St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
The Bible is the central book of Western culture. For the two faiths which hold it sacred, it is the bedrock, a singular authority on
what to believe and how to live. For non-believers too, it has a commanding status: it is one of the great works of world literature, woven to
an unparalleled degree into our language and thought. History, society and literature, as well as religion, have all been shaped by its authors
through its narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, poems and letters.
John Barton is one of the great Biblical scholars of our time. The culmination of a lifetime’s work, his magisterial A History of the Bible
was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2019. In it he explores how the Bible came to be compiled, defined and interpreted, showing that the Bible
is not the fixed text it is often perceived to be but the result of a long and intriguing evolution.
In this evening he will explore how the Bible came into being, what contemporary Biblical scholarship teaches us about it, and ask what
this means for people of faith. Does this new understanding threaten belief or can it contribute to living authentically as people of
faith? What does it mean to regard the Bible as authoritative in the 21st century?
The Revd Professor John Barton is an Anglican priest and Biblical scholar. He is the Emeritus Oriel and Laing Professor of the
Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford and is the author of A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths (Allen
The evening will be chaired by Dr Paula Gooder, Biblical Scholar and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, and include plenty of time for
questions and answers.
BSL interpretation will be provided at this event: please
email us if you require seats in the area reserved for this.