of a cross-Atlantic committee, chaired by Dr Goodchild, to organize a biennial series of conferences. Dr Goodchild has an international reputation as a scholar of Deleuze. Since the last RAE he has given invited plenary papers at international conferences in Canada, the UK, and two in Australia. His published volumes have won acclaim: Gilles Deleuze and the Question of Philosophy has been described as a ‘brilliant, indeed incandescent, reading of Deleuze’ by a ‘brilliant young philosopher’ (reader’s report to publisher), as ‘contemplative and insightful’ (TLS), and ‘exemplaire’ (Etudes philosophiques), while Deleuze and Guattari has been described as ‘an almost impossible feat . . . a book of great intelligence and power… Goodchild’s marvellous presentation of their work hits one in the face like a great wind’ (Prof. Keith Ansell Pearson, University of Warwick), establishing him as ‘a major figure in the English-speaking reception of Deleuze’ (Radical Philosophy). He is a regular reader for the journals Theory, Culture and Society and Body and Society, and has acted as a reader for Routledge, Edinburgh University Press, and University of Minnesota Press. He is a member of BSPR and the Society for European Philosophy. This, along with the publication of nine articles or chapters, has been accomplished in the seven years since completing his doctorate.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Arnold Hunt was appointed as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in October 2000. He has been a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge and has recently been awarded his Ph.D. As a young scholar the main evidence of national esteem comes from the responses to his publications from other scholars. His Past & Present article demolishing the traditional stereotype that Calvinists and nonconformists preferred the word to the sacraments has been especially well received – praised by one reader from Past & Present as 'a very splendid piece… continuously enriching and stimulating' and by Ian Green in his Protestantism in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2000), as 'much the best recent account'. He is an invited contributor to History of Libraries in Britain (ed E. Leedham-Green, CUP), a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society and the Bibliographical Society, and is a reader for three academic journals: The Seventeenth Century, The Library, and English Manuscript Studies. He has recently been an invited speaker at the following conferences: Trinity-Trent Colloquium on Early Modern Women's Writing, Trinity College, Cambridge, (1999); Book Trade History Conference, Birkbeck College, London (2000).

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