Lecture Podcasts at Cairns

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Val Webb

How should we or can we speak of God in the 21st Century

Val Webb is an Australian theologian who previously had a career spanning microbiology, business, PR, art and religious studies. This lecture was her second visit to Cairns and was part of a PCN sponsored tour of the UK. This was her only lecture in Scotland. In this lecture she examines the question of God - the origins of the ideas of God, the different historical interpretations of God, what is God, the existence or otherwise of God, the evolution of the whole concept of God in the light of continual scientific discoveries and thoughts about God for the future. Includes a Q&A session.

4 May 2017  

Podcast

1hr 27min

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Crossing Places

Julie Nicholson's daughter, Jenny, was killed in the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London in 2005. Julie subsequently wrote a book, later the subject of a BBC play, entitled 'A Song for Jenny'. As a Church of England priest, she describes in the book the trauma she went through in the afermath of the event. In this lecture, which by unhappy coincidence took place the day after the latest terrorist attack on Westminster, Julie talks movingly about the whole experience, about faith or lack of it and the devastating effect such events have on people and families and how she has begun to move from the darkness of death back into an appreciation of the beauty of life. Includes a Q&A session.

23 Mar 2017  

Podcast

1hr 46min

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The Most Important Journey in Life is the Inner Journey

Scott McKenna, Minister at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church in Edinburgh, describes his own spiritual journey and how important the practice of  silence is in finding a touching place with the Mystery, the Divine. He expresses the view that the church in general has lost the very essence of 'the spiritual' to it's detriment and needs to rediscover it. During his lecture, he asks the audience to look at an icon by Andrei Rublev called 'Trinity'. You can view this icon here. Includes a Q&A session.

17 Nov 2016  

Podcast

1hr 23min

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How Medical Science Makes Progress - and what about the Church...

Kenneth McColl, Professor of Gastroenterology at Glasgow University, describes the remarkable advances which have occurred in the understanding and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders with particular reference to duodenal ulcers in which he was involved. He highlights the variety of ways in which insights are gained that allow medicine to progress. He closes with how such progress compares with changes within religion. Includes a Q&A session.

27 Oct 2016  

Podcast

1hr 25min

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A Geologist Reflects...

Stuart Monro, former Scientific Director of Our Dynamic Earth, explains as a geologist and a Christian the difficulty he has of squaring what we now know about the history of the planet and the universe and the biblical literalist theology still preached from the pulpit. He calls for a new reformation to debate the interaction of science and theology. Includes a Q&A session.

10 Mar 2016 Podcast

1hr 20min

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Faith, Fiction and History: How Can We deal with our Roots?

Iain Whyte, Honorary Post Doctoral Fellow, Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh talks about ways in which History has been written and used or abused in the past and the necessity for us to learn about and come to terms with our own history - warts and all. Includes a Q&A session.

11 Feb 2016 Podcast

1hr 6min

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Do Christians Need to Believe in the Literal Truth of the Virgin Birth?

Helen Bond, Professor of Christian Origins at Edinburgh University, examines the contradictory evidence for the birth of Jesus in the Bible and what the virgin birth symbolised. Includes a Q&A session.

12 Nov 2015 Podcast

1hr 17min

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Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy

Based on current biblical scholarship, Bishop Jack Spong explains how gentile biblical literalists ignored the Jewish background to the Bible and what that means for us today. Includes a Q&A session.

11 June 2015 Podcast

1hr 44min

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Beyond Incarnation to Mystical Oneness: John's Story of Jesus

In this lecture, Bishop Jack Spong explains that John's Gospel was written for a Jewish audience and discusses how that impacts our view of the Resurrection. Includes a Q&A session.

24 Oct 2013 Podcast

1hr 42min

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The New Testament – where does fact stop and myth begin?

This was Bishop Jack Spong's first lecture in Cairns.Here he explains the chronological sequence in which the books of the New Testament were written and what that means for understanding the Bible

2nd June 2011  

Podcast

1hr 3min

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The Shaking of the Foundations

Richard Holloway gave the very first 'Thinking Allowed' lecture shortly after retiring as Bishop of Edinburgh in 2000. Here he reflects on the whole question of religion.

8th Nov 2000  

Podcast

56 min

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