The podcast of Cranmer Hall, the theological college within St John's College, Durham University. We explore life’s big questions, and look to join the dots between theology, church, and the world. Philip Plyming, Warden of Cranmer Hall, is joined by a wide range of guests with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Nick Baines - Why is engaging in politics part of Christian faithfulness in our world today?
Why should Christians be involved in politics? How can theology ask real world questions? What can we learn from Dietrich Bonhoeffer about how theology and politics need to go together? What are the challenges of engaging in faith and politics in a social media context? And how do prayer and worship help us to see the world around us differently?
In today’s show we are talking with the Rt Revd Nick Baines. Nick is Bishop of Leeds, and an expert in public engagement at the intersection of faith and politics, drawing on his background in politics, government and leadership experience in the Church of England.
Isabelle Hamley - How does the Bible help us embrace justice, beyond judgement?
What do the stories and laws of the Old Testament teach us about a God of justice? How does the incarnation of Jesus shape the way we see issues of justice and mercy today? How does the cross hold mercy and justice together? How can facing up to our own broken humanity help us imagine a world beyond judgement? And what do we do when we are confronted by injustice in the world around us?
In today's show we are talking to the Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley. Isabelle is currently the Secretary for Ecumenism and Theology on the Church of England’s Council of Christian Unity and Theological Adviser for the House of Bishops. Her recently-published book Embracing Justice was selected as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2022.
Elizabeth Hare - What Does The Old Testament Teach Us About Our Loneliness and How God Can Meet Us In It?
What is loneliness and how does the Bible, and particularly the Old Testament, talk about it?
How does the Old Testament's description connect with what we've learned about loneliness in the last 20 years?
Why does God care about lonely humans and what does God do about it?
How can Christians learn to live well with loneliness, and how can we be good friends in a world where people are lonely?
In today’s show we are talking to Elizabeth Hare. Lizzie is a pastoral tutor lecturer in the Old Testament here at Cranmer Hall. She is passionate about the Hebrew Bible and her doctoral research investigated the subject of loneliness in the Hebrew Bible. Lizzie’s current research interests include biblical lament and trauma-informed biblical hermeneutics.
Mike Snape - What Can History Teach Us About a Christian Response to War?
What are the different voices in Scripture across the Old and New Testaments on war and conflict?
How can a war ever be just? And why does the Just War tradition still matter today?
How does the story of Anglicans living in a time of war provide a cautionary tale for the Church in todays world?
How has the relative peace in Europe since World War II led to a functional pacifism in many churches? And how does the current conflict in Ukraine challenge that view?
In today’s show we are talking to Canon Professor Michael Snape. Michael is the inaugural Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies at Durham University, and an ecumenical lay canon at Durham Cathedral. He has written extensively on church history, religion and war. His forthcoming book A Church Militant: Anglicans and the Armed Forces from Queen Victoria to the Vietnam War will be published with Oxford University Press this July, based on the 2020 Hensley Henson Lectures.
Karen Kilby - Suffering, Mystery and Christian Doctrine: Why Do Limits Matter for Theology?
What does it mean to be a theologian, and how does it relate to the everyday faith of the Church? What is a wise theological response to the problem of evil? How can we approach suffering without denying it on the one hand, or sacralising it on the other? How might Julian of Norwich help us hold together our unanswered questions with hope for God's unimaginable future? What's wrong with thinking of the doctrine of the Trinity as a tool for solving practical problems, and what then is the doctrine of the Trinity for? How can an apophatic approach help theology know its limits?
In today’s show we are talking to Karen Kilby. Karen is the Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University and is one of the world’s leading systematic theologians. She has written numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics including the Trinity, suffering, apophatic theology, and the major Catholic theologians Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar, as well as the medieval theologian Julian of Norwich. Her 2020 book God, Evil and the Limits of Theology was published with Bloomsbury and collects a number of seminal essays published over the last two decades.
Peniel Rajkumar - Mission from the Margins: How can paying attention to the witness of the global church renew and reinvigorate Christian mission?
What does it mean to approach theology ‘feet-first’? Why should churches in the UK and the West more generally engage with global theologies, and what might they learn in the process? What are some ways in which the history of Christian mission is being complexified and re-storied? For instance, how have Dalit Christians been missionaries to the missionaries? And finally, how can learning about different contexts in the global church help reinvigorate the ways we work together for justice and peace?
In today’s show we are talking to the Rev’d Dr Peniel Rajkumar. Peniel is an Anglican priest and a theologian. Last summer he was appointed as the Global Theologian at USPG and as an associate tutor at Ripon College, Cuddeston. Prior to this he was Programme Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation at the World Council of Churches. He has also held teaching positions at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey and the United Theological College in Bangalore, and has written extensively on Dalit theology, missiology and interfaith dialogue.
Top Theology Podcast
Great podcast discussing current work with some of the best Theologians in the field today. Highly recommend
Some wonderful and thought-provoking discussions
Excellent interviews, thoughtful and thought-provoking. Concise and/or very well edited, so that no episode remotely outstays its welcome.
Excellent and thought-provoking
A sensible discussion explaining why theology and science sit alongside each other and are not, as is often assumed, in conflict with each other. Through science we see more of the glory of God