A Man of Many Parts: Essays in Honor of John Bowker on the Occasion of his Eightieth Birthday

By Eugene E. Lemcio (editor)

Essays paying tribute to the interests and intellect of the theologian John Bowker, exploring and building on upon his favourite subjects and themes.

ISBN: 9780227175330


A Man of Many Parts is an inspired homage to the life and thought of John Bowker, cleric, lecturer and broadcaster. Author of The Sense of God, Is God a Virus? and The Sacred Neuron, Bowker is an independent thinker of profound erudition with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding. This collection of essays is a study in responses to the work of an exceptional scholar whose humane spirit and empathetic approach to theology has influenced countless people.

Bowker has striven for years to reconcile faith and belief with reason, and to find the truth behind religious thought. A Man of Many Parts continues in his intellectual tradition, with essays from Rowan Williams, Jane Shaw, William J. Abraham and others tackling his body of work from a wide variety of perspectives. Whether re-examining the Son of Man in the context of the life of the prophet Daniel, or discussing how both neuroscience and theology seek to map the vastness of human nature, these essays build on Bowker’s rigorous analysis in the highest possible accolade to his bibliography. This collection is a priceless treasure trove for anyone with a love of learning, an original mind and a limitless breadth of interests.

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About the Author

Eugene E. Lemcio is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University, where he taught for thirty-six years. His writings about canonical hermeneutics, the Gospels, the Son of Man, and the unifying kerygma of the New Testament have appeared in leading academic publications. He is the author of Navigating Revelation: Charts for the Voyage, Travels with St Mark: GPS for the Journey and Soaring with St John: Flight Paths of the Eagle.



Part 1: Introduction
1. John Bowker: A Theological Overview
     Rowan Williams

Part 2: Biblical Studies
2. The Teaching of Syriac at Cambridge
     J. F. Coakley
3. John Bowker and “The Jewish Background to the New Testament”: An Essay in Wirkungsgeschichte
     Christopher Rowland
4. Daniel & the Three (Principally in the Old Greek): “Historical” Signs of the Eschatological Son of Man
     & Saints of the Most High God – a Paradigm for Gospels Christology and Discipleship
     Eugene E. Lemcio
5. A Pilgrimage of Grace: The Journey Motif in Luke-Acts
     Martin Forward

Part 3: Theology
6. On Systems, Circles, and Centers: Christianity as a Christocentric “System”
     Richard Bauckham
7. “In Persona Christi”: Who, or Where, is Christ at the Altar?
     Sarah Coakley
8. The Moral Imagination and a Sense of God
     Jane Shaw

Part 4: Neuroscience and Theology
9. Brain Battles: Theology and Neuroscience
     William J. Abraham
10. The Origin of the Sense of God: Causation, Epistemology, and Ontology
     Quinton Deeley

Part 5: Comparative Religion
11. The Idea of Constraint: A Hindu Example
     Gavin Flood
12. Al-Ghazali and the Progress of Islamic Thought
     David Thomas
13. God, Life, Love, and Religions among Indigenous Peoples of the World
     Darryl Macer

Part 6: Culture
14. The Word Was Made Flesh: Life without Footnotes. John Bowker as Religious Broadcaster for the BBC
     David Craig
15. “Such Was the World”: A Verse Offering
     Eleanor Nesbitt

Bibliography of John W. Bowker’s Publications


Endorsements and Reviews

It is hard to do justice to John Bowker’s extraordinary combination of range, rigor, depth, and creativity. That is not only achieved by this superb set of contributors but they also show again and again how he has been ahead of his time in the most fruitful ways possible. Thanks to this collection there is a chance that he will be as generative in the twenty-first century as he deserves to be.
David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

This is an affectionate tribute to the religious studies scholar and Anglican priest John Bowker. … This collection is well worth reading.
Robin Gill, in Theology, Vol 119, No 3

This book is an inspired homage to a theological polymath. … Coakley’s essay on In Persona Christi is worth the entry price alone.
The Very Revd Dr Martyn Percy, in Church Times, 10 June 2016

A Man of Many Parts is a fitting title for this collection of essays in honour of John Bowker marking his 80th birthday. The compass of the topics covered is a tribute to the astonishing range of John Bowker’s interests, and the impressive learning that undergirds them.
Geoffrey Rowell, in International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Vol 16, No 1