Ford assisted in the realisation of a development plan which included a new building, a new Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies, new endowed research posts, and the development of the Cambridge Theological Federation the university's consortium of Anglican, , and seminaries. This philosophy introduces a model, at once, for text-historical studies and for reparative work in the Jewish and Christian communities today. And one more thing: The reason I offer this account is that I believe Michael's philosophy of the plain sense answers an urgent need in both the academy and the religious communities today. Professor Ford explores, in a readable way, the fascinating links between Scriptural passages, Christology, and human experience ranging from the fear of God and spiritual desire for God to Christian responses to the Holocaust. The chapter on inter-faith dialogue is easily the most controversial of the three. This analysis is then placed within the larger storyline of the whole bible — from the Garden of Eden to the story of Israel and beyond.
The following month, he was one of the signatories on a Christian response seeking Muslim forgiveness. For his undergraduate education, he studied at , where he was active in politics, debate and journalism. Wise living before this God involves a faith that above all acknowledges being desired and loved by God, like Jesus at his baptism, and that in response desires and loves God. His research interests include , theology, , theology and poetry, the shaping of universities and of the field of theology and religious studies within universities, , and inter-faith theology and relations. He is an editorial board member of , the , Teaching Theology and Religion, the , and the.
They have three children, Rebecca, Rachel and Daniel. Loving the God of wisdom; 8. S tudying the Other, Understanding the Self marks what may be a milestone in dialogue among all four parties to the discomfort and conflict that marks life in the Western world today: the three Abrahamic communities and the secular modern West. Notable work Theology: A Very Short Introduction , 1999 The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology in the Twentieth Century , 1997 Spouse s one of the husbands of Deborah Ford née Hardy Children Rebecca Rachel Daniel Theological work Language English Main interests theology Theology and poetry Theology and universities Interfaith theology and relations David Frank Ford born 23 January 1948, is an academic and public theologian. He has been the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge since 1991.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. Case studies deal with inter-faith wisdom among Jews, Christians and Muslims, universities as centres of wisdom as well as knowledge and know-how and the challenge of learning disabilities. Interpersonal wisdom: L'Arche, learning disability and the Gospel of John; Conclusion: love's wisdom. Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. This much I find not only wise but salutary.
In the midst of diverse religions and worldviews and the demands and complexities of our world, David Ford explores a Christian way of uniting love of wisdom with wisdom in love. His research interests include political theology, ecumenical theology, Christian theologians and theologies, theology and poetry, the shaping of universities and of the field of theology and religious studies within universities, hermeneutics, and inter-faith theology and relations. Job and post-holocaust wisdom; 5. Where is it to be found? Learning to live in the spirit: tradition and worship; 7. How can it be learnt? Jesus still is more exemplary than extraordinary , the perfection of human piety rather than the perfect God-man.
Other professional memberships include the American Academy of Religion and the. Let's hope that it's picked up by all the various courses, across the denominations, which train clergy, and from there makes its way into life of the Church. Where is it to be found? As Solomon and the Queen of Sheba traded proverbs and sayings , weighing them for both aptness and truth , so modern Jews and Muslims can discuss wisdom with Christians. Ford devotes a chapter each to the scriptures, Jesus, the Spirit and God, and two chapters on Job and post-Holocaust wisdom. He earned his bachelor's degree in theology at Cambridge and went on to earn his degree at ; he also did graduate work at the.
She is an assistant chaplain at , part of the Cambridge University Hospital system. And here is a Talmudic commentary on this biblical text, drawn from the first generations of rabbis who renewed the religion of Israel after the Second Destruction: It has been taught: R. Chapter 7 explores a wisdom ecclesiology in which the church becomes a school for the formation of desire and thus lives out the mandate to make disciples of all nations. The third seeks to recover the biblical wisdom tradition as a rich resource for systematic theology , thus continuing the work of his Reading Texts, Seeking Wisdom: Scripture and Theology Cambridge , 2003. This book should be a help in such difficult situations.
He has been the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge since 1991. A final chapter provides a meditative and poetic conclusion. In it Ford describes and justifies the project of Scriptural Reasoning , a multi-year study group that has brought together Jews , Christians , and Muslims to discuss their common scriptures. Wording a Radiance: Parting Conversations on God and the Church. His father died when he was 12 years old and he was raised by his mother, Phyllis Mary Elizabeth Ford.
Ford is to be commended for his ambitious undertaking in this project. Yose said, Had Moses not preceded him, Ezra would have been worthy of receiving the Torah for Israel. Moreover , this tradition , with its eclectic and nonsystematic borrowing from other ancient near-eastern wisdom traditions , provides Ford with a robust alternative to a more heavily dogmatic approach to scripture and theology. The wisdom tradition in theology has made a comeback. Chapter 6 rethinks tradition in light of Christian wisdom.
More particularly , Christian Wisdom aims to articulate and demonstrate a theologically faithful and yet genuinely open mode of scriptural engagement , and it generally succeeds in doing so. The tone of generous inclusive dialogue is maintained throughout. He is the first professor in this post who is not in the. Ford opens up the rich resources of Christianity in engaging with the issues and urgencies of contemporary life. . Core elements are the 'discernment of cries', the love of God for God's sake, interpretation of scripture, and the shaping of desire in faith.