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.
The courses and lectures are described briefly below:
Monday 5 August Special Guest Lecture
Professor Terry Eagleton
Tuesday 6 August
Sacrifice, Atonement and the Overcoming of Violence
Professor Paul Fiddes
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
Tuesday 13 August
Sacrifice and the Spiritual Life
Professor Jane Shaw
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