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What does it mean to respond to a Christian vocation and to honour God in university life?

Oxford academics and postgraduates speak and lead discussion for each stream. Past attendees are encouraged to come, listen to new talks, and take part in discussion with new attendees.

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What went wrong with humankind? Lecture given by Elaine Storkey.

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The social sciences in particular have implicit or explicit convictions about what is wrong with the world, and many individual scholars are driven by the desire to improve society and to alleviate suffering. How do these understandings relate to the Christian understanding of sin and evil?

What are Universities for? Article by Nigel Biggar. In an article for Standpoint Magazine, Nigel Bigger asks, ' Oxford Conversations Website to visit. A collection of curated interviews with leading Christian academics and scholars at the University of Oxford.

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Receive e-newsletters for regular updates Subscribe. There followed a list of Christian heresies that expanded inexorably after no sustainable dividing lines between acceptable and unacceptable religious belief could be established. One law of listed twenty specific heresies. Again a single formula, the Chalcedonian which accepted that Christ had two natures, human and divine , was imposed by the emperors with a fresh array of legislation against newly defined heretics.

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Once the principle that the state should control religious belief had been established, the laws extended far beyond Christianity. The Olympic Games, a festival in honour of Zeus, were held for the last time in When Theodosius, under pressure from Ambrose, the formidable bishop of Milan, condoned the burning down of a synagogue by a Christian mob, the exclusion of Jews from all official posts followed.

The only precedent for the breadth of the laws against religious belief comes from the 14th century BC, when the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten decreed that the sun god Aten should be the only deity.

When the empire fell in the west, the popes announced that the Nicene Trinity was an article of faith endorsed by the Council of Constantinople. This rewriting saw the crucial role of Theodosius suppressed. In works on church history today, the Nicene solution is said to be the only theologically coherent solution to the problem and the subordinationist view, which has far more scriptural support than the Nicene, remains derided.

Few Christians ever realise that their freedom to discuss their own religion was, in effect, destroyed by a Roman emperor.

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The year AD thus deserves to be seen as one of the defining moments in the history of European thought, and the history of Christianity should be rewritten to acknowledge it. The claims made by James Hannam regarding the birth of modern science in the Middle Ages do not stand up to scrutiny, says Charles Freeman. Why is religion on the rise in so many different countries? Tom Rees finds the missing link. We are supported by our members.

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The benefits of free debate can be seen in the passionate discussions that Christians had in the fourth century over the nature of the Godhead. For anyone with training in traditional Greek philosophy it must have been obvious that here was an issue that could never be resolved. Many bishops recognised this. Today a great deal of theology seems to be concerned with finding better arguments for what is already defined as orthodoxy. In the heady days of the mid-fourth century there was as yet no orthodoxy and the quality of debate was much less restrained as a result.

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