Colin Greene

Programme Leader, MA Theology, Imagination and Culture

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Colin’s background, teaching experience and research interests cover the areas of modern systematic theology, the history of doctrine, biblical and philosophical hermeneutics, biblical and cultural engagement, theology and ethics and his consultancy work has expanded his interests and expertise into the related fields of practical theology, the theology of mission, globalization and the theology and practice of public life.

Publications


  • Engaging the Scriptures: Towards a Missional Hermeneutics (Baker Academic and IVP projected 2011-12)
  • Engaging our Cultures: Contending with Alternative forms of Modernity (Baker Academic and IVP projected 2012-13)
  • Metavista: Bible, Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination with Dr Martin Robinson,  (75% contribution – Paternoster UK/ US – June 2008)
  • Christology in Cultural Perspective: Marking out the Horizons (Paternoster 2003 and Eerdmans 2004) Named one of the top ten books of 2004 by the Academy of Parish Clergy (USA)
  • Renewing Biblical Interpretation, editors C. Bartholomew, C. Greene, K. Moller, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Vol 1 (Paternoster and Zondervan 2000)
  • After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation, editors C. Bartholomew, C. Greene, K. Moller, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Vol 2 (Paternoster and Zondervan  2001)
  • A Royal Priesthood? The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically: A Dialogue with Oliver O’Donovan, editors C. Bartholomew, J. Chaplin, R. Song, A Wolters, Consultant editor C. Greene, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Vol 3 (Paternoster and Zondervan, 2002)
  • Behind the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation, editors C. Bartholomew, C.S. Evans, M. Healy, M. Rae, Consultant editor, C. Greene, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Vol 4 (Paternoster and Zondervan 2003)
  • The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday Texts Volume 2, six studies on 1st Thessalonians by C. Greene (Eerdmans 2001-2)
  • Christology and Atonement in Historical Perspective with Reader – Long Distance Learning Course (Open Theological College: 1998)
  • The Bible in Pastoral Practice – initiator of a major 6-year partnership between Bible Society and the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Cardiff University investigating how the Bible is used in ministerial formation and congregational life, four major publications produced (2002-2006)

Book Chapters


  • From Newbigin to Where? – The Changing Contours of the Missiological Engagement with Multiple forms of Modernity (www.allelon.org  2009/ www.meta-vista.org 2010)
  • ‘Biblical and Theological Resources for a Theology of Culture’ in Public Theology and Cultural Engagement (Paternoster 2008)
  • ‘The End of Religion and a Theology of Culture’ in Public Theology in Cultural Engagement (Paternoster 2008)
  • ‘Taking Soundings: History and the Authority of Scripture a response to Peter van Inwagen” in Behind the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Volume 4 (Paternoster and Zondervan 2003)
  • ‘Revisiting Christendom: A Crisis of Legitimization’ in A Royal Priesthood? A Dialogue with Oliver O’Donovan, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Volume 3 (Paternoster and Zondervan 2002)
  • ‘Starting a Rockslide: Deconstructing History and Language via Christological Detonators” in After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Volume 2 (Paternoster and Zondervan 2001)
  • ‘In the Arms of the Angels: Biblical Interpretation, Christology and the Philosophy of History’ in Renewing Biblical Interpretation, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series Volume 1 (Paternoster and Zondervan 2000)
  • ‘Trinitarian Tradition and the Cultural Collapse of Late Modernity’ in Lesslie Newbigin: A Scandalous Prophet (Eerdmans 2002)
  • ‘The Spirit of the Age and Consumerism’ in Christ and Consumerism (Paternoster 1999)
  • ‘Is the Cross Good News for the 20th Century?’ in Atonement Today (SPCK 1995)
  • Editor and Contributor to The Bible in Transmission, Bible Society, 1996-2003

Culture, Media and Education Initiatives


  • Who Wrote the New Testament, Executive Producer and theological consultant to three part television series – a partnership between Bible Society and S4C (Welsh Channel 4)  screened Autumn 2005
  • Tales from the Madhouse theological advisor to award winning series first shown on BBC spring 2000 – a partnership between Bible Society and BBC Religion now available in video and DVD
  • Free Spirit,- Vogue Magazine May 2000 theological advisor to partnership between Bible Society and Vogue magazine – an innovative feature that achieved national media coverage on television, radio and broadsheets
  • The Biblos Project theological advisor to partnership between Bible Society and the education department of Exeter University researching into how the Bible is used in schools. Three major research reports produced between 1998-2001
  • Imagining Tomorrow, originator and coordinator of two international consultations that drew together leading representatives from the worlds of theology, politics, education, the media and the arts (1999, 2000)
  • Presenter and co-writer of innovative multi-media presentation to national, regional and local church leaders on the new campaigning direction of Bible Society in the area of Public Theology (2001-2)
  • Coordinator, speaker and presenter of The Changing World – the Changing Church, residential multi-media church leader training events (2001-2003)

Consultancy and Conference Papers 2010-11


  • Making sense of Globalization Workshop for Senior Management Team of the United Bible Societies (World Service Centre, Reading, England
  • Towards a Missiology of Globalization Workshops and Consultancy for the United Bible Societies ‘Renew’ Task Group on Globalization, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Globalization and the Bible Society Movement Workshop for the Global Board of the United Bible Societies, Reading, England
  • Globalization and Alternative forms of Modernity monthly papers for the United Bible Societies World Assembly in Seoul, Korea, Sept 2010- see the research café www.meta-vista.org
  • Missional Network participant at the first meeting of an ecumenical group of theologians and practitioners, Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago
  • Creating Liberating Spaces in a Postcolonial World Speaker at the Emergent Village Theological Forum, Atlanta, US
  • Bible Engagement in the Context of Alternative Forms of Modernity lecture for the senior Leadership team of the American Bible Society
  • Globalization and the Churches Public Lecture at New York Theological Seminary- also lecture for D. Min students on the Bible and Post-colonialism
  • Engaging with Alternative forms of Modernity from a Theological Perspective week-long intensive for D.Min and M.Min students at Tabor College, Adelaide, Australia
  • The Bible in the context of Alternative Forms of Modernity ten day consultation and workshop for translation consultants at the San Pellegrino Institute of Translation Studies, Misano, Italy
  • The Bible in the New Europe short paper for the Bible, Culture, Community and Society Conference – the Centre for the Study of Theology and Religion, The University of Winchester
  • In Search of the Other: Hermeneutics, Literary Theory and Translation week-long intensive for D.Min on Bible Engagement, New York Theological Seminary

Honorary Positions


  • Visiting Fellow in Bible, Theology and Culture, St John’s College, Durham University

Previous Appointments


  • Adjunct Professor of Theology, The School of Divinity, Edinburgh University and St John’s College, Durham University (2008-10)
  • Professor of Theological and Cultural Studies, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (2005-7)
  • Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Systematic Theology, Seattle Pacific University (2003-5)
  • Head of Theology and Public Policy, the British and Foreign Bible Society (1996-2003)
  • Lecturer in Doctrine and Systematic Theology, Trinity College, Bristol (1990-1995)

Education


  •  Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, Nottingham University, England, 1982 with recommendation; Dissertation title: The Doctrine of God in the Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg,  including four months study leave in Munich with Professor Wolfhart Pannenberg
  • M.A. in Theology, Cambridge University, England, 1980
  • General Ordination Requirements, St John’s College, Nottingham, 1980
  • B.A. (Hons) in Theology, Cambridge University, 1975
  • B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland 1973