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2017 Henry Martyn Lectures

last modified Feb 01, 2017 10:33 AM
“Who Are My People: Christianity, Violence, and Belonging in Post-Colonial Africa.” The series takes place on 20, 21, and 22 February at 5.30pm in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity.
2017 Henry Martyn Lectures: “Who Are My People: Christianity, Violence, and Belonging in Post-Colonial Africa.” Delivered by Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Katongole of the Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The series takes place on February 20, 21, and 22 at 5.30pm each night in the Runcie Room of the Cambridge University Divinity Faculty, West Road, CB3 9BS. A reception in the Faculty will follow the lecture on Feb. 21. 
Members of the university and the public are warmly invited to attend the lectures.
Born and educated in Uganda, Emmanuel Katongole was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1987. Since then, Katongole has served parishes in Uganda, Belgium and the United States. An expert in the study of Africa, the theology of reconciliation and lament, and Christianity in the global South, Katongole has taught at Katigondo National Major Seminary in Uganda and Duke Divinity School, where he co-founded the Centre for Reconciliation. He now teaches at the University of Notre Dame and its Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Katongole has written multiple books on the Christian social imagination, including The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa. These lectures promise new insight into the massive social and religious transformation taking place across Africa.
More information is online at www.cccw.cam.ac.uk or by e-mailing .

‘The Niqab in Schools’ Wins the Cambridge Religion on Film Competition

last modified May 05, 2015 11:28 AM

The Faculty of Divinity is delighted to announce the winner of RE:view The Cambridge Religion on Film Competition.

Billie Coulson responded to the question that linked religion and sociology, considering how an awareness of religion helps understandings of multiculturalism. Her film ‘The Niqab in Schools’ was chosen by a panel of judges from the Faculty of Divinity who were impressed the range of views represented in her film.

This new competition gave sixth form students the opportunity to engage with challenging questions that explored the relationship between the study of religion and another subject area in a creative and expressive format.

Teams or individuals were asked to answer one of the questions by producing a 5 minute film.

You can view Billie’s film at http://youtu.be/dtUz44kjePg

For more information about what the competition involved contact Laura Jeffrey, Outreach Officer outreach@divinity.cam.ac.uk

97% Student Satisfaction

last modified Jan 16, 2017 01:57 PM
Theology and Religious Studies scored 97 per cent for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

The Faculty is delighted that students have such a positive experience studying Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge.

Ninety seven per cent also agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating, staff are good at explaining things, staff are enthusiastic about their teaching, and that library resources are good enough for their needs. The course scored above 85 per cent in 19 of the 22 Main Survey Questions.

A lecture and a seminar by Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

last modified Apr 28, 2016 03:09 PM
Francis X. Clooney, S.J. is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology and the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.

May 3 - Runcie Room: ‘Seeking Theological Foundations for the Future of Hindu-Christian Studies’, at 5:00 pm


May 4 -  Lightfoot Room, Faculty of Divinity: ‘Comparative Theology as a Form of Hindu-Christian Studies’, at 2:30 pm

Professor George Van Kooten to deliver the Ashby Lecture 2018

Professor George Van Kooten, the incoming Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, will deliver this year's Ashby Lecture on Thursday June 28th.

Professor George Van Kooten to deliver the Ashby Lecture 2018 - Read More…

Applications open for Summer School

last modified Feb 08, 2016 10:54 AM
Students in Year 12 are invited to apply for the Sutton Trust Summer School.

The Theology and Philosophy Summer School is taking place 18-22 July 2016. This is a subject-specific residential where you live and study as a Cambridge student. 

During the day, you’ll be in your academic department, where you’ll be taught by world-leading experts in your subject. They’ll guide you through new areas of study, introducing you to the depth and breadth of a Cambridge undergraduate course. But it’s not all work. After you leave the departments, you’ll have time to explore Cambridge with your Summer School friends, and we’ll put on a host of activities for you.

The closing date for applications is 8 March. Applications are not processed on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please do not rush your application.  Please be aware, however, that you must meet certain eligibility criteria to be accepted on the summer schools.

For more information and applications, please visit www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/summer-schools

Experience Cambridge

For those that are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the Summer School, we run Experience Cambridge. You will visit Cambridge on 5 July and 2 August. In between you'll complete a study project, either on your own or in groups, supported by the course leaders. 

For more information, see  www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/summer-schools/experience-cambridge

Chair's annual report for 2015-16 published

last modified Nov 14, 2016 08:04 AM

The Chair of Faculty's annual report for 2015-16 has now been published. See link below.

The Arachnion Project

last modified Jul 29, 2013 04:34 PM

The Arachnion project: NT Greek on the web

Dr Jane Mclarty and David Goode (both of the Faculty of Divinity and Wolfson College) have been awarded a grant of £17,200 from the University's Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund to develop a pre-term online multimedia introduction to New Testament Greek for students.

All first year undergraduates in Theological & Religious Studies must take a scriptural language paper, and New Testament Greek is the most popular option. Until three years ago, the Faculty offered a pre-term language course to first year undergraduates, comprising 10 one hour teaching sessions spread over a week, to give students a head-start in Greek while they had no other commitments to distract them.

Now that this course can no longer be offered, this project will provide an alternative way of introducing students to the basic concepts of Greek grammar before they arrive in Cambridge, through a series of lessons available online. The purpose is to demystify the language, give students greater confidence in their ability to cope with it, and start them on learning some of the fundamentals of the language.

The Arachnion Project is due to be ready in time for students coming up in the academical year 2013-14.

Professor George Van Kooten to deliver the Ashby Lecture 2018

last modified Jun 27, 2018 09:18 AM
The Ashby Lecture will be held at the Riley Auditorium, Clare College, on Thursday June 28th.

The Ashby Lecture will be held at the Riley Auditorium, Clare College, on Thursday June 28th. The lecture will be entitled "Oiling the Wheels of Nations? Religion and Politics, Then and Now”

Synopsis: This lecture offers a radical politico-ethical rereading of Paul’s letter to the centre of the Roman Empire, his Letter to the Romans, written in the 50s of the first century under then emperor Nero, then still tutored and advised by the philosopher Seneca. In this letter, Paul develops the notion of Christian communities as “assemblies of the nations” that run parallel to the (imperial) state.

This lecture proposes to read this fundamental letter against the background of Roman politics, in the immediate context of ancient political philosophy, issuing in reflections on the potential relevance of religion - alongside culture and sports - in modern international politics, exploring the benefits of understanding religion as an international non-governmental organization, and testing if, and in what sense it can inspire human values.

The lecture will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday 28 June in Riley Auditorium, Gillespie Centre, Memorial Court, Clare College CB3 9AJ

All are welcome! Please book in advance:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clare-hall-ashby-lecture-2018-tickets-45029696033

Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal awarded Leverhulme Fellowship

last modified May 18, 2017 10:13 AM

Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to enable her to conduct research on "Kierkegaard's Reception of Johannes Tauler. Rheno-Flemish Mysticism and Its Existential Reinterpretation"

A conflict of Biblical proportions: How the Bible was used to turn the First World War into a Holy War

last modified Nov 04, 2015 09:06 AM
The significance of the Bible in both the war, and anti-war efforts, of both Allied and Central powers in the First World War are to be examined in a new research project, which will document ways in which scripture was used to create notions of a Holy War, and how views of the Bible changed as a result of the conflict.

Amid the mud and mechanised slaughter, it is difficult to see how the teachings of the Good Book could have been much more than an afterthought for those who lived and fought through the horrors of the First World War.

Yet as a new research project aims to reveal, the Bible may have done far more to shape popular perception of the war than has previously been appreciated. Starting this week, researchers at the University of Cambridge will embark on a centenary study examining how the Bible played an influential role in the deadliest armed struggle that the world had, at that stage, ever seen.

Read the full press release.

Visit the project web site.

Book now for 'Stations of the Cross' - Exploring Religion and Art

last modified Feb 23, 2016 02:09 PM
Book now for 'Stations of the Cross' - Exploring Religion and Art

Come and hear Dr Aaron Rosen, artist G. Roland Biermann, and Professor Eamon Duffy in conversation about fantastic new art exhibition 'Stations of the Cross'.

More Info: http://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/news/stationscambridge

Booking open for 30 June Open Event

last modified May 18, 2016 01:47 PM
The next Faculty Open Event for potential undergraduates is on 30 June 2016 from 1.30 - 4.30pm.

This will give you the chance to find out about our course, hear a sample lecture, try a scriptural language, learn what our students go onto after graduating, plus talk to current and past students. To reserve a place for yourself and up to two guests, please book at www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/open-days


The afternoon will focus on studying in the faculty. If you want to find out more apply studying in Cambridge more generally, you may wish to attend talks that form part of the Cambridge Open Days. You will need to book separately for this
www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/cambridge-open-days

If you can't make this date, why not look at the films on this page: http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/open-days

If you wish to visit the faculty at another time or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Laura Jeffrey, Outreach Officer

British Museum Curator to deliver talk at the Faculty, 1 February 5.30pm

last modified Jan 13, 2016 11:35 AM
Cambridge Interfaith Programme is delighted to be collaborating with the British Museum to deliver a unique public event centring on their most recent exhibition - 'Egypt: faith after the Pharaohs'.

British Museum curator Elisabeth R. O'Connell will present her illuminating perspective on the exhibition, followed by comments from key experts within the field including Dr James Aitken, Dr Simon Gathercole, Professor Garth Fowden, and Dr Ben Outhwaite. Free and open to all. 

For more information see www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/news/bmeveningwithcurator 

Dr Dragos Calma wins €1,992,643 ERC Consolidator Grant

last modified Dec 15, 2017 11:18 AM
Dr Dragos Calma (Clare College) has won a €1,992,643 ERC Consolidator Grant 2017​, Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions

A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Latin West (9th-16th Centuries).

The project, the only ERC_Consolidator Grant in Social and Human Sciences awarded to the University of Cambridge in 2017 and 2016, will be hosted by the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism in the Faculty of Divinity.

It offers an original and ground-breaking account of the​ ​impact of Pagan Hellenic Neoplatonism on the Abrahamic traditions. It focuses​ ​mainly, but not exclusively, on the Elements of Theology of Proclus​ ​(fifth century) which occupies a unique place in the history of thought.

Together with its ninth-century Arabic adaptation, the Book​ ​of Causes, it has been translated, adapted, refuted and commented​ ​upon by Muslim, Jewish and Christian thinkers across centuries, up​ ​to the dawn of modernity.

Cambridge Inter-faith Programme at the British Museum

last modified Nov 09, 2015 10:28 AM
Booking open for Scriptural Reasoning Workshops on 15 and 22 November.

Cambridge Inter-faith Programme is very excited to be working with the British Museum's pioneering new exhibition - 'Egypt: faith after the Pharaohs' - to deliver two Scriptural Reasoning workshops, during which participants will read and reflect together on Christian, Jewish and Muslim sacred texts.

For more information visit www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/news/britishmuseumsr

Cambridge Religion on Film Competition

last modified Nov 02, 2015 03:10 PM
A chance for sixth form students to win up to £400.

There are just two weeks left before the deadline of the Cambridge Religion on Film Competition. This year the theme is religion and the senses. Sixth form students are invited to create a five minute film on their own or in a team for a chance to win up to £400.

To find out more see www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/filmcomp 

Cambridge Theology degree top of The Complete University Guide

last modified Jun 09, 2016 09:29 AM
Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge has come top of the 2017 Subject Table.

The tables are compiled using data that ranks university courses based on the average UCAS tariff score of new students, student satisfaction, research quality, and graduate prospects.

For more information see http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Theology+%26+Religious+Studies

Corpus Christi College Hoskyn Essay Prize for Theology 2018

last modified Feb 21, 2018 04:05 PM
Corpus Christi college invite entries from sixth-form students for their theology essay prize.

Corpus Christi College is pleased to launch the Hoskin Theology Essay Competition for the year 2018 which is open to all students in Year 12 (Lower Sixth). A maximum of two entries per school or college is invited. There is a “pot” of £500, with a First Prize of £300. Essays, which should be between 1,500 and 2,500 words long (including footnotes), can be submitted in answer to one of the following questions:

1 What questions might the presence of life elsewhere in the universe pose to theology? Answer with respect to a world religious tradition of your choice.

2 What does the commemoration of the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation mean for the twenty-first century?

3 How should knowledge of the Jewish and Hellenistic world of the first century inform our understanding of the New Testament?

4 What does the study of religion miss if it neglects to consider material culture, such as visual art, architecture or archaeological remains?

Full information is available here.

Day in honour of Judith Lieu May 18th, Runcie Room, 10:45 am Faculty of Divinity

last modified May 15, 2018 01:01 PM

  

Day in honour of Judith Lieu

May 18th, Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity,

University of Cambridge

  

 

10.45  Welcome

 

11.00   James Carleton Paget: ‘The scholarly contribution of Judith Lieu’.

 

11.40   Martin Goodman, 'Paul on forced circumcision and persecution in                           Galatians 6:12'.

 

12.30   Lunch

 

  2.00   Francis Watson, ‘What is a Gospel?’

 

  2.50   Eddie Adams, ‘Jesus the light in John's Gospel’.

 

  3.40   Short break

 

  3.50   Jane McLarty, ‘Dreams of Paradise: early Christian visions                

            of the afterlife’.

 

  4.30   Judith Lieu

 

Undergraduates, Graduates, Senior Members of the University

and Members of the Public, ALL WELCOME

Divine Creation & Linguistic Creations Audio Recordings Now Available

last modified Feb 06, 2018 01:53 PM
The audio recordings from the Divine Creations Conference on the work of Professor Janet Soskice are now available online.

Audio Recordings of this event can be found here: http://sms.cam.ac.uk/collection/2662424

Details of all past conferences can be found here.

 

Don Stebbings Memorial Fund

last modified May 10, 2018 03:28 PM
Following the sad news of Don Stebbings death and in honour of Don’s concern for the welfare of students, we would like to establish a fund whose proceeds could be used for student support.

Don Stebbings, who had been the custodian in the Divinity Faculty from 1985 to 2015, very sadly died in November 2017, a little more than two years after his retirement.

Don was one of the Faculty’s great characters, both in its old premises in St John’s Street, and more recently in its modern building on the Sidgwick Site. Although he was employed as the custodian of the Faculty, with responsibility for the upkeep and general maintenance of the building, duties in which he took real pride and fulfilled with aplomb, he saw his job in broader terms. So as well as keeping an eye on the buildings, he also enjoyed interacting with students. This was either through banter, jokes and witticisms of various kinds, or in ways that were more straightforwardly pastoral: listening to students’ concerns and worries.

As a sign of the Faculty’s esteem for, and gratitude to, Don for his great service over many years, the Faculty Board voted overwhelmingly to seek to raise a sum of money in his memory. In honour of Don’s concern for the welfare of students we would like to establish a fund whose proceeds could be used for student support.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit https://www.philanthropy.cam.ac.uk/give-to-cambridge/faculty-of-divinity-don-stebbings-memorial-fund

T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint is Book of the Month with 35% Off

last modified May 13, 2015 11:06 AM
Dr. Aitken's latest book, the T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint, has been listed as the Publisher's Book of the Month.

Dr. Aitken's latest book, the T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint, has been listed as the Publisher's Book of the Month. As part of this promotional spotlight it is now available at a special discount, 35% off the list price.

Please visit The T&T Blog for further details.

T&T Clark have also produced a podcast interview with Dr. Aitken, discussing the book. Aitken talks about the Septuagint in general, and about what makes the Companion a unique reference resource.

The podcast is available on PodOmatic.



Dr Andrew Davison made Canon Philosopher

last modified Jun 16, 2015 09:11 AM
Dr Andrew Davison made Canon Philosopher

Canon Philosopher, Dr Andrew Davison, with the Bishop of St Albans.

Our Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, Dr Andrew Davison, has recently been made a canon of St Albans cathedral.
Such appointments are an opportunity for the church to recognise the contribution that someone – usually a clergyman or woman, but not always – has made to its life. Andrew’s appointment is to a new position, that of the ‘canon philosopher’ of the cathedral and diocese. As far as we know, he is the first person ever to hold such a position anywhere in the Church of England. His task in this role is to help the diocese to become more familiar with the wealth of the Christian philosophical tradition.
Andrew is the author of The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians. The bishop, The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, said that he hoped that the canonry would contribute to an ‘increased confidence’ in the intellectual tradition of Christianity and the ability of Anglicans in the diocese to take place in discussions ‘in the public square’. As a parallel appointment, The Revd Professor David Wilkinson, the Principal of St John’s College, Durham, has been appointed as the canon scientist. 

Dr Ankur Barua Awarded Two Commendations from the CUSU Student-Led Teaching Awards

last modified May 03, 2016 09:18 AM
The CUSU Student-Led Teaching Awards are a unique opportunity for students to recognise the exceptional contribution those who teach and support them have made to their education. The Awards are organised by CUSU, and any student at Cambridge is able to nominate. The judging of the Awards is carried out by a panel of students.

This year Dr Ankur Barua will be awarded two Commendations from the CUSU Student-Led Teaching Awards. He will be recognised for his great work as both a Lecturer and a Supervisor.

The Awards and Commendations will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday 5th May, at which students and staff will celebrate the excellent teaching and student support which takes place everyday across the Collegiate University.


You can find more information about the awards and all the winners here: http://www.cusu.co.uk/articles/cusu-teaching-awards-2016-the-winners

Dr Beth Singler Chosen to Speak at Hay Festival

last modified May 08, 2017 11:45 AM
Dr. Beth Singler, Former PhD student and research associate at The Faraday Institute for Science, has been selected to speak at the Hay Festival, as one of the Hay 30.

The Hay 30 are thirty specially-selected young novelists, scientists, philosophers, performers and activists who will imagine and shape the world in the next thirty years.

The Hay Festival will take place between 25th May - 4th JUne.

 

Dr Beth Singler Discusses 'The Rise of the Robots' on BBC Radio 4

last modified Feb 13, 2017 01:42 PM
Dr Beth Singler, Former PhD student and research associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, recently discussed the role of robots in science and culture on the BBC's Today programme.

The show aired on 7th February 2017 and featured a discussion between Dr Singler and Adam Rutherford, present of Radio 4’s Inside Science. It will be available to listen to here until 7th March 2017.

Learn more about events and research at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion on their website.

 

 

 

 

Dr Philip McCosker has been elected the next Vice Master of St Edmund's College.

last modified Feb 28, 2018 02:50 PM
The Faculty of Divinity is delighted to announce that Dr Philip McCosker has been elected the next Vice Master of St Edmund’s College in Cambridge from October 2018.

Dr McCosker is research associate and affiliated lecturer of the faculty as well as a fellow of St Edmund's College.

St Edmund’s College is a mature college with over 550 students and 68 fellows drawn from 81 nationalities. It is known for its international outlook and enterprising spirit, as well as the significant place it gives to the study and research of religious traditions. It is home to the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry, of which Dr McCosker is the Director. 

Dr Weiss Quoted in New York Times

last modified Nov 29, 2017 10:28 AM
A selection from Dr Daniel Weiss's article, 'Aquinas's Opposition to Killing the Innocent and its Distinctiveness within the Christian Just War Tradition' was quoted in the New York Times.

Dr Weiss's article on Aquinas was cited in relation to recent debates over gun control: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/opinion/sunday/christians-support-gun-control.html

The quote comes from an article arguing that Aquinas's position regarding the killing of innocent people differs significantly from other representatives of the Christian just war tradition.

The full text can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jore.12187/abstract

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE 3 - 4 JULY 2018

last modified Feb 22, 2018 02:42 PM
The Faculty of Divinity are hosting the upcoming conference on Dual-Religious Belonging in Hinduism and Christianity

Hindu-Christian Dual Belonging

An Interdisciplinary Conference

An increasingly visible socio-religious feature of some western, and more specifically British, cultural spheres is the practice of cultivating forms of affiliation to more than one religious tradition.  Especially in the case of individuals from Christian, and occasionally Jewish, religious backgrounds, we find attempts to interweave forms of Eastern religions into their broadly Abrahamic horizons of belief and practice.  These modulations of the ‘Eastward turn’ over the last few decades or so, which have generated contested hybrids such as ‘Christian yoga’, ‘Christian mindfulness’, and so on, could be dismissed on the grounds that they are shaped by, and hence also contaminated by, the inherited cultural trajectories of European fascination with the exoticised Orient.  Thus, it might be claimed that Christians who are looking to the wisdom-based traditions of Hinduism are uncritically repeating older Orientalist strategies for culturally appropriating what the West desperately needs from the romanticised East.

From a slightly different perspective, there are also complex philosophical-theological questions relating to truth-claims made by the different spiritual traditions which have often become part of the sociological smorgasbord in urban locations such as London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford, Luton, Slough, Leicester, and elsewhere. The metaphysical presuppositions of certain forms of Vedantic Hinduism cannot always be readily translated into Jewish-Christian doctrines, idioms, and vocabularies, and, conversely, certain Jewish-Christian experiences may not resonate powerfully with some Indic sensibilities. Therefore, hybrid descriptions of ‘Hindu-Christian’ could seem, at worst, to be logical contradictions, and, at best, to be passing fads on the religious landscapes.   

We are bringing together academics who will speak on the theme of dual religious belonging, especially in the cases of Hinduism and Christianity, by using the analytical tools of philosophy, theology, cultural studies, anthropology, to present their theoretical reflections on, and their personal engagements with, themes relating to living in and with more than one religious worldview.

 INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE 3 - 4 JULY 2018

University of Cambridge (UK)

Faculty of Divinity

To register, email

Nadya Pohran & Daniel Soars

HCstudies@divinity.cam.ac.uk 

Ebook trial of Bloomsbury Collections (until 10 Dec 2015)

last modified Oct 13, 2015 05:00 PM
Ebook trial of Bloomsbury Collections (until 10 Dec 2015)

Screenshot of Bloomsbury ebook platform (Trial Oct-Dec 2015)

The following collections might be particularly relevant to members of the Faculty of Divinity:

NB: the above links only show you the collections for browsing (no full-text access); if you would like to read the full-text of titles, please use http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/login

Once you have logged in (using your Raven username and password), you should be able to see the full-text.

More information from our UL ebooks colleagues is available at

https://t.co/dWsFxVgtC0

For questions or feedback, please use ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk .

 

Electronic legal deposit terminal now available!

last modified May 09, 2016 12:45 PM
You can read material on screen, or print some parts via DS-Print, from our terminal just outside the Librarian's office.
Electronic legal deposit terminal now available!

LibrarySearch result for electronic Legal Deposit item

More and more material will never arrive in print at the UL any more, so if you have a moment, it might be worthwile checking out the terminal when you are in the Divinity Library next...

If you ever searched LibrarySearch and got the following message as part of your results "Available on designated PCs in University Library and Affiliated Libraries only." then the eLegal Deposit Terminal might be of interest to you.

Printing works via DS-Print.
You might want to check whether you have any DS-Print credit (the DivLib multi-functional device uses the "common (or global) balance" which is also used by some Colleges and some other institutions within the Cambridge University landscape: to check whether you have any DS-Print credit, please go to http://www.ds.cam.ac.uk/balance/.

If you need to add credit, please go to: https://ecredit.ds.cam.ac.uk/

If you would like more information about electronic legal deposit, please go to http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/departments/legal-deposit/access-electronic-legal-deposit

Events for Potential Applicants

last modified Jan 16, 2017 03:04 PM
Sign up for events taking place in 2017

There are lots of events taking place over the coming months for students interested in learning more about studying Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge.

All can be booked online either now or in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Jeffrey

Masterclass

Our Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion Masterclass is taking place on Saturday 4th February. To book a place visit: www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/masterclasses

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

The Faculty of Divinity will be at four Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences this year: Merseyside 20th, Newcastle 21st, Birmingham 28th, and Swansea 29th March. For more information about the conferences taking place, please visit www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/student-conferences

Open Afternoons

Our next Open Afternoons are on Monday 24th April and Thursday 6th July. These will give you the chance to see the Faculty, hear about the course, listen to a sample lecture, take a sample scriptural language class, and have the chance to speak to staff and current students. Booking will open approximately two months before the event takes place.

Sutton Trust Summer School

The Theology and Philosophy Summer School is taking place on 14th - 18th August 2017 for students in Year 12. This is a subject-specific residential where you live and study as a Cambridge student. 

The closing date for applications in 2017 is 5pm on 2 March 2017. Please be aware that you must meet certain eligibility criteria to be accepted on the summer schools.

For more information and applications, please visit http://summerschools.suttontrust.com/university/cambridge/

Experience Cambridge

All students who are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the Summer School, are offered a place on Experience Cambridge. Students visit the university on two occasions: once in late June and then again in July 2017. In between you will complete a study project, either on your own or in groups, supported by the course leaders. Dates will be released as they are set.  

For more information, see  www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/summer-schools/experience-cambridge

£102.20 raised for BBC Children In Need

last modified Nov 19, 2014 10:01 AM
Donations from the Faculty of Divinity's cake stall on Friday 14th November raised £102.20 for BBC Children in Need!

 

Donations from the cake stall on Friday 14th November raised £102.20 for BBC Children in Need! The cakes were provided by members of staff and included gluten-free cupcakes for those with intolerances! All cakes were also nut-free, of course, and included a delicious apple cake which sold-out fast! A big thanks to our star bakers, Karen Webb, Gillian Burrows & Philip McCosker!

Students stopped-by from 11am, at which time complimentary tea and coffee is always available. The cake stall was provided alongside this, creating the perfect morning get-together! Donations were freely given, with no set prices, and it seems people chose to give quite generously. Thanks to all the students and members of staff that donated to this great cause!

 

 

Faculty of Divinity at the Festival of Ideas

last modified Oct 12, 2015 11:11 AM

Think about religion in lots of different ways at this year's Festival of Ideas. There are talks, debates and workshops for all ages organised by members of the Faculty of Divinity. Follow the links below for more information:

Faith and education: an uneasy partnership
Wednesday 21 October: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
St John's College, Palmerston Room, St John’s Street, CB2 1TP
DEBATE This will focus on the place of faith in education, a question of special relevance in the light of changing cultural dynamics of religion and secularity in British public life. 

Scriptural Reasoning Workshop 
Wednesday 21 October: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Michaelhouse Centre, Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU
WORKSHOP: Interested in inter-faith dialogue? Come and join us for an interactive and thought-provoking evening of reading and reflecting together on passages from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian scriptures, otherwise known as Scriptural Reasoning. People of all and no faiths welcome. 

The Book of Psalms and the Power of Songs for People's Emotions
Thursday 22 October: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
TALK Learn about the instruments and background of Jewish worship, and see how these songs still shape the hearts of people. 

What makes superheroes tick?
Saturday 24 October: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
DROP-IN Consider the what drives The 99 (young, comic-book/television superheroes from around the world) and other superheroes, how these qualities relate to religious moral codes, and use them to design your own superhero.

The trouble with recognizing angels: a workshop
Saturday 24 October: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
WORKSHOP We will look at where our ideas about where angels come from and find out whether you can spot an angel by watching it eat, and discover what the Angel of the Lord and Darth Vader have in common. 

Masada and the Jewish revolt against Rome
Saturday 24 October: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
TALK Join us for an overview of the First Jewish War against Rome (66 – 74 CE), beginning with a background of the conflict with the Greek world in the Maccabean Revolt, the destruction of the Temple (66-70 CE) and the last stand of Masada.

Brevity is the soul of wit: role-playing proverbs
Saturday 24 October: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
WORKSHOP What are proverbs, and how do they work? Turn an adage into a skit and discover how age-old wisdom stands the test of time.

New Atheism in 17th century England?
Wednesday 28 October: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
TALK Explore early modern perceptions of atheism by peering through the eyes of the major 17th century Cambridge thinkers known to us today as the Cambridge Platonists.

Faculty talks at the Festival of Ideas

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Staff and researchers from the Faculty of Divinity will be giving a number of talks as part of the Festival. These reflect the wide ranging research carried out in Cambridge in the field of religion. Please note the different venues and visit the festival programme for more information.

Tuesday 21 October 5-6pm Mill Lecture Rooms

Ruth Jackson: The fixed image and the created self: photographs and flip-books from a religious perspective. 

Wednesday 22 October 5-6pm Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

Dr Douglas Hedley: 'A Cambridge Platonist preaching to the House of Commons: Images and Idols in Civil War England' (this is in place of: 'New Atheism' in seventeenth century England?)

Thursday 23 October 5.30-6.45pm Faculty of Divinity

Dr James Aitken: Jews in antiquity: framing identity in a Greek world

Saturday 25 October 11am-2pm Faculty of Divinity

Hands-on activities exploring religious identity

Saturday 25 October 12.30-1.30pm Faculty of Law

Beth Singler: Jedi and witches ad indigo children! Oh my!

Wednesday 29 October 6-7pm Divinity School, St John's College

Dr Nathan McDonald (chair), Jesse Zink, Rev'd Duncan Dormor, Rev'd Carolyn Hammond: Identity Politics and the Anglican Church

Faith and education: an uneasy partnership

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This relevant debate is part of the Festival of Ideas 2015. It will focus on the place of faith in education, a question of special significance in the light of changing cultural dynamics of religion and secularity in British public life.

Faith plays a pivotal role in all areas of British national life, from recent fears about home-grown Islamic extremism, to questions of Christianity’s long-central role in public life, to the shaping of values in an age of doubt.

This debate asks whether the inclusion of religion in curricula, and the funding or even existence of faith schools, are more likely to foster inter-religious understanding and contribute to an inclusive society, or to encourage division and to undermine the goals of education. Bringing together senior academics including former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, policy makers and other experts, this debate will offer speakers and audiences across different sectors, faiths and communities an opportunity to engage in thoughtful and critical reflection on some of the most important questions of identity, diversity, and civic formation in contemporary British culture.

Speakers:
-Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association  
-Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith and Public Policy, Goldsmiths, University of London
-Farid Panjwani, Director of the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education; Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, University College London
-Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge; 

Chaired by Catrin Nye, BBC

For information and to book a place, see www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/faith-and-education-uneasy-partnership

Festival of Ideas 2017

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Booking now open for the Festival of Ideas 2017. The Faculty is delighted to be hosting a number of talks and workshops during the event. Book your tickets online:

Talks (all 5-6pm)             

18 October
 'God Alone is True': Luther and the Quest for Certainty https://cfi2017godaloneistrue.eventbrite.co.uk

23 October
Asking 'The Big Questions' outside of a Religious Community https://cfi2017bigquestionsoutsiderelcomm.eventbrite.co.uk

25 October
What is Truth? How Ancient Wisdom Can Advance 21st Century Knowledge https://cfi2017ancientwisdomc21knowledge.eventbrite.co.uk


Workshops

Saturday 21 October

11am-12pm
One Truth, Many Religions https://cfi2017onetruthmanyreligions.eventbrite.co.uk

1-2pm
Trouble with Truth and Reading the Bible https://cfi2017troublewithreadingbible.eventbrite.co.uk

See https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/ for more details about the Festival.


Panel Events

Saturday 21 October

1.30pm-3pm
Borders of Violence & Visions of Peace: Religious Landscapes of South Asia
Register here: http:religiouslandscapes.eventbrite.co.uk

Film Competition Winners Announced

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School students demonstrated their passion for the subject in creative and sensitive films for the 2016 Cambridge Religion on Film Competition.

Thank you to all the teams and individuals who entered a film into the 2016 competition. Students were asked to produce a creative response which demonstrated why learning about religion is so interesting. For the first time we opened up the competition to students in Years 9-13. 

The overall winner was 'Save RS!' by Barbora Formanko, Roisin Robinson and Maddy Compton.

Find out all the winners and watched selected films.

Film on Buddhism and the Senses Wins Religion on Film Competition

last modified Feb 01, 2016 10:38 AM
The Faculty of Divinity is delighted to announce the winner of RE:view The Cambridge Religion on Film Competition.

Elaine Kim considered how important the senses are in Buddhism. Her film was chosen by a panel of judges from the Faculty of Divinity.

This competition gives sixth form students the opportunity to critically engage with religion in a creative and expressive format.

Teams or individuals were asked to producing a film on the theme of religion and the senses, lasting no more than 5 minutes.

You can view Elaine’s film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcrYd11DCI8

For more information about what the competition involved contact Laura Jeffrey, Outreach Officer outreach@divinity.cam.ac.uk

Finding books at the Library

last modified Oct 23, 2015 04:59 PM
We have started changing our classmarks... hopefully, you'll agree that this will lead to a big improvement.
Finding books at the Library

One example of the classmarks with running numbers, next to "old style" classmarks

Since 1 October 2015 we have started adding so-called "running numbers" to our classmarks to all books newly-added to stock, which will mean that older books with the "same old classmark" will also be changed.

So instead of having several volumes of the classmark of, say, 9 CUP, these will now be 9 CUP 1, 9 CUP 2, 9 CUP 3, etc. This should make finding and shelving books easier - especially in areas where there used to be 20 or more books with exactly the same classmark.

We also have started to introduce two further changes:

IF there are multiple copies of a book, this will be indicated by “(x)”, so:

 10 BEC 3(1) = 1st copy of this book by Lucy Beckett

 10 BEC 3(2) = 2nd copy of this book by Lucy Beckett

 IF a title is the first, second, ... edition, this will be indicated by adding the letters “a”, “b”, “c”, etc. directly after the running number, so:

5
LIE
1a

LIEU, Judith M.

Neither Jew Nor Greek

9780567083265

t&t clark

2002

5
LIE
1b

LIEU, Judith M.

Neither Jew Nor Greek

9780567658814

Bloomsbury T&T Clark

2015

 

Fines block at Divinity Library & vacation loans due on Thu 14 January 2016

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If you have borrowed from the Divinity Library, please be aware that if you have outstanding fines of £5.01 or more, your account will be blocked until you have paid these fines. Vacation loans due on Thu 14 January 2016 will not be renewable if your account is blocked.

From today (8 January 2016) we have implemented a recently-approved policy:

Fines of £5.01 and over will need to be paid, otherwise your Divinity Library account will be blocked. This means you will not be able to borrow from us any more, or be able to renew books you have borrowed already (meaning you will accrue more fines).

You can pay in person, or online via:

http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=202&prodid=1784

Please also note:

our vacation loans (books borrowed since the beginning of December 2015, will be due on Thu 14 January 2016. If your account is not blocked, and noone has put a hold on the book, you will be able to renew the book from 10am on the 11th.

 

Prof Fowden's digital photo archive now online

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Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths, Garth Fowden, is a historian of first millennium CE Eurasia, who in pursuit of his interests has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa. For the greater part of his career he has lived and worked in Greece. This site presents a digitized version of the photographic archive he developed while conducting research on the landscapes and monuments of these regions.

For a generous subvention that allowed the slides to be digitized at the Cambridge University Library, thanks are due to the Managers of the Sultan Qaboos Fund for Abrahamic Faiths.

Gates (Non-US) and Non-UK Applicants for Cambridge Trusts

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Deadline for Gates (Non-US) and Non-UK Applicants for Cambridge Trusts Scholarships

Gates (Non-US) and Non-UK Applicants for Cambridge Trust Scholarships should note that the final deadline for submitting the application form is 2nd December 2015.

Potential applicants are advised to check their eligibility here.

Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship Awarded to New Testament PhD Applicant

last modified Feb 19, 2016 12:01 PM
Mr Daniel Stevens has been selected for a Gates Cambridge US Scholarship in order to undertake a PhD in New Testament within the Divinity Faculty.
Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship Awarded to New Testament PhD Applicant

Daniel Stevens

These scholarships, which are among the most prestigious of international academic awards, are part of a scholarship programme established by a very substantial donation to the University from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Daniel is one of 35 successful candidates from more than 800 applicants; following a process of selection at Departmental and University levels over 80 candidates were interviewed by UK and US academics at the Gates Foundation HQ in Seattle in January. Candidates are expected have an outstanding academic record and research proposal, but also to have demonstrated significant leadership qualities and social commitment. Daniel, who studied for his BA (Greek) at the University of California, Los Angeles, and for a MDiv at The Master’s Seminary (California), has held leadership roles in student organizations, and given a particular commitment to mentoring others at high school and college; he also spent time with a University student group teaching children in a migrant workers’ camp in China.  He will be undertaking research on the Letter to the Hebrews under the supervision of Dr Simon Gathercole, Reader in New Testament.

 

A further cohort of Gates Cambridge Scholars drawn from other parts of the world will be announced in April.

Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship Awarded to Old Testament PhD applicant

last modified May 03, 2016 09:26 AM
Miss Olga Fabrikantova has been selected for a Gates International Scholarship in order to undertake a PhD in Old Testament within the Divinity Faculty

These scholarships, which are among the most prestigious of international academic awards, are part of a scholarship programme established by a very substantial donation to the University from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.  Olga is one of 55 successful candidates; following a process of selection at Departmental and University levels candidates were interviewed.  Candidates are expected to have an outstanding academic record and research proposal, but also to have demonstrated significant leadership qualities and social committment.  Olga, who studied for a BSc at Moscow State University of Railway Transport, a BA degree from Cambridge and is currently undertaking the MPhil degree, is training for ordained ministry in the Church of England.  She is also involved in a church-based initiative mentoring young student leaders and volunteers at a College Chapel.  Olga will be undertaking research on the Hebrew Bible under the supervision of Dr Nathan MacDonald, Lecturer in Hebrew Bible.

Graduate Induction Day

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Graduate Induction Day - Tuesday 7th October

The induction day for new graduate students will take place in the faculty on Tuesday 7th October, beginning at 9.15am. This will include the opportunity to buy lunch in the University Centre with existing graduate students.

Click here for the induction day programme.

New history section of website now open

last modified Oct 24, 2014 09:42 AM

The Faculty web site's new illustrated History of Faculty Professorships and Readerships section was launched today, starting with the Cambridge Teachers of Rabbinics. More to follow in due course.

Book Launch: Sermons on the Apostles' Creed

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Today sees the launch of a collection of sermons on the Apostles’ Creed, preached in Jesus College, when John Hughes was dean of chapel. Many of the contributors have Divinity Faculty connections, including three current senior members: Professor Janet Soskice, Dr Simon Gathercole, and Dr Andrew Davison, who edited the volume after Dr Hughes’ tragic death in a traffic accident.

The launch will take place today, 2 February, at 3 pm, at Jesus College, as part of the John Hughes Arts Festival, named in John’s honour.

Further information about the book.

Hulsean Lectures 2018

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Professor Marilynne Robinson will deliver the 2018 Hulsean Lectures series, entitled, 'Holy Moses: An appreciation of Genesis and Exodus as Literature and Theology.'
 

All lectures will take place at 5.00pm in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity. ALL WELCOME

  • Wednesday, 7 Mar 2018 - 'Wrestling with the Angel'
  • Thursday, 8 Mar 2018 - 'Thou Shalt Not Abhor an Egyptian'
  • Wednesday, 2 May 2018 
  • Thursday, 3 May 2018 
  • Monday, 15 October 2018
  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018
  • Thursday, 18 October 2018

Ian McFarland to deliver the Croall Lectures in Christian theology

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Ian McFarland, the Regius Professor of Divinity, will be delivering the Croall Lectures in Christian theology at the University of Edinburgh 30 April-3 May 2018
Ian McFarland to deliver the Croall Lectures in Christian theology

Professor Ian McFarland

Ian McFarland, Regius Professor of Divinity, will be delivering the Croall Lectures in Christian theology at the University of Edinburgh on four consecutive evenings from 30 April-3 May 2018. The lecture series, entitled, 'Vere Deus, Vere Homo: Reflections on the Incarnation', are based on his forthcoming book on the same topic.


Ian McFarland's Inaugural Lecture

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The Regius Professor of Divinity, Ian McFarland, gave his inaugural lecture at 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2015.

The Regius Professor of Divinity, Ian McFarland, gave his inaugural lecture,

The Crucial Difference: for a Chalcedonianism without reserve,

in the Runcie Room of the Faculty of Divinity at 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2015.

An audio recording of the lecture is available.

Divinity graduate students at the Festival of Ideas

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Two Divinity graduate students will be giving talks at this year's Festival of Ideas:

Inspiring young people in care

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Will Lyon Tupman, a third year undergraduate, leads a campaign to help those in foster care to reach their potential.
Inspiring young people in care

Will helping at a University of Cambridge Widening Participation programme: Realise

Will's film was made with Fixers, a charity that helps young people to campaign about issues they feel passionate about.

Will went into foster care after the death of his mother and says the support his carers gave him helped him to achieve his goals. He is now campaigning to help others get the same opportunities he did. Fixers arranged for him to tell his story on ITV News Anglia on April 6. 

Will says: 'There are all kinds of people at university, people from state schools, people from private schools. But the fact is there are very, very few people who've come from a foster care background and this is something we really need to address.

'I feel really lucky with the foster family that I have had and how they have encouraged me to realise my full potential and support me every step of the way on the road to Cambridge University.

'I think it's the responsibility and the duty of every foster family to encourage the children in their care. Every young person deserves the same chances.' 

Watch the film at www.fixers.org.uk/news/15727-11208/fostering-belief.php

Find out more about Fixers at www.fixers.org.uk 

James Carleton Paget interviewed about the new film 'Mary Magdalene'.

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Dr James Carleton Paget, the Faculty's Reader in Early Christianity and Ancient Judaism, was interviewed on March 4th by seventeen BBC local radio stations – from BBC Radio Cornwall to BBC Radio Newcastle – about his role as a script adviser for the new Universal Pictures' film 'Mary Magdalene'.
James Carleton Paget interviewed about the new film 'Mary Magdalene'.

Dr James Carleton Paget

Dr Carleton Paget commented on the role of a biblical specialist in the production of a major motion picture, and also answered a variety of questions about the historical, cultural and theological issues raised by the film, from the evidence for the 'real' Mary Magdalene to the role of women in the earliest Christian communities. One of James’ interviews, for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Sunday Programme, can be heard here:  (at 2.10). The film will be released in UK cinemas on March 16th.

Cambridge receives £1.2 million donation to support Divinity students

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A new studentship fund for postgraduates in the field of New Testament Studies has been established at the Faculty of Divinity with a £1.2 million donation from the Kirby Laing foundation.

A new studentship fund for postgraduates in the field of New Testament Studies has been established at the Faculty of Divinity with a £1.2 million donation from the Kirby Laing foundation. 

Read more...

Graduate student Simone Kotva elected to Junior Research Fellowship

last modified Jan 19, 2016 03:05 PM

Graduate student Simone Kotva as been elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, starting on 1 October 2016.

Cambridge-Langham Award applications now open

last modified Oct 29, 2014 02:59 PM

The Divinity Faculty Board at Cambridge University and Langham Partnership are pleased to offer the Cambridge-Langham Award for an outstanding doctoral student from the Majority World (Two-Thirds World) in theological studies at Cambridge University, starting in September 2015. 

Launch of Katharine Dell's new book: Who Needs the Old Testament? Its Enduring Appeal and why the New Atheists Don't Get It.

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Heffers Bookshop, 11 July 18:30-20:00

This spirited defence of the Old Testament debunks the misconceptions that have grown up around its interpretation, and deftly refutes recent attacks by two ‘New Atheist’ writers, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. 

Join Katharine at Heffers to celebrate the launch of her new book. To book a ticket visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-who-needs-the-old-testament-tickets-34790743049 

Leverhulme Lectures 2016

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Professor Khaled El-Rouayheb, Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at CRASSH for 2015-2016, will deliver his Leverhulme lectures this Easter Term in the Runcie Room in the Faculty of Divinity.

Professor Khaled El-Rouayheb, Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at CRASSH for 2015-2016, will deliver his Leverhulme lectures this Easter Term in the Runcie Room in the Faculty of Divinity.

A Discourse on Method: Dialectics ('ilm al-munazara) in the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century.

Thursday, April 28th, 5pm. 


The Rise of "Deep Reading" in Ottoman Scholarly Culture.

Wednesday, May 4th, 5pm.

 

Library acquisitions December 2015

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Library acquisitions December 2015

Please note our monthly list of new acquisitions in print for December 2015

Marieke Dhont awarded British Academy Fellowship

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Dr Marieke Dhont (Phd, UCLouvain and KU Leuven) has been awarded a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship to work in the Faculty starting in January 2018. Her research will focus on “The Expression of Jewish Identity through Greek Language and Literary Heritage”
Marieke Dhont awarded British Academy Fellowship

Marieke Dhont

This success follows a number of other postdoctoral awards in the Faculty this year, including Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal (Leverhulme), Dr Paul Michael Kurtz (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual European Fellow), and Dr Ruth Jackson (Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College). A number of others are employed on research projects in the Faculty. For further details, see: research staff 

Masterclass in Theology and Philosophy, Saturday 6 February

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Booking is open for the Theology and Philosophy Masterclass on Saturday 6 February. The day comprises two sample lectures, one from each faculty, plus a talk about applying to Cambridge. It is aimed at Year 12 students who are interested in studying one of these subjects at Cambridge and want to find out more.

Bookings can be made online at www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/masterclasses

Prospective Students Masterclass in Theology and the Philosophy of Religion

last modified Feb 21, 2018 11:29 AM

Our Theology and Philosophy of Religion Masterclass will take place on Saturday 10th February 2018 at the Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site.

The masterclass is a taster day aimed at year 12 students considering studying philosophy of religion or theology at Cambridge. The program will include lectures, talks and a chance to meet our students and staff.

The cost for the day is £20 and we also have funded places available for eligible students: see here for details. 

Bookings for the event can be made here. Places are limited so apply soon!

Managed desktop PCs and printing now available

last modified May 10, 2016 02:23 PM

I have made four "managed desktop" PCs available in the Library. They're in the middle, and marked with a bright label. These can be used for word processing, as well as many other applications:

http://www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/desktop-services/mcs/basicpc

...and for printing directly to the multi-function device in the Library, for which you will need to have ecredit:

https://ecredit.ds.cam.ac.uk/

David Goode, Computer Officer

Faculty of Divinity Moodle

last modified Sep 26, 2016 07:42 AM
Moodle has now replaced CamTools in the Faculty of Divinity.

Having served us well over the years, the Faculty of Divinity CamTools site is now closed, and all activity is on Moodle.

C.F.D. Moule Studentship

last modified Nov 25, 2016 09:10 AM
New MPhil studentship now available.
C.F.D. Moule Studentship

C.F.D. ('Charlie') Moule

The Faculty of Divinity and Clare College are delighted to announce an MPhil studentship for home/EU candidates intending to start graduate study in October 2017. The studentship is funded by the CFD Moule Memorial Fund, which was established following the death in September 2007 of the Reverend Professor C.F.D. ('Charlie') Moule and was contributed to by many former students and alumni, and by others who had been influenced by him.

Charlie Moule (b.1908) lived and taught at Cambridge from 1936 to his retirement in 1976. He was Vice-Principal of Ridley Hall, a Fellow and Dean of Clare College, and from 1951 the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity. Generations of students are indebted to his studies of New Testament Greek (especially An Idiom Book of the New Testament (1953)), and of many key topics concerning the history and theology of the New Testament.

He is remembered with affection by former colleagues and students at Clare College.

New book to encourage sixth-formers to consider studying theology

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Stephen Cherry, The Dean of King’s College, Cambridge has this week published a book, 'God-Curious: Asking Eternal Questions'.

The book came out of Stephen’s observation that, ‘on the whole, introductory books about theology are not as interesting or attractive as the subject itself.’

Stephen started by writing some material for the King’s College website that put forward the idea that theology is fascinating, fun and important. In a blog Stephen explains how the book itself emerged.

‘I was aware, as I wrote the new webpages, that there are those who think that theology is only possibly of interest to people who follow one religion or another. So I also wrote some material that made the point that even if you think religion is absurd it’s not going to go away any time soon, so it might be good idea to discover a bit more about how it all hangs together.

I hadn’t been writing for long when I realised that I had more than a few webpages on my hands and so – partly because I had just broken my ankle – I decided to see what happened if I tried to write something more extensive. It wasn’t long before I had the first draft of a little book that argued that theology is fascinating, fun and important, and that it is, in fact, the antidote to fundamentalism.’

In the Easter vacation Stephen is offering talks in ten schools across the north East of England encouraging young people to consider applying to Cambridge to pursue the questions and areas that make them most curious.

God-Curious is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Stephen has written extensively about the book on his blog Another Angle https://stephencherry.wordpress.com/

New film competition for sixth form students

last modified Oct 07, 2014 11:26 AM
The Faculty of Divinity has launched RE:view The Cambridge Religion on Film Competition.

 

This gives 16-19 year olds the opportunity to engage with challenging questions in a creative and expressive format. Teams of up to four students are invited to submit a film, lasting no more than 5 minutes, in answer to one of six questions that explore the relationship between the study of religion and another subject area. The deadline is Friday 14 November.

The winning team will share £400, while a further five highly commended films will be awarded prizes of £200. All entrants will be invited to a study day in Cambridge. 

For more information and details of how to enter see www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/outreach/filmcomp

New Library Acquisitions: October 2015

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New Library acquisitions: October 2015

Please note

- our monthly list of new acquisitions in print

- tweets on newly-added titles @CamDivLib

- the following 2 ebook titles added last month:

New Online Activites for Sixth Formers

last modified Feb 02, 2016 04:42 PM
New online learning resources have been added to HE+ for students thinking of studying of Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion.

The resources are freely available to anyone aiming to make a competitive application to university, as well as those seeking to support them.

There are now four Religious Studies topics:

  • The Historical Figure of Jesus of Nazareth
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Political Religion and Conservative Christianity in the USA
  • Perfect Being Theology

The website currently offers fifty resources covering twelve subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, English, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Physics and Religious Studies.  All the content for the website has been written by Cambridge academics and postgraduate students.

To explore the resources go to myheplus.com

 

New Online Resource for 6th formers - Dead Sea Scrolls

last modified May 05, 2015 11:32 AM

The next online resource has been published on HE+, focusing on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The site gives students the opportunity to read about a topic that isn't linked to the A-level curriculum  You can discover resources such as extra reading material, links to external websites and exercises to try out.

The site is part of a national scheme of HE+ partners. However, even if your school isn't participating in this, you can still use the resources. While there won't be the opportunity to get feedback on your responses to the questions, we hope that you find them useful to develop your skills and deepen your understanding of the subject area. 

No prior knowledge is assumed, so please have a look, whatever you subject interests are. 

You can access the first two topics and sign up to receive an email when further topics are added at www.myheplus.com/subjects/religious-studies

New Publication by Former PhD Student - Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science

last modified Sep 06, 2017 11:48 AM
Dr. Beth Singler's new book will be published on 21st September 2017. It is based on research from her PhD in Theology and Religious Studies.

Beth Singler is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge, where she is using digital and non-digital ethnographic methods to consider contemporary developments in Artificial Intelligence and robotics and their implications for both human identity and for the continuation of religious ideas and narratives. The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science continues her research into 21st Century New Religious Movements, and other areas on which she has been published include Jediism, Scientology, Paganism, and the Pro-Ana movement.

The Indigo Child concept is a contemporary New Age redefinition of self. Indigo Children are described in their primary literature as a spiritually, psychically, and genetically advanced generation. Born from the early 1980s, the Indigo Children are thought to be here to usher in a new golden age by changing the world’s current social paradigm. However, as they are "paradigm busters", they also claim to find it difficult to fit into contemporary society. Indigo Children recount difficult childhoods and school years, and the concept has also been used by members of the community to reinterpret conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and autism. Cynics, however, can claim that the Indigo Child concept is an example of "special snowflake" syndrome, and parodies abound.

This book is the fullest introduction to the Indigo Child concept to date. Employing both on- and offline ethnographic methods, Beth Singler objectively considers the place of the Indigo Children in contemporary debates around religious identity, self-creation, online participation, conspiracy theories, race and culture, and definitions of the New Age movement.

Further information about the book can be found at Routledge.com, the publisher's site, and Amazon.

 

New Students - Induction Day

last modified Sep 26, 2017 03:27 PM
This year the Graduate Induction Day will take place on the 3rd October 2017 and the Undergraduate Induction Day will take place on the 4th October 2017

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students joining the Faculty of Divinity this year.

The programmes for the Undergraduate and Graduate Induction day are now available below:

Please note the information may be subject to change.

 

Newton International Fellowships

last modified Jan 31, 2017 11:40 AM
The Faculty of Divinity is pleased to accept expressions of interest for Newton International Fellowships up to 21 February 2017.

Potential applicants will need to submit:

  • a two page CV,
  • a separate list of publications,
  • confirmation of eligibility for the Newton International Fellowship,
  • a reference,
  • and a one page research proposal

to the Administrative Officer, at: administrator@divinity.cam.ac.uk by 21 February.

Details of the scheme can be found at  http://www.newtonfellowships.org/

Nicholas de Lange's translation of Amos Oz's Novel Judas shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize

last modified Jun 15, 2017 11:39 AM
Emeritus Fellow Nicholas de Lange FBA is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 for his translation of Judas by Amos Oz.

Emeritus Fellow Nicholas de Lange FBA is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 for his translation of Judas by Amos Oz. Professor de Lange appears on ‘Weekend’ on the BBC's World Service this Saturday from 6am. All six shortlisted titles are being discussed in the weeks leading up to the announcement of the winner on 14 June.

Catch up with the programme here

Set in the still-divided Jerusalem of 1959-60, Judas is a tragi-comic coming-of-age tale and a radical rethinking of the concept of treason. Shmuel, a young, idealistic student, is drawn to a strange house and its mysterious occupants within. As he starts to uncover the house’s tangled history, he reaches an understanding that harks back not only to the beginning of the Jewish-Arab conflict, but also to the beginning of Jerusalem itself – to Christianity, to Judaism, to Judas.

Amos Oz was previously a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007. Judas is the 17th novel by Oz that Nicholas de Lange has translated.

The Man Booker International Prize and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction together strive to recognise and reward the finest in contemporary literature from around the globe that are published in the UK and are available in English.

Find out more about the Man Booker International  Prize and the shortlisted titles for 2017.

Online resources launched for sixth formers

last modified May 05, 2015 11:31 AM
HE+, run by the University of Cambridge, has launched a section for sixth form students who want to further their interest in religious studies.

The site gives students the opportunity to read about a topic that isn't linked to their A-level curriculum  You can discover resources such as extra reading material, links to external websites and exercises to try out.

The site is part of a national scheme of HE+ partners. However, even if your school isn't participating in this, you can still use the resources. While there won't be the opportunity to get feedback on your responses to the questions, we hope that you find them useful to develop your skills and deepen your understanding of the subject area. 

No prior knowledge is assumed, so please have a look, whatever you subject interests are. The first topic is The Historical Figure of Jesus of Nazareth. More topics will be released on a monthly basis and will include the Religious Right in the US, Medieval Theology, Islamic Philosophy, The Dead Sea Scrolls, and Perfect Being Theology.

You can access the first topic and sign up to receive an email when further topics are added at www.myheplus.com/subjects/religious-studies

Open Afternoon for potential applicants

last modified Feb 20, 2017 01:26 PM
The next Open Afternoon for our undergraduate course is on Monday 24th April. Bookings now open!

Come along for a chance to see the Faculty, hear about the course, listen to a sample lecture, take a sample scriptural language class, and speak to staff and current students.


Please book a place using the online form.

Open Day April 2016

last modified Mar 09, 2016 10:04 AM
The next Faculty Open Event will take place on Monday 18 April from 1.30-4.30pm.

Open Day April 2016

The next Faculty Open Event will take place on Monday 18 April from 1.30-4.30pm. This will give you the chance to find out about our course, hear a sample lecture, try a scriptural language, learn what our students go onto after graduating, plus talk to current and past students.

The afternoon will focus on studying in the faculty. To give you an idea of the role of the colleges at Cambridge, Mark Smith, Chaplain and Director of Studies at Christ's College, will be giving a tour of the college and a short talk from 11am to 12pm. If you would like to attend this, please indicate on your booking form.

To book a place, please fill in the Open Event form: http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/open-days/open-days-booking

Another Open Event will take place on Thursday 30 June as part of the Cambridge Open Days. Booking will be possible approximately two months before the event. If you can't make either of these dates, why not look at the films on this page: http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/open-days

If you wish to visit the faculty at another time or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Laura Jeffrey, Outreach Officer outreach@divinity.cam.ac.uk

Vacancy: Outreach Officer (part-time, fixed-term)

last modified Jul 10, 2017 11:10 AM

We require an organised, efficient and accurate person with excellent interpersonal skills as a part-time Outreach Officer who will be responsible for designing, directing and implementing an educational outreach programme for the Faculty with the aim of increasing the number of applicants to the Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion Tripos.

For more information see http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/14310/ 

Vacancy: Part Time Fixed Term Teaching Associate in Theological Ethics

last modified Aug 11, 2016 09:15 AM
Part Time Teaching Associate in Ethics

The Faculty of Divinity invites applications for a new half-time fixed-term appointment as Teaching Associate in the field of Ethics from 1 January to 30 September 2017.

More information and to apply

PhD student awarded scholarship to study at the University of Tübingen

last modified Jun 05, 2017 09:57 AM

Alexander D. Garton has been awarded the ‘Karl Schlecht Stipend’.  The first year PhD student, supervised by Professor Ian McFarland, will spend next academic year as a visiting doctoral student at the University of Tübingen.

The scholarship is administered via the ‘Global Network of Research Centers for Theology, Religious and Christian Studies’. The award is worth €6,000 and is given annually to four doctoral or post-doctoral researchers. More information is available at http://globalnetresearch.org/

PhD Student Wins Theological Essay Prize

last modified Nov 02, 2017 07:34 PM
Daniel K. Eng has received the Louise and Richard Goodwin Writing Prize for Excellence in Theological Writing.
PhD Student Wins Theological Essay Prize

Daniel K. Eng

Daniel won the prize for his essay, "Jesus' Shameless Message: Honor and Shame in the Parable of the Prodigal Son and its Significance for Immigrant Care and Refugee Relief."​

The Louise and Richard Goodwin Writing Prize for Excellence in Theological Writing was founded in 2001 to recognise upcoming scholars in the theological field. The writing prize is awarded by the Board of Directors of Theological Horizons, a non-profit corporation fostering reflection and responsibility in the church, the community, and the academy. Awards are given to essays that demonstrate:

  • creative theological thinking,
  • excellence in scholarship,
  • engagement with the Christian tradition, and
  • commitment to the well-being of the church.

Daniel is a PhD candidate in New Testament Studies and a student of Wolfson College. He is a graduate of Talbot School of Theology and a resident reader at Tyndale House, Cambridge.

An interview with Daniel can be found here.

Body and Spirit in French Philosophy of Religion

last modified Jun 20, 2018 09:58 AM
The Faculty of Divinity hosted the conference Body and Spirit in French Philosophy of Religion, 13-15 June 2018
Body and Spirit in French Philosophy of Religion

Prof. Emmanuel Falque and John Milbank during ‘Body and Spirit in French Philosophy of Religion Conference’

The photograph shows Professor Emmanuel Falque and Professor John Milbank in conversation during ‘Body and Spirit in French Philosophy of Religion’, a conference engaging the thought of Professor Emmanuel Falque (Institut Catholique de Paris).

The conference was hosted by postgraduate researchers in the faculty, Barnabas Aspray, Victor Emma-Adamah, and Rozelle Bosch.

The program for the day is available here: http://beyondtherubicon.co.uk/

Professor Catherine Pickstock has accepted election to the Norris-Hulse Professorship of Divinity

last modified Mar 12, 2018 03:42 PM
The faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Catherine Pickstock will be the new Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity with effect from October 1st 2018.

Professor Pickstock's research is concerned with the relationship between theology and philosophy, and of both to language, poetics and the history of ideas.

She first came to Cambridge as Junior Research Fellow at Emmanual College and later as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, before taking up a Lectureship in Philosophy of Religion in 2000. She became a University Reader in Philosophy and Theology in 2006. She teaches widely across the field of the Philosophy of Religion at the Faculty.

More about Professor Pickstock's work can be found here.

More about the history of the Norris-Hulse Professorship can be found here.

Video: Professor Hedley's Inaugural Lecture

last modified May 16, 2018 04:40 PM
Professor Hedley's inaugural lecture entitled 'Devout Contemplation and Sublime Fancy’ : The Cambridge Platonists and their Legacy for the Philosophy of Religion is now available to view.

Professor Hedley's inaugural lecture took place on 7th May 2018 in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity.

Video of the lecture is now available online here:

https://cambridgeplatonism.wordpress.com/

 

Professor Ian McFarland was one of the keynote speakers at the Sixth Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference

last modified Jan 24, 2018 10:13 AM
Professor Ian McFarland was one of the keynote speakers at the Sixth Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference

Professor Ian McFarland

Professor Ian McFarland was one of the keynote speakers at the Sixth Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference, held on the campus of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California on 18-19 January.  His paper was entitled, '"The Upward Call": The Category of Vocation and the Oddity of Human Nature'.  See http://latheology.com/

Professor Julius Lipner's new book on Hindu Images

last modified Jun 08, 2017 11:17 AM
Hindu Images and their Worship with special reference to Vaisnavism: A philosophical-theological inquiry has been published by Routledge.
Professor Julius Lipner's new book on Hindu Images

Professor Lipner

Hinduism comprises perhaps the major cluster of religio-cultural traditions of India, and it can play a valuable role in helping us understand the nature of religion and human responses to life. Hindu image-worship lies at the core of what counts for Hinduism – up-front and subject to much curiosity and misunderstanding, yet it is a defining feature of this phenomenon.

More information about the work by the The Professor Emeritus in Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion, can be found at on the publisher's site

 

 

£78 raised for BBC Children In Need

last modified Nov 17, 2015 11:49 AM
Donations from the Faculty of Divinity's cake stall on Friday 13th November raised £78 for BBC Children in Need!

 Donations from the cake stall on Friday 13th November raised £78 for BBC Children in Need! The cakes were provided by members of staff and students included gluten-free cupcakes for those with intolerances! The most popular item was a ooey-gooey cake which sold-out fast! A big thanks to everyone who contributed!

The sale opened at 10.30am and continued late into the afternoon.  Donations were freely given, with no set prices, and many people gave very generously.

We are looking forward to next year's bake sale and hoping we can beat our best donation record!

5th February Public Lecture: Professor John Hare (Yale), ‘Augustine’s proof of God in De Libero Arbitrio’

last modified Feb 05, 2018 02:02 PM
5th February Public Lecture: Professor John Hare (Yale), ‘Augustine’s proof of God in De Libero Arbitrio’

Professor John Hare

As part of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism's Spring programme, we will welcome Professor John Hare, Noah Porter Professor of Divinity and Professor of Philosophy and of Religious Studies, Yale University.

Monday 5th February 2018
5pm, Runcie Room
Faculty of Divinity

‘Augustine’s proof of God in De Libero Arbitrio’

All welcome.

More information about the Centre and upcoming events can be found at https://cambridgecentreforthestudyofplatonism.wordpress.com/

Vacancy: Research Associate (Fixed Term)

last modified Jun 22, 2018 08:56 AM

The Faculty of Divinity is inviting expressions of interest from recently completed or final stage doctoral students whom the Faculty might support in this year's postdoctoral fellowship competitions, such as the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (3 years), the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships (3 years), and Marie-Curie Fellowships (2 years). The aim of such schemes is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts.

New Murphy Research Fellow appointed

last modified Jun 17, 2016 07:42 AM

Former Divinity student Simon Ravenscroft has been appointed to a Murphy Research Fellowship by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy of the University of St Thomas, Minnesota, to be based at the Von Hügel Institute of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge.

RE:view The Cambridge Religion on Film Competition 2017

last modified Sep 18, 2017 08:19 PM
Enter a 5 minute film on the theme 'religious objects' for the chance to win a share of £500.

We are looking for creative films that engage with an artefact, text, building, painting, sculpture etc. that may be central to religious practises or an artistic response to religion.

The competition is open to students in Years 9-13. Either in a team or on your own you should produce a film lasting no more than 5 minutes. It can take any form, such as a debate, documentary or artistic response. We are keen to allow students to interpret this in a variety of ways and so films may reflect on one religious tradition or approach it from a comparative perspective; look to answer a specific question or focus on religion through the lens of literature, history, sociology, language, politics, or science.

There is a prize fund of £500 to be awarded to the best entries. The closing date is 15th December.

More information and details of how to enter are available at

www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/filmcomp

New Regius Professor of Divinity Appointed

last modified Mar 09, 2015 09:01 AM
Professor Ian McFarland has been appointed as Regius Professor of Divinity.

Professor Ian McFarland has been appointed as Regius Professor of Divinity.

Professor McFarland’s research focuses on Christology, theological anthropology and the doctrine of creation. His interests also include the use of the Bible in theology, the relationship between theology and science and the thought of Maximus the Confessor.

He is currently Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Professor of Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.  Previously he was Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen.

We look forward to welcoming him when he takes up the post in the Michaelmas Term.

Religion and the Arts Study Day 11 November, 10.30am-4pm

last modified Nov 03, 2017 10:10 AM
The Faculty of Divinity welcome Y11-13 students to join us for a special day of activities centred around religion, the arts, and museums.

Students in years 11, 12 and 13 are invited to come to Cambridge to listen to a lecture by Dr Elizabeth Powell on this theme, take a tour of The Fitzwilliam Museum collections led by Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, and spend time exploring the holdings of the Founders Library with Dr Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Keeper of Manuscripts and Rare Books. The event is free of charge but students are asked to make their own way to Cambridge.

Students do not need to be studying religion nor do they need to be thinking of applying Cambridge.

To book a place visit www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/open-days/study-day

Research news: astrobiology, and Zion in South Africa

last modified Feb 24, 2017 07:50 AM
Read about exciting research in the Faculty of Divinity, with three lecturers currently away on research trips in very different places, looking at very different things.

Read about exciting research in the Faculty of Divinity, with three lecturers currently away on research trips in very different places, looking at very different things. Dr Joel Cabrita is in South Africa, looking for "Zion", and Dr Andrew Davison is in the United States studying, with Dr Tim Jenkins, the implications of astrobiology.

Return of the new gods: Jedis, auras and online witch schools

last modified Oct 26, 2014 10:37 PM

Research by digital anthropologist and PhD Candidate Beth Singler is looking at how new religious movements are harnessing online platforms. These ‘invented religions’ take inspiration from ancient philosophy and recent cultural events to develop doctrine and communities of believers in digital spaces.

For the full article please visit http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/return-of-the-new-gods-jedis-auras-and-online-witch-schools

Divinity academic published in the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions

last modified May 05, 2017 02:07 PM
The Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, Dr Andrew Davison, has contributed to the latest edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. Although theologians were prominent among the founders of the Royal Society, we think Dr Davison’s paper must be the first time that a theologian has been published in this journal for many years. His article appears as part of a themed interdisciplinary issue on ‘material demand reduction’. The issue responds to work finding that a necessary and important part of mitigating climate change would need to involve producing, and discarding, fewer material objects.
 
Dr Davison’s article is entitled ‘“Not to escape the world but to join it”: Responding to Climate Change with Imagination not Fantasy’. In it, he turns to the human faculty of imagination to discuss approaches to climate change, and towards material demand reduction more specifically. He draws upon the distinction between imagination and fantasy, found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Iris Murdoch, to analyse attitudes to climate mitigation, not only among those who deny the reality of the problem, but also among those who acknowledge it, but then defer an active response to the future out of ‘techno-optimist’ expectations of a solution. We will only make the necessary changes to human patterns of life, he suggests, when the message about potentially catastrophic climate change enters our imagination, in the full sense of what philosophers have meant by that term. It will not simply involve responding to a threat with aversion, but also being attracted by what an alternative vision of human life has to offer, not least in terms of new patterns of making and repair.
 
 
Summary of the Paper
 
The work of climate scientists, demonstrating human-driven climate change, has not provoked the widespread and far-reaching changes to human behaviour necessary to avert potentially catastrophic environmental trajectories. This work has not yet sufficiently been able to engage the individual and collective imagination. Drawing on Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) and Iris Murdoch (1919– 1999), we can distinguish two modes under which the human imagination can operate: in Murdoch’s terms, these are ‘imagination’ and ‘fantasy’. To relate imaginatively is to be willing to allow one’s internal image of the world to be changed by what one encounters, while an outlook characterized by fantasy relates to the world as one would wish it were, rather than how it actually is. Fantasy, therefore, operates not only among those who deny climate change, but also among those who entertain the promise of a technological solution too optimistically. An imaginative outlook, by contrast, evaluates actions and patterns of behaviour in terms of their relation to a wider whole. This is necessary for providing the degree of agency required to step out of a cycle of ever accelerating production, which is explored in terms of an analogy to a discussion of revenge and forgiveness from Hannah Arendt (1906–1975). Ultimately, the need to engage the imagination is an opportunity as well as a challenge. To live imaginatively is fulfilling, and that is precisely what the challenges of climate change require.

More information.

Print, scan & photocopy in Library (using DS-Print)

last modified Feb 20, 2017 10:29 AM
You can use our multi-functional device in the Library to print, scan or photocopy in the Library (using DS-Print).
Print, scan & photocopy in Library (using DS-Print)

Our new Ricoh MP3505 - multi-functional device

Our multi-functional device uses DS-Print (with the Common Balance), either using your blue University Card, or your CRsID and Desktop Services password.

If you need to check whether you have any DS-Print credit, please go to http://www.ds.cam.ac.uk/balance/.

If you need to add credit, please go to: https://ecredit.ds.cam.ac.uk/

Printing is available from the public work stations in the Divinity Library, but if you have your laptop/net book set up to print via the wireless network (instructions for setting up your personal machine are at http://www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/desktop-services/ds-print/individual).


 

Prices

Scanning:

  2p per page

A4 (black & white):

10p per page

A4 (colour):

20p per page

A3 (black & white):

20p per page

A3 (colour):

40p per page

  • Please note that copyright laws apply at all times. These are displayed in the photocopier room.

 

Moodle

Current students and supervisors can access the Faculty’s Moodle page by clicking on the image below.