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Chancellor's Lectures  2017 - 'The Bible in the Public Square'

Monday 5th, 12th, 26th June and 3rd July at 6.30pm

Canon Dr Anthony Cane
Canon Dr Anthony Cane

In the Cathedral Nave.  Free entry and all are welcome.

Each year Chichester Cathedral's Chancellor gives an annual series of public lectures which are free to attend and open to all.  The four lectures for 2017 come under the thought provoking title of 'The Bible in the Public Square' and this year the Chancellor, Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane, is sharing the series with three distinguished Bible scholars - Dr Hannah Strommen, Professor James Crossley, and Professor Richard Bauckham.  All the lectures are held in the Cathedral nave.

The Cathedral Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane says: "The Bible is the world's best-selling and most widely distributed book, having sold more than three billion copies over the last two hundred years alone.  It has been translated into 349 languages and at least one book of it is available in another two thousand.  For some it is the inspired word of God for others a literary classic, and for yet others a collection of out-of-date superstitions.  Whatever you think of the Bible, however, it is hard to dispute its incredible cultural impact.  It's stories and images inform much of our art, literature and music.  The teaching found in the ten commandments and Jesus' sermons have shaped our ideas and institutions in all kinds of ways, and continue to do so.  The 2017 annual Chancellor's lectures 'The Bible in the Public Square' will explore the continuing influence and impact of the Bible".

Monday 5th June:  'The Bible in a Post-truth World': The first lecture in the series of four will be given by Canon Dr Anthony Cane.  In this lecture the Chancellor will explore what the Bible has to say about truth in what is described as a 'post-truth' world of 'fake news' and 'alternative facts', and the way in which the Bible itself can be understood as 'true'.

Click here to listen to the audio recording of 'The Bible in a Post-truth World' by Canon Dr Anthony Cane.

Monday 12th June: 'The Bible in Contemporary Culture':
A lecture by Dr Hannah Strommen of the University of Chichester.  In this lecture Dr Strommen will explore the way the Bible is used in contemporary culture, from the political ideology of the far right to the way we understand the difference between human beings and animals.

Click here to listen to the audio recording of 'The Bible in Contemporary Culture' by Dr Hannah Strommen.

Monday 26th June: 'The Bible in English Politics': A lecture by Professor James Crossley of St Mary's University, Twickenham. 

Click here to listen to the audio recording of 'The Bible in English Politics' by Professor James Crossley, St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Monday 3rd July: 'The Bible in the Ecological Debate': A lecture by Professor Richard Bauckham of the University of St Andrews.  This lecture is also part of the Chichester Theological Society programme and a Festival of Chichester event.

The role of Cathedral Chancellor goes back to the twelfth century, and has always involved responsibility for education and learning in the Cathedral.  In the 21st century this means such things as having oversight of the Cathedral's Education and Visitor Services Departments, delivering an annual series of public lectures, and being Canon Librarian.

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