Monthly Archives: October 2014

Rev Prof Alister McGrath gives inaugural professorial lecture at Oxford University

The Rev Professor Alister McGrath, Academic Director of SCIO’s Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities project (which is funded by Templeton Religion Trust), recently took up the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion at Oxford University and became Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre.  He delivered his inaugural professorial lecture at the University’s Examination Schools on 20 October, 2014 titled, “Conflict or mutual enrichment? Why science and theology need to talk to each other.” His lecture is available here.

Stan Rosenberg, SCIO’s Executive Director comments, “We are really delighted to see Professor McGrath take up this post and in this lecture clearly establish a commitment to the public presentation of science and religion from the context of his own extensive interdisciplinary training in, history of critical engagement with, and significant leadership in science and religion discussions.  This appointment continues an outstanding tradition of commitment to this critical issue at Oxford and will provide an important platform for his work in a way which will benefit many.”

 

SCIO lecturer appointed as researcher at the University of York

John has been appointed as a researcher on the ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals’ project at the University of York. The project, co-sponsored by the Church of England and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, takes an interdisciplinary approach to pilgrimage and tourism in cathedrals both in the medieval period and the modern day. This follows on from his doctorate on medieval monasteries, and subsequent research on peasant experiences of parish religious life.

John comments
I find it difficult to express how much I have enjoyed working at SCIO for the past two and a half years. There is a healthy combination of academic inquisitiveness and fun amongst the students and staff, and this makes for a wonderful teaching and learning environment. I shall certainly miss it.