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War, Peace and Truth

Jāna Jēruma-Grīnberga It is perfectly possible that – as you read this – the situation in the Ukraine will be very different to the one in which this post is written. Prime Minister Harold Wilson is supposed to have observed that a week is a long time in politics. If that was true in the 1970’s, it is even more true in the 2010’s, when geo-political realities are overturned in weeks, and when 24-hour rolling ‘news’ coverage both reflects and…

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Reading the Bible with Hope

This begins with the question of how we should read the Bible, not just as a historical set of texts but as something that relates to our life and faith today. Of course, you could argue that we should just take it at face value, but that’s not so easy as it might seem. Biblical interpretation has taken all sorts of twists and turns over the years, depending on what people have felt was important. For some time, the focus…

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The Bible in the Raw

(First published at Anglican Fulcrum on 7th Oct 2014) After 23 years service with the global Bible translation community I have become accustomed to encountering the question, “Which is the best/most accurate English translation of the Bible?”. I have developed a number of strategies to try and turn this enquiry into something more helpful. The very fact that the question is asked, and asked so often, is indicative of our resource-rich western world view. We are accustomed to picking and…

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Summer Insight 2015

Poverty & Environment We are used to hearing reports about the environment, local and global, and we are also accustomed to hearing about poverty. In the 21st century the poor, it seems, are always with us but perhaps we do not always stop to consider whether there might be a connection between these two. Images such as these are commonplace on our televisions and in our newspapers but is it possible that the way we think of and treat our own…

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Hilfield Friary

We are delighted to announce a new partnership for the Insight Programme with our friends of the Society of Saint Francis (SSF) at Hilfield Friary. Most residential courses are held at the Friary which is just to the south of Sherborne. Hilfield Friary is set on the edge of the Dorset Downs with magnificent views across the Blackmore Vale – rural England at its greenest, the countryside of Thomas Hardy’s novels. There have been Franciscan brothers living here in a collection…

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The Insight Web

You will find all our events listed under [Programme] and you can book tickets for events on-line at the foot of the page advertising the event. Posters and brochures for the programme can be downloaded at [Resources]. New for 2015 is the [Insight] Blog where we shall feature short pieces on Insight related issues from our own team and others. The site is ‘Responsive’, this means that it detects whether you are using a PC or laptop, tablet or mobile phone…

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Biblical Languages

In addition to our contemporary theology and apologetics stream, we also offer the opportunity to learn to read NT Greek or Biblical Hebrew. Whether in weekly evening classes here in Sherborne or in residential study schools at Hilfield Friary, Sarum College or elsewhere why not consider an encounter with the Bible in the Raw. We all have our favourite English translation of the Bible but whether it is the familiarity of the traditional language of the King James Version (KJV, AV), the immediacy of modern translations…

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Forthcoming Events
  1. National Truths

    Monday, 18 June @ 19:30 - 21:00
  2. Illiberal Truths

    Monday, 16 July @ 19:30 - 21:00
  3. NT Greek in a Week

    Monday, 23 July @ 09:30 - Saturday, 28 July @ 15:30
  4. Beginning Biblical Hebrew

    Monday, 13 August @ 09:30 - Wednesday, 15 August @ 15:30
  5. Truth and the Media

    Monday, 24 September @ 19:30 - 21:00