Tag Archives: humanity

Made in the Image

Dorothy L Sayers is best known as the creator of suave sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey but she was also one of the finest Anglican theologians of the 20th century. Sayers challenged the patriarchal church of her day to broaden its understanding of what it means to be human, male and female and in her book Mind of the Maker used the creative process in the arts and literature to illuminate theology and vice versa.

Amy Orr-Ewing is Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Amy is a passionate exponent of a rational Christian response to many of the pressing cultural issues of the day. She recently completed her DPhil at Oxford University looking at the work of Dorothy L Sayers.

We look forward to hearing her reflections on Sayers and learning what Sayers can teach us about being human.

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Feeling Mortal

One of the inescapable realities of being human is death. Christianity is sometimes accused of denying this reality but in fact sees death not so much as an ending but a new beginning. The Revd Andrew Edmeads MA has for many years been chaplain to a Children’s Hospice and is better qualified than most to reflect on the encounter of the human being with approaching mortality.

He writes: “I have become more interested in what it means to be human, how I [as a chaplain] and the other person might meet and what takes place when the meeting is real and defences are down. I have been struck time and again by a sense that something/someone ‘other’ is present at such times. When carers talk of their work they seem to share the same experience. It seems to me that the more human we are the more we experience some kind of go-between”.

He is a contributor to Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care pub. – 21 Jul 2017
Karen Murphy (Editor), Bob Whorton (Editor).

We look forward to hearing him talk about this deeply personal area if ministry and what these encounters can teach us of the reality of being human.

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I think, therefore I am?

Jon Riding, in addition to his role as the coordinator of the Insight Programme here at the Abbey, has for almost 30 years lead a ground breaking research team working in computational linguistics for the Bible Societies. He is also a theologian at Sarum College where he tutors ministry candidates and teaches biblical languages.

Much of his work for the Bible Societies is in building computer systems that can learn about language for themselves. In this lecture he explores the approaching Singularity, that moment when Artificial Intelligence begins to rival and perhaps surpass human intelligence and asks what this might mean for human identity and well being.

We look forward to seeing you.

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God Created Humanism

Dr Theo Hobson looks at humanism and questions its secular credentials. In his book “God created humanism” he, in Rowan Williams’s words, “invites us to recognise that the core moral values of liberal modernity did not fall ready made from a secular heaven but or the deposit of a long theological tradition. But … he makes it clear that this is a challenge to contemporary religious complacency at least as much as to a smug and patronising secularity”.

We are very pleased to welcome Theo to Sherborne to help us explore the relationship between Christianity and the church on the one hand and the increasingly secular world around us.

Theo Hobson is a theologian and author who writes for both The Guardian and The Spectator.

We look forward to seeing you.

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