There are some websites that are more interesting than others, some blogs that are more rewarding to visit than others, and some sites that are just impressive. I follow several via Feedly; highly recommended.
Today I just wanted to pay my respect and gratefulness to the site, established and upheld by Rob Bradshaw, a graduate of Bangor University and Mattersey Hall Bible College. Rob is passionate about Christian theology and church history and about making theological resources freely available for those who want them. This is currently being done in addition to a full-time job.
He runs several sites. Let me just provide his own description of these:
- BiblicalStudies.org.uk hosts over 25,000 full text theological articles linked into bibliographies on each book of the Bible. It also covers such subjects as hermeneutics, biblical languages, criticism, language, etc. – in short almost everything connected with the Bible and its study.
- TheologicalStudies.org.uk throws its net slightly wider, providing material on a range of theologies and theologians, as well as specific doctrines such as the Trinity, for example. The section on practical theology seeks to provide material on how theology is applied in daily life, in such areas as politics and ethics.
- EarlyChurch.org.uk covers church history until the rise of the medieval Papacy (c.600 AD).
- MedievalChurch.org.uk takes over where EarlyChurch.org.uk leaves off, covering church history from the rise of the Papacy to the time of the Reformation.
- ReformationChurch.org.uk – covers church history during and after the Reformation.
- BiblicalArchaeology.org.uk provides material relating to the archaeology of the lands of the Bible.
- Missiology.org.uk provides resources for students of Christian missions from the first Century onwards [currently under development].
The purpose of all this is (again in his own words):
To make high quality theological freely material available throughout the world, thus providing Bible teachers and pastors with the resources they need to spread the Gospel in their countries. This is achieved by:
- Digitising and uploading in co-operation with authors and publishers, rare and out-of-print theology books and articles. Over 32,000 articles are now available for free download.
- Providing detailed bibliographies for Seminary level students and ministers.
- Providing a single cross-linked resource made up of seven websites, some of which are under development.
What a purpose! What an achievement!