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Faculty of Divinity


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 Professor 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 2022


Apocalypse Then:
Apocalyptic and Apocalypticism in Christian History


The seminar meets on alternate Wednesdays in term at 2.15 pm
in the Lightfoot Room of the Faculty of Divinity

for Zoom link contact the convenor


2 February


Professor Torrance Kirby (McGill University)


Apocalyptics and Apologetics: religious identity in Elizabethan England and an emerging public sphere



16 February


Professor James Palmer (University of St Andrews)


Changing Apocalypses for Changing Times: navigating a creative tradition in the Early Middle Ages



2 March


Dr Emmanouela Grypeou (Stockholm University)


From the Apocalypse of Elijah to the Apocalypse of Ps.-Methodios: development and transformation of Christian apocalypticism in Late Antiquity



16 March


Professor Crawford Gribben (Queens’ University, Belfast)


J. N. Darby and the Reinvention of Evangelicalism: why a forgotten Irish writer is the fourth most important Protestant theologian ever



Richard Rex

Queens’ College


Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe



Simone Maghenzani

Girton College








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