David Kettle: articles


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(a) published writings


1. Articles


      'Truth and Dialogue: Polanyi, Gadamer and Theological Hermeneutics',  Murray Rae (ed), Michael Polanyi and Christian Theology, Paternoster, forthcoming.


      'Unfinished Dialogue? The Reception of Lesslie Newbigin's Theology', Theology, Vol. CXI, No. 859, January/February 2008, pp. 12-21. A slightly longer version of this article was published under the same title in Stimulus, Vol. 16 No. 2, May 2008, pp. 17-22. [read text]  

      Beyond Tragic Spirituality: Victimhood and Christian Hope, Grove Booklet S95, Dec. 2005. [link to further information]  

      'Believing without Belonging? Cultural Change Seen in Theological Context', International Review of Mission, Vol. 94 No. 375, October 2005. [link to text] There is an unpublished variant of this article which was written for possible publication in a journal of sociology of religion [read text]

      'Engaging with Tragic Spirituality and Victim Sensibility: on the cultural setting of mission in the West today', Mission Studies, Dec. 2004.  

      'Victimhood, tragedy and spirituality in contemporary Western culture', Stimulus, New Zealand, Vol. 11, No.2, May 2003. [read text]  

      The Gospel in the Haze of Christendom, The Gospel and Our Culture Network Newsletter (North America), Vol. 14, No. 3/4, September/December 2002, pp.5-7. [link to text]  

      The Haze of Christendom, The Gospel and Our Culture Network Newsletter (North America), Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2002, pp.1-2, 7-8. [link to text]  

      'Lesslie Newbigin, Christendom and the Public Truth of the Gospel', Anvil: an Anglican Evangelical Journal for Theology and Mission, Vol. 18 No. 2, 2001. [read text]  

      Newbigin, Polanyi and Impossible Frameworks, Tradition & Discovery, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, 2001-2002, pp. 20-22. [link to text]


      'Cartesian Habits and the "Radical Line" of Enquiry', Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical, (Missouri, U.S.), Vol.XXVII, No.1, 2000-2001. [link to text]  

      'The Primacy of Indwelling': Appraisal: a Journal of Constructive and Post-Critical Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies, (U.K.), Vol.2 No.4, October 1999 (a paper originally presented at the national Polanyi Conference organised by Appraisal at Surrey University, April 1999) [to be added]  


      'The Gospel, Authority and Globalisation': in (ed.) Tom Foust, George Hunsberger, Andrew Kirk, Verner Usdorf, A Scandalous Prophet: The Way of Mission After Newbigin, Eerdmans, 2001. (Edited and enlarged version of a lecture presented at the international conference 'After Newbigin: a Missiological Enquiry in Honour of Lesslie Newbigin', Birmingham 1998  

      'When John Spong met Don Cupitt', Stimulus, New Zealand, August 1997. Also published in Evangel 18.1, Spring 2000, pp. 23-28. [read text]


      'Finding Ourselves in God: Faith and the Culture of Narcissism', Reality, New Zealand, Issue 19, Feb/March 1997 [read text]  

      'Bearings on the Sea of Faith', Leading Light, England, Dec. 1995. Reprinted in Stimulus, New Zealand, Vol.5 Issue 1, Feb. 1997. [read text (pdf)]


      'Orthodoxy, Church, Worship and Mission', in Paul Trebilco (ed), Considering Orthodoxy: Foundations for Faith Today, Colcom Press, Orewa, New Zealand, 1995. [read text]

      'Michael Polanyi and Human Identity', Tradition & Discovery, United States 1994, Vol XXI, No.3. [link to text]


      'The Footprints of God and the Face of Dionysius', Stimulus, New Zealand May 1995. [read text]


      'Shadowlands: will the real C.S. Lewis please stand up?', Affirm, New Zealand, Winter 1994. [read text]  

      'The Battle for Public Truth', Stimulus, New Zealand November 1993. [read text]  

      'The Iron is Hot', Stimulus, New Zealand May 1993. [read text]

      'New Zealand: The Most Secular State in the World?' (with Professor Philip Gendall), Today's Christian, New Zealand, Dec '92-Jan '93. Printed also in Journeyings, New Zealand. [read text]



2. Shorter published pieces including book reviews


      Review of Michael Goheen, 'As the Father has Sent Me, I am Sending You': J. E. Lesslie Newbigin's Missionary Ecclesiology, Uitgeverij Boekencentrum, 2000, published in European Journal of Theology, 11:2, pp. 161-162.

      Review of Rowan Williams, Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement, T & T Clark, 2000, published in the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Vol.3, No.1, March 2001.

      'After Newbigin: Two English Colloquiums', in New Slant, (New Zealand), April 1999.

      'The Gospel and Our Culture: Theological reflection', in the newsletter of The Gospel and Our Culture network in North America, 10.2, 1999.

      Review of Lesslie Newbigin, Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth, 1991, published in Diolog (1993) and in Stimulus (May 1994).

      'Agenda for kiwis'. Published in New Slant (newsletter of the Gospel & Cultures Trust, New Zealand); reprinted in The Auburn Report, Australia, Feb. 1994.[read text]

      Review of Mike Riddell, Godzone: a Traveller's Guide, published in Crosslink, newspaper of the Methodist & Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand.

      Review of Michael Medved, Hollywood vs America, 1993, published in Diolog, newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington.

      Observations on worldviews and commitment, published in the newsletter  Gospel & Culture (U.K.), 1992.


Shorter published pieces also include 1,000-word 'Gospel & Culture' contributions to IDEA magazine: 'Good, Evil and War' (May 2003) [link to text], 'Righteous Means to a Godly End' (July 2003) [link to text], and 'Embracing Responsibility, Discovering Hope' (January 2004) [link to text], and 'The Fall of Man' (July 2004)  [link to text]


Since Spring 1999, David Kettle has edited the Gospel and Our Culture Network newsletter which is published three times a year. Among the pieces written for this have been:  


     Survival, fitness and beyond (issue 55, Summer 2009)

     On 'the clash of civlizations' (issue 54, Spring 2009)

     Trust in the Market (issue 53, Autumn 2008)

      Trust in the Market (issue 53, Autumn 2008)

      The Ecology of Community (issue 51, Spring 2008)

      The Changing Face of Secularism (issue 50, Autumn 2007)

      Faith, Historical Identity - and Consumerism (issue 49, Summer 2007)

      A Problem Like Maria (issue 48, Spring 2007)

      The Culture of Blame (issue 47, Autumn 2006)

      Beyond Christendom Spirituality (issue 47, Autumn 2006)

      In Service to Health? The Rhetoric of Choice (with Anne Kettle, issue 46, Summer 2006)

      Apologetics: confronting two secular ideas of faith (issue 45, Spring 2006)

      Beyond retrieval (issue 44, Autumn 2005)

      'Vague faith' or 'vague Christianity'?: shifting perceptions of popular belief (issue 43, Summer 2005)

      Mockery, Protest and Debate (issue 42, Spring 2005)

      Liquid Church for Liquid Modernity? (issue 41, Autumn 2004)

      The Culture of Feelings (issue 40, Summer 2004)

      The Distracted Public (issue 37, Summer 2003)

      Faith in Public (issue 35, Autumn 2002)

      Consumers and Legislators (issue 31, Summer 2001)

      Dark Materials? (issue 30, Spring 2001)

      On Finding Personal Worth (issue 25, Summer 1999)

      On Being in Control of Your Life (issue 24, Spring 1999)


(b) unpublished writings


these remain to be added