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Life in the Round

What are we? The answer we give to this question either grounds our nobility as humans or points to what Darwin called our ‘lowly origin’. In this first session of Christian Heritage's 'Humanity Matters' webinar series, Andrew Fellows examines various contemporary accounts of what it means to be human and contrasts them with one that truly ennobles us.   ...

In this webinar, and in the wake of the UK government's imposition of radical abortion on Northern Ireland, we talk to Philippa Taylor (CARE) and Dawn McAvoy (Both Lives Matter) about what a Christian response to the culture of abortion looks like.   ...

Christians do not have a monopoly on seeing what's wrong with the world. This talk examines three secular sin labels as a diagnosis of the problem. Each adds something significant to our understanding of why everything is so bent out of shape. While these labels are useful, they are inadequate when compared to the better diagnosis found in the Bible.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/17154512/andrew-fellows-is-sin-plausible-in-the-modern-world.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]...

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]...

If you could live forever, would you want to? At first glance it seems an easy question. But wouldn’t such an existence become utterly boring? Assuming one would desire immortality, are there any reasons to hope for it? In this Round Church Talk, Jon Thompson draws on philosophy, poetry and art to explore these questions and possible answers.   [embed]https://roundchurchcambridge.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/12165040/jon-thompson-who-wants-to-live-forever.mp3[/embed]...