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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.





Michaelmas Term 2019


The seminar meets  on the following Wednesdays at 2.15 pm

 in the Lightfoot Room, Faculty of Divinity

(updates will be added here should there be a third speaker)


Wednesday 23 October


Dr Alex Shinn (University of Fribourg)


Swiss outlooks, English outcomes: Swiss influences upon the alteration of English liturgy, music and ritual space, c. 1534 - c. 1580



Wednesday 20 November


Dr Andrew Thompson (Queens’ College)


Reflections on writing the history of eighteenth-century Dissent


  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.