2017 Richard Johnson Lecture
Is Christianity Bad News for Women?
Amy Orr-Ewing is Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford focused on the British novelist, essayist, and "Christian humanist" Dorothy L. Sayers. The author of several books, Amy is also a widely sought-after international speaker addressing audiences at the White House and on Capitol Hill, as well as in the UK Parliament. She regularly appears on TV and radio, including on BBC Television and Radio 4, to comment on a variety of topics relating to the Christian faith.
The 2nd-century Greek philosopher Celsus famously dismissed Christianity as a religion of women, children, and slaves – that is to say, not to be taken seriously. But Christianity is much more likely to be condemned today, not for being a religion of women, but a religion against women. If gender equality mattered to the early church, what happened to it? What does Christianity’s chequered treatment of women mean for its credibility today? And is the Christian faith a force for the oppression of women, or for their flourishing?
A lecture for sceptics and Christians, women and men alike.
The Richard Johnson Lecture is an activity
of the Centre for Public Christianity. The lecture seeks to highlight Christianity's relevance to society and positively contribute to public discourse on key aspects of civil life.
Who was Richard Johnson?
Richard Johnson is one of Australia’s forgotten pioneers.
Appointed chaplain to the planned colony of New South Wales he set sail with the First Fleet, arriving on January 26th, 1788. On February 3rd, Johnson conducted the first Christian service at Sydney Cove.
Johnson's contributions to farming, education, convict welfare and indigenous relations were invaluable to the survival of the early colony.
The Richard Johnson lecture, named in his memory, seeks to examine the place of Christianity in public life—its legacy and contribution to the common good. (Read more...)