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

Samuel Tranter - How does a theology of hope help us live well today?
Jul 5 • 27 min
What does it mean to hope for the kingdom of God? In our challenging world, how does hope help us both lament and praise?
Emma Ineson - Is there a theology of ambition?
Jun 21 • 28 min
Is ambition something Christians can have?
Rowan Williams - What does being human look like in a time of pandemic?
Jun 7 • 29 min
What questions does living through a pandemic invite us to ask as people of faith?
David Wilkinson - How do science and faith help us live in a corona virus world?
May 23 • 29 min
How does our language, political, scientific and theological, shape how we understand the world? What does listening to the science and walking by faith look like in this season?
Douglas Davies - How do we think theologically about death?
May 10 • 28 min
How did death become so important in the Christian tradition? How did the death of Jesus speak to the early Christians, and how does it speak to us today? How do the ways we think about death help us engage with life? How does our care for creation…
Guli Francis-Dehqani - How is a theology of racial diversity part of the Good News today?
Apr 27 • 28 min
How does a clear sense of identity in Christ help us encounter people different to ourselves?
Glenn Packiam: What is our theology of the Lord’s Table, and how does it connect with everyday life?
Mar 8 • 26 min
How can we make sure that our worship practices point to Jesus, not to the person in the pulpit or at the table? How does pouring ourselves out give us a framework for the life of faith?
Andy Wolfe - How can Theology serve the way we lead in the world?
Feb 23 • 28 min
What does the Bible have to say to those who work outside the church?
Nick Drake - What Theology is going on in Contemporary Worship?
Feb 9 • 26 min
Is there more to charismatic worship than lively singing and hands in the air? What do Rowan Williams, John Calvin, and Karl Barth have to do with contemporary worship? How does the idea of being united with Christ help us understand what worship is all…
Charlie Allen - How does God call today?
Jan 19 • 29 min
Howcan we be part of recognising vocation in ourselves and others?
Jocelyn Bryan - What does Psychology have to do with Theology?
Jan 6 • 27 min
Psychology meets theology
Rachel Jordan-Wolf - What does authentic evangelism look like today?
Dec 15, 2019 • 32 min
How do we speak about Jesus in a society where words are cheap?
Will Foulger - Parish Church or Church Planting: Do we have to choose?
Dec 1, 2019 • 34 min
Is church planting replacing the parish church, or do both have a part to play?
Stephen Cottrell - How can pilgrimage help us encounter God?
Nov 17, 2019 • 31 min
How can we both receive and share faith through journeying?
Anthony Bash - Why is forgiveness still important today?
Nov 3, 2019 • 31 min
What’s the relationship between forgiveness and justice?
Walter Moberly - Why, and how, should we read the Bible today?
Oct 20, 2019 • 36 min
What is the similarity between reading the Bible and watching a soap? How does the Bible help us when we feel like we’ve been dealt a bad hand?
Larry Hurtado - What made the church distinctive in the Roman world?
Sep 1, 2019 • 34 min
What was so radical about that first generation of Christians? And how does the early church help us to be faithful in the modern world?
Helen Bond - What role did women play in the world of Jesus and the early church?
Aug 18, 2019 • 31 min
What has feminism done to reveal forgotten corners of the New Testament? How can a few verses in Luke 8 change our understanding of Jesus and the disciples?
Jolyon Mitchell - How can Christian faith be a force for peace in the world today?
Aug 4, 2019 • 34 min
What’s the relationship between religion and conflict? How can we make peace with violence in the Bible?
Alec Ryrie - How are Protestants still changing the world?
Jul 21, 2019 • 37 min
Is Protestantism about the head or the heart? What does Protestantism look like in the world today?
Ruth Perrin - What does millennial faith look like?
Jul 7, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 33 min
What can theology learn from science about the beginning and end of the world, about prayer, and about life on other planets?