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Monday, 24 February 1997, 12:00AM

Christianity and Religion: The Last 400 Years and the Next

Revd Canon Dr Martyn Percy, The Revd Professor John Bowker, Professor Richard Roberts, Professor Mary Grey

This is a series of lectures that included the following talks:

Monday 24 February 1997
Sex and Safety: The Real Crisis for Religions
The Revd. Professor John Bowker
Gresham Professor of Divinity
 
Monday 3 March 1997
The Bearable Lightness of Being?
Fundamentalism, Revivalism and the Fuure of Enthusiastic Religion
The Revd. Dr. Martyn Percy
Christ’s College, Cambridge
 
Monday 10 March 1997
Order and Organisation:
The Future of Institutional and Established Religion
Professor Richard Roberts, Lancaster University
 
Monday 17 March 1997
Beyond the Dark Night: Is there salvation inside the church?
Professor Mary Grey
La Sainte Union College, Southampton
 

All of these talks are available in the PDF available to be downloaded below.

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Martyn Percy is Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford. He is also visiting Professor of Theology and Ministry, Hartford Seminary, Connecticut; Professor of Theological Education, King's College, London and Canon Theologian, Sheffield Cathedral. Since his ordination in 1990, Martyn has occupied academic posts at Christ's and Sidney Sussex colleges, Cambridge, the University of Sheffield and Lincoln Theological Institute for the Study of Religion and Society. He worked as Academic Advisor on the Spirit Zone project in the Millennium Dome and presently sits on the Church of England's Faith and Order Advisory Group.

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Revd John Bowker was the Gresham Professor of Divinty between 1992 and 1997.

His former positions include a Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster.

Upon his appointment to the Divinity Professorship in 1992, Revd Bowker wrote the following:

Thomas Gresham's concern that the New Learning should be made more widely known is continued now by the College. The speed at which our own 'new learning' increases makes the attempt to mediate its nature and impact all the more necessary. In the case of religion and theology (which together underlie Divinity), I intend to explore the new ways in which both the dangers and the truths of religion have come to be better understood in recent years; and to do this in a way which encourages dialogue with and between the religions.

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Professor Roberts was one of the first student to pass through the Department of Religious Studies established by Professor Ninian Smart at Lancaster University in 1967.  He went on to study Theology at Cambridge with Professor Donald McKinnon, before moving to Edinburgh to research for a PhD supervised by Professor Thomas F. Torrance.  He lectured in theology at the Universities of Leeds and Durham before becoming M.B. Reckitt Research Fellow at Lancaster (1989-91) where he convened the project Religion and the Resurgence of Capitalism.  In 1990, he was appointed Professor of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, and then in 1995 returned to a Chair in Religious Studies at Lancaster.

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Professor Mary Grey is an ecofeminist liberation theologian, until recently D.J.James Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter and formerly Professor of Contemporary Theology at the University of Southampton, based at La Sainte Union (1993-7). Before that she was Professor of Feminism and Christianity at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is now professorial research fellow at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, UK.

Her recent writing includes: Introducing Feminist Images of God, (London: Continuum 2001), Sacred Longings: Ecofeminist Theology and Globalisation, (London: SCM 2003, Fortress 2004),The Unheard Scream – the Struggles of Dalit Women in India, (New Delhi 2004), Pursuing the Dream – a Jewish- Christian Conversation, with Rabbi Dan Cohn Sherbok, (Darton, Longman and Todd 2005). For 10 years she was editor of the Journal Ecotheology.

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