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Author: Simon Jenkins

Cannonball moments

It’s the 500th anniversary of Ignatius of Loyola being knocked off his feet by a cannonball and being forced to lie down with his legs up, taking stock of his life, over the summer months of 1521. Check out the video below for an introduction to this Ignatian year. Because the cannonball moment was what

Review of Christobiography by Craig Keener

The debate about the biographical genre of the Gospels is alive and well, with several major books coming out at the moment. Here’s my review of Craig Keener’s massive Christobiography, just published in Theology. Back in the late 1990s, I started to receive books with personal dedications in a spidery scrawl, saying nice things about

Retiring as Dean of King’s College London

Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal of King’s College London, wrote as follows about my retirement as Dean of King’s College London in 2019. The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge will be retiring at the end of this academic year from his role as Dean of King’s College London. At his appointment in

Longest serving Dean at King’s College!

On Thursday July 21 2016, after 8,026 days of service, the Revd Canon Prof Richard A. Burridge, became the longest serving Dean of King’s College London, passing the record of the previous longest serving Dean, the Very Revd Sydney Evans. He was elected Dean in July 1993, and started full-time at King’s on 1 August

Debating Monty Python’s Life of Brian

On 30 December 2013, I spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about the controversy sparked in 1979 by Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The programme featured a conversation with John Cleese and Michael Palin as they prepared for the Pythons’ reunion later that year. I also gave a paper at a conference held in

Receiving the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology from Pope Francis

I was absolutely thrilled to receive the Ratzinger Prize for Theology from Pope Francis in 2013. For my interview with Vatican Radio on receiving the prize, listen below: Richard Burridge · Ratzinger Prize: Vatican Radio interview Below is the statement published by King’s College London at the time. The Reverend Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Dean