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Ibn Taymiyya and Benefit (maslaha): 5. Wise Purpose in God’s Acts, with Dr Jon Hoover

Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) was a famous Muslim jurist from Damascus. This video, part of a series on the concept of benefit (maslaha) in Ibn Taymiyya’s thought, explores his dynamic view of…

From  Simon Barnett on January 17th, 2019 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Ibn Taymiyya and Benefit (maslaha): 4. Violence and Patience, with Dr Jon Hoover

Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) was a famous Muslim jurist from Damascus. This video, part of a series on the concept of benefit (maslaha) in Ibn Taymiyya’s thought, examines his attitude toward…

From  Simon Barnett on January 17th, 2019 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Ibn Taymiyya and Benefit (maslaha): 3. The Caliphate and the Law, with Dr Jon Hoover

Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) was a famous Muslim jurist from Damascus. This video, part of a series on the concept of benefit (maslaha) in Ibn Taymiyya’s thought, explores how he views the caliphate…

From  Simon Barnett on January 17th, 2019 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Ibn Taymiyya and Benefit (maslaha): 2 . The Aims of the Law, with Dr Jon Hoover

Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) was a famous Muslim jurist from Damascus. This video, part of a series on the concept of benefit (maslaha) in Ibn Taymiyya’s thought, explores how he viewed the concepts…

From  Simon Barnett on January 17th, 2019 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Ibn Taymiyya and Benefit (maslaha): 1 . Religious Practices, with Dr Jon Hoover

Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) was a famous Muslim jurist from Damascus. This video, part of a series on the concept of benefit (maslaha) in Ibn Taymiyya’s thought, explores how he viewed benefit and…

From  Simon Barnett on January 17th, 2019 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Why Study Women in 'Q' with Sara Parks

Dr Sara Parks introduces the text that lies behind the gospels of Matthew and Luke – to which we give the name ‘Q’. In turn, this allows her to study what this text says about women…

From  Simon Barnett on August 1st, 2018 1 likes 53 plays 0  

Why Study Wagner and Stephen Hawking

Prof. Richard Bell looks at how the work of Richard Wagner (1813-83), the famous German composer of operas such as The Ring, has been an inspiration for many physicists including Stephen Hawking…

From  Simon Barnett on August 1st, 2018 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Why Study Wagner and Jesus of Nazareth

Prof. Richard Bell looks at a work of Richard Wagner (1813-83) that never reached the operatic stage. In the late 1840s, Wagner was planning an opera on the life of Jesus but, while still far…

From  Simon Barnett on August 1st, 2018 0 likes 6 plays 0  

Why Study The Aftermath of the Flood in Genesis 8

Dr Tarah van de Weile examines the Genesis story of the aftermath of Noah’s flood. She shows us the complexity of the storyteller’s design and how he want to convey the goodness and order…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Study Sharia and Islamic Law

Dr Ali-reza Bhojani explains the distinction between sharia (what is the right way to live as known within the mind of God), the exposition by jurists – fiqh –of what this is from sources…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Why Study Moral Rationalism in Islamic Law

Dr Ali-reza Bhojani one of the key questions about morality that confronts theists: is the Good what God commands, or, is what God commands ‘the Good’?

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Study Another Finitude

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) made the theme of finitude, human finitude, central to his philosophy: humans have ‘being towards death.’ In this video Prof. Agata Bielik-Robson challenges…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Do Muslims Believe in Moral Rationalism?

Dr Ali-reza Bhojani introduced the notion that the basis of morality is not simply based in the acts of divine revelation, but is inherent in the moral order that human beings find within themselves.

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 5 plays 0  

What is a Gospel with Sara Parks

Prof. Thomas O’Loughlin discusses with Dr Sara Parks the origins of the Christian notion of a ‘gospel’ and how it moved from being a political notion in the Roman Empire, to being a…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Why Study Theology at Nottingham with Frances Knight

Professor Frances Knight introduces the two distance learning MA programmes run by the department: the MA in Church History; and the MA in Systematic and Philosophical Theology. All details in this…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Study Principles in Liturgy with Tom O'Loughlin

What makes a good liturgy? Many approaches are taken to this question – and it is a question everyone asks, at least implicitly, after every act of participation. In this video Professor Thomas…

From  Simon Barnett on July 31st, 2018 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Firth Seminar 2018 - Professor John Barclay

Every two years the University of Nottingham appoints an eminent theologian to deliver the Firth Lectures which comprise of two public lectures (since 2012 these are available on YouTube) and a…

From  Simon Barnett on May 3rd, 2018 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Firth Lecture 2018 Part 2 - Professor John Barclay

In this video, John Barclay, the Firth Lecturer for 2018, presented a fresh reading of grace and gift in Paul's theology – and especially what is found in 2 Corinthians. This shows us that…

From  Simon Barnett on May 2nd, 2018 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Firth Lecture 2018 Part 1 - Professor John Barclay

In his book, Paul and the Gift (2015) John Barclay presented a fresh reading of grace and gift in Paul's theology, studying it in view of ancient notions of ‘gift’ and shining new…

From  Simon Barnett on May 1st, 2018 0 likes 9 plays 0  

How to get a job with a charity

Sarah Hancock, philosophy and theology alumna, works for The Challenge. She gives advice on how you can stand out in the recruitment process, the skills charities look for and the evidence that you…

From  Jackie Thompson on March 8th, 2018 0 likes 51 plays 0  

Remembering the Reformation 1517 - 2017

2017 marks the five-hundred anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation. As part of a series of events to commemorate this event which has done so much to share modern Europe and…

From  Simon Barnett on May 10th, 2017 0 likes 16 plays 0  

How do we look back on definitions and divisions in the sixteenth century? with David Gehring

How ever remember the past is related to how we see what is happening in our present. In this video Dr David Gehring – of Nottingham’s Department of History – looks at how our…

From  Simon Barnett on May 8th, 2017 0 likes 5 plays 0  

How did the Reformers view their own History? with Alan Ford

The reformers were faced with many challenges, but one that is often forgotten was the need to justify their actions historically. How did it come about that the church needed reform? To what image…

From  Simon Barnett on May 8th, 2017 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; How do people perceive the Liturgy?

Kevin McGinnell and Tom O’Loughlin discuss the complexity of how liturgy is perceived / received / celebrated in contemporary multi-ethnic urban Britain. An underlying assumption of most…

From  Simon Barnett on April 3rd, 2017 0 likes 6 plays 0  

Why Study the Fin de Siècle with Frances Knight

Prof. Frances Knight, an expert on the religious history of the late nineteenth century, examines the religious dimension of the cultural movements we associate with the term ‘Fin de…

From  Simon Barnett on March 28th, 2017 0 likes 8 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Liturgical Ordo with Kevin McGinnell

One of the major developments in Christianity in recent years has been the growth of ecumenical approaches to liturgy. Here one of the leaders of those conversations in the English-speaking world,…

From  Simon Barnett on February 16th, 2017 0 likes 7 plays 0  

Why Study Martin Luther with Simeon Zahl

Martin Luther (1483-1546) is the most famous of the sixteenth-century reformers who began his attach on the practices of the Catholic Church five centuries ago in 1517. Here Dr Simeon Zahl looks at…

From  Simon Barnett on February 16th, 2017 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Why Study Theology with Simeon Zahl

There are many definitions of theology and in this video Dr Simeon Zahl shared his view of what he does as a theologian and why he thinks it important. He sees himself as engaging in a formal manner…

From  Simon Barnett on February 16th, 2017 0 likes 7 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; The Table

Tables are a part of everyday life, but they also have significance in many religious rituals which are connected with food / eating. Here Prof. Tom O’Loughlin looks at a range of meanings…

From  Simon Barnett on January 17th, 2017 0 likes 9 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; The Cup with Tom O'Loughlin

The Eucharist is a central ritual of Christians, and a central to that ritual is the use of a cup of wine for which thanks have been offered to God. But what is often forgotten is that in this…

From  Simon Barnett on January 6th, 2017 0 likes 20 plays 0  

Why Study Foot Washing with Tom O'Loughlin

Footwashing has been part of the ritual inheritance of Christians since at least the time John composed his gospel, but it has also been a much misunderstood and avoided ritual. Here Thomas…

From  Simon Barnett on December 16th, 2016 0 likes 19 plays 0  

Why Study Oscar Wilde with Frances Knight

Dr Frances Knight explores some of the religious dimensions of the life and works of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) and in particular his Ballad of Reading Goal and De Profundis. She also examines…

From  Simon Barnett on November 24th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Why Study the writings of Edward Gibbon with Jeremy Gregory

Edward Gibbon (1737-94) published his most famous work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, in 1776. Famous or notorious in presenting the rise of Christianity as the cause of the decline of…

From  Simon Barnett on November 24th, 2016 0 likes 10 plays 0  

Why Study the History of Religion with Jeremy Gregory

Professor Jeremy Gregory examines the case that the history of religion is as close as we can get to ‘total history’: looking at all aspects of individuals in societies in the past in the…

From  Simon Barnett on November 24th, 2016 0 likes 6 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars;Thanksgiving in the United States of America with Dr Simeon Zahl

Dr Simeon Zahl describes his experience, as an American, of celebrating a relatively modern festival: Thanksgiving in the United States of America.A similar video from the Sacred Calendars…

From  Simon Barnett on November 11th, 2016 0 likes 13 plays 0  

Why Study Theology with Alison Milbank and Tom O'Loughlin

Joe Scales – and undergraduate in the department – asks two of his teachers why they study theology. There are as many definitions of theology as there are theologians – and here…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Religious Literacy

Joe Scales – and undergraduate in the department – asks two of his teachers why they consider it so important for people in general (not just a few experts) to have a basic religious…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

#a-z of theology; A is for Analogy of Being

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines what is meant when theologians refer to ‘the analogy of being’ (analogia entis). Other videos that look at the same topic include; Why Study the…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Irish Reformation

For over forty years the question of why the Reformation did not gain significant traction in Ireland in the sixteenth century has fascinated historians. In this video Prof. Alan Ford introduces the…

From  Simon Barnett on October 10th, 2016 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Why Study The Israelite Identity with Carly Crouch

Identity is an important topic in seeking to understand a religion. It expresses itself in culture, rules about food, marriage, dress, and views of the divine. In this video Dr Carly Crouch looks at…

From  Simon Barnett on September 26th, 2016 0 likes 7 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; The Christian Day with Dr Francisca Rumsey

All religions use time as a central element in the way they celebrate. They have a sacred year – a sequence of festivals arranged in an annual cycle. Most also have a sacred month or a sacred…

From  Simon Barnett on September 26th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Why Study the Liturgy with Dr Francisca Rumsey

Dr Francisca Rumsey looks at the importance of liturgy in Christianity. She takes her starting point on its importance the fact that human beings are ritual animals. We constantly communicate with…

From  Simon Barnett on September 26th, 2016 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; The Martyrology with Francisca Rumsey

Dr Francisca Rumsey discusses the book know as the ‘maryrology’ with Prof. Tom O’Loughlin You can find other videos in the Sacred Calendars series here;…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 8 plays 0  

Why Study the Second Vatican Council with Francisca Rumsey

Dr Francisca Rumsey reflects in the significance of the Second Vatican Council (1963-5) in conversation with Prof. Tom O’Loughlin

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Why Study Ecclesiastes with Doug Ingram

Dr Doug Ingram and Dr Peter Watts look at one short and enigmatic biblical text: the Book of Ecclesiates – sometimes also called Qoheleth – and at the questions is poses not only to…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 22 plays 0  

Why Study The Old Testament with Doug Ingram

Dr Doug Ingram and Dr Peter Watts look at the value of studying that diverse library of books that go to make up the Old Testament. This has a value as an exploration of people quite apart from its…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 10 plays 0  

#a-zoftheology; X is for anything

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines how the use of ‘X’ in everyday discourse is similar to the way that the word ‘god’ is used in Christian theology. Other videos in the…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 9 plays 0  

#a-zoftheology; W is for Word

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines what is meant by the word ‘word’ and its complex uses in Christian theology Other videos in the A-Z of Theology series can be found here;…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

#a-zoftheology; M is for Myth

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines what is meant by the word ‘myth’ when used by theologians and he argues that myths are sets of symbols that are transparent for transfinite…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

#a-zoftheology; C is for Codex

Prof. Tom O’Loughlin examines what is meant by the word ‘codex’ and how this was the characteristic book-form in early Christianity.Other entries in the A-Z of Theology playlist can…

From  Simon Barnett on September 23rd, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; An Esther Scroll with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent discusses with Prof. Tom O’Loughlin a precious item found in many Jewish homes: a copy of the biblical Book of Esther in its original form as a scroll. Mendy Lent gives an…

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Shavuot with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent explains the significance of attached to the festival of Shavuot which takes place 50 days after the celebration of Passover. It was this celebration which was continued by the early…

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent explains the significance of the festival of Rosh Hashanah to the Jewish people. This festival represents the start of the Jewish New Year. Other videos you may wish to watch…

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Purim with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Rabbi Mendy Lent tells the story behind the festival of Purim when Jews still celebrate their deliverance at the time of Queen Esther – as found in the Book of Esther in the bible

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 1 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Yom Kippur with Rabbi Mendy Lent

Professor Tom O'Loughlin and Rabbi Mendy Lent discuss the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement when Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and…

From  Simon Barnett on September 20th, 2016 0 likes 10 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; Holy Things with Dr Francisca Rumsey

Every religion has – whether they are proud of it or not – special things and places. Most human beings – whether they are proud of it or not – have objects of special…

From  Simon Barnett on September 19th, 2016 0 likes 3 plays 0  

The Firth Post-Graduate Seminar 2016

The Firth Lectures take place every other year in the University of Nottingham, and it is the custom to ask the lecturer to conduct a post-graduate seminar on some aspect of her/his work. In 2016 the…

From  Simon Barnett on September 12th, 2016 0 likes 22 plays 0  

Why Study Phenomenology and The Turn to Religion

Conor Cunningham introduces the work of the French philosopher Michel Henry (1922-2002) and the contribution that he made to theology. Henry’s work, he argues, can be seen as an attempt to draw…

From  Simon Barnett on June 22nd, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Love, Death and Existence

Philip Goodchild, the Professor of Religion and Philosophy, notes that in both our ordinary thinking, and in formal philosophical reflection, that love, death, and existence are connected. He…

From  Simon Barnett on June 16th, 2016 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Theologians in Conversation; Living Within Limits

Philip Goodchild, the Professor of Religion and Philosophy, explores the notion that human beings have to come to terms with living within limits if they are to live well. Only when we confront our…

From  Simon Barnett on June 16th, 2016 0 likes 2 plays 0  

Muslims in Europe - Opportunities and Challenges - a lecture by Professor Akbar Ahmed

A public lecture presented by Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University, Washington DC, and former High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK. Recorded live…

From  Simon Barnett on May 31st, 2016 0 likes 19 plays 0  

Why Study Ancient Galilee with Roland Deines

Prof. Roland Deines explores the ways that the study of ancient Galilee, around the time of Jesus, can throw light on the historical Jesus and the origins of his movement as we hear of it in the…

From  Simon Barnett on May 9th, 2016 0 likes 10 plays 0  

Firth Lectures 2016: The Most Reverend Dr Rowan Williams. Imagining Faith; perceptions of religious belief in modern writing

Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, looks at three piece of contemporary fiction to explore how they descibe the religious person and how within those stories there is a portrayal of…

From  Simon Barnett on April 13th, 2016 0 likes 108 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; The Jewish Year - an overview with Mendy Lent

All religions use time as a central element in the way they celebrate. They have a sacred year – a sequence of festivals arranged in an annual cycle. Here Rabbi Mendy Lent introduces the…

From  Simon Barnett on March 3rd, 2016 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Why Study Theology in the Arts with Doug Ingram

Why bother with the study of theology in a university? Why bother with the study of religion – if you do not consider yourself religious? These are the questions address by two theologians…

From  Simon Barnett on March 3rd, 2016 0 likes 15 plays 0  

Why Study The Book of Jonah with Dr Doug Ingram

The Book of Jonah, one of the shortest texts in the Bible, is often seen as a simple short story – and it is this, but it is also something more. The argument of Dr Doug Ingram in this video…

From  Simon Barnett on March 2nd, 2016 0 likes 26 plays 0  

Seminar and Lecture Series; What is theology: telling the story with an apple with Conor Cunningham

Dr Conor Cunningham tells the story of the ways we can look at an apple. A piece of fruit, a quick healthy snack, but also the starting point for a more involved understanding of the universe and why…

From  Simon Barnett on March 2nd, 2016 0 likes 9 plays 0  

#askatheologian; What is Fitra in Islam?

The word fitra is central to Islamic understandings of human nature. Dr Jon Hoover explains how fitra appears in the Qur’an and the Hadith, and how it has been understood by different figures…

From  Simon Barnett on March 2nd, 2016 0 likes 19 plays 0