Round Church Talks

2017-2018 Academic Year

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. 

For previous recorded talks, click HERE.


Doors opening at 7pm,
Lectures and Q&A from 7:30-8:45pm


Lent Term


FRIDAY, 9 FEBRUARY  - "Eros and Embodiment: what the cognitive scientific and philosophical work on metaphor teaches us about romantic love"

Matthew Johnson, Philosophy PhD, University of Cambridge
What is romantic love? And what distinguishes it from other forms of deep social relationship such as friendship? In this talk, we'll explore how some work from cognitive science and philosophy show us how metaphors may hold the answer, and even teach us how romantic relationships go right or wrong.

FRIDAY, 16 FEBRUARY - "Eating People is Wrong: A description of Other-centred Love as the better Valentine" 

Andrew Fellows, Director of Round Church, Christian Heritage | Cambridge
This talk explores what Other-centred love looks like and how the ‘inferno of self-love’ works against this. Christ alone is the reference point for understanding the greatness of the highest love.  


Easter Term

FRIDAY, 18 MAY - "Transhumanism: Eternity in their hearts and a chip in their shoulder"

Florence Gildea
If the mortal coil were updated to fibre optic cable, would we have to shuffle off it? Welcome to Gnosticism 2.0, where the positively retro fear of mortality and disdain for physical bodies collides with techno-determinism. This talk will explore the religiosity of transhumanism and explain why Jesus will probably not be ‘coming with the iCloud’.

THURSDAY, 24 MAY  - "The Justification—of Modern Art—by Faith" 

Dr. Dan Siedell, Presidential Scholar & Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City
This talk will explore the impact of the Reformation understanding of sola fide in modern thought and creative practice, centered specifically on the history of modern art. Specifically, how does "faith" operate for modern artists and those with something at stake in the modern art (critics, dealers, collectors), and the impact of the Reformation on cultural practices as a kind of "secular faith."