Here, you can listen to or download some of the lectures and discussions that have taken place at St George's Cathedral. Copyright in each text belongs to the lecturer credited and cannot be reproduced without permission in writing from the copyright holder.
For sermon texts and mp3s, please go to our Worship section: Sermons and Podcasts.
Food, Fasting and the Fathers
Dr Bill Leadbetter, Cathedral Scholar, April 2014
Download a pdf of the text generated by Dr Bill Leadbetter following his series of lectures for the Institute of Anglican Studies: Food, Fasting and the Fathers
The New Reality (Easter)
The Most Revd Roger Herft, Archbishop of Perth, 9 May 2012
The Archbishop presents A Day in the Spiritual Life of the Cathedral.
Download a pdf of the text here: The New Reality
The New Atheists
Based on a Cathedral lecture by Keith Ward, September 2009
Download a pdf of the text generated by Keith Ward following his highly successful Cathedral lecture:
The New Atheists
A Cathedral lecture by Keith Ward, 17 September 2009
Who are 'The New Atheists'? What do they or don't they believe? How valid are their statements, and what effect do they have on Christian belief?
'The New Atheists' part 1
'The New Atheists' part 2
Heretics Anonymous with Keith Ward, 21 September 2009
At Heretics Anonymous, deep questions of faith are explored in a supportive fellowship.
On 21 September 2009, UK theologian Keith Ward gave a talk and fielded questions on 'The New Fundamentalists'. You may listen to the talk or download it here. Please note that due to file sizes there are two parts.
"The New Fundamentalists" - Prof Keith Ward - Pt 1
"The New Fundamentalists" - Prof Keith Ward - Pt 2
Choral Music: The Case for Excellence
A Cathedral lecture by Peter Phillips, 2009
Peter Phillips, founder of the Tallis Scholars and Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford, argues the case that the worship of God deserves the best, and if achieving that best means sometimes leaving people out of the singing, is it possible that they too are able to converse with God through what they hear, even though they are vocally silent? Music, above every other means of human communication, is capable of expressing the inexpressible.
Download a pdf of the text here: Choral Music: The Case for Excellence
The Myth of an Australian Spirituality
A Cathedral lecture by Hugh Mackay, 2009
Hugh Mackay, Australia's best-known social commentator, asks whether there is something unique about Australian spirituality, whether the drive to make sense of human existence and place ourselves in a cosmic context would be differently expressed or experienced in the Australian context.
Download a pdf of the text here: The Myth of an Australian Spirituality
Law and Religion
A Cathedral lecture by Kevin Parker, 2008
Kevin Parker, Vice President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, examines the relationship between law and religion and how far religion can influence legislation in a pluralist society.
Download a pdf of the text here: Law and Religion
The English Reformations and the Making of the Anglican Church
Christopher Haigh, 2006
Christopher Haigh, of Christ Church, Oxford, argues that the English Church experienced a series of reformations which led, over time, to the emergence of an Anglicanism which is tolerant, responsive and inclusive.
Download a pdf of the text here: The English Reformations and the Making of the Anglican Church
Justice and the Eucharist
Nicholas Sagovsky, 2005
Dr Nicholas Sagovsky, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, has had a long term theoretical and practical interest in issues of social justice. His concern has been to penetrate beneath purely political perspectives and to ground issues of justice theologically. This lecture sets the theme of justice within the context of the Eucharist as the central act of Christian worship.
Download a pdf of the text here: Justice and the Eucharist
Is There a Destiny Beyond Death?
John Polkinghorne, 2003
John Polkinghorne, distinguished physicist and Anglican theologian, and winner of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for 2002, brings together scientific insights and Christian belief to discuss the coherence of the hope for a destiny beyond death, for humanity and for the universe itself.
Download a pdf of the text here: Is There a Destiny Beyond Death?
Exploration Towards God in a Scientific Age
Arthur Peacocke, 2002
Arthur Peacocke, distinguished scientist and theologian, winner of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for 2001, and a leading advocate for creative interaction between science and theology, presents the fruits of his reflections on this theme over the last thirty years.
Download a pdf of the text here: Exploration Towards God in a Scientific Age
Church Music at the Crossroads
Stephen Darlington, 2001
Stephen Darlington, organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, reflects on the present status and future prospects of the traditions of Church music.
Download a pdf of the text here: Church Music at the Crossroads
The Dynamics of Fundamentalism
James Barr, 2000
James Barr, formerly Professor of Hebrew at Oxford and Princeton, discusses the nature of fundamentalism, within and beyond the orbit of Christianity, and ways of addressing the threat which it represents.
Delivered in 2000, his presentation has acquired a further dimension of significance since the events of more recent times.
Download a pdf of the text here: The Dynamics of Fundamentalism
Why Do We Have Cathedrals? A Historian's View
Christopher Haigh, 1998
Christopher Haigh, of Christ Church Oxford, a leading historian of the English Reformation, presents a fascinating account of the fluctuating fortunes of Cathedrals in Anglican history, the elements of chance in their survival and the ways they were refashioned to assume new and creative roles.
Download a pdf of the text here: Why Do We Have Cathedrals?
Liturgical Principle and Cathedral Practice
Michael Perham, 1997
Michael Perham, formerly Vice-Dean and Precentor of Norwich Cathedral and now Bishop of Gloucester, is a leading writer in the field of liturgy.
His lecture explores in detail the question, “what is worship for?” - and, while a short section of this lecture is devoted specifically to Cathedral worship, the lecture is equally applicable within the parish context.
Download a pdf of the text here: Liturgical Principle and Cathedral Practice
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