Souls at Stake: Tyndale, the Bible and the 21st Century

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Souls at Stake: Tyndale, the Bible and the 21st Century

Melvyn Bragg and Jane Williams

William Tyndale gave us the Bible in English, and died for it. Called the most dangerous man in England, his passion and vocation was to put the Bible into the hands of everyone so that we could read it for ourselves, and in doing so he profoundly changed freedom of thought, religion, and the church for ever. Executed as a heretic in 1536 for translating the Bible, within a few years his translation was in every church in England.

Tuesday 24 October 2017 6.30 - 8pm
Cathedral floor FREE tickets
Part of a series of events marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

What does it mean to us to have the freedom to read the word of God ourselves? We take it for granted, but what was it that Tyndale saw and gave his life for? Melvyn Bragg, broadcaster, novelist, and biographer of Tyndale, and Jane Williams, theologian, will explore what fired Tyndale and what difference he made to our national and spiritual lives.

St Paul’s owns one of the three surviving copies of Tyndale’s original Bible, which will be on display for this event.

Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster, best known for the long-running arts programme The South Bank Show and Radio Four’s In Our Time. His BBC documentaries include The King James Bible: The Book That Changed the World (2011) and The Most Dangerous Man in Tudor England (2013), about William Tyndale. An award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer, his latest book is William Tyndale (SPCK 2017).

Dr Jane Williams is Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Systemic Theology at King’s College, London and visiting Lecturer in Theology at King’s College London. She is the author of academic and popular works of theology including Face of Christ: Jesus in Art (Lion 2011) and Why Did Jesus Have to Die (SPCK 2016). She is regularly invited to teach and speak all over the world, both as a theologian and promoting theological education.

The event will be chaired by Canon Mark Oakley and include plenty of time for questions and answers.