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Speaking of God in a world troubled by religion

Tuesday September 19th 2017 18:30-20.30 at The Refectory, Chester Cathedral:

An event to mark the launch of Apologetics without Apology, a new book by Elaine Graham (Grosvenor Research Professor, University of Chester and Canon Theologian, Chester Cathedral)

  • Introductory Remarks

  • Panel Discussion:

  • (Deirdre Brower, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester

  • Rosemary Dawson, BBC Religion & Ethics, Salford

  • Paul Middleton, University of Chester)

  • Response by the Author

  • Reception and Refreshments during which copies of the book will be available for purchase

Further details available from Rachel Barlow (

Luther and the Reformation

Wednesday 8th November 2017 - 7:30pm at Hollybank House:

The Revd Dr Robert Pope (Westminster College, Cambridge)

In October 2017, the world of Protestant Christianity will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther's protest against the sale of Indulgences, the event which is widely held to have initiated the Protestant Reformation.  This lecture will highlight the nature of the context in which Luther worked as well as his character in order to see what precisely we might be commemorating. It will also consider Luther's theological insights and ask what relevance they have for today's church.

Robert Pope was brought up in South Wales, and was educated at Bangor and Cambridge Universities. He taught Church History and Christian Doctrine at Bangor University and at the University of Wales Trinity St David and is currently Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine at Westminster College, Cambridge. He has published extensively on Nonconformist history and theology as well as in the relationship between theology and culture. He is an ordained minister of the United Reformed Church and a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey.

Admission at the door: £3.00 (Students: £1.00) Soft Drinks, Wine and Refreshments.

Frederic Shields and Evangelical Iconography in the 19th Century: the Stained Glass and Mosaics in Eaton Hall Chapel.

Tuesday 6th March - 7:30pm at Hollybank House:

Professor Philip Alexander (University of Manchester)

A close friend of Dante Rossetti, Frederic Shields (1833-1911) was a respected artist in his day, admired for his consummate draughtsmanship. His most substantial surviving work is the scheme of stained glass windows and mosaics that adorn the Chapel at Eaton Hall in Cheshire, the seat of the Duke of Westminster.  In this illustrated lecture I will analyse in depth Shields' iconography and argue that it represents a distinctive evangelical style, the inspiration for which can be traced in evangelical Bible commentary of the period. The mosaics in nearby Chester Cathedral will be used as a point of reference.

Philip Alexander is Emeritus Professor of Postbiblical Jewish Literature at the University of Manchester, and a Visiting Professor at St. Andrews, Liverpool Hope, and Chester Universities. He has a longstanding interest in how the biblical text can be interpreted through visual art, and how biblical iconography relates to Bible commentary.

Admission at the door: £3.00 (Students: £1.00) Soft Drinks, Wine and Refreshments.

How does God answer prayer in a scientific world?

The Max Planck Lecture Series on Science and Faith at Chester Cathedral

Tuesday 1st May- 7:30pm at The Refectory, Chester Cathedral:

The Revd Professor David Wilkinson (St John’s College, University of Durham)

Many people see the work of God in the regularity and beauty of the scientific laws.   Yet the success of science has left a theological legacy - does God have to break those laws in responding to intercessory prayer?   Or might the world of quantum theory and chaos open up a new kind of thinking about how God works?

Dr David Wilkinson trained first as a scientist and then as a theologian.  He is now Principal of St John’s College and Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society with a strong interest in the dialogue between science and religion. His most recent books include When I Pray What Does God Do? (Monarch 2015) and Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (OUP 2013).

Admission Free – Refreshments Available