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Newsletter February 2023

IBTS Colloquium 2023

If there was any doubt about the value of in-person gatherings, the 2023 Colloquium settled the question. Through the week over 80 people gathered from a wide variety of cultural situations for conversation, prayer, meals and lively engagement with academic work. There is of course a natural energy arising from such a gathering, but more than that we pray it was also a taste of the Spirit of Christ that is a testimony to the one body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

New Cohort 2023
In January, we welcomed our new Cohort in person for the first time since 2020. While some live around 10,500 km apart from one another, they are now connected through our academic community. We look forward to following each of your academic journeys!

The Life Theological - Episode 3
We've got a brilliant interview for you featuring one of the most influential figures of IBTS, the Revd docent Dr Parush Parushev. In this episode, we discussed: working as a scientist in the Soviet Union, his introduction to the Christian faith and his journey in theology and beyond. You can watch the full interview here (for audio only click here).

We can announce our latest course on Freedom of Religion or Belief - a partnership between the IBTS Learning Network and European Baptist Federation. This 12 week online course takes a human rights based approach to FoRB and will equip participants with the tools necessary to become trainers and advocates for FoRB in their context. If you are passionate about human rights then we would love to hear from you.
Please support this project by sharing it within your networks.

Dr. Tommaso Manzon - Theories of Divine Ideas
We're pleased to share a collection of essays co-edited by of one our newest Research Fellows, Dr. Tommaso Manzon. The collection is entitled Theories of Divine Ideas: From the Church Fathers to the Early Franciscan Masters. It contains works about Patristic and Medieval theological and philosophical thought from roughly a dozen contributors and has evolved from the proceedings of a conference that was held in August 2021. You can download and read the collection here.

The Central and Eastern European Bible Commentary
We would like to extend our congratulations to Katharina and Peter Penner for their involvement in this new publications. The Central and Eastern European Bible Commentary results from a collaboration of 104 biblical scholars from the region who have produced a contemporary and contextually relevant interpretation of all 66 Bible books in one volume (1696 pages). It aims to help pastors, preachers, teachers and lay leaders to interpret and apply biblical truths in the rapidly-changing contexts of their lives and faith communities. Rooted in scholarship, while also written in clear and accessible language, this commentary enriches the global discussion on the Bible's message.

This will be launched at the CEEAMS conference in Prague, March 3-4, 2023.

Liberation against Entitlement: Conflicting Theologies of Grace and Clashing Populisms
Congratulations to Dr. Tim Noble on the publication of his new book Liberation against Entitlement: Conflicting Theologies of Grace and Clashing Populisms. Tim is a valued faculty member at IBTS and we highly recommend his work. You can buy his book here.

Digital Theological Library
As a co-owner of the Digital Theological Library (DTL), we are delighted that it has now over 1,000,000 books in its collection. The collection (including over 34,000 in our Controlled Digital Lending collection) is complimented by our 87,000,000+ articles and 55,000+ journal titles.

Call for Papers
We can announce two calls for papers from our partners:

1. The Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network are calling for papers for their Durham Conference, help from 15-17 September 2023. They write ‘we welcome papers that explore the dynamic relationship between the theological and the lived-in ecclesiology.’ For more information click here.
You can also register for their North American (EENA) conference (24-26 March 2023), both online and in-person.

2. For their 2023 Annual Conference, BIAPT are inviting 200 – 300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers, from a range of disciplines and religious and spiritual traditions and emerging themes in non-religion. Find the full information here