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The Doctrine of God for a Self-Obsessed Age   Part III: The God Who Loves Himself (But is Not a Narcissist)   with Andrew Fellows   on Monday, November 8th at 7:30pm GMT   The German philosopher Nietzsche predicted that the ‘death of God’ would lead to a culture of emptiness.  That has transpired and our voided age needs God. But which God? In this lecture series Andrew Fellows argues that the antidote is a deep engagement with the true and living God and that He alone is the way back to reality, stability, and true happiness.   Because of His own Divine perfections God of necessity has a total regard and love for Himself. But doesn't that make Him a narcissist? In this lecture we will see how God's satisfaction and rest in Himself is the real foundation for our happiness.   We hope you will consider joining us in person in the Round Church for this talk! If you are unable to come in person, you are very welcome to watch the livestream using the link below.   [button size='small' style='' text='Watch the Livestream' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://youtu.be/Wvg6Q2Q79AI' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']...

The Doctrine of God for a Self-Obsessed Age   Part II: The God Who is True to Himself   with Andrew Fellows   on Monday, October 25th at 7:30pm GMT   The German philosopher Nietzsche predicted that the ‘death of God’ would lead to a culture of emptiness.  That has transpired and our voided age needs God. But which God? In this lecture series Andrew Fellows argues that the antidote is a deep engagement with the true and living God and that He alone is the way back to reality, stability, and true happiness.   The nature of who God is means that He is always true to Himself. Contrary to what we believe, this is simply not possible for humans. In this lecture we will see that humans only become who they were meant to be in relation to the One who is the great 'I AM'.   We hope you will consider joining us in person in the Round Church for this talk! If you are unable to come in person, you are very welcome to watch the livestream using the link below.   [button size='small' style='' text='Watch the Livestream' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://youtu.be/rJFSj_Nw-34' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']...

The Doctrine of God for a Self-Obsessed Age   Part I: The God Who is Not Like You   with Andrew Fellows   on Monday, October 18th at 7:30pm BST   The German philosopher Nietzsche predicted that the ‘death of God’ would lead to a culture of emptiness.  That has transpired and our voided age needs God. But which God? In this lecture series Andrew Fellows argues that the antidote is a deep engagement with the true and living God and that He alone is the way back to reality, stability, and true happiness.   While the modern outlook reduces everything to some version of a monistic oneness, Christianity holds out a vision of two distinct orders of being. One is the unique life of God, and the other is creation. In this lecture, we will see how grasping this distinction is the key to understanding reality rightly.   We hope you will consider joining us in person in the Round Church for this talk! If you are unable to come in person, you are very welcome to watch the livestream using the link below.   [button size='small' style='' text='Watch the Livestream' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://youtu.be/rUQrVff_ax4' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']...

Aesthetics and the Knowledge of God   with Matt Peckham   on Monday, October 11th at 7:30pm BST   Whether in story or poetry, through imagery or imagination, aesthetic experience brings significant meaning to our lives. But is this meaning merely subjective? Do aesthetics and the affections help the pursuit of truth or hinder it? And how might the Bible help us understand the interplay between 'head knowledge' and 'heart knowledge'?   Join us as we consider the role that aesthetics plays in how we come to know things, revealing as we do the affective nature of knowing with its practical and theological implications.   We hope you will consider joining us in person in the Round Church for this talk! If you are unable to come in person, you are very welcome to watch the livestream using the link below.   [button size='small' style='' text='Watch the Livestream' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://youtu.be/KcSyF3V29GU' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']...

The Radical Christian Enlightener:   Exploring the Subversive Thought of Johann Georg Hamann   with Dr John Betz on Monday, July 5th at 7:30pm BST   Hamann is the key Enlightenment thinker that you don't generally get to hear about. He had critiqued Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason before that seminal work was even published. He analysed the key, self-defeating weaknesses in Moses Mendelssohn's capitulation to a secular worldview, and predicted the danger that this would lead to for the Jewish people in Germany. He was admired by Goethe, Schelling, Schlegel, and Kierkegaard, and was a significant inspiration to that great man's philosophical work.   Hamann is a great example of how Christians engage thoughtfully with culture: could he be a model for us, as we seek to be salt and light in a collapsing society?   Sign up here ...

The Nuts and Bolts of How We Know:   A conversation with author and philosopher Esther Lightcap Meek   on Monday, August 23rd at 7:30pm BST   How does knowing really work, and why does it matter? What do most of us think knowing involves, and have we got it wrong? How does fixing our view of knowing pay off throughout our lives and work, offering healing and hope? What is it about this way of knowing that is so distinctive, different and delightful?   Please join us as Professor Esther Lightcap Meek discusses these questions and more in conversation with Kristi Mair, and find out why Christians have the edge when it comes to knowing.   Sign up here ...

Does Science Reveal the Mind of God? (Moot Points)   A discussion between Dr Stephen C. Meyer and Dr James Croft on Monday, June 14th at 7:30pm BST   In his new book, The Return of the God Hypothesis, Dr Stephen Meyer sheds light on three scientific discoveries which he believes point to an Intelligent Designer. In this second Moot Point event, Dr James Croft, a philosopher and humanist, will interact with Dr Meyer, discussing the cases for and against design in the Universe.   Sign up here ...

Is Having Children Morally Wrong? (Moot Points)   with Professor David Benatar, Dr Matthew Lee Anderson and Dr Jon Thompson on Monday, June 7th at 7:30pm BST   We tend to think that bringing a child into the world is a good thing – something to be celebrated, in fact. This assumption is challenged by Antinatalism, an ethical stance which is increasing in popularity. Antinatalists argue that procreation is in itself morally wrong, and should therefore be abandoned. A key voice in this debate is Professor David Benatar, whose book Better Never to Have Been advances the idea that coming into existence is always a serious harm. In this Moot Point event, Prof. Benatar will interact with Christian ethicist Dr. Matthew Lee Anderson, discussing the arguments for and against Antinatalism, and whether and how the Christian faith addresses this most profound of human questions – whether we should continue to exist. A live Q and A session will follow the main discussion.   Sign up here...

The Death of Death: How Easter Changes Everything   with Dr Gary Habermas on Monday, March 29th at 7:30pm BST   At the heart of Christianity is a claim with wild implications: that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, was put to death at the hands of Roman soldiers and yet, less than 72 hours later, was alive again. The wild implications: that he really was who he claimed to be, and that his resurrection resoundingly defeated death, giving hope of our own resurrection to come. We put faith in many things to prolong our lives – vaccines, tofu, kombucha – and yet still have not found a way to defeat what the Bible calls 'the last enemy', death itself. Could it be that the Easter Story has something to say to a society striving for eternity?   After a presentation from Dr Habermas, there will be the opportunity for discussion and Q and A.   Sign up here...

(Re-)Connecting Faith and Scholarship: Theological Perspectives   Friday 26th (7-9.15pm) and Saturday 27th February (9.30am-1pm) on Zoom   This event will feature plenary talks by Dr Chris Watkin, Dr Dan Strange, Dr Matt Lillicrap and Rev Dr Craig Bartholomew, and discipline-specific seminars on the following questions:   - How does one actually engage in their academic work as a Christian? What does the integration of faith and scholarship mean? - What are some key theological building blocks that enable this integration? - What is the relationship between Christ's work and our work? - What is the role of Scripture for our scholarship? - How might academics serve God's creation and bring glory to Christ?   This online event is intended for postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and early career academics. FACM equips Christians in the academic world to study excellently from the basis of a biblical worldview, and to draw on their expertise for cultural apologetics and mission.   Free but registration required. To find out more and register please click on the link below.   Eventbrite page...