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St Mary’s Aquinas Centre Event & Celebration

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St Mary’s Aquinas Centre Event & Celebration

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On Monday 7th October the Aquinas Centre at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham is launching important new publications by Dr Anthony Towey and Dr Stephen Bullivant in an event which also includes a keynote lecture on Ecumenism by Rev Dr Robin Gibbons. Anthony Towey’s Introduction to Christian Theology: Biblical, Classical, Contemporary (T &T Clark/Bloomsbury 2013) is a comprehensive guide aimed as a primer for students and non-specialists alike. There has long been a need for a single authored text book in the field and running to over 500 pages, it has already received high praise from across the sector for its ‘erudition, enthusiasm and humour . . . a compendium of Christian theology to make the brain hum and the heart sing.’ Dr Towey commented, “It was a labour of love and I am extremely grateful to St Mary’s students for the way their questions, their wit and their insights have shaped the work.” Stephen Bullivant’s Faith and Unbelief (Canterbury Press) is distinct in offering a rounded understanding of the development of atheism, its many faces, and a guide to the topics at the interface between the Christian faith and the modern-day culture of unbelief. He commented, “Atheism and indifference are large and rapidly growing features of western societies, and that throws up all kinds of difficult issues for the Christian churches (and if it doesn't, it really should do!). And so Faith and Unbelief was written to try to answer some of the questions that a lot of Christians have - questions about salvation, dialogue, evangelization, and the plausibility of central Christian doctrines - and to do so concisely and in an accessible way.” In addition, Rev Dr Robin Gibbons is giving the Aquinas Centre Autumn Lecture entitled 'Tradition and Traditions: Explorations in Ecumenism.' Dr Gibbons is a Roman Catholic priest and scholar who has taught for over 25 years at St Mary’s. He is an expert on Eastern Christianity and is Ecumenical Canon of All Saint’s Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton, Canada. The event is taking place from 6-8pm in the Waldegrave Drawing Room and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and formalities completed by 8pm. To RSVP contact Siobhan Cockrill at sioban.cockrill@stmarys.ac.uk.
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