Created with the founding of the College in 1597, the Gresham Professors of Divinity have given free public lectures on a range of religious matters for over 400 years.

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Past Professors

Professor Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is the Gresham Professor of Divinity, the Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and one of the world’s most respected theologians.

Born in Belfast, Professor McGrath began his university studies in the field of science, achieving a First Class Honours in Chemistry (specialising in Quantum Theory), followed by a doctorate in molecular biophysics, both at the University of Oxford. He then altered focus and achieved a First Class Honours in Theology, a DD from the Faculty of Theology for his work on historical and systematic theology, and a DLitt from the Division of Humanities for his work in science and religion.

Before becoming Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford in April 2014, Professor McGrath was Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s College London (2008-14), and Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford (1999-2008).

He has published 24 books, the most recent of which include: Emil Brunner: A Reappriasal (2014), C. S. Lewis – A Life (2013), Darwinianism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology (2011) and A Fine-Tuned Universe? The Quest for God in Science and Theology (2009). Other books include: Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004), A Brief History of Heaven (2002) and The Future of Christianity (2000). His books have been translated into 27 languages including Chinese, Arabic, Farsi and Vietnamese.

In line with his unique academic background, Professor McGrath’s main area of interest is in the interaction of theology and the sciences. He is actively engaged in the development and defence of natural theology, and in showing that the dialogue between science and religion can be theologically productive and engaging. As a former atheist, Professor McGrath’s work has established him as one of the world’s leading Christian apologists. He regularly engages in debate and dialogue with some of the most prominent atheists, including through his public debates with the likes of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and Susan Blackmore.

Professor McGrath is a highly sought-after public speaker and has delivered lectures around the world, from Beijing to Massachusetts and from Bermuda to Westminster Abbey. Appointed Gresham Professor of Divinity in 2015, he looks forward to delivering a series of lectures which will offer “a coherent exploration of how Christian Theology can engage with concerns and debates within modern culture, focussing on one of its leading elements – the natural sciences.”

Professor McGrath begins his third year as Gresham Professor of Divinity with a series entitled Are Science and Faith at War?

Professor McGrath's previous lecture series' are as follows:

2016/17 Religion, Science and Culture: Six Big Questions

2015/16 Science, Faith and God: The Big Questions

All of Professor McGrath's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.


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All Professor of Divinity Lectures
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Facts Matter, But They Aren't Enough: Science, Faith and Meaning in Life

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 1:00PM
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Are We Lost In The Cosmos?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 1:00PM
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If Humans Are So Great, Why is the World Such a Mess?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - 1:00PM
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The Clockwork God: Isaac Newton and the Mechanical Universe

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 1:00PM
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Watching the Heavens: Astronomy and the Meaning of Life

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 1:00PM
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Are Science and Faith at War?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 1:00PM
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Is Matter Evil?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 1:00PM
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Is Humanity Naturally Good?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 1:00PM
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Respecting and Transcending Nature

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 1:00PM
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Is Reality Limited to what Science can Uncover?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 - 1:00PM
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Does Faith Make Sense of Things?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 1:00PM
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Does Science Rob Nature of its Mystery and Beauty?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 4 October 2016 - 1:00PM
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Why God won’t go away?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - 1:00PM
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Religion, Morality and Meaning: How do we know what’s right to do?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - 1:00PM
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Darwin, Evolution and God: The Present Debates

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 1:00PM
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Cosmology and Creation: How do they relate to one another?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 1:00PM
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Faith, Proof and Evidence: What’s right to think?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 1:00PM
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From Wonder to Understanding: Beginning a Journey

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 1:00PM
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Forms of Religious Thought

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 1:00PM
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Religion and Experience: A Philosophical Exploration - Personal Knowledge

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - 1:00PM
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The Idealist View of Reality

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - 1:00PM
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Experience and the Spiritual Dimension

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 1:00PM
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Liberalism, Autonomy and Rights (Lecture 2)

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 1:00PM
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Liberalism, Autonomy and Rights (Lecture 1)

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 1:00PM
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Rights and Liberal Interventionism in International Affairs

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 1:00PM
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Religious Identity and Freedom of Expression

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 1:00PM
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Rights, Law and Religion in a Liberal Society - Lecture Two

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 - 1:00PM
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Rights, Law and Religion in a Liberal Society - Lecture One

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 1:00PM
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Liberalism: A Challenge to Religion

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 1:00PM
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Religion: A Challenge to Liberalism

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 1:00PM
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Trust in Markets?

Professor the Lord Plant of Highfield
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 - 1:00PM
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What’s it Worth? Values, Choice and Commodification

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013 - 1:00PM
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Selling Yourself Short: The body, property and markets

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - 1:00PM
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Just Markets

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 1:00PM
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Markets, Freedom and Choice

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 - 1:00PM
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Markets in their Place: Moral Values and the Limits of Markets

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012 - 1:00PM
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Contemporary Christian Art

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 - 1:00PM
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Searching for New Ways

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 - 1:00PM
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Post World War II Optimism

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 - 1:00PM
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Catholic Elegance and Joy

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 - 1:00PM
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Distinctive Individual Visions

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 - 1:00PM
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The Explosion of Modernism

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 - 1:00PM
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Christian Themes in Art: Understanding faith through the eyes of Stanley Spencer

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 1:00PM
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Christian Themes in Art: The Resurrection in Art

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 - 1:00PM
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Christian Themes in Art: The Passion in Art

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 - 1:00PM
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Christian Themes in Art: The Nativity in Art

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010 - 12:00AM
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Christian Themes in Art: Jesus in Art

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 12:00AM
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Christian Themes in Art: The First Christian Art and its Early Developments

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 - 12:00AM
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Christianity and Public Life: Who do we think we are? Religious and national identities

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Thursday, 11 March 2010 - 12:00AM
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Christianity and Public Life: Law and Morality

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Thursday, 11 February 2010 - 12:00AM
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Christianity and Public Life: Does God believe in Human Rights?

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Thursday, 14 January 2010 - 12:00AM
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Christianity and Public Life: What makes us think that God wants Democracy?

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Thursday, 10 December 2009 - 12:00AM
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Christianity and Public Life: Speaking for God in a Secular Society

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Thursday, 15 October 2009 - 12:00AM
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Christianity and Literature: The paradoxes of R S Thomas

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Thursday, 5 March 2009 - 12:00AM
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Light from the Orkneys: Edwin Muir and George Mackay Brown

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Thursday, 5 February 2009 - 12:00AM
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The Christian reticence of W H Auden

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Thursday, 15 January 2009 - 12:00AM
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The challenge of atheist literature: Beckett, Pullman and McEwan

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Thursday, 4 December 2008 - 12:00AM
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Christianity and Literature: Are happy endings real?

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Thursday, 6 November 2008 - 12:00AM
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Is literature essential to religion?

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Wednesday, 8 October 2008 - 12:00AM
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Materialism and its Discontents

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 27 March 2008 - 12:00AM
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The Triumph of Idealism

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 13 March 2008 - 12:00AM
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The Empiricist Turn

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 14 February 2008 - 12:00AM
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The Quest for Ultimate Reason

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 - 12:00AM
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The Medieval Synthesis

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 4 December 2007 - 12:00AM
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Plato and his Legacy

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 22 November 2007 - 12:00AM
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‘Thus saith the Lord’ - God's law and secular justice

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 19 April 2007 - 12:00AM
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I did it my way - Respect for Life

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 22 March 2007 - 12:00AM
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'There's nowt so queer as folk' - Gender and sexuality

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 1 March 2007 - 6:00PM
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Cosmology of Ultimate Concern

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 13 February 2007 - 6:00PM
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Superhumans? - Interfering with nature

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 8 February 2007 - 6:00PM
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Islam and Christianity - Is a Clash of Civilisations Inevitable?

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 6:00PM
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Holy war - Religion and Violence

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 18 January 2007 - 6:00PM
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The God gene - religion and altruism

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 23 November 2006 - 12:00AM
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Faith in a Post-Modern World

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 4 April 2006 - 12:00AM
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Liberal Christianity

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 - 12:00AM
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The Reformation

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 7 February 2006 - 12:00AM
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The Triumph of Christendom

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Thursday, 15 December 2005 - 12:00AM
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The formation of Christian doctrine

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 6 December 2005 - 12:00AM
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The beginnings: a Jewish Messianic sect

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Tuesday, 15 November 2005 - 12:00AM
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Science and the human person

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 13 April 2005 - 12:00AM
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Religion and the quantum world

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 12:00AM
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Religion, ethics and evolutionary psychology

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 16 February 2005 - 12:00AM
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The Limits of Science

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 15 December 2004 - 12:00AM
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Cosmology and creation

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 17 November 2004 - 12:00AM
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Religion and the scientific world view

Professor Keith Ward DD FBA
Wednesday, 20 October 2004 - 12:00AM
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Hawaiian Religion and Dance

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 9 June 2004 - 12:00AM
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Beyond difference

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 12 May 2004 - 12:00AM
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Being different

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 3 March 2004 - 12:00AM
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Can we understand one another?

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 28 January 2004 - 12:00AM
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Is everything that happens God

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 3 December 2003 - 12:00AM
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Why is there evil?

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 8 October 2003 - 12:00AM
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Divine Knowledge and Human Freedom

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 5 March 2003 - 12:00AM
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Divine Power

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 12 February 2003 - 12:00AM
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Does God 'Act'?

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 22 January 2003 - 12:00AM
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'Creator' (or not?)

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Tuesday, 10 December 2002 - 12:00AM
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Supreme Being or Beyond Being?

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Tuesday, 5 November 2002 - 12:00AM
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'The Mountain has Many Paths'

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Friday, 18 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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'In All Things' or 'Beyond All Things'

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Tuesday, 8 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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I + Thou = Dialogue

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Thursday, 14 February 2002 - 12:00AM
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The Twosomeness of Life

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Wednesday, 6 February 2002 - 12:00AM
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From 'Self' and 'Other' to 'We'

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Thursday, 31 January 2002 - 12:00AM
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Blinding Darkness

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Thursday, 22 November 2001 - 12:00AM
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The truth is in between

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Thursday, 15 November 2001 - 12:00AM
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The End of Religion

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 15 March 2001 - 12:00AM
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The Myth of the Resurrection

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 1 March 2001 - 12:00AM
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The Myth of Justification

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 15 February 2001 - 12:00AM
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The Myth of the Incarnation

Professor Richard Holloway
Wednesday, 13 December 2000 - 12:00AM
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The Myth of Original Sin

Professor Richard Holloway
Wednesday, 29 November 2000 - 12:00AM
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Christianity as Myth

Professor Richard Holloway
Wednesday, 15 November 2000 - 12:00AM
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Living with Other Beliefs

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 6 April 2000 - 12:00AM
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Living with Disagreement

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 23 March 2000 - 12:00AM
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Living with Doubt

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 9 March 2000 - 12:00AM
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Living with Jesus - Lecture Two

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 24 February 2000 - 12:00AM
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Living with Jesus - Lecture One

Professor Richard Holloway
Wednesday, 1 December 1999 - 12:00AM
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Living with Revelation

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 4 November 1999 - 12:00AM
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What is the use of Heaven?

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 25 March 1999 - 12:00AM
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What is the use of Hell?

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 11 March 1999 - 12:00AM
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What is the use of the Church?

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 25 February 1999 - 12:00AM
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What is the use of Jesus?

Professor Richard Holloway
Wednesday, 2 December 1998 - 12:00AM
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What is the use of the Bible?

Professor Richard Holloway
Wednesday, 18 November 1998 - 12:00AM
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What Is the Use of God?

Professor Richard Holloway
Wednesday, 4 November 1998 - 1:00PM
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The Politics of Abortion

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 12 March 1998 - 12:00AM
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What’s Your Poison?

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 26 February 1998 - 12:00AM
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Was the Trojan Horse Gay?

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 18 December 1997 - 6:00PM
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Unhappy Bedfellows

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 4 December 1997 - 12:00AM
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Ethical Jazz

Professor Richard Holloway
Thursday, 6 November 1997 - 12:00AM
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The Media and Religion: Religious Broadcasting - Defender of Faiths

David Craig
Monday, 4 November 1996 - 12:00AM
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Thomas Gresham's Archbishop: Archbishop

Dr Richard Chartres
Monday, 3 June 1991 - 1:00PM
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Thomas Gresham's Archbishop: Crisis

Dr Richard Chartres
Monday, 20 May 1991 - 1:00PM
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Thomas Gresham's Archbishop: Early Life and Education

Dr Richard Chartres
Monday, 13 May 1991 - 1:00PM
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Healing and the Spirit: Ancient Medicine

Dr Richard Chartres
Monday, 5 March 1990 - 12:00AM
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The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem: Ravages of Fanaticism

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 13 December 1989 - 1:00PM
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The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem: Imperial Archaeology

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 6 December 1989 - 1:00PM
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The Turin Shroud - An Update

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 22 November 1989 - 12:00AM
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London Churches under the First Elizabeth

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 7 June 1989 - 1:00PM
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The Religious Life of Sir Thomas Gresham

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 31 May 1989 - 1:00PM
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The Armenians: Church and Culture

Dr Richard Chartres
Tuesday, 13 December 1988 - 1:00PM
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The Russian Millennium: The Morning After

Dr Richard Chartres
Tuesday, 22 November 1988 - 1:00PM
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God Speaks First to His Englishmen: The Armada of 1588

Dr Richard Chartres
Tuesday, 29 March 1988 - 1:00PM
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Victorian Values: Lecture Three

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 16 December 1987 - 1:00PM
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Victorian Values: Lecture Two

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 9 December 1987 - 1:00PM
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Victorian Values: Lecture One

Dr Richard Chartres
Wednesday, 2 December 1987 - 1:00PM
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The Religious Picture Today in the Soviet Union

Dr Richard Chartres
Thursday, 25 June 1987 - 12:00PM
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The Christian Church in the Soviet Period

Dr Richard Chartres
Thursday, 28 May 1987 - 12:00PM
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The Russian Orthodox Church Before the Revolution

Dr Richard Chartres
Thursday, 30 April 1987 - 12:00PM
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Christian Faith and Modern Art

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