Special guest speaker Professor Alec Ryrie will give two lectures, the first on the early history of (or lack of) protestant mission, the second on the recent history of un-belief:
11.15 – 12.45 ‘Evangelicals against Evangelism: Why Early Protestants Were Not Missionaries’
13.45 – 15.30 ‘Jesus, Hitler and the Abolition of God’
The event will be followed by marking the publication of Professor Ryrie’s new book, Unbelievers – An Emotional History of Doubt (copies will be available for purchase at the end of the event). (This paper will be followed by a short response from Nick Spencer, senior fellow of Theos Thinktank).
Alec Ryrie is the Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University, a co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and the author of numerous highly acclaimed books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (2019- ), the Gresham Professor of Divinity (2018-21), and the President of the Ecclesiastical History Society (2019-20).
Both lectures will be open and free to the public, although donations are welcome. Lunch will be available between the two sessions. Lunches start at £2 per person. Please confirm your attendance by 12pm on 29 November and let us know if you plan to purchase a lunch.
Live streaming will be available (by prior request only) for those who cannot attend in person. You will need to contact us and provide a valid email address. A link will be sent to the email address provided within 24 hours of the event start time.