Talking Theology

Talking Theology
The podcast of Cranmer Hall, the theological college within St John’s College, Durham University. We explore life’s big questions, and look to join the dots between theology, church, and the world. Philip Plyming, Warden of Cranmer Hall, is joined by

Ruth Perrin - What does millennial faith look like?
Jul 7 • 34 min
Who are the millennials? Why have some of them walked away from the faith, and why have some of them stayed?
Simon Oliver - Why do we need a theology of creation?
Jun 23 • 32 min
Why do we say that God created out of nothing? What difference does it make to see our own existence as a gift?
Jessica Martin - How can tradition help us pray?
Jun 9 • 29 min
How can ancient forms of prayer speak to us today, and what is the value in stopping to listen to God?
Nick Moore - What has the early church ever done for us?
May 26 • 34 min
How is the early church similar to today’s church? What can we learn from another period in which Christianity was not the majority view?
Richard Briggs - Is the God of the Old Testament a God of love?
May 12 • 31 min
Why would a God of love speak about his law so much, and endorse so much violence?
Pete Ward - What is the link between theology and celebrity?
Apr 28 • 33 min
What do celebrities tell us about ourselves? And how do we live faithfully in a world of social media?
Libby Lane - How is God with us when we suffer?
Apr 14 • 34 min
How does the Bible speak into dark times? Should we expect God to resolve our suffering?
Joel Edwards - Should Christians be concerned with the religious freedom of those of other faiths?
Mar 31 • 33 min
Are human rights part of God’s mission? How do non-Christians reflect the image of God?
John Barclay - How should God’s gift shape the church?
Mar 17 • 32 min
How does the gift of Christ challenge our sense of status and hierarchy, and what might a community of gift look like today?
Miriam Swaffield - How are young adults coming to faith?
Mar 3 • 30 min
Are Sunday services part of evangelism today? Does your church need a smoke machine?
Andy Byers - Is John’s Gospel anti-Jewish?
Feb 17 • 29 min
What do we do when the Bible seems just plain offensive? In particular, what about John’s Gospel, which seems to speak negatively about “the Jews”?
Kate Bruce - Why does theology need humour?
Feb 3 • 31 min
What does the Bible say about laughter, and how can comedy convey truth about God and his world?
David Wilkinson - Why does theology need science?
Jan 20 • 33 min
What can theology learn from science about the beginning and end of the world, about prayer, and about life on other planets?