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Johann Georg 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, and he was admired by Goethe, Schelling, Schlegel, and Kierkegaard.   In this webinar, Dr John Betz (University of Notre Dame) talks about how Hamann is a great example of how Christians engage thoughtfully with culture, and asks whether he could be a model for us as we seek to be salt and light in a collapsing society.   ...

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. Gary Habermas joins us to examine the resurrection and discuss why it changes absolutely everything.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/05154505/gary-habermas-resurrection.mp3[/embed]...

Isaac Watts lived through a time of collision between traditional Christian faith and the forces of 'Enlightenment'. How he engaged with, critiqued and adapted to the veneration of reason is fascinating and still instructive. Dr Graham Beynon, Watts scholar and pastor, profiles this fascinating man, his thought and his times.   ...

In this webinar, Dr Chris Watkin and Kevin Moss discuss what we can learn from Albert Camus’ seminal work, The Plague, and especially how these lessons coalesce with a Christian worldview.   ...

Best known for his seven-book series, the Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis was a scholar and writer of exceptional ability. Today, however, the scale and variety of his contributions to literature and thought are often obscured. Dr Jacqueline Glenny introduces us afresh to a man and a mind of enduring influence who had a deep connection to Cambridge.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/19133247/jacqueline-glenny-cs-lewis-and-his-legacy.mp3[/embed]...

The Round Church is one of Cambridge’s oldest and best-known buildings. It predates the University by almost a century. It is one of only four round churches still standing in the UK. It has been much loved and discussed by poets, preachers, antiquarians, and journalists down the centuries. And yet so much about its past remains a mystery. Debunking some popular stories about wandering Knights Templar, this talk, held in the beautiful setting of the Round Church itself, uncovers the far more fascinating truths that lay behind this amazing building. It looks at the foundation of the church in the early decades of the twelfth century and some of the ideas which led its founders to make it round.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/26144425/robert-evans-deciphering-the-round-church.mp3[/embed]...

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]...