History of Christianity 2017

Mondays, 4.10-5.30 Althaus-Reid Room (formerly 1.07), New College (unless otherwise indicated)

Everyone is warmly invited to attend the History of Christianity seminars.


Semester 2 - 2018

22 Jan 2018

Professor Stewart J. Brown, University of Edinburgh

‘W. T. Stead and the “Maiden Tribute”: Sex, Power and Religion in Late Victorian London’

29 Jan 2018

Dr Paul Parvis, University of Edinburgh

‘Rabbula and Ibas: odium theologicum in fifth-century Syria’

6th Feb 2018

(Joint with CSWC seminar)

Dr Emma Wild-Wood, University of Edinburgh

‘Where does the wisdom of the white man come in? The Interpretations, Problems and Possibilities of Missionary Sources in the History of Christianity in Africa’

12 Feb 2018

Dr Jon Balserak, University of Bristol

‘Lies and Simulation in Geneva’s Efforts to Reform France, 1533-1563’

19 Feb 2018 No seminar (Flexible Learning week)

26 Feb 2018

Russell Newton, University of Edinburgh

‘Godly Types: William Guild and Exegesis in Early Modern Scotland’

5 Mar 2018

Dr Kathryn Westbrook, University of Edinburgh

‘Slandered and Silenced: the Widows of Early Christianity’

12 Mar  2018

Lauren Murdoch, University of Edinburgh

‘Painted Christianity? Exploring some Scottish painted wooden ceilings of the early modern period’

 19 Mar 2018

Professor Anne Taves, University of California at Santa Barbara

‘After William James: Revisiting Mystical Experiences in the Study of Religions’

26 Mar 2018 

Dr Laura Mair, University of Edinburgh

Title to be confirmed

Semester 1 (September - December 2017)

18th Sept 2018


  Social- meeting of students and staff who teach and study the History of Christianity


25thSept  2018


  Joshua Bruce, University of Edinburgh: When Schism Became Heresy: A Juridical Approach to the Problem of Coercion in Augustine


2nd Oct  2018


Dr Simon Burton, John Laing Senior Lecturer in Reformation History, University of Edinburgh Consultatio Catholica: Method and Reform in the Comenian Circle


9th Oct 2018


Kennedy Wright Lecture (Joint with Centre for the Study of Christian Origins) Professor Gillian Clark, Professor Emerita of the University of Bristol. ‘All were together’: Augustine on Christian Origins

16th Oct 2018


Professor Jeffrey Cox, University of Iowa Towards Eliminating the Concept of Secularization


23rd Oct 2018


School-wide Croall Lectures: Professor Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet's, Oxford Lectures on 23rd, 24th, 25th October. All at 5pm in the Martin Hall

   Hope: Reasons to Hope, Memory and Hope, Hope and Europe’s Future

30th Oct 2018

   Professor Emerita Jane Dawson, University of Edinburgh Scotland, Ireland and the ‘vision’ of a Protestant Britain


8th Nov 2018


Joint session with Theology and Ethics: Rev. Dr Leah Robinson, University of Edinburgh

  ‘Bad theology’: exploring the Southern Baptist (USA) archives


13th Nov 2018


Dr Noel O’Regan, University of Edinburgh. Singing the Counter-reformation


20th Nov 2018


Dr Nikki Macdonald: Wild words and deviant discourses: taming the tongue in 16th century Scotland


27th Nov 2018


Dr Tom Brown, Hon. Fellow in History, University of Edinburgh. Local Ravenna elites and their use of saints