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Posted: 05 October 2019

Christian Evidence has recently started working with the Montgomery Trust, which helps fund lectures and talks on the Christian faith by expert speakers. These talks are delivered throughout the UK, making them accessible to a wide audience. The line-up of talks between now and Christmas take place in Edinburgh, Welshpool and Derbyshire:

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Passion Play: The Mysterious Revivals of Religious Drama
4 November 2019
Jolyon Mitchell at St Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy
23-24 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD

In this illustrated talk, Jolyon Mitchell explores the extraordinary growth of religious drama in the UK, Europe and beyond over the last 60 years. Using examples from both the Mystery Play tradition and the closely related Passion Play tradition, he investigates why both ancient and modern plays are enjoying renewed popularity all over the world.

Jolyon Mitchell is Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh. He specialises in religion, violence and peacebuilding, including the role of the arts and media in inciting violence and promoting peace, and is a former BBC World Service producer and journalist.

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Singing Our Way Into or Out of Belief
9 November 2019
John Bell at Welshpool Church
13 High Street, Welshpool SY21 7JP

Studies have shown that what we sing is what we end up believing, irrespective of the calibre of pulpit oratory we experience. In this lecture, we reflect on how songs, traditional and contemporary, shape popular theology.

John Bell is a Scottish hymn writer and a member of the Iona Community, delivering lectures around the world on issues surrounding music and spirituality. He is an occasional contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

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Singing Our Way Into or Out of Belief
15 November 2019
John Bell at Wellspring Church
Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4DS

Studies have shown that what we sing is what we end up believing, irrespective of the calibre of pulpit oratory we experience. In this lecture, we reflect on how songs, traditional and contemporary, shape popular theology.

John Bell is a Scottish hymn writer and a member of the Iona Community, delivering lectures around the world on issues surrounding music and spirituality. He is an occasional contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

There is no charge for this talk, but please register ahead of the event.

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