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Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library is a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions. Several events are running this month that should be of interest to Third Way readers.

Over June 23-27 Lyn Bechtel will take a backward look at Exodus, Joshua, Second Isaiah, and the return to Judah. History is Bunk! will discuss how these stories were formulated hundreds of years later to support the political situation at the time, as well as the assumptions of the then dominant theology. In fact, as history is continuously re-written as propaganda - where does that leave the word of God?

The inclusive fee for this week-long course ranges between £336-£376 and includes bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner. Non-residential ticket prices are available on request, along with discount rates for clergy and students.

Advance warning, too of The Essence of Christian Liberalism, which runs July 4-6. Does liberal theology have a future? Or is it a concept that has had its time? How can we re-present liberal theology for 21st century? A number of unashamedly liberal Christian theologians gather to discuss liberal theology and to distil its essence. These include: Ian Bradley (academic, author, theologian and Church of Scotland minister); Gary Dorrien 'the most rigorous theological historian of our time'; Peter Francis (warden of Gladstone's Library); Martin Percy (principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and Professor of Theological Education at King's College London); Larry Siedentop (Fellow of Keble College and Faculty Lecturer in Political Thought at the University of Oxford); Keith Ward (fellow of the British Academy and formerly Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford); Michael Wheeler (formerly a drector of the Ruskin Programme at Lancaster University) and Linda Woodhead (professor in the sociology of religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion at Lancaster University)

The inclusive fee for this weekend course ranges between £200-288. For more information or to make a reservation please call 01244 532350 or email