Jesus Now and Then

Jesus Now and Then

Jesus Now and Then

Jesus Now and Then

Synopsis

Richard A. Burridge and Graham Gould trace the changing images of Jesus in scholarship and popular culture from the time of the early church to the present day.

Excerpt

It was not yet noon but the Chapel of King’s College, London, was already packed with hundreds of undergraduates from all disciplines — scientists, lawyers, dentists and medics, linguists, philosophers, students of the humanities and social scientists — squashed into the pews with others sitting on kneelers in the aisles. The audio-visual technicians were checking the camera angles and setting up the simultaneous TV relay to the big screen in the Great Hall below where those who could not get into Chapel were now starting to overflow. As we adjusted our radio tie-clip microphones and checked that the CD player was set up properly, my mind drifted back in time. What would the founders of King’s College over 170 years ago have made of all this, I wondered?

The crowds of students in jeans and sweatshirts drawn from a wide range of ages, races, colours, faiths, and cultures were gathering for the first lecture of the Associateship of King’s College of a new academic year. Yet the AKC was the first qualification awarded in 1835 by the College, which had been founded a few years previously by King George IV after a number of people including the Duke of Wellington, victor of Waterloo, but then Prime Minister, and the Archbishop of Canterbury had campaigned for a College in the tradition of the Church of England to counter-balance University College London, newly founded with no religious tradition or requirement. Therefore, the course had lectures in divinity and theology at its heart in order to help students relate their other academic studies to the Christian faith . . .

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