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NEWLANDS, George McLeod
University of Edinburgh, M.A. (1st cl hons) Classics; B.D. (1st cl hons)
Eccles.Hist.; Ph.D, D.Litt.
1969-70 Assistant Minister, Muirhouse, Edinburgh.
My research centres on substantive issues of constructive theology, and
particularly on interpreting the love of God. The focus is on the multi-layered
impact of a Christology of divine love, developed through five monographs
(I began to look at concepts of love as key to exegesis in theology in
my Ph.D. thesis, published as Hilary of Poitiers- a study in theological
In God in Christian Perspective (1994) the enterprise is developed further. An understanding of God as a multi-faceted model draws on Christology and Trinity, faith and practice in community. God is personal, self-differentiated being, transcendent, yet also immanent in the created order as hidden divine presence. The core elements faith and revelation, divine action and Christology are reappraised in the light of current theological proposals. Doctrines interact in a web of connection to shape Christian practice. A Christian understanding retains the basic core of unconditional love, Christologically characterised. A contemporary concept of God draws upon these core elements, and upon a retrieval of the historical traditions from which they arise. It can be articulated in language intelligible to contemporary citizens, and its consequences spelled out within the complexity of contemporary cultures.
Generosity and the Christian Future (1997) carries this thesis to a further stage through engagement with the emancipatory theologies, postmodernity, and political theory. The study re-imagines the framework of the divine love conceived as generosity. The need to be as alert to potential future as to past developments, and to relate doctrine to political theory and cultural issues, is grounded in theological more precisely kenotic Christological argument. Attention is paid to issues of human rights, violence, gender and the power structures of the churches themselves.
John and Donald Baillie Transatlantic Theology (2002), built on first access to the Baillie Papers, lies at the heart of this submission. I regard the work of the Baillies as seminal to the understanding, justification and revisioning of a progressive Christian theology. This is a theological biography of the Baillie brothers. It traces in detail the interaction of their theology within the cultures in Europe and America in which they worked notably in the circle of the 'critical realists.' It sheds light on the huge influence of the Baillies in Scotland. This tradition is a trajectory against the stream today. I judge it to offer significant resources, combining conceptual plasticity with distinctive direction, for the future.
The Transformative Imagination Rethinking Intercultural Theology (2004). This comparative study of connections between theology and culture, through the arts, the sciences, political and human rights issues, shapes reflection on the mystery of God in a postfoundational frame. Reciprocity between ethical issues and questions of transcendence is explored. This yields a reconception of theological methodologies, in which theology, and paradoxically Christology, is seen as a catalyst rather than a trump card in interdisciplinary projects exemplified through specific instances in the humanities, the sciences and in politics.
The central theme of the divine love is spelled out in two shorter studies
in less technical style. The Church of God (1984) comments critically
on traditions of church, ministry and sacraments in denominational cultures,
stressing the Christological imperative to be an always outward looking
church. Making Christian Decisions (1985) assesses Christian input
into specific ethical issues. . My work includes the jointly produced
collections Studies in Scottish Church History (2000), Believing
in the Text (2004), Explorations in Theology 8 (1981), and
Fifty Key Christian Thinkers (2004), together with a volume of
published articles Traces of Liberality, (2006). This sketch attempts
to document a project with a distinctive accent on the love of God as
Christological leitmotif. It conceives theology as a generous approach
to the transcendence of God and the consequences of incarnation. This continues in Christ and Human Rights (Ashgate 2006), Faith and Human Rights> ( Fortress 2008) and Hospitable God(Ashgate 2009).
Glasgow, 1969-73, and since 1986. Courses in systematic theology, the history
of Christian thought, philosophy of religion and Christian ethics. Extra-mural
lectures, graduate supervision.
Examining in Theology and Religious Studies : Undergraduate examining
Glasgow. Member of Faculty of Divinity, 1969-73 and 1986-, Faculty of
Church of England: Consultant to Archbishops' Doct.Comm. 1983-86, Mem.
of Council, Lincoln Theol. Coll. 1982- 86. Cons. to Anglican-Scandinavian
Churches Conf.,Finland 1986, ABM Examiner 1990-4.
Glasgow. Member of Senate 1986-, Academic Development Cttee, Educational Policy Cttee, Research and Teaching Cttee, Principal and Deans' Cttee, Senate Business Cttee, Academic Cttee of Review, Cttee on Titular Professors, Chapel Cttee, Gifford Cttee, Churches and Universities (Scotland) Orphans and Widows Fund, Honorary Degrees Cttee. Kaye Trust, Kerr Lect Cttee, Barclay Lect Cttee. Chmn, Trinity College Financial Board. Faculty Cttees and Boards of Studies, Inst. Of Art History, Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts. Cert. Mgmt.(OU), FRSA.
Research grants : British Academy, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity, Glasgow, Carnegie Trust, Hope Trust, Drummond Trust.
Lectures and addresses include Henson Lectures, Oxford, lecture courses
in Univ. of Mainz, lectures and addresses at SST, AAR, Highlands Institute
for Philosophy and Theology. North Carolina, Claremont School of Theology,
CA, Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA, Univ. of Exeter, Univ.
of Edinburgh, Christ Church University College Canterbury, Liverpool Hope
University College, Birkbeck College, University of London, Center of
Theological Inquiry, Princeton, Princeton Theological Seminary, Univ.
of Marburg, Univ. of Lille, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond VA, Soong
Sil University, Seoul, Korea, summer school lectures, St Andrews, WARC
cttees, Church of Scotland and Church of England groups and cttees, churches
in the UK and Europe, USA and Korea.