History of Christianity

Mondays, 4.10-5.30pm, Althaus-Reid Room (unless otherwise indicated)

This listing includes notices of two Saturday conferences in the History of Christianity which are taking place in Edinburgh and which may be of interest. 

Everyone is warmly invited to our seminars.

Semester 2: Spring 2019

Date  Speaker Topic


15 January 2019

4.10 pm, Martin Hall

Prof Brian Stanley


The Crisis of Mission Education in Republican China, 1922-9:

The Case of Harold Henry Rowley

***Joint Seminar with World Christianity***

28 January 2019

Dr Richard Oosterhoff


Platonism, Prayer, and Difficulty in Lefèvre d'Étaples
4 February 2019

Dr Laura Mair


"Give my Love": Peer Relationships Inside and Beyond the

Victorian Ragged School Classroom

11 February 2019 Dr Michael T.R.B. Turnbull

Roman Catholic Renewal in Scotland from the 1960s:

Servility or Iconoclasm?

18 February 2019 No seminar No seminar - flexible learning week
25 February 2019

Dr Gareth Atkins


Mapping Evangelical Britain, c. 1770-1840:

Reflections on Writing about Religious Networks


7 March 2019

4.10 pm, Martin Hall

Professor Christian Sahner


Christian Martyrs under Islam

***Joint Seminar with Theology and Ethics***


11 March 2019

Professor John M. MacKenzie

Lancashire, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Edinburgh

and the Highlands and Islands

Presbyterianism as an Aspect of Scottish Global Identity

Saturday 16 March 2019

See note below

18 March 2019 No seminar No seminar
18 March 2019

Dr Simon Burton


Liberty of Conscience under the Covenant?

Samuel Rutherford on the Right of Resistance and Toleration’

Note: On Saturday 16 March 2019, 10am–5pm, seminar participants may be interested in attending the Scottish Church History Society Spring Conference at St Andrews Parish Church Hall, Dundee (close to the Dundee railway station). Keynote speaker: Professor Stewart J Brown (Edinburgh). Topic: 'After the Disruption: The Revival of the National Church of Scotland, 1843-1901'

See the Scottish Church History Society website for the call for papers and registration information.

Semester 1: Autumn 2018

Date Seminar speaker / conference details Topic 

24 September 2018

Welcome Social Gathering


Welcome Social Gathering

1 October 2018

Dr Sara Parvis

School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh


'A Tale of Two Councils: Constantinople 360 and Constantinople 381'

6 October 2018

10am – 4.30pm 

Edinburgh Theological Seminary, North Bank Street, Edinburgh

Christianity and History Forum for Scotland conference.

Speakers include:

Dr Alison Cathcart (University of Strathclyde)

Dr Tom Breimaier (Spurgeon’s College, London)

Dr Euan Dodds (Holyrood Evangelical Church, Edinburgh)


Christianity and History Forum for Scotland conference


To register:

Email Dr Emma MacLeod (Stirling) [e.v.macleod@stir.ac.uk]

to inform her that you will be attending

8 October 2018

Professor Stewart J Brown

(School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh)

‘W. T. Stead and the Occult: Christianity, Spiritualism and Journalism

in Late 19th Century Britain’

15 October 2018

Dr Paul Parvis

(School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh)


‘Justin the Gnostic: Justin Martyr and the Invention of Heresy in Mid-2nd Century Rome’

22 October 2018

Cunningham Lecture

(no seminar)


Cunningham Lecture

(no seminar)

29 October 2018

Mr Randall Reinhard

(School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh)


‘Edward Irving (1792-1834) and the Church of Scotland in London’

3 November 2018

10am – 5pm

Edinburgh Theological Seminary,  North Bank Street, Edinburgh

Scottish Church History Society Autumn Conference on Women and the Church

Speakers include:

Dr Lesley Orr (University of Edinburgh)

Ms Jo Thor (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Eleanor Harris (Scottish Episcopal Church)


Scottish Church History Society Autumn Conference on Women and the Church

To register:

Book your place through: https://bit.ly/2QRVOSD

5 November 2018

Professor Jane Dawson

(School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh)

 ‘To Anoint or Not to Anoint? James VI and the Coronations of 1567, 1590 and 1603’


12 November 2018

Dr Paul Gilfillan

(Division of Psychology and Sociology, Queen Margaret University)


'Scottish Catholics and the Education Act of 1918'

19 November 2018

Rev Dr Martin Ritchie

(Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh)


'Lost Interiors 2: Recreating the Stage for Scottish Reformed Worship'

26 November 2018

Divinity Graduation

(no seminar)

Divinity Graduation

(no seminar)