Annual Lectures

Each year, we invite a prominent speaker on religion and society to give the Theos Annual Lecture. Our past speakers have included Rowan Williams and Jonathan Sacks.

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The Death of God and the War on Terror

2016: Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, delivers the ninth annual Theos lecture

Freedom of religion and freedom of expression

2015: Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, chair of the EHRC, delivers the eighth annual Theos lecture

The Person and the Individual: Human Dignity, Human Relationships and Human Limits

2012: Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, delivers the fifth annual Theos lecture


The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Morality and Warfare Today

2011: General Lord Richard Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, delivers the fourth annual Theos lecture.

Religion and Public Order

2010: Ian Blair, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, delivers the third annual Theos lecture

Religion in Twenty-first century Britain

2009: Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, delivers the second annual Theos lecture.


Faith, Morality and Media

2008: Mark Thomson, Director-General of the BBC, delivers the first annual Theos lecture

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