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The diversity of the university experience helps students become good citizens

How do universities produce good citizens? For Mathew Guest, Professor of the Sociology of Religion, research on interfaith relations may have the answer.
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Understanding moral injury in war veterans

On 11 November, millions of people in the UK and beyond remember the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces on what is known as Remembrance Day.
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Britain’s new Faith Museum is the ideal place to set aside your preconceptions about religion

Professor Alec Ryrie from our Department of Theology and Religion visits the new Faith Museum in Bishop Auckland and explains how it provides a rare opportunity to set aside preconceptions about religion and faith.
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Vatican ceremony honour for Durham theologian

One of our leading theologians has been honoured in a ceremony at the Vatican.
Professor Anna Rowlands receives her Expanded Reason award at the Vatican

Henry VIII’s favourite fool – a new book draws a portrait of the man the Tudor court loved to laugh at

Professor Alec Ryrie from our Department of Theology and Religion explores a new book written by Swedish historian Peter Andersson on the life of court fool Will Somers during the reign of Henry VIII.
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Respectful provocation: the university skill for our times?

Challenging students about their assumptions and values makes them better equipped to engage with the challenges of living in a diverse society, writes Professor Mathew Guest, Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Head of our Department of Theology and Religion.
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Renewed partnership enables students to work towards Theology PhD in Canada

Our Theology and Religion Department has renewed an innovative agreement with Vancouver School of Theology (VST) to continue enabling students to pursue a Durham University PhD from Canada.  
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Henry VIII’s notes in prayer book written by his sixth wife reveal musings on faith, sin and his deteriorating health – new discovery

Professor Alec Ryrie from our Department of Theology and Religion discusses what the notes reveal about Henry VIII's self awareness.
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Durham's Department of Theology and Religion ranked 6th in prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

We are ranked 6th in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 and have topped our subjects ranking again up from 7th rank last year. Theology and Religion has received a very high academic reputation score, which showcases the global prominence of our researchers, and a respectable 3rd position in the UK.
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Durham University theologian seconded to process that will shape future of Catholic Church

A leading Durham University theologian is to help shape the Catholic Church for years to come.
Professor Anna Rowlands

The Extinction and Survival of Religious Belief in a Science Dominated World

Reverend Professor David Wilkinson from our Department of Theology and Religion and Principal of St John’s College recently gave a lecture discussing the interplay between religious belief and science, as part of our Global Lecture Series. Here he gives us an insight into this debate and how the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
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From Constantine to Covid: A Durham Theology graduate shares his experiences

Dan Northam Jones now works as Director of Strategy at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is a Visiting Fellow at the University’s Engineering Department. He studied Theology and Religion at Durham, where he focused on the Old Testament and Study of Religion. He also completed a Harkness Fellowship at the health policy research department at Harvard Medical School, looking at how parts of the ‘Obamacare’ reforms were being implemented and what the NHS could learn.
Daniel Northam Jones