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Dr Rob Lutton introduces an important aspect of contemporary historical studies: the study of religion as a force that shapes lives. Religion, like it or loathe it, has not disappeared from the human landscape - as many thought it would in the late 20th-century - and so it is an aspect of life that historians must engage with. Dr Lutton examines how we can gain understanding of ordinary life in the later Middle Ages by examining popular religion, keeping in mind two basic principles; What do we mean by religion and how Christianized was later medieval society? He argues that while most of the evidence that survives is the product of the clergy, one can discover what religion meant to the wider population.
The Department in Nottingham has many internationally renowned experts in various areas of scholarship that make up the disciplines of theology and religious studies. In a series of 10 minute videos, they explain why they study particular problems, periods, people; and in discussion explain why they find these topics fascinating and important.
The religious dimension of human beings expresses itself, in every system of belief, in objects. Sometimes these objects are obviously religious symbols, others belong to a faith's rituals and tell us about its systems of belief, while some are everyday things that may not even appear 'religious' yet can give us an insight into how people view themselves, their universe, and matters of ultimate concern. This series of short films looks at how we can uncover rich theologies in such objects of belief.
Celebrating the passing of time is one of the key ways that religions express themselves as communities; and the various calendars they produce become central to their identities. Most people are familiar with the idea from Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter - but a quick look at the front of any diary will show that every religion has a calendar of its own.
Theology is a discipline that thrives on dialogue and discussion; and academic theology sets as one of its aims the creation of spaces of discourse in place of discord. In these videos theologians discuss their work and questions that they see as significant today.
Bibledex is a project of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in conjunction with video journalist Brady Haran.
The videos are by no means comprehensive - rather they're a curious assortment of academic insights into what is probably the most famous collection of books in history.
A collection of videos from selected guest lectures and research seminars hosted by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
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