Round Church Talks

2016-2017 Academic Year

Talks are located at the Round Church with doors opening at 7pm followed by lecture and Q&A from 7:30-8:45pm.
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We aim to provide a setting in which sceptics, agnostics, and believers can examine and explore Christian belief, its implications and its alternatives in the 21st century. Our goal is to give people the chance to reflect on the ‘big picture’ questions of life in a context which allows for robust, honest, critical and courteous dialogue.



April 28 - What's the Point of the University?

Alden McCray, PhD Candidate, St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews
The lives of universities are inherently directed towards that which is considered valuable. Currently, issues of purpose, justification, funding and freedom flare up regularly and point toward questions of ultimate value. Contemporary accounts of human life and thought, however, struggle to answer these questions satisfactorily. This talk will examine what a Christian account of the intellectual life, human flourishing and the world might offer to the current discussions about the life of the university.

March 9 - Martin Luther & Modern Art: A Re-Appraisal

Dr. Dan Siedell,  Presidential Scholar & Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City
This talk explores how Luther's thought can contribute to deepening our understanding and appreciation of modern art and contemporary artistic practice.


February 24 - Smuggling Jesus Back into the Church: A Reformation Manifesto

Andrew Fellows, Director, Christian Heritage Cambridge
2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. When the integrity of Christianity becomes eroded and compromised, is a Reformation again inevitable? As a message to the Church, this talk explores why history follows this pattern and imagines what Reformation might look like today. 




Jan. 27 - Who Wants to Live Forever? The Problems and Prospects of Immortality

Jon Thompson, PhD Candidate, Philosophy, King's College London
If you could live forever, would you want to? At first glance it seems an easy question. But wouldn’t such an existence become utterly boring? Assuming one would desire immortality, are there any reasons to hope for it? This talk will draw on philosophy, poetry and art to explore these questions and possible answers. 


OCT. 28 - The Gods and Prayers of Christianity and Islam

Arthur Keefer, PhD Old Testament, University of Cambridge
Do Christians and Muslims pray to the same God? Comparing beliefs about prayer and God's character in Christianity and Islam.


NOV. 25 - The Department of Supreme Happiness

Andrew Fellows, Director of Christian Heritage
Everyone aspires to be happy. This talk looks at what happiness is and provides a brief history of happiness examining ancient, Enlightenment and modern versions for the satisfied life.