Christ Church Cathedral Summer Lectures 2019

Science and Religion Revisited

Our Summer lectures bring together a wealth of experts to tackle subjects within a broad theme, with speakers including the Revd Professor Alister McGrath, the Revd Professor Keith Ward, and Professor John Hedley Brooke. This series of lectures takes place at 4.30pm on Wednesdays from 17 July to 21 August.

The Revd John Witheridge, an Honorary Chaplain at Christ Church Cathedral, curated this year’s series and said: ‘Scientific discoveries have challenged faith-related explanations of our world since Copernicus in the sixteenth century.  This summer lectures series on 'Science and Religion Revisited' has assembled six experts to examine some of today's challenges, and to ask whether science and faith really are in conflict.’


Wednesday 17 July - Fibs, Fictions and Fake History: Science’s Conflict with Religion?

Dr Allan Chapman, Member of the History Faculty, University of Oxford

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Wednesday 24 July - Science, Faith and God: Richard Dawkins and C. S. Lewis

The Revd Professor Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford

Wednesday 31 July - God and the Big Bang

The Revd Dr Rodney Holder, Associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Wednesday 7 August - Should We Send Missionaries Into Outer Space?

The Revd Professor Keith Ward, Professor of Religion, Roehampton University

Wednesday 14 August - Medicine and Faith

Professor Andrew Farmery, Head of the Nuffield Division of Anaesethetics

Wednesday 21 August - Science and Secularisation: Where the Myths Lie

Professor John Hedley Brooke, Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Science & Religion (ISSR)


The Great War: Its End and Effects

This series of free public lectures, sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral and the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, Oxford, take place on Tuesdays at 4.30pm beginning on 15 January. Following the centenary of the Armistice, this series examines the ends and effects of the Great War. Videos of the lectures are available below.


Tuesday 15 January - Britain and the First World War: was it all worth it?

Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies, University of Wolverhampton

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Tuesday 22 January - How far did the Versailles Treaty make peace?

Margaret MacMillan, Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford

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Tuesday 29 January - The impact of the Great War on the Christian religion

Mark Chapman, Professor of the History of Modern Theology, Oxford

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Tuesday 5 February - The inter-war peace movements

Martin Ceadel, Professor of Politics, New College, Oxford

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Tuesday 12 February - Changing German views of the Great War

Annika Mombauer, Professor of Modern European History, Open University

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Tuesday 19 February - Changing British views of the Great War

Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews

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Tuesday 26 February - The war in the Middle East

Rob Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford

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Tuesday 5 March - The McMahon Correspondence, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, and the Balfour Declaration: British policy on the Middle East

Ali Allawi, former Iraqi Minister of Defence and of Finance

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They Also Served...

Remembering the contributions made by African and Caribbean Service Personnel in World War I (1914-1918)

This free lecture by Canon Linda Ali was given to accompany the powerful photographic exhibition 'They Also Served...', on display in the Cathedral from 13 to 23 November. The project, run by Churches Together in England, formed part of our commemorations of the centenary of the Armistice and aims to bring alive the contributions of African and Caribbean servicemen who have been so often forgotten.

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Christ Church Cathedral Summer Lectures 2018

Christian Ethics: Today's Issues

Assisted Dying and Artificial Intelligence were among the topics addressed in a series of free Summer Lectures at Christ Church Cathedral. Starting in July, the six lectures, each given by an expert in the field, looked at key ethical issues of our day from a Christian perspective.

The Revd John Witheridge, an Honorary Chaplain at Christ Church Cathedral, curated this year’s series and said: 'The topics of the last two Summer Lectures series have been largely historical.  This year we turn our attention to Christian Ethics, with a focus on issues that are of particular interest and importance today. The Bishop of Carlisle will introduce the series with a lecture that explains why and how Christians form views on moral matters.’


Wednesday 18 July - Introduction to Christian Ethics

The Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle

Wednesday 25 July - Assisted Dying

Canon Professor Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology

Wednesday 1 August - Social Inequality

The Revd Dr Malcom Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England

Wednesday 8 August - Technology and Artificial Intelligence

Dr Michael Burdett, Research Fellow in Religion, Science and Technology, Wycliffe Hall

Wednesday 15 August - Climate Change

The Rt Revd David Atkinson, former Bishop of Thetford

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Wednesday 22 August - Just War

Lieutenant General Sir Scott Grant, KCB; former Quartermaster-General

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