Luther King House
Luther King House,
M14 5JP, UK
The teaching staff at Luther King House come from a variety of denominations and specialise in a selection of varying subjects. Not only that, but they are also involved in their own published works; from hymns to headlines, books to blogs, sermons to speeches, but these are not often discussed with our community or those involved in Luther King House outside of the teaching environment.
We’d like to start a series of brief introductions to some of our tutors and their works beyond Luther King House and, inadvertently moving in alphabetical order, the spotlight falls upon, Revd Dr Graham Adams.
Graham Adams is a Northern College tutor, MA Programme Leader and ordained Congregational minister, who teaches Mission Studies in the context of global Christianity and religious diversity and dialogue. His research interests include ‘the solidarity of the shaken’ (Andrew Shanks’s understanding of the ‘kingdom’ to which the church contributes), and mission in the context of contemporary ‘Empire’. He is the author of ‘Christ and the Other’(published by Ashgate, 2010). In the past year, amongst other things, Graham has written chapters for two recently published books.
‘Bible and Theology from the Underside of the Empire’ (African Sun MeDIA 2016 – Edited by Vuyani Vellem, Patricia Sheerattan-Bisnauth and Philip Vinod Peacock) has chapters on a range of exciting, relevant topics – propaganda, gender justice, children, global health, land justice, economic and political justice, climate justice, immigration, trafficking, the inner-city, sexuality, and more; written by people from around the world. Graham has written two chapters for this book; ‘Justice is the Heart of Faith: Truth in a world of propaganda’ and ‘Doubting Empire: Growing as Faithful Children’. Copies of this book can be obtained from African Sun MeDIA for R275 (approximately £16), primarily as an e-book.
A chapter included in ‘Twenty-First Century Theologies of Religion: Retrospection and Future Prospects’ (Brill, 2016 – Edited by Elizabeth Harris, Paul Hedges and Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi) shows the input that Graham continues to have in World Christianity and World Faith traditions. It is now over 30 years since Alan Race devised the ‘typology’ of exclusivism, inclusivism and pluralism to describe the different ways in which Christians assess the validity of other religions. In this collection, various authors assess the current debates regarding the typology and developments in the ‘theology of religions’. As Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews have increasingly joined the debate, so there are several contributions from other traditions. Graham’s chapter is titled ‘Shaking the Typology: Being Honest and Hospitable’. Published by Brill, more information on (and how to purchase) this book can be found on their webpage.