The Oxford University Theology Summer School, organised by the Department for Continuing Education, has been running for 25 years and draws participants from all over the world and from a wide variety of Christian denominations. Participants may apply for either for one week or for both. The weeks are 4–10 August and 11–17 August.

The theme for 2019 is “The Meaning of Sacrifice”. This is a response to the concern many have about the tensions in the Church and in the world over issues of identity, sustainability and violence.

Applications are now being accepted, and places are allocated in a strictly first come, first served basis.

Please visit where you can find a more detailed description of the seminars available and the tutors.

Meanwhile the courses and lectures are described briefly below: 

Week 1: 4-10 August


Monday 5 August

Special Guest Lecture


Professor Terry Eagleton

Tuesday 6 August

Sacrifice, Atonement and the Overcoming of Violence

Professor Paul Fiddes

Seminars (Monday–Friday)

Compassion in Care

Dr Joseph Hordern

John’s Gospel: Going Deeper into the Mystery

Fr Nicholas King SJ 

Martyrdom, Praise and Other Sacrifices

Dr Roger Pooley

Mary Magdalen: Penitent or Preacher?

Dr Jo Spreadbury

Sacrifice and the Death of Christ

Professor Frances Young

Trauma, Resilience and the Bible

Dr Meg Warner

Week 2: 10-17 August


Tuesday 13 August

Sacrifice and the Spiritual Life

Professor Jane Shaw


Seminars (Monday–Friday)

Discipleship and Sacrifice in C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien and Charles Williams

Professor David McNaughton

How Should We Think of God’s Work in Christ?

Dr Andrew Moore

Sacrifice in Liturgy and Life

Dr Keith Riglin

Sacrificial Love: Searching for Unselfish Holiness

Fr Robin Gibbons

Science and the Sacraments

Dr Shaun Henson

The Suffering Self: Early Christianity and the Martyr Tradition

Canon Angela Tilby


Image: Bernard Gagnon [CC BY-SA 3.0]

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