The Failure of the Liberal Paradigm

‘The Failure of the Liberal Paradigm’, the first in a series of seven ‘Sermons on the Subject of the Day’ by The Revd Canon Professor Oliver O’Donovan FBA, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford and a Canon of Christ Church. “Your treaty with death will be annulled, and your pact with … Continue Reading

‘Requisitioned by the Word’ – a sermon preached at St Mary Islington 25 September 2005

A sermon preached at St Mary Islington, 25 September 2005 We tore ourselves away from them and, putting to sea, made a straight run (Acts 21:1) A nice dramatic translation there, from The Revised English Bible, capturing the intensity of Paul’s farewell to the elders of the church at Ephesus: “We tore ourselves away.” And … Continue Reading

Pope John-Paul II

Open a page at random in any one of that stream of Encyclical Letters that poured out from the Vatican during John-Paul’s papacy, and what do you see? Chances are you will light first on a discussion of Scripture – not quoted as a proof but teased out as a way of framing a question … Continue Reading

The only poker game in town: reflections on the Windsor Report

1. The Lambeth Commission was asked to make a theological and legal discernment of a particular situation, describing that situation in an analytical way that would prepare for a practical decision by the Primates and A.C.C. Their work, we may say, is a service rendered to the episcopê of the Anglican churches, aimed towards an … Continue Reading