Rowan Williams Speaks Tonight on Fundamentalism at St George’s, Belfast

rowan williamsLord Rowan Williams will speak tonight (24 April) on ‘Fundamentalism, Christian and Non-Christian’, at the second annual lecture to mark the bicentenary celebrations of St George’s Parish Church, High Street, Belfast,  at 7.30pm .

Lord Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, is currently Master of Magdelene College, Cambridge. The lecture will be followed by a discussion chaired by the Rev Dr Bert Tosh, former senior producer of religion with BBC NI.

Lord Williams has explained his choice of this topic as follows:

‘We hear a great deal about fundamentalism these days.  The word is often used just to mean extreme religious conservatism; but it is a more complex idea and this lecture will attempt to discuss something of its history within Christian thinking and whether it can apply outside this framework.  I’ll be suggesting that one of the strange things about this apparently ultra-conservative trend is that its origins are in a thoroughly modern frame of thought.  We may need to think of the opposite of fundamentalism not as ‘modernism’ or ‘liberalism’ or ‘moderate faith’, but as various forms of thoughtful traditionalism.’

The lecture is not ticketed and is open to all.  A minimum donation of £5 will be sought at the door.

The event is expected to be very popular and spaces limited, so turn up early to be sure of a seat.



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