Helen Paynter is director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, based at Bristol Baptist College in England.
- Where did you grow up?
I was born in the south of England, but we moved to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, when I was 11; I lived there until I left for university. Many North Americans think Wales is part of England, but it really isn’t (and Welsh people get very upset about that; they have their own language!). Both are part of Britain.
- What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?
2 Corinthians 5.
It gives hope beyond the grave. This has been particularly important for me recently with a family bereavement.
- What is your favorite movie? Why?
I don’t know really. I’ve watched “Lord of the Rings” many times, but I’m probably done with that now.
I most like films that make me think and see the world differently.
- Who are three people you admire?
William Tyndale; Olaudah Equiano, a former Nigerian slave who became a seaman, writer and abolitionist; and Corrie ten Boom.
- What is one little-known fact about yourself?
I play the bassoon.