A Lifetime in the Church and the University
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About "A Lifetime in the Church and the University"
"These recollections of a life-time in the Church and in different universities give rise to a diverse series of anecdotes, which provide, first, some entertaining humor, second, a glimpse into both academic and church life, and third my attempted contributions to Christian theology. Teaching in five British universities, belonging to such church national bodies as fifteen years on the Church of England General Synod, twenty-eight years serving on the Doctrine Commission, and many years on other Church committees, as well as secular national bodies ... has left a reservoir of diverse memories that some have thought worth sharing. At the beginning there is more about the providence of God and my own mistakes than anything else. These chapters begin with a relatively high ratio of entertainment, but become increasingly theological in the later chapters. Towards the end, my story concerns teaching in America, Korea, and elsewhere. Although the Church of England and British universities often provide a focus, my overseas doctoral graduates assure me that the story would be of international interest. Those who have read one of my twenty books (and three more to come) may also have a special interest in it." From the Preface "Tony Thiselton has led an exceptional life--in fact, one much more exceptional than I realized, and I have known him for over thirty years! This autobiography is not just an account of a life, but it is a delightful and instructive recounting of a fascinating and accomplished spiritual and academic adventure. A dominating idea that clearly emerges is how, despite physical and health problems that would have deterred a lesser person, Tony's Christian faith and dedication to the church have resulted in great things for the academy. We can all be thankful to God for such a life well lived." --Stanley E. Porter, Dean, Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada "This autobiography, with its many photographs and humorous memories, is a delight to read. What an interesting and fruitful life Tony has led, and how much family, friends, students, and colleagues have owed to him and have benefited particularly from the richness of his writing." --Professor James D.G. Dunn, Professor of Divinity emeritus, University of Durham, Durham, UK "This is classic Thiselton--ranging over all his many interests with a meticulous eye for detail, a gentle sense of humor, and an overriding concern for the glory of God and spread of the gospel. Having accompanied him as a friend and colleague over the last three decades, it was instructive and interesting to read Tony's take on aspects of the journey we have shared in scholarship and the academic life, as well as in the church and ministry. I don't know how he has managed to achieve it all, but I'm grateful and wish him well for the future." --Richard A. Burridge, Dean, King's College London, UK "This book is not merely a walk down memory lane with a devoted Christian and a superlative scholar. Rather, Thiselton provides a basis for reflecting on providence, precociousness, piety, illness--and humor." --Klyne Snodgrass, professor, North Park University, Chicago, IL Anthony C. Thiselton is Emeritus Canon Professor of Christian Theology in the University of Nottingham. He has written twenty books, including The Holy Spirit (2013), The Last Things (2012), The Hermeneutics of Doctrine (2007), and The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NIGTC, 2000). He holds the PhD, DD, and DTheol, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. With poor eyesight and a severe stroke, he has spent fifty-four years in Ordained Ministry and the University.
Meet the Author
Anthony C Thiselton
Anthony C. Thiselton, (Ph.D., Sheffield, D.D (Durham); D.D. (Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth) is Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Nottingham, and Canon Theologian of Leicester Cathedral and Southwell Minster. He was formerly Principal of St John's College and Honorary Professor in the University of Durham. He is still an Associate Priest in a Nottingham parish.
His main works include: The Two Horizons: New Testament Hermeneutics and Philosophical Description (Exeter: Paternoster/Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980, Korean, 1990); New Horizons in Hermeneutics: The Theory and Practice of Transforming Biblical Reading (London: HarperCollins/Grand Rapids: Zondervan 1992); Interpreting God and the Postmodern Self, (Edinburgh: T & T Clark/Grand Rapids and Eerdmans, 1995); The Promise of Hermeneutics (Carlisle: Paternoster/Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999, joint author); The First Epistle to the Corinthians (The New Internation Commentary on the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2000); A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford: Oneworld, 2001); Thiselton on Hermeneutics: Collected Works and New Essays (Aldershot: Ashgate, and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006); 1 Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans) and The Hermeneutics of Doctrine (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).