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Here is an exciting opportunity to study theology with leading academics from Oxford University and elsewhere in the beautiful setting of Christ Church, Oxford. The Oxford University Theology Summer School, organized by the Department for Continuing Education, has been running for 25 years and draws participants from all over the world and from a wide variety of Christian denominations. Many of our participants come back year on year, but we are always eager to spread the news about the summer school and you may know of groups or individuals who would find this an enriching experience. Participants may apply for either for one week or for both. The weeks are 4–10 August and 11–17 August

The theme for 2019 is “The Meaning of Sacrifice”. This is a response to the concern many have about the tensions in the Church and in the world over issues of identity, sustainability and violence.

Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis or rolling basis until 1 May 2019.

There is a limited number of places available on every seminar, and in assigning successful applicants to classes the Programme Director will pay particular attention to applicants' personal statements.

Please visit the webpage which is comprehensive with detailed descriptions of the seminars, tutors and the application process.

The application form is substantial so take some time to go over it in detail.

The courses and lectures are described briefly below: 


Week 1: 4-10 August



Monday 5 August Special Guest Lecture


Professor Terry Eagleton

Tuesday 6 August

Sacrifice, Atonement and the Overcoming of Violence

Professor Paul Fiddes

Seminars (Monday–Friday)

Compassion in Care

Dr Joseph Hordern

John’s Gospel: Going Deeper into the Mystery

Fr Nicholas King SJ

Martyrdom, Praise and Other Sacrifices

Dr Roger Pooley

Mary Magdalen: Penitent or Preacher?

Dr Jo Spreadbury

Sacrifice and the Death of Christ

Professor Frances Young

Trauma, Resilience and the Bible

Dr Meg Warner


Week 2: 10-17 August



Tuesday 13 August

Sacrifice and the Spiritual Life

Professor Jane Shaw

 Seminars (Monday–Friday)

Discipleship and Sacrifice in C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien and Charles Williams

Professor David McNaughton

How Should We Think of God’s Work in Christ?

Dr Andrew Moore

Sacrifice in Liturgy and Life

Dr Keith Riglin

Sacrificial Love: Searching for Unselfish Holiness

Fr Robin Gibbons

Science and the Sacraments

Dr Shaun Henson

The Suffering Self: Early Christianity and the Martyr Tradition

Canon Angela Tilby