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Faculty of Theology and Religion

Oxford's Theology Faculty is the largest in the country and it is home to many scholars of international distinction. In the past year, as often before, it has topped the rankings in both the Times and Guardian university guides. While maintaining and developing its long-term strengths in biblical studies, church history and Christian doctrine, the Faculty has in recent years broadened its range to embrace the Study of Religion and work in the major religious traditions of the world, studied in the light of the human sciences.
There are some 340 students on different undergraduate courses and about 190 graduates undertaking both taught and research degrees. The core team of University Professors and Lecturers is 23-strong, and this is complemented by a wide-ranging Faculty membership of high quality. These include College lecturers, junior research fellows, and staff members at the Permanent Private Halls.

Series associated with Faculty of Theology and Religion

Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion
Origins of Nature
Sacrifice and Modern Thought
The New Madhyamaka
The Remedy
Theology Faculty
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 The Remedy: Introduction In this short podcast, Naomi Richman introduces the series, 'The Remedy' by offering some history and context to contemporary discussions about health and healing. Naomi Richman 08 May 2017
2 The Remedy: Hinduism In this episode, Naomi Richman interviews Matthew Martin, a DPhil student at of Oxford whose work focuses on Hindu traditions. They discuss the great variety of Hindu approaches to healing, from ayuverda to yoga and deliverance from evil spirits. Naomi Richman, Matthew Martin 08 May 2017
3 The Remedy: Humanism In this episode, Naomi Richman interviews David Flint, Vice-Chair of the North London Humanists to find out what Humanism can offer the sick. We discuss the role of modern medicine and the possibilities of living forever. Naomi Richman, David Flint 16 Nov 2016
4 The Remedy: Christianity In this episode, Naomi Richman interviews Reverend Jody Stowell about Christian attitudes to health and understandings of healing. We start by looking at Jesus' treatment of the sick and move on to discussing the role of faith-healing in today's context. Naomi Richman, Jody Stowell 16 Nov 2016
5 A Dose of Wittgenstein Mark Siderits (Seoul National University emeritus) gives the eleventh talk in the New Madhyamaka workshop. Mark Siderits 13 Aug 2015
6 Linguistic and Philosophical Integration of Madhyamaka: Some Reflections Mattia Salvini (Mahidol University) gives the tenth talk in the New Madhyamaka workshop. Mattia Salvini 13 Aug 2015
7 Ninth talk in the New Madhyamaka workshop Parimal Patil (Harvard University), gives the ninth talk in the New Madhyamaka workshop. Parimal Patil 13 Aug 2015
8 Quantum Mechanics and Deep Interconnectness Michel Bitbol (Centre Nationale de la Recherce Scientifique, Paris), gives the eighth talk in the New Madhaymaka workshop. Michel Bitbol 13 Aug 2015
9 Perspectivalism and Madhyamaka Charles Goodman, (Binghampton University), gives the sixth talk in the New Madhyamaka workshop. Charles Goodman 13 Aug 2015
10 The Fifth Corner of Four Graham Priest, (Graduate Centre, City University of New York), gives the fourth talk in the New Madhyamaka workshop. Graham Priest 13 Aug 2015
11 Madhyamaka, Consciousness and Mental Causation Sonam Thakchoe (University of Tasmania), gives the third talk in the New Madhymaka workshop Sonam Thakchoe 13 Aug 2015
12 Modern Philosophical Tools and Classic Madhyamaka Texts Jay Garfield (Yale/National University of Singapore) gives the second talk in the New Madhyamaka workshop. Jay Garfield 13 Aug 2015
13 Introduction to the New Madhyamaka workshop Jan Westerhoff, Associate Professor of Religious Ethics at the University of Oxford, introduces The New Madhyamaka workshop. Jan Westerhoff 13 Aug 2015
14 Creative Commons 5. Sacrifice in the Vedic Religions Professor Gavin Flood talks to Tim Howles about his chapter 'Sacrifice as Refusal' Gavin Flood, Tim Howles 27 Jan 2014
15 Creative Commons 4. Human Sacrifice in the Mesoamerican Cultures Dr Laura Rival talks to Tim Howles about her chapter 'The Aztec Sacrificial Complex' Laura Rival, Tim Howles 27 Jan 2014
16 Creative Commons 3. Henri Hubert, Marcel Mauss and Sacrifice Dr Nick Allen talks to Tim Howles about his chapter 'Using Hubert and Mauss to think about Sacrifice' Nick Allen, Tim Howles 27 Jan 2014
17 Creative Commons 2. Sacrifice, Self-Destructive Love and Feminism Dr Pamela Sue Anderson talks to Tim Howles about her chapter 'Sacrifice as Self-Destructive Love: Why Autonomy should still matter to Feminists' Pamela Sue Anderson, Tim Howles 27 Jan 2014
18 Creative Commons 1. An Introduction to Sacrifice and Modern Thought Dr Johannes Zachhuber talks to Tim Howles about his chapter 'Modern Discourse on Sacrifice and its Theological Background’ Johannes Zachhuber, Tim Howles 27 Jan 2014
19 Creative Commons What Makes a Belief Believable? Graham Ward Inaugural Lecture Graham Ward is the Regius Professor Divinity, Christ Church, University of Oxford and a Canon of the Cathedral. Here, he gives his inaugural lecture as Regius Professor of Divinity on What makes a belief believable. Graham Ward 22 May 2013
20 Creative Commons Biblical Criticism and the Decline of America's Biblical Civilisation, 1865-1918: 2013 Astor Lecture The Faculty of Theology and Religion will host Professor Mark Noll (University of Notre Dame) as the Astor Lecturer in Trinity Term 2013. Mark Noll 22 May 2013
21 The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin The Archbishop of Canterbury, Prof. Richard Dawkins and Sir Anthony Kenny took part in a discussion titled "The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin". Held at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford in Feb 2012. Richard Dawkins, Rowan Williams, Anthony Kenny 28 Feb 2012
22 Creative Commons The Sacred Rites in Kant's Soul Steve Clarke, James Martin Research Fellow, Institute for Science and Ethics, Oxford Martin School, Oxford gives a talk for the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. Steve Clarke 22 Jul 2011
23 Evolutionary Theology Without the Concept of Progress Fraser Watts, Cambridghe, gives a talk for the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion Seminar series. Fraser Watts 22 Jul 2011
24 Thinking with Christians: Doing Ecclesiastical History in a secular age Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Christ Church, University of Oxford, gives the Inaugural Lecture on the 18th May 2011. Sarah Foot 31 May 2011
25 Creative Commons Neuroscience and the Soul Professor Roger Scruton gives a talk for the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion on the 21st October, 2010. Roger Scruton 16 May 2011
26 Creative Commons Science and Religion Around the World - Book Launch (27 Jan 2011) Geoffrey Cantor, John Brooke, Ronald Numbers and Keith Benson, contributors to the Science and Religion Around the World book, give presentations for the Ian Ramsay Seminar Series on 27th January 2011 as part of the book launch. Geoffrey Cantor, John Brooke, Ronald Numbers, Keith Benson 18 Apr 2011
27 Creative Commons On the very idea of criteria for personhood (4 Nov 2010) Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, Open University, gives a talk for the Ian Ramsay Seminar series on 4th November, 2010. Timothy Chappell 18 Apr 2011
28 Reconciling Islam and Modern Science: from schizophrenia to harmony (18 Nov 2010) Nidhal Guessoum, Professor of Physics, American University of Sharjah, gives a talk for the Ian Ramsay Seminar series on 18th November 2010. Nidhal Guessoum 18 Apr 2011
29 Creative Commons The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (10 Feb 2011) Iain McGilchrist gives a talk for the Ian Ramsay Seminar series on 10th February 2011. Iain McGilchrist 18 Apr 2011
30 Creative Commons Cistercian Monks as Metallurgists - Iron Technology at Rievalx Abbey c. 1130-1600 AD (24 Feb 2011) Gerry McDonnell gives a talk for the Ian Ramsay Seminar Series on 24th February 2011. Gerry McDonnell 18 Apr 2011
31 Creative Commons Cosmology and Creation: From Hawking to Aquinas (10 Mar 2011) William Carroll, Aquinas Fellow, Blackfriars College, Oxford, gives a talk for the Ian Ramsay Seminar Series on 10th March, 2011. William Carroll 18 Apr 2011