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In this upcoming lunchtime event, Prof. Alec Ryrie and Madeleine Pennington discuss his latest book, and explore the history of unbelief.
The rise of secularism and atheism is often presented as a story of science, philosophy and freethinking. But what if it is instead a story of emotion, anger and anxiety? What if we choose unbelief just as intuitively and instinctively as we choose faith?
Join us for this hour–long lunchtime event on Alec Ryrie’s latest book, Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt, chaired by Theos Head of Research, Madeleine Pennington.
Prof. Alec Ryrie will look at how the West came to lose its faith, and rather than an attempt to debunk atheism, or to explain its rise ‘scientifically’, he argues that we can’t understand belief, unbelief or the ‘secular’ world around us without understanding the role of the heart as well as the head.
Alec Ryrie is the author of Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt (2019), and of numerous other books including Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World (2017) and the prizewinning Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (2013). He is Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University, Professor of Divinity at Gresham College, London, co–editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has had numerous radio and TV appearances and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, CNN.com, salon.com, Foreign Affairs, History Today, BBC History, Church Times and many other outlets.
Tuesday 19th October
12:30pm start, 1.30pm finish.
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