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The Richard Johnson lecture is an annual public event that seeks to highlight Christianity’s relevance to society and to positively contribute to public discourse on key aspects of civil life.

Richard Johnson Lectures Centre for Public Christianity

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The Richard Johnson lecture is an annual public event that seeks to highlight Christianity’s relevance to society and to positively contribute to public discourse on key aspects of civil life.

    Free To Be Me? Q&A with Sarah Irving-Stonebraker

    Free To Be Me? Q&A with Sarah Irving-Stonebraker

    In this episode you’ll hear the Q&A session that followed Sarah Irving-Stonebraker’s 2020 lecture titled… 
    Free To Be Me? The Forgotten Story of Religious Liberty 
    You can hear her lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is Sarah, with Simon Smart, digging deeper into the topic. 
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    Sarah is Senior Lecturer in History at Western Sydney University. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Cambridge, after which she was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford then Assistant Professor at Florida State University. Her book Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire, published in 2008, was awarded The Royal Society of Literature and Jerwood Foundation Award for Non-Fiction. 
    Sarah Irving-Stonebraker’s book, Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire 
     
    Check out CPX's other podcast Life & Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century. 

    • 29 min
    Crossing the Great Divide: Q&A with Tim Dixon

    Crossing the Great Divide: Q&A with Tim Dixon

    You can hear his lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is Tim, with Simon Smart, digging deeper into the topic. 
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    Tim is co-founder of More in Common, an international initiative which has published some of the world's leading research on the drivers of polarisation and social division. He has worked as chief speechwriter and economic adviser for two Australian Prime Ministers and has helped start and grow social movement organisations around the world that have worked to protect civilians in Syria, address modern day slavery, promote gun control in the U.S., and engage faith communities in social justice. 
    Tim Dixon’s organisation, More in Common  Check out CPX's other podcast Life & Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century. 

    • 24 min
    Where Did I Come From? Q&A with Nick Spencer

    Where Did I Come From? Q&A with Nick Spencer

    In this episode you’ll hear the Q&A session that followed Nick Spencer’s 2018 lecture titled… 
    Where Did I Come From? Christianity, Secularism, and the Individual 
    You can hear his lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is Nick Spencer, with Simon Smart, digging deeper into the topic. 
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    Nick is Research Director of Theos Think Tank in London. He has written for The Guardian and The Telegraph and has been described by The Economist as “like a prophet crying in the post-modern wilderness”. Nick is the author of several books including Atheists: The Origin of the Species, and The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.  
    Some of Nick Spencer’s books: 
    Atheists: The Origin of the Species 
    Darwin and God 
    The Political Samaritan 
    Check out CPX's other podcast Life & Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century. 

    • 30 min
    Is Christianity Bad News for Women? Q&A with Amy Orr-Ewing

    Is Christianity Bad News for Women? Q&A with Amy Orr-Ewing

    In this episode you’ll hear the Q&A session that followed Amy Orr-Ewing’s 2017 lecture titled… 
    Is Christianity Bad News for Women? 
    You can hear her lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is Amy, with Simon Smart, digging deeper into the topic. 
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    Amy is a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a widely sought-after speaker who has addressed audiences at the White House and the UK Parliament. She regularly appears on TV and radio to comment on a variety of topics relating to the Christian faith. Her doctoral studies focused on the British novelist, essayist, and “Christian humanist” Dorothy L. Sayers, and she is the author of several books, including Where is God in all the Suffering, and Why Trust the Bible? 
    Some of Amy Orr-Ewing’s books: 
    Is the Bible Intolerant? 
    Where is God in all the Suffering? 
    Why Trust the Bible? 
     
    Check out CPX's other podcast Life & Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century. 

    • 25 min
    The Myth of Religious Violence: Q&A with William Cavanaugh

    The Myth of Religious Violence: Q&A with William Cavanaugh

    In this episode you’ll hear the Q&A session that followed William Cavanaugh’s 2016 lecture titled… 
    The Myth of Religious Violence 
    You can hear his lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is William, with John Dickson, digging deeper into the topic. 
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    WIlliam is Professor of Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. He holds degrees from Notre Dame, Cambridge, and Duke University, and has worked for the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School. His areas of specialisation include political theology and economic ethics. He is the author of The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology, The Roots of Modern Conflict, and Field Hospital: The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World. 
    Some of William Cavanaugh’s books: 
    The Myth of Religious Violence 
    Field Hospital: The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World 
     
    Check out CPX's other podcast Life & Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century. 

    • 21 min
    The End of Faith: Q&A with Peter Harrison

    The End of Faith: Q&A with Peter Harrison

    In this episode you’ll hear the Q&A session that followed Peter Harrison’s 2015 lecture titled… 
    The End of Faith: Has Science Made Religion Redundant? 
    You can hear his lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is Peter, with John Dickson, digging deeper into the topic. 
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    Peter is currently an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. Before taking up that post he was the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He has published extensively in the area of intellectual history with a focus on the historical interactions between science and religion, and has authored or edited six books, including The Territories of Science and Religion. 
    Some of Peter Harrison’s book: 
    The Territories of Science and Religion 
    The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science 
     
    Check out CPX's other podcast Life & Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century. 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

RJL Fan ,

Absolute Gold

There are some very insightful and challenging speakers in this series and an excellent range of topics. Well worth a listen.

claregiselle ,

Excellent lectures

Love the various topics and speakers! Absolutely worth checking out. Amy Orr Ewing is amazing.

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