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Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 12:00AM
St. Paul's Cathedral

Early Christianity & Today: some shared questions

The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

The Most Reverend and Right Honorable the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury discusses and dissolves the assumptions and accusations that the early Christian Church sometimes has to face. In doing so, the position of Christianity and religion in the modern world is brought into a new light and the issues they currently face will be seen from a new and enlightening perspective. It will emerge that there is a great deal that we can learn from the early Christians and which we could put to some much-needed good use in this post 9/11 world. As a world expert on early Christianity and as the principal leader of the Church of England, Dr Rowan Williams is in a unique position to deliver this annual Gresham Special Lecture in St. Paul's Cathedral.

This was the 2008 Gresham Special Lecture. Other Gresham Special Lectures can be accessed here:
     2013 - The New Face of Europe by Sir Richard Lambert
     2012 - Parliament and the Public: Strangers or Friends? by The Rt Hon John Bercow
     2011 - Reinventing the Wheel by Sir Adam Roberts
     2010 - The Challenges of the new Supreme Court by the Rt Hon the Lord Philips
     2009 - The Ascent of Money by Professor Niall Ferguson
     2007 - The Beauty of Holiness and its Perils by Sir Roy Strong
     2006 - Walking the Line by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws
     2005 - Should we trust the Scientists by Professor the Lord Winston
     2004 - Science in a complex world by Sir Martin Rees
     2002 - Towards freedom from hunger by Professor M S Swaminathan  
     2001 - Commerce and Culture in the Late 20th Century by Professor Charles Saumarez Smith  
     2000 - A Global Ethic - A Challenge for the New Millennium by Professor Hans Küng  

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The Most Reverend and Right Hon. the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams was born in Swansea, south Wales. He was educated at Dynevor School, Swansea and Christ's College Cambridge where he studied theology. He studied for his doctorate -- in the theology of Vladimir Lossky, a leading figure in Russian twentieth-century religious thought -- at Wadham College Oxford, taking his DPhil in 1975. After two years as a lecturer at the College of the Resurrection, near Leeds, he was ordained deacon in Ely Cathedral before returning to Cambridge. From 1977, he spent nine years in academic and parish work in Cambridge. He was a lecturer in Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1983, and in 1984 he became dean and chaplain of Clare College Cambridge. 1986 saw a return to Oxford now as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church; he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989, and became a fellow of the British Academy in 1990. He is also an accomplished poet and translator. In 1991 Professor Williams accepted election and consecration as bishop of Monmouth, a diocese on the Welsh borders, and in 1999 on the retirement of Archbishop Alwyn Rice Jones he was elected Archbishop of Wales, one of the 38 primates of the Anglican Communion. Thus it was that, with eleven years experience as a diocesan bishop and three as a leading primate in the Communion, Archbishop Williams was confirmed on 2 December 2002 as the 104th bishop of the See of Canterbury: the first Welsh successor to St Augustine of Canterbury and the first since the mid-thirteenth century to be appointed from beyond the English Church. Dr Williams is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding theological writer, scholar and teacher. He has been involved in many theological, ecumenical and educational commissions. He has written extensively across a very wide range of related fields of professional study -- philosophy, theology (especially early and patristic Christianity), spirituality and religious aesthetics. He has also written throughout his career on moral, ethical and social topics and, since becoming archbishop, has turned his attention increasingly on contemporary cultural and interfaith issues.

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4 June 2008

Early Christianity & Today: some shared questions
The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

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