Previous Lectures

1922 R. H. Tawney
‘Religious Thought on Social Questions in the 16th & 17th Centuries’ (KCL)

1925 C. E. Osborne
‘The Secular State in Relation to ‘Christian Ideals’’ (University of Manchester)

1928 W. Temple
‘Christianity and the State’ (University of Liverpool)

1930 A. D. Lindsay
‘Christianity and Economics’ (Oxford)

1933 W. Moberly
‘The Ethics of Punishment’ (University of Manchester)

1936 S. C. Carpenter
‘The Bible View of Life’ (KCL)

1943/4 L. Thornton
‘Christ and Human Society: A Biblical Interpretation’ (University of Leeds)

1946 M. B. Reckitt
‘Maurice to Temple: A Century of the Social Movement in the Church of England’ (KCL)

1949 V. A. Demant
‘Religion and the Decline of Capitalism’ Exeter College, (Oxford)

1952 D. M. Mackinnon
‘The Humility of God’ (University of Edinburgh)

1956 J. Wach (died 1955 before delivering lectures)
‘Sociology of Religion’

1960 A. R. Vidler
‘Social Catholicism in France’ (KCL)

1964 A. M. Ramsey
‘Sacred and Secular’ Senate House, (University of London)

1966 G. B. Bentley
‘The Church, Morality and the Law’ (KCL)

1969 M. Wilson
‘Religion and the Transformation of Society: A Study in Social Change in Africa’ (Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge)

1973 H. R. McAdoo
‘The Restructuring of Moral Theology’ (Trinity College, Dublin)

1975 P. Mason
‘The Dove in Harness: the paradox of impractical perfection’ (Examination Schools, Oxford)

1980 V. Pitt
‘Christianity and the Perspectives of Culture’ (University Church, Oxford)

1983 R. Preston
‘Church and Society in the Late Twentieth Century: the economic and political task’ (Manchester Cathedral)

1986 A. Loades
‘Searching for Lost Coins: explorations in Christianity and feminism’ (University of Newcastle)

1989 (with Charles Gore lecture) R. Williams
‘Incarnation and Social Vision’ (Westminster Abbey)

1989 J. Bowker, R. Gregory, R. Swinburne, J. Turner & K. Ward
‘What is a Person? Scientific and Christian Perspectives’ (KCL)

1992 S. Clark
‘How to Save the World’ (St Katherine’s College, Liverpool)

1995 R. Plant
‘The Theology of State, Market and Community’ (University of Manchester)

1998 A. Wilkinson
‘Christian Socialism: Scott Holland to Tony Blair’ (University of Leeds)

2002 M. Percy, J. Mitchell
‘Seeing through the Media: potentials and pitfalls for religion’ (University of Manchester)

2005 M. Nazir-Ali
‘Conviction & Conflict: Islam, Christianity and world order’ (St Stephen’s House, Oxford)

2007 D. Martin
‘How does Christianity become Incarnate in Society’ (Guildford Cathedral)

2008 N. Macgregor
‘The Word made Art’ (KCL)

2011 F. Field
‘Purge This Realm of Bitter Things’: Henry Scott Holland and the Rediscovery of Virtue (St Stephen’s House, Oxford)

2014 G. Davie, with Hugh McLeod & John Wolffe
‘Exploring Conflict in a Europe of Nations’ (Westminster Abbey, Chapel of the Resurrection, Brussels)

2017 S. Spencer, with Paul Avis, Malcolm Brown & Jeremy Morris
‘Anglican Social Theology’ (The Mirfield Centre)

2017 Lectures: AST at the Mirfield Centre

The 2017 Scott Holland Lectures were organised by the Revd Dr Stephen Spencer and took place at the Mirfield Centre. The event was a sell-out residential conference on Anglican Social Theology (AST) from 20th to 21st January. Participants came from across the country including Truro, London, Gloucester and Durham. The speakers told the story of AST from its Nineteenth century roots in the thought and action of F.D Maurice and the Christian Socialists, through Brooke Foss Westcott and Mirfield’s own Charles Gore, to William Temple and his successors. Jeremy Morris, Alison Milbank, Paul Avis and Stephen Spencer told this story and responded to each other’s papers, building up a sense of ongoing conversation through the conference. Malcolm Brown, Susan Lucas and Matthew Bullimore brought us into the present, paying attention to our neo-liberal context and drawing out the contribution of the movement’s ‘coalition communitarianism’ (Brown) to our increasingly atomistic society at local as well as national level. The lectures by Morris, Avis, Spencer and Brown comprised the Scott Holland lectures, forming the backbone of the conference. Bill Jacob, the chair of the Scott Holland Trust, described the lectures as thoroughly engaging and the organisation of the conference as a brilliant success. Thanks are due to the Mirfield Centre for much of this. Stephen Spencer, Vice Principal of St Hilda College based at Mirfield and conference convenor, will be turning the papers into a book to be published by SCM Press in the autumn.