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Modernisation has given rise to ideologies that have had profound consequences for our sense of identity: secular metanarratives that claim meta-explanatory powers. It has also transformed what the past means for ordinary people – with consequences for how we view the present and the future. In this lecture, Professor Meic Pearse explores some of the more important challenges this presents for a coherent, Christian view of the world, and of ourselves.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/06161940/meic-pearse-becoming-modern-recreating-past-present-and-future.mp3[/embed]...

A talk on Martin Luther King Jr's African American Baptist background and its defining influence on the spiritual beliefs underlying his work for social justice.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/25114521/ian-randall-spirituality-and-martin-luther-king-jr.mp3[/embed]...

In this History in the Round Talk, James Patrick explores the positive tradition of philosemitism, or love for the Jewish people, which has distinguished British Christianity from Anglo-Saxon times through to the British Empire.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12170116/james-patrick-british-christian-history-and-the-jewish-people.mp3[/embed]...

In the inaugural History in the Round Talk, Robert Evans addresses the practice of history in the early middle ages and some questions it raises for today.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12170307/robert-evans-god-and-history-in-the-early-medieval-west.mp3[/embed]...

If the mortal coil were updated to fibre optic cable, would we have to shuffle off it? Welcome to Gnosticism 2.0, where the positively retro fear of mortality and disdain for physical bodies collides with techno-determinism. In this Round Church Talk, Florence Gildea explores the religiosity of transhumanism and explains why Jesus will probably not be ‘coming with the iCloud'.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12165912/florence-gildea-transhumanism.mp3[/embed]...

In this Round Church Talk, Andrew Fellows explores what Other-centred love looks like and how the 'inferno of self-love' works in opposition to this. Christ alone is the reference point for understanding the greatness of the highest love.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12165731/andrew-fellows-eating-people-is-wrong-a-description-of-other-centred-love-as-the-better-valentine.mp3[/embed]...

To mark the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, a city-wide church service was held to celebrate the truth of the gospel. Martin Luther's 95 Theses (1517) lit the fire of the Reformation and led to the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church, the reviving of essential Christian doctrines and the revolutionising of the landscape of Europe. Speakers: Andrew Fellows, Director of Christian Heritage Cambridge (4:55), Dr Jonathan Linebaugh, Lecturer in New Testament, University of Cambridge (33:05), and Steve Midgley, Senior Minister of Christ Church Cambridge.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12165627/fellows-linebaugh-midgley-reformation-500-the-truth-of-the-gospel.mp3[/embed]...

Is there any good news for the suffering self? For Brené Brown, Houston based 'vulnerability researcher' and TED Talk phenomenon, empathy – vulnerability meeting vulnerability – is the only antidote. But Bob Dylan finds something else to say: 'Thank God, I'm not me.' This is the route I'll take, both the 'thank God' as this talk will draw on the resources of Christian theology and the 'I'm not me' as I'll suggest that 'I' am not the final answer to the question 'Who am I?'   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12164941/jonathan-linebaugh-im-not-me-shame-and-the-self-with-st-paul.mp3[/embed]...

The lives of universities are inherently directed towards that which is considered valuable. Currently, issues of purpose, justification, funding, and freedom flare up regularly and point toward questions of ultimate value. Contemporary accounts of human life and thought, however, struggle to answer these questions satisfactorily. Alden McCray examines what a Christian account of the intellectual life, human flourishing and the world might offer to the current discussions about the life of the university.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12165229/alden-mccray-whats-the-point-of-the-university.mp3[/embed]...

The year 2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. When the integrity of Christianity becomes eroded and compromised, is a Reformation again inevitable? As a message to the Church, this talk by Andrew Fellows explores why history follows this pattern and imagines what Reformation might look like today.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12165418/andrew-fellows-smuggling-jesus-back-into-the-church-a-reformation-manifesto.mp3[/embed]...