Thursday, 14 July 2011

In love with Oxford, city of dreaming spires

I admit it. I love Oxford. Sometimes it's hard to go home, and there's no place like home.  To study at Oxford is a great privilege. It is a great university city with a wonderful library, alpha plus architecture, lovely lawns and gardens, two rivers, fine restaurants, a covered market, quaint buildings, historic monuments, terrific bookshops, fascinating people, a small cathedral, magnificent museums and many more delights that take time to discover.

Regent's Park College, Main Quad, Trinity term

It was the university of John Wycliffe, John Owen, John Flavel and John Wesley, and many other influential theologians. It is now popular through its association with CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll's Alice, Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey, Colin Dexter's Inspectors Morse and Lewis, and I could go on and on mentioning the literary links.  Harry Potter fans like to visit Christchurch's Great Hall.

Last Thursday I attended an event arranged by the highly regarded Faculty of Theology, which has attained a standard of  excellence (even by Oxford standards).  It was held at the University Church in the High Street.

Lord Bragg, formerly of the People's Republic of Wadham, and Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, eminent church historian and Fellow of St Cross College, were the speakers on the 1611 King James' Authorized Version of the Bible.

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