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Wisdom, Spirituality and Community in the University

Richard gave the keynote address at the first Global Conference on Ministry in Higher Education held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in June 2000. An abbreviated version of the text was published in Theology – read it here. Image: CX Insight/Unsplash

The Warburton Lecture/Sermon, 2019

Richard Burridge · The Warburton Lecture/Sermon 2019 At Lincoln’s Inn on Sunday 23 June 2019, Richard delivered the 2019 Warburton Lecture/Sermon on the theme of ‘You have heard that it was said… but I say to you’. The subtitle was ‘Life, death and the (re)interpretation of scriptural and legal texts in a time of turmoil.’

The Meaning, Value and Sanctity of Human Life

Gresham Lecture, 25 April 2019 Recent advances in medical science have brought complex ethical dilemmas, particularly around the beginning of human lives (abortion, embryo research, IVF, gene therapy, stem cells) and its ending (switching off ventilators, persistent vegetative state (PVS) and ‘dying with dignity’ or assisted suicide). Although none of these topics occurs directly in

Gender, Marriage, Divorce and Human Sexuality

Gresham Lecture, 28 February 2019 Is ‘morality’ principally about sex, or ‘naughty vicars’? Despite Henry VIII, the Church has found divorce difficult, especially for clergy and bishops, let alone ‘equal marriage’ for same-sex couples, the role of women in ordained ministry or transgender issues. This lecture examines the relevant references in the New Testament (which

Money: the Root of All Evil, or Our Salvation?

Gresham Lecture, 8 November 2018 Jesus talked more about money than about anything else. Can the teachings of a penniless ancient ascetic be applied to debates about Brexit, protests about global capitalism, and wider investment not only in defence, alcohol or tobacco but also positively in the environment, sustainability and good governance?  Professor Burridge considers

I Am With You Always: the Gospel According to Matthew

On Saturday 28 January 2017, Richard led a study afternoon as part of the St Paul’s Cathedral ‘How to read the Bible’ series. The Gospels are ancient biographies, each with a different portrait of Jesus. Matthew portrays Jesus as the new Moses, the new leader of Israel, come to fulfil the law and the prophets.