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History of Christianity Seminar overview

History of Christianity Senior Seminar

Professor Alec Ryrie (Durham) speaking on 'Faith, Doubt, and the Problem of Atheism in Reformation Britain.'

This seminar is open to senior members and graduate students of the University. Others interested in attending should contact one of the convenors. The Seminar Chair is Dr Richard Rex.

The History of Christianity Seminar meets on alternate Wednesdays during term to hear and discuss research papers on any aspect of the history of Christianity from the medieval to the contemporary period. We aim for a mixture of subjects and speakers (both established researchers and doctoral students, from inside and outside Cambridge) through the academic year.

We welcome papers by speakers from outside Cambridge, and especially from scholars based overseas but visiting the United Kingdom for academic purposes. We can reimburse speakers’ travel expenses within the UK at a reasonable rate (i.e. standard class rail fares, taxis, etc). Recent outside speakers have included Mark Noll, Tom Mayer, Brad Gregory, and Robert Ventresca. If you would like to offer a paper to the seminar, please contact one of the convenors.



LENT Term 2018 Programme:

Meetings will be held in the Faculty of Divinity on Wednesdays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room, except for 14 March which will be held in Seminar Room DD47 on the fourth (top) floor of the Cripps Building, Queens' College.

Meeting on

  • 31 January

Prof. Alan Ford (University of Nottingham)

‘Protestant anti-Catholicism in Ireland, 1600-2000’



  • 14 February

Prof. Miri Rubin (QMUL)

‘History through images?  Continuity and change in ecclesia and synagoga

  • CANCELLED - 28 February

Nicholas Dixon (Pembroke College, Cambridge)

‘Episcopal Politics in Transition: The Parliamentary Participation of English Bishops, 1800-1837’



  • 14 March

       Room DD47, on the fourth (top) floor of the Cripps Building, Queens' College Cambridge

Prof. Vincenzo Lavenia (University of Bologna)

‘Unbelief and Inquisition in Early Modern Italy: the case of Flaminio Fabrizi’