Stephen Platten

Stephen Platten
St.Michael Cornhill,London · Dioceses of London, Newcastle and Southwark

B.Ed (London)B.D.(Oxon)Dip.Theo.(Oxon)D.Litt (Hon.East Anglia)D.Univ (Hon.Huddersfield)

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Publications (121)
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Periodically, the concept of an ordained ministry has been criticized and even dismissed. A generation ago this was addressed in the work of Alec Graham and Michael Ramsey, who argued for a clear model of the distinctiveness but integral nature of lay and ordained ministry. Similar questions have been raised recently. On both occasions a sacramenta...
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A critical assessment of Bishop Kenneth Kirk’s classic book The Vision of God and its reception within, and influence upon, Anglican moral theology.
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Oliver D. Crisp, Approaching the Atonement: The Reconciling Work of Christ (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2020), pp. x + 194. ISBN: 978-0830851973. - Stephen Platten
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Peter Carnley, Resurrection in Retrospect (Eugene, OR; Cascade Books, 2019), pp. xiv + 312. ISBN 978-1-5326-6751-0 (pbk). RRP £30.00 or $31.20. - Stephen Platten
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Peter Carnley, The Reconstruction of Resurrection Belief (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019), pp. xiv +335, ISBN 978-1-5326-6754. RRP $41.00 or £33.00 (pbk). - Stephen Platten
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A reconsideration of the late Bishop John Austin Baker’s seminal book The Foolishness of God.
Conference Paper
Background Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a smoking related lung disease characterised by airflow obstruction on spirometry. COPD patients are prone to acute exacerbations, frequently leading to health care utilisation. There are over 7500 people in Hull with COPD and it is estimated over 6000 patients are living with the condition...
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Paul VI is the key pontiff in understanding the modern Roman Catholic Church. He presided over virtually all of the Second Vatican Council and in his wider ministry set out the key themes which the Church needed to address in the last quarter of the twentieth century and beyond.
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The paper investigates the roots of a virtue-based ethics within Anglicanism starting with the Caroline tradition in the seventeenth century. In the twentieth century there was a rebirth of ‘Anglican Moral Theology’ with the work of Kenneth Kirk, Robert Mortimer and Lindsay Dewar. Issues of perfectibility are examined. The recovery of the Orthodox...
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This article provides a current view of Anglican attitudes to the Papacy. First of all historical background is examined in relation to mutual perceptions of Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism going back to the early church and then moving forward through the Reformation to the twentieth century. The period from 1966 onwards saw the visit of Geoffre...
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The nature and architecture of church buildings and their context relate directly to the liturgy and what the buildings say theologically. This is true to some extent of all buildings in terms of function and context. Church buildings, however, are also in a broad sense sacramental and speak directly of the Christian faith. All these factors are si...
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Thomas Hardy is often read as a quintessential example of the classical Victorian agnostic, or more likely atheist. To counter such a view, this article cites evidence from Hardy's poetry and prose as well as his life experience and influences, including the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes, Henry Moule, a son of the rectory and a great friend of...
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This article traces the history of the foundation of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. It glances back to the birth of the Church of England during the Reformation era and then proceeds to examine the development of Christian ethics and moral theology in the twentieth century. It places Anglican developments within the wider ecumenical...
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BrianDouglas, A Companion to Anglican Eucharistic Theology. I. The Reformation of the Nineteenth Century (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. x + 679, $257/€188/£160. ISBN: 9789004219304 (hbk). BrianDouglas, A Companion to Anglican Eucharistic Theology. II. The 20th Century to the Present (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. viii + 791, $282/€206/£176. ISBN: 978904221...
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The language of sacrifice in relation to the Eucharist has had a controversial history in Christian theology. This article suggests that it remains an important and central concept in the Church’s eucharistic rites. It contends that we need to hold in creative tension the concepts of memorial and sacrifice as a way of understanding Anglican thought...
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Mission and ministry are both key ecclesiological concepts but both remain elusive. Ministry is necessarily set within the wider context of sacramentality but it can be defined in such a way that clericalization of the laity is implied. However, ordained ministry is representative so all remain part of the laos. Mission has recently become an all-e...
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This chapter argues that it is a mistake to understand liturgy as being enacted in a place of withdrawal from society. Liturgy is a public event with a relationship to public life. If this is understood it ought to be possible to have a much more integral relationship between the kind of political theology represented by Niebuhr and liturgy as perf...
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This concluding chapter discusses four key themes which are raised in different contexts throughout this book. These are: Niebuhr's theological anthropology; some key issues relating to ecclesiology; Niebuhr's role as a public theologian; and finally a focus on democracy and the implications of this for his 'Christian Realism'.
Book
When Barack Obama praised the writings of philosopher theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the run up to the 2008 US Presidential Elections, he joined a long line of top politicians who closely engaged with Niebuhr's ideas, including Tony Benn, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dennis Healey. Beginning with his early ministry amongst industrial w...

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