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Importance of the Bible in contemporary culture explored at conference

Importance of the Bible in contemporary culture explored at innovative conference

THE uses of the Bible in contemporary Western culture and its frequently in the media, art, and politics is to be explored at an innovative conference at the University of Chichester this week.

The event, which has been organised by the institution as well as the Bible Society, will include lectures from five leading academics who will address the significant elements of the topic and a range of shorter papers taking the discussion further.

It will be held across Thursday 25, Friday 26, and Saturday 27 June at the University’s Bishop Otter campus, Chichester, PO19 6PE.

On Thursday afternoon at 4pm Nick Spencer from Theos thinktank will examine the use of the Prodigal Son in political discourse.

After dinner, Professor James Dunn will examine: What authority should the Bible have in the public area?, addressing a vitally important question for the whole conference.

University Chapel

On Friday there are a several shorter papers and a panel discussing the place of the Bible in film.

In the morning, Dr Jonathan Koestlé-Cate will examine the Bible in the art work of churches and in wider culture and, in the evening, Professor James Crossley will look at David Cameron’s Bible.

On Saturday morning, Professor Yvonne Sherwood will look at the Bible and empire, and there will be three shorter papers.

Tickets for the conference, which include refreshments and meals, cost £35 each for Thursday 25th June or, alternatively, cost £50 for Friday 26th June.

To find out more about the conference, including a full programme, visit www.chi.ac.uk/bible.