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Recalling the major themes and thinkers of Christian history.

Recollection Lectures take place in the Ursell Room at Pusey House at 4pm generally (unless noted otherwise). Tea and coffee is served in the Hood Room between 3.15 and 3.45 pm. 

Wednesday 24th January 2024 (Second Week)

The Beloved Disciple: The Way to the Father

The Right Reverend Michael Marshall (Bishop Emeritus of Woolwich)

The only disciple to have stayed close to Jesus at every stage, from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion at Calvary, St John records subtle details and signs which, perceived by the eyes of faith, indicate a deeper and far-lasting significance. Bishop Marshall explores what these signs are and how they draw us more deeply into the personal, eternal and cosmic significance of all that Christ accomplished by His death and resurrection.

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Wednesday 7th February 2024 (Fourth Week)

Dominus Illuminatio Mea: our Brains, our Delusions and the Future of the University

Dr Iain McGilchrist, Quondam Fellow, All Souls' College, Oxford


Universities face a number of challenges which threaten to make them less attractive and more expensive. Indeed, some seem already to consider universities increasingly irrelevant. Yet at their best, they are - or should be - the stewards of a long tradition of scholarship, of the rigour, honesty and free discourse that alone can lead to truth, and the custodians of wisdom. Hemisphere theory may offer a lens through which to understand how we come to be in this predicament and how we can begin to extricate ourselves from it.

We regret that tea and coffee cannot be served before Dr McGilchrist's lecture.

Wednesday 21 February 2024 (Sixth Week)

The Bible in English before the Reformation: The Wycliffite Translation and Beyond

Dr Cosima Gillhammer, Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford


This talk investigates how questions of language, authority and practical use shaped Biblical translation in the medieval period, with particular attention to the texts attributed to the followers of John Wyclif, but also covering a range of other vernacular translations. This period preceding the Reformation forms a crucial context for understanding how the Bible was translated in later centuries, including the translations we still read today.

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Wednesday 6th March 2024 (Eighth Week)

The Victorians and the Athanasian Creed

Dr Joshua Bennett, Tutorial Fellow in History, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford


The Athanasian Creed generated intense debate in Victorian England. The place of so-called 'damnatory clauses' in the liturgy raised questions about the exclusiveness of the national church, and the authority of tradition. This lecture focuses on the most sustained campaign to demote the Creed's status in the 1870s. The effort suffered a surprising failure, yet its dynamics pointed to the decline of a textual and patristic approach to apologetics, in favour of a more interior and experiential approach to religious authority, anticipating the Creed's more thoroughgoing eclipse in twentieth-century Anglicanism.


Monday 19th February 2024, 6.30 pm (Sixth Week)

Charles Moore, Baron Moore of Etchingham

Lord Moore is a non-affiliated life peer, the former editor and now a regular columnist of the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, and biographer of Margaret Thatcher. He was a member of the Church of England until the 1990s, and is now a prominent English Roman Catholic. He is chairman of the Rectory Society and patron of the Latin Mass Society. Lord Moore will discuss the place of faith in British public life today.



Thursday 8th February 2024 (Fourth Week)

Intelligences: The Making and Unmaking of Humans (with Exeter College, Oxford)

A day-long colloquium on God, anthropology, and the revolutionary development of artificial intelligence. It will consider the implications of rapidly developing artificial intelligence on philosophies of human personhood, the Christian doctrine of man's creation in God's own image, national and international human rights regimes, and the world of the arts. Speakers will include Professor Charles Foster, author of the New York Times bestseller Being a Beast, theologians of personhood, and an AI bot which will respond to the colloquium's questions.


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Thursday 29th February 2024 (Seventh Week)

Political Theology, Sovereignty and Human Rights Law (with St John's College, Oxford)

Convened together with the Oxford Faculty of Law Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.

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Wednesday 28th February 2024 (Seventh Week)

Rights and Persons in Nature

Dr Jonathan Price, Matraszek Fellow, Pusey House and St Cross College, Oxford

This lecture attempts to answer three related questions. Just how ancient is the idea of a subjective or a natural right? How does it relate to the development of the law of persons in the Roman, Common and Canon Laws? And how closely does the - quite ancient, we learn - idea of a personal, pre-political right track with the development of Christian philosophical anthropology?


See below, or GO TO OUR YOUTUBE ACCOUNT, for all our recorded lectures.