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Books that Shook the World
-from the King James Bible to Wealth of Nations

Picture: King James Bible
King James Bible

(This lecture series is now over but the lectures are available to read at the end of this page)

A series of lectures given by Canon Dr Anthony Cane,Cathedral Chancellor

All four lectures are in the Cathedral nave on Thursday evenings during May, beginning at 6.30pm (following choral Evensong at 5.30pm).

Admission is free and all are welcome. 

The translators of the King James Bible enabled the gospel to be heard in English (rather than Latin) not just in this country, but throughout the world.  Mary Wollstonecraft started the struggle for the equality of women.  Charles Darwin challenged long-held assumptions about God, human beings, and the nature of life.  Adam Smith set out the laws of market forces that dominate economies to this day.  All this through just four books, each of which had an immense impact when first published, and played a major part in shaping the world we live in today.  This lecture series will explore the stories of these very different books, and the people who produced them.

The series starts with the King James Bible, celebrating its 400th anniversary this year, and explores its enduring significance.  Reference will be made both to the genius of William Tyndale (martyred for his lifetime's work of rendering the scriptures in the language of ordinary people) and Lancelot Andrewes (translator extraordinaire, responsible for the opening books of the KJB , who later became Bishop of Chichester).  We will go on to explore Wollstonecraft's Rights of Woman, Darwin's Origin of Species and Smith's Wealth of Nations, bringing the issues raised by each into the present day, and exploring what the Christian faith of the King James Bible might contribute to contemporary debates about feminism, biology and economics.

All four lectures will take place in the cathedral nave on Thursday evenings during May, beginning at 6.30pm (following choral Evensong at 5.30pm).  Admission is free and all are welcome.  A retiring collection is taken towards expenses.  There will be the opportunity for questions and discussion on Wednesday 1st June at 6.30pm in Vicars' Hall at the Cathedral.

5 May: William Tyndale, Lancelot Andrewes and the King James Bible (1611)
(Click here to view lecture)

12 May: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft
(Click here to view lecture)

19 May: On the Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin
(Click here to view lecture)

26 May: Wealth of Nations (1776) by Adam Smith
(Click here to view lecture)

Further information: Tel: 01243 782595

Picture: Mary Wollestonecroft
Picture: Adam Smith
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