Sticks and Stones: Symbolic Violence and the Christian ‘Transgender Debate’

Dr Caroline Blyth is a Senior Lecturer in Theological and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland. They are currently a visiting Research Fellow for the Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds. In this piece, they explore their current research on transphobic violence that is embedded in conservative Christian interpretations of the... Continue Reading →

Boris Johnson’s (Br)exodus

In this piece Professor Rachel Muers from Leeds University discusses a recent biblical reference made by Boris Johnson in relation to the ongoing Brexit debate. Prof. Muers specialises in modern Christian theology and ethics and is a member of the Centre for Religion and Public Life.  In one of his latest rhetorically-supercharged interventions in the... Continue Reading →

‘Bad Romance? Representations of David and Bathsheba in Popular Culture and the Erasure of Sexual Violence’ – CRPL Seminar, Feb’19

On the 14th February 2019, Dr Katie Edwards will present their paper 'Bad Romance? Representations of David and Bathsheba in Popular Culture and the Erasure of Sexual Violence' for the Centre of Religion and Public at the University of Leeds. Dr Katie Edwards is Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and Lecturer in The Bible in Contemporary... Continue Reading →

The Shiloh Project

On 13 January 2017, the Centre for Religion and Public Life hosted a focus group for organising research and events on the topic of rape culture, religion and the Bible. In attendance were Emma Nagouse (University of Sheffield), Valerie Hobbs (University of Sheffield), Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield), Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds), Jessica Keady... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Taboo? What The Bible Says About Incest

Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds) and Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield) have written a great piece for The Conversation, which we re-publish (with permission) below: The greatest taboo? What The Bible says about incest Katie Edwards, University of Sheffield and Johanna Stiebert, University of Leeds Incest sparks strong emotions – and today, in many cultures... Continue Reading →

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