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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.

Talking Theology Philip Plyming

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 33 Ratings

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.

    Philip Plyming - Why Did Paul Tell Stories of His Own Hardship and What Does That Mean for Us Today?

    Philip Plyming - Why Did Paul Tell Stories of His Own Hardship and What Does That Mean for Us Today?

    What's striking about the Apostle Paul and the stories he shared? What was first-century Corinth really like, and what was the real problem with the Corinthian church? How was the cross the content of Paul's preaching but also the pattern of his living? And how might Paul's cross-shaped narrative about himself affect the way we tell our stories today?In today's episode we will be talking to Rev Canon Dr Philip Plyming. Philip is warden of Cranmer Hall, as well as the host of Talking Theology....

    • 30 min
    Paula Gooder - How does imagination help us encounter the teaching of Paul today?

    Paula Gooder - How does imagination help us encounter the teaching of Paul today?

    What did it feel like to be a Christian in the earliest churches? How does telling stories help us understand the role of women in Paul's ministry? How does imagination help us see Paul and his good news in a different light? How might close attention to people's backstories help us to forgive them and indeed ourselves? In this episode, we talk to Canon Dr. Paula Gooder. Paula is a New Testament scholar and Canon Chancellor at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Among her many published works are...

    • 32 min
    Tom Holland - How is the Story of the West Forged by Christian Faith and Values?

    Tom Holland - How is the Story of the West Forged by Christian Faith and Values?

    What has been the impact of Christianity on western civilisation? How did the shock of the cross change the relationship between the weak and the strong? Where might we see Christian theological dialogue in unexpected places? And why might it be important to reconnect Christian values with Christian stories?In today's show we will be talking to Tom Holland. Tom is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, and he co-hosts the popular podcast The Rest is History. His latest ...

    • 28 min
    Chloe Lynch - What's Wrong with Servant Leadership and is There a Better Way?

    Chloe Lynch - What's Wrong with Servant Leadership and is There a Better Way?

    What values drive contemporary leadership, and how have they influenced the Church? Where did the idea of servant leadership first come from, and why is the answer more surprising that we might think? What are the problems with servant leadership when it comes to power and how we use it? And how is friendship a better model, and what does it mean to lead in love?In today's show we will be talking to Dr Chloe Lynch. Chloe is a lecturer in practical theology at the London School of Theolo...

    • 31 min
    Mathew Guest - What is neoliberalism and how is it impacting the church?

    Mathew Guest - What is neoliberalism and how is it impacting the church?

    What is neoliberalism and what are the assumptions behind it? How does language of individualism, competition and commodities find its way into the church? What signs might we see of a church swimming with the neoliberal tide? What are the ethical questions raised by a church adopting free market values?In this episode we are talking to Professor Mathew Guest. Mathew is Professor in the Sociology of Religion and Head of the Department of Theology and Religion here in Durham University. His re...

    • 30 min
    David Ford - Why Should we Continually Reread the Gospel of John?

    David Ford - Why Should we Continually Reread the Gospel of John?

    How is John's gospel both accessible and profound? What does it mean to read John's gospel as the culmination of the New Testament testimony to Jesus? How does John's gospel invite us to improvise in response to the love of God? And how does this gospel allow us to read our way into the presence of Jesus?In today's show we will be talking to Professor David Ford. David is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Cambridge. He's also chair of trustees of Lyn's House, Cambridg...

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

DuncanV ,

Top Theology Podcast

Great podcast discussing current work with some of the best Theologians in the field today. Highly recommend

WobbleJon ,

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.

Bentinck21 ,

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

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