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Posted: 13 January 2015, 10:18

An academic conference which could easily have been introduced with the words, ‘And now for something completely different’ was held in London last summer. Jesus and Brian: What have the Pythons done for us? drew a lot of biblical scholars together who wanted to discuss the life of Jesus in light of Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

The film wasn’t a huge hit with the church when it was released in 1979, due to its themes of religious satire. John Cleese and Michael Palin were hauled over the coals by churchmen in a TV chat show and Life of Brian was banned from being shown on the BBC and ITV and from many towns in the UK.

This time around, academics from around the world were delighted to be discussing their favourite subjects in the light of what was for many of them their favourite film....

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Posted: 17 October 2014, 11:54

Rev Dr Joanna Collicutt is a clinical psychologist who teaches trainee Anglican priests and is the Advisor for Spiritual Care of Older People for the Church of England Diocese of Oxford. Nigel Bovey talked to her about faith, delusion, wellbeing and her own journey as a Christian.

Dr Collicutt, what did you study as a student?

I studied experimental psychology at Oxford and then became a clinical psychologist. As a clinician, I specialised in neuropsychology, working with the rehabilitation of people who had brain injury as a result of a stroke or an accident.

In an increasingly ageing society, there is concern about the difficulties of dementia. Can eating a correct diet or doing puzzles help stave off the onset of dementia?

It’s always good to keep your brain active. The other...

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Posted: 19 September 2014, 21:02

Book cover for Was the Tomb Empty?Graeme Smith is a lawyer and the author of a new book, Was the Tomb Empty? which is subtitled, ‘A lawyer weighs the evidence for the resurrection’. Philip Halcrow talked to him about the professional skills he brought to bear on the available information for the resurrection of Jesus.

The burden of proof is on Christians,’ says Graeme Smith. ‘People don’t generally rise from the dead. So it would be wrong for Christians to say that the burden of proof is on others to disprove the resurrection.’

Graeme has been working as a lawyer since he joined a firm of solicitors in 1986. Today, he is a district judge and sits as a Crown Court recorder. He is also a Christian.

‘I was brought up in a Christian home and was taken to church when I was young,’ he says. ‘But my faith became completely...

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Posted: 21 August 2014, 10:07

The science and Christian faith of Robert Boyle, one of the founders of modern chemistry (famous, for example, for Boyle’s Law) have been brilliantly discussed on the BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time, by presenter Melvyn Bragg and three expert guests.

A pioneering scientist and a founder member of the Royal Society, Boyle’s work was motivated by his strong Christian faith. The programme is especially good at showing how Boyle’s highly influential scientific method arose out of Christian beliefs.

One of the guests, Simon Schaffer, Professor of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge, says that Boyle’s interest was ‘not simply investigating nature because it is made, organised and run by God, but also in showing people that the way nature is organised and runs shows God’s...

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Dawkins and Krauss at one of the debates included in the movie

Posted: 14 August 2014, 16:33

Gus Holwerda, the director and writer of the film documentary, The Unbelievers, which follows atheists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss on a world speaking tour, recently took part in a debate with Christian author Graham Veale, whose book New Atheism: A Survival Guide, was published earlier this year.

The debate, broadcast by Premier Radio’s Unbelievable? show, hosted by Justin Brierley, focused on the two ‘rock stars’ of atheism and whether their arguments against religion stand up. The show included clips from the film, including a now-famous response by Dawkins to the question of which is more important to him: explaining science or destroying religion.

Dawkins says: ‘Science is wonderful, science is beautiful. Religion is not wonderful, it’s not beautiful, it gets in the way....

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Posted: 13 August 2014, 11:57

Professor Richard Hain, a consultant in paediatric palliative medicine at the Children’s Hospital for Wales, provides care to children with serious illnesses. His work deals with some of the deepest questions about human suffering. ‘This isn’t the way it is supposed to happen,’ he says. Nigel Bovey talked to him about his life and faith.

Professor Hain, what are your present responsibilities?

As well as being a practising clinician, I am a visiting professor at the University of South Wales and honorary senior lecturer at Bangor University, where I’m involved in clinical research in children’s palliative care. As a doctoral student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University, I am studying end-of-life ethics in children.

You trained in paediatric oncology, so...

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Posted: 23 June 2014, 8:00

Sue Kimber, Professor of Stem Cells and Development at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of the North West Embryonic Stem Cell Centre, talks to Nigel Bovey about the ethics surrounding her research and how it integrates with her Christian faith.

Professor Kimber, what does your work entail?

I teach a stem-cell course, run a research laboratory and at the Stem Cell Centre produce cultures of human embryonic stem cells at clinical grade for research.

There are many areas of research that are less controversial, so what made you want to be in this one?

I’ve always been interested in understanding disease and how, through that understanding, it might be treatable. I started out working in the area of infertility and reproductive biology.

Stem cells are absolutely...

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Posted: 22 June 2014, 13:04

Last November (2013), on the 50th anniversary of CS Lewis’s death, Westminster Abbey honoured the novelist, poet, academic and Christian apologist with a memorial in Poet’s Corner. At the same time, a symposium on CS Lewis was held in the church next door to the Abbey, St Margaret’s, Westminster.

Christian Evidence has produced three videos which capture the key lectures of the symposium.

The symposium marked CS Lewis’s career as one of the 20th century’s most notable Christian writers and thinkers. As well as celebrating his remarkable achievements as a writer of fiction, apologetics and scholarship, the event looked at the question of how, in the 21st century, CS Lewis’s example can be followed and his legacy continued.

In the opening lecture (see the video above), Professor Alister...

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Posted: 08 June 2014, 11:21

Does reality make sense if God does not exist? Professor of Philosophy Hans Halvorson thinks not and explains why he is drawn to ‘the hopeful option’ of belief in God in this interview with Nigel Bovey.

Professor, what areas of research are you currently working in?

I have always been interested in the relationship between philosophy and science – particularly how we can do philosophy, either in a scientific manner or in a manner that’s contiguous with what’s happening in the sciences. In recent years, I have been looking at questions such as: ‘What is science?’ and ‘Are there limits to science?’

I also specialise in mathematical logic and am studying category theory, which attempts to systematise the relations between different branches of mathematics. Because maths is...

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Picture of Jesus and Brian... the conference

Posted: 03 June 2014, 14:51

And now for something completely different.

Bookings are still open for the Jesus and Brian conference, which is being held at King’s College London between Fri-Sun, 20-22 June 2014. The conference explores the historical Jesus and his times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

The conference features no less than two Pythons. John Cleese will be the after-dinner speaker on Saturday, and Terry Jones will join the conference on Friday for a conversation about the film.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian provoked a furious response in some quarters when it first appeared in 1979, even leading to cries of ‘blasphemy’. However, many students and teachers of biblical literature were quietly, and often loudly, both amused and intrigued.

Life of Brian in fact contains numerous references to...

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