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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

    • Society & Culture
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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.

    Rediscovering Hope: Q&A Session with Leisa Aitken

    Rediscovering Hope: Q&A Session with Leisa Aitken

    In this episode, you'll hear the Q&A session that followed Leisa Aitken's 2023 lecture titled,
    Rediscovering Hope. How we lost it. How we get it back?
    You can hear her lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is Leisa, with Simon Smart, digging deeper into the topic.
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    Leisa is a clinical psychologist who's been counselling and teaching for more than 25 years in workplaces, hospitals, and private practice. She recently completed a PhD on the shifting grounds of hope through Western history and philosophy, theology, and psychology.
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    Check out CPX’s other podcast, Life and Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century.

    • 23 min
    Rediscovering Hope. How we lost it. How we get it back?

    Rediscovering Hope. How we lost it. How we get it back?

    In this episode, you'll hear Leisa Aitken's 2023 lecture,
    Rediscovering Hope. How we lost it. How we get it back?
    The future feels tenuous these days, uncertain … overwhelming, even. Hope might be scarce, but it's not lost. At least not with Leisa Aitken is our guide. Leisa is a clinical psychologist with 25 years’ experience in her field and she's just completed a PhD on Hope. For those feeling hopeful, and perhaps especially for those who are not, this is a great talk to hear – hope from the perspective of psychology, philosophy, and theology.
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    Leisa is a clinical psychologist who's been counselling and teaching for more than 25 years in workplaces, hospitals, and private practice. She recently completed a PhD on the shifting grounds of hope through Western history and philosophy, theology, and psychology.
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    Check out CPX’s other podcast, Life and Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century.

    • 48 min
    Out Of Sight: Q&A with Scott Stephens

    Out Of Sight: Q&A with Scott Stephens

    In this episode you’ll hear the Q&A session that followed Scott Stephen’s 2021 lecture titled… 
    Out Of Sight: Attentiveness in a Dismissive Age 
    You can hear his lecture in an earlier episode of this podcast, but here is Scott, with Simon Smart, digging deeper into the topic. 
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    Scott is the ABC’s Religion and Ethics online editor, and the co-host, with Waleed Aly, of The Minefield on ABC Radio National. His book On Contempt is published by Melbourne University Press. 
    Read Scott Stephens’ Uncivil Wars, written with Waleed Aly for the Quarterly Essay 
     
    Check out CPX's other podcast Life & Faith, a weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century. 

    • 21 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 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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