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Pete Phillips
Director of Research, a Christian, married with three kids
Interests: indian food, emerging church, umberto eco, films, swimming, walking, weblogs, arts, roland barthes, jacques derrida, literary theory, michel foucault, postmodernity, stanley hauerwas, jesus in film, intertextuality, alternative worship, creator-centred spirituality, interpreting the bible for today, mike riddell, doug coupland, spring harvest, tate modern in london - love the cafe on the top floor...and lots more. i would love to swim off the great barrier reef!
Recent Activity
For those of you interested in all things digital, this week the BBC are focussing on Intelligent Machines ( as part of their larger Make It Digital Season. Over the rest of September there are nine special programmes on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at postmodernbible
Goldie - designing and implementing a device for prayer for an enclosed order of nuns. Many thanks to Claire Bailey-Ross who brought my attention to this paper about Goldie - The Prayer Companion developed for the Community of Poor Clares... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at postmodernbible
The other day I received a phone call from BBC Scotland - "have you read about FaceGloria - could you give us an interview?". Frantic googling and there I saw all the media hype about FaceGloria - a Brazilian Evangelical... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at postmodernbible
This is my first attempt at exploring Tableau Public - click this link to see the full picture... Just some basic graphics listing the sentiment analysis by chapter and then taking the two chapters at each extreme - the most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at postmodernbible
Ironically tomorrow at either end of the day the Methodist Church will do two things: 1. around 9.15am LIVESTREAM the Conference Communion Service - presumably so that Methodists across the country can feel some solidarity with those who are in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at postmodernbible
So I was also asked to put together some suggested reading for people who want to look at social presence through online engagement. I've put together a starting list - although sadly without reference to the books scattered all over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at postmodernbible
Over the next week, the Methodist Church in Great Britain is holding its conference in Southport. One item on the agenda is Communion Mediated Through Social Media. The Report is Here. This story was picked up (with a quote or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at postmodernbible
Two tables released by ResearchProfessional show the strengthened dominance of Durham in Theology and Religion. Proud to be part of this department and already working towards strengthening Durham's position in REF2020 with CODEC's work. First the Quality Ranking Table: And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at postmodernbible
The following is reposted from the BigBible Project There has been quite a bit of debunking about alternative learning styles and right brain/left brain stuff lately. And the other day I found myself querying whether our love affair with art... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at postmodernbible
Premier have released my talk on 'Transhumanism' from the Christian New Media Conference in November 2014. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at postmodernbible
A brief montage I put together at the beginning of my talk at the Christian New Media Conference yesterday (#cnmac14) - you need to turn the sound up! Transhumanism Intro Montage from Pete Phillips on Vimeo. Credits Music: Paolo Nutini’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at postmodernbible
Robert Myles, a visiting scholar at the University of Sheffield, has put up a post which "shows" the deficiencies of my recent article on biblical literacy. Apparently, it is all in the definition. I've just had a discussion with James... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at postmodernbible
So, at the end of last week, I was approached by The Times to comment on an article that was being prepared about biblical literacy. This is what I wrote about the process earlier this week: You may have also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at postmodernbible
I wrote a post. Typepad killed it before I could press save. I now no longer have that post. Maybe tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at postmodernbible
A month ago, I was asked to go on UCB Christian Radio and discuss ebooks and Bible reading with the presenter Paul Hammond. It was a good interview and I've just been able to get hold of the interview in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at postmodernbible
And another brief post today - I just read through a great paper by Elaine Graham on Post/human issues. Really enjoyed the paper and hope to have a chance to engage with it - but need to get Elaine's permission.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at postmodernbible
Max Berry's "Lexicon" starts with Wil waking up to find himself held down by two men, one of whom is inserting a needle into his eye! Gruesome fiction indeed, Max! Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at postmodernbible
I posted the following picture on my Facebook wall this morning, having taken it off Aral Balkan's Twitterfeed a few minutes before. I did ponder the copyright issues of doing this and even tried to see where Aral had absorbed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at postmodernbible
The second meeting of the CODEC Book Club has been asked to watch Melissa Terras' inaugural lecture as Professor of Digital Humanities at University College, London. The talk, given on 27th May 2014, was entitled: "A Decade of Digital Humanities".... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at postmodernbible
So here is the link to the presentation I did on Digital Theology at the recent interview process I went through with the Department of Theology and Religion. Still awaiting my contract and confirmation from this so just to say... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at postmodernbible
The CODEC team have initiated a bookclub which meets every other Tuesday lunchtime. Recently I was asked to pick the reading for the first meeting and then to write up the conversation afterwards in the form of a blog post.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at postmodernbible
CODEC has been designated as a Research Centre of the University of Durham, hosted by the world-renowned Department of Theology and Religion, and within the Faculty of Arts. What does that mean? Well, it means that our ground-breaking research, our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at postmodernbible
Happy Christmas everyone. Just in case you want to catch up with what the Phillips's have been up to over the year, we produced a photo letter for you all. The offer at the end of the letter to pop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at postmodernbible
At the moment, I am confined to doing research-related work. Confined because the docs think this is better for my health than being engaged in some "other stuff". I am happy to take the medicine and find it invigorating and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at postmodernbible
Just a brief introduction to this theme as it seems to keep cropping up in my research and my thinking. On the face of it, it seems to be very unChristian. I mean God has created us as we are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at postmodernbible