Oxford Theologian explores the nature of reality in public lecture

St Peter's School

Oxford Theologian explores the nature of reality in public lecture

Professor Keith Ward and Mr Christien Bembridge
An internationally-renowned academic has posed some big questions to an audience of hundreds in a public lecture at St Peter’s School.

Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, presented what he called the culmination of his fifty-year career in teaching and research, in a lecture based around his latest book, The Christian Idea of God.

Professor Ward began with a broad consideration of the question ‘What do we know?’, leading into the construction of an argument for belief in a ‘Cosmic Mind’, a theory that crosses the barriers of empiricism and rationalism, to offer what he called a ‘Personal Idealism’.

His thought-provoking exposition interrogated our understanding of the basic nature of truth and fact, and showed that science, philosophy and religion can all work together to underpin a wider view of reality.

St Peter’s Sixth Formers who are studying religion also benefitted from small group seminars with Professor Ward, as he discussed with them their set texts for their upcoming exams in Theology and Philosophy. 

Christien Bembridge, Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at St Peter’s, said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome Professor Ward back to the school after he first visited us three years ago. His expertise, passion and unrivalled experience in his field really shone through in a tremendously enlightening lecture, which will have opened many minds amongst both the public and our pupils.”