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  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019

    Becoming Modern: Recreating Past, Present and Future

    7:00 pmProfessor Meic Pearse | The Round Church, Cambridge

    Modernization – leaving the village for the cities; industrialization; working outside the home rather than in it; individualism and the severing of community ties – has been the defining human experience of the past two and a half centuries. This has had profound consequences for our sense of identity, and has opened the door to the rise of modern ideologies: 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. This lecture will explore some of the more important challenges this presents for a coherent, Christian view of the world, and of ourselves.

     

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Round Church Scriptorium

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Round Church Scriptorium

Located in the north aisle, our Scriptorium is a ‘writing room’ for our staff and their guests.

The word ‘scriptorium’ echoes the world of the medieval monastery – appearing across western Europe from the sixth century onward. These monasteries were major centres for intellectual activity and fundamentally shaped the cultural heritage of the west. Their scribes copied older manuscripts and so preserved much of classical culture for future generations, including our own. They also composed new works on an enormous range of subjects, ranging from theology to history, astronomy, medicine, the natural world, law, politics, and art. The concept of a ‘scriptorium’ came to mean the physical space where they worked but also the intellectual collaboration between scribes. They also played a significant role in the emergence of universities in Europe, including the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209. The one situated in the Round Church is where our thinking community exists and works.

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Daily Structure

9:00-9:20

Morning Prayer

Chancel

9:20-11:00

Study Session 1

Desk

11:00-11:20

Coffee

Table

11:20-12:45

Study Session 2

Desk

12:45-2:00

Lunch

Table

2:00-5:00

Study Session 3

Desk

Christian Heritage staff and guests at morning prayers in the Cambridge Scriptorium

Prayer

Bible and prayer at the beginning of the day, through which we are welcomed into a reality bigger than that of our own lives and studies. Our custom before beginning the first study session is to share thinking and/or writing goals for the day with the person you are sat with.

Desk

Study sessions are carried out at our desks, equipped with WiFi, a reading lamp, 2x mains sockets, and a USB charging port. We provide the materials for tea and coffee with a 15 min break in the morning.

Christian Heritage guests in Cambridge Scriptorium writing room
Lunch table set for food and discussion in the Round Church Scriptorium

Table

Sharing lunch around the table is an expression of our life together, providing daily opportunity for a question, seminar or reading centred around Christian Heritage’s cultural apologetics projects (please see our ‘research’ page to learn more about these).

How to Enquire?

If you would like to join us, please send an email telling us a little about yourself, and describe your interest in one of our projects and/or what you are hoping to get out of involvement in the Round Church Scriptorium.

Email chscriptorium@christianheritage.org.uk

Desks in the Round Church Scriptorium writing room