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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 2020


There will be three papers this Lent Term, on the theme of

‘Religion and Politics’.


The seminar meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at 2.15 pm in the

Lightfoot Room, Faculty of Divinity.



12 February - Robert von Friedeburg (Bishop Grosseteste University)

The ‘natural liberty’ of a ‘nation of free people’:
Christian Natural Law in seventeenth-century Germany



26 February - Brian Stanley (University of Edinburgh)

Conflicting Christian and Nationalist Visions of Education: The Case of Harold Henry Rowley in Republican China, 1922-9



11 March - Johanna Dale (UCL)

What can the design of Richard fitz Nigel’s episcopal vestments tell us about the relationship between liturgy and politics in the high Middle Ages?




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.