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Christian Mission and the Abolition of God –Learning from History

Christian Mission and the Abolition of God –Learning from History

Following Professor Alec Ryrie’s two lectures, the first on the early history of (or lack of) protestant mission, the second on the recent history of un–belief, Nick Spencer will offer a response.

Special guest speaker Professor Alec Ryrie will give two lectures at Spurgeon’s College:

11.15 – 12.45 ‘Evangelicals against Evangelism: Why Early Protestants Were Not Missionaries’

13.45 – 15.30 ‘Jesus, Hitler and the Abolition of God’

The event will be followed by marking the publication of Professor Ryrie’s new book, Unbelievers – An Emotional History of Doubt (copies will be available for purchase at the end of the event). This paper will be followed by a short response from Nick Spencer.

Alec Ryrie is the Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University , a co–editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and the author of numerous highly acclaimed books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (2019– ), the Gresham Professor of Divinity (2018–21), and the President of the Ecclesiastical History Society (2019–20).

Join us at Spurgeon’s College on 4th December 2019 at 11.15am.

Both lectures will be open and free to the public, although donations to Spurgeon’s College are welcome. Lunch will be available between the two sessions. Lunches start at £2 per person. Please confirm your attendance and whether you plan to purchase lunch by 12pm on 29 November via these contact details:

Telephone: 020 86530850             Email:

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, including Magisteria: the entangled histories of science and religion (Oneworld, 2023), The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is host of the podcast Reading Our Times.

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Spurgeon’s College
South Norwood Hill
London SE25 6DJ


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