The Ethos of our Seminars
1. The Seminars are academic.
The Seminars recognizes the fundamental importance of opening the Book of Scripture at all levels in our cultures but the Seminars themselves are an academic initiative, embodying rigorous scholarship in the service of the church.
2. The Seminars are interdisciplinary.
Meir Sternberg rightly notes that biblical studies is at the intersection of the humanities, and the Seminars are based on the understanding that at this intersection interdisciplinary insight is required if biblical studies is to be saved from some of its isolation and fragmentation, and for new ways forward to be forged. It has been a delight at our consultations to find philosophers rubbing shoulders with educationalists and theologians, and missiologists working with literary scholars to renew biblical interpretation.
3. The Seminars are Christian.
Modernity has marginalized faith in the great public areas of culture, but this is a travesty of a Christian perspective in which faith relates to the whole of life. The one rule of the Seminar is that we are not free to keep our faith out of our reflections; on the contrary we want our faith to be at the heart of our work as Christian scholars.
4. The Seminars are ecumenical.
Based at Tyndale House, the THSC is rooted deeply in the Evangelical faith. However, a range of Christian perspectives are represented within the Seminars. As the Seminar has developed the growing Catholic participation, for example, has been deeply enriching.
5. The Seminars are communal.The modern academy is deeply individualistic. However, we recognise that a renewal of biblical and theological interpretation will require communal work. And a great aspect of the Seminar is the emerging sense of community amongst participants.