Device is incompatible to play the video
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Birth of Anti-abortionism as a Religious Issue in America

Professor Alec Ryrie

In 1973, with a Supreme Court decision abortion was legalised throughout the United States. As the meaning of that decision sunk in, Christians of all political persuasions discovered in themselves an apparently intuitive moral revulsion at it, despite the lack of direct Biblical guidance on the issue.

ryrie.jpg

Alec Ryrie is Gresham Professor of Divinity. He is also Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University, President-elect of the Ecclesiastical History Society for 2019-20 and Co-Editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. From 2015-17 he was Visiting Professor in the History of Religion at Gresham College and gave two series of lectures on the history of Protestant Christianity.

He studied History as an undergraduate, at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, before completing a Master's in Reformation Studies at St. Andrews and a D.Phil. in Theology at St. Cross College, Oxford. From 1999-2006 he taught at the University of Birmingham, moving to Durham in 2007. Having been Head of the Department of Theology and Religion from 2012-15, he is currently completing a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2015-18). He is on the editorial boards of St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Ashgate) and the Royal Historical Society's Studies in History and New Historical Perspectives. Since 1997 he has been a Reader in the Church of England, and he is licenced to the parish of Shotley St. John (diocese of Newcastle).

Professor Ryrie is a historian of the Reformation era and of Protestantism more widely, with a particular focus on England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is an expert on the emergence and development of Protestant and radical beliefs, identities and spiritualities, and on the history of Protestant missions and missionaries. He has written several prize-winning books and his 2017 book Protestants: The Radicals Who Made the Modern World gives an overview of the history of Protestantism from Luther to the present. Much of the book was prefigured in his lectures at Gresham College in 2015-17. You can watch the lectures in full here.

His current research is on the early history of doubt, scepticism and 'atheism' before such things became intellectually respectable. His book on this subject, Unbelievers: The Religious Quest to Abolish God, will be published in 2019. Many of the book’s themes will be explored in his first series of lectures as Gresham Professor of Divinity on The Origins of Atheism.

Current Gresham Professor of Professor of Divinity

Read More
Read Less
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

How To Be An Atheist In Medieval Europe

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How the Reformation Trained Us to Be Sceptics

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Money: The Root of All Evil, Or Our Salvation?

The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge
Thursday, 8 November 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How to be a Shakespearean Atheist

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Varieties of Forgiveness

The Revd Dr Stephen Cherry
Thursday, 7 February 2019 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

The Conversion of T.S. Eliot

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Remembering London: The Story of the Faith Communities of London and their Prospects

Dr Richard Chartres
Monday, 11 June 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The 30 Years' War (1618-48) and the Second Defenestration of Prague

Professor Peter Wilson
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Facts Matter, But They Aren't Enough: Science, Faith and Meaning in Life

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

The Philosophy of Time: Does Physics Have The Last Word?

Professor Raymond Tallis
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Are We Lost In The Cosmos?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Spiritual Quest Against Religion

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 4 April 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How to be a Puritan Atheist

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 14 March 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How to be a Shakespearean Atheist

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How the Reformation Trained Us to Be Sceptics

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How To Be An Atheist In Medieval Europe

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

To What Extent Did The Adventists Bring Stability To A Changing World?

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 1:58PM
WATCHED

Professor Ryrie's Thoughts On Self-Deception

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 1:57PM
WATCHED

Was Miller Influenced By The Deism Of The French Revolution?

Professor Alec Ryrie
Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 1:55PM
WATCHED

The Role of Literary Creative Writing in Exploring Religious Issues

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 6:59PM
WATCHED

Is Religion an Extension of Psychology?

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 6:58PM
WATCHED

Is Assisted Suicide a Cure for Suffering?

The Rt Revd Lord Harries
Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 6:56PM