2021-2022 Events

Autumn 2021 Event:
The University: More Christian Than We Think?


Saturday 27 Nov, 9.30am-1.00pm on Zoom

In 2019/20, there were 2.53 million students in the university in the UK. That’s very nearly 4% of the entire population, a large number of people willing to risk sizeable chunks of student debt in pursuit of a goal perceived to be beneficial.

It seems that we repose an inordinate amount of trust in this thing we call the ‘university’. Why is that? On what basis is this institution worth such investment? What is its role in society?

Tom Holland, in his 2019 monograph, Dominion, argues that many of these good things which we take for granted within Western culture are in fact the direct fruits of our Christian heritage. Is this also the case with the university? In fact, despite recent controversies, is the university actually more Christian than we may have thought? And, if that is the case, what does this tell us about our own purpose within the academy?

Can Christians contribute towards it? In fact, should they? And if they do, how do the questions behind the renewal of the academy help us introduce the bigger questions and ultimately point us to Christ? In what ways could our contribution to today’s university pave the way for a distinctively Christian apologetic?

These questions (and more) will be addressed by our speakers, Andrew Fellows (Former Chairman of L’Abri International and Director of Apologetics, Christian Heritage, Cambridge) and David Bebbington (Emeritus Professor of History, University of Stirling). We would love for you to join us! 

Topics:

Our speakers David Bebbington (Emeritus Professor of History, University of Stirling) and Andrew Fellows (Former Chairman of L’Abri International and Director of Apologetics, Christian Heritage, Cambridge) will give plenary talks on the following topics:

  • ‘The Christian Foundations of Western Civilisation’ (Andrew Fellows)
  • ‘The Relation of Christianity to the University over Time’ (David Bebbington)
  • ‘Christian Commentary on the Magna Charta Universitatum’ (David Bebbington)
  • ‘The Foundations Our Universities Require’ (Andrew Fellows) 

Through this event, we hope to start a discussion together about the purpose of the university, and the role Christians can play in it.

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