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History of Christianity Seminar overview

History of Christianity Research 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 2019 Programme:

Meetings will be held in the Faculty of Divinity on Wednesdays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room


13 Feb - Dr Joe Canning (Queens' College) The Construction of Authority in the Church: the Fifteenth-Century Conciliarists and their Opponents

27 Feb - Professor Charlotte Methuen (Glasgow University) Bishops and Authority in the Reformation: a comparative study

13 Mar - Dr Alana Harris (KCL) A Magna Carta for Marriage: Love, Catholic Masculinities and the Humanae Vitae Crisis of Authority in 1968 Britain

Convenors: Richard Rex (, Faculty of Divinity and Simone Maghenzani (, Girton College

All colleagues, MPhil and PhD students in History of Christianity or other areas (such as Classics, History and Philosophy), from within and outside the faculty, are warmly welcome.