Biblical scholar challenges churches on Jesus' family values

London, UK - WEDS MAY 30, 2007:

A leading biblical scholar will tomorrow (Thursday 31 May 2007) challenge churches in Britain and the US to re-think their "family values" rhetoric by looking again at Jesus' example. If they do they are in for a shock, she will say.

British-born Dr Deirdre Good, now Professor of New Testament at a leading Anglican seminary in New York, has already caused waves in the USA with her book Jesus' Family Values, which argues that Jesus replaced his family of origin with differently configured communities and households.

You are invited to hear Professor Good, from the Episcopal Church's prestigious General Theological Seminary, at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace (78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG) at 11am on Thursday 31 May 2007. Interviews are available immediately afterwards.

The subject is highly topical. Churches are embroiled in angry arguments about adoption, sexuality and the future of marriage. The latest British Social Attitudes survey says traditional family structures are under pressure. And the government is highlighting family policy as a major focus.

Additional information for editors:

1. Professor Good will also be available for additional allotted (and possibly some impromptu) media interviews.

2. For a map of the venue, please go to and type in the postcode EC2N 4AG. Near to Liverpool Street tube.

3. For further details, appointments and book review information, please contact Simon Barrow on 07904 376514 or

4. Refreshments will be provided. An RSVP by email would help us.

5. Copies of the book are available online via Metanoia Bookservice.

6. This event is being promoted by the UK think-tank Ekklesia, which examines the role of religion in public life. It is being hosted by St Ethelburga’s, a centre in the City of London for reconciliation among people of different religions and beliefs.