Friends of DWL Annual Lectures

Within a year of the establishment of the Friends of Dr Williams's Library, that industrious group had instituted a series of annual lectures that continue today to promote interest in, and support for, the Library's collections. The inaugural Lecture was delivered by the DWL Librarian, Stephen Kay Jones, on 7 October 1947, and was appropriately entitled ‘Dr Williams and his Library’. A lecture is given every year by a leading authority in her or his field.

For almost 70 years the lecture series has been characterised by its wide subject range, covering not only dissenting traditions but wider theological, scientific and literary matters. The intellectual breadth of the lecture series is reflective of the collections and interests of those figures and institutions whose books and papers now comprise the Dr Williams's Library collection, hence the lectures also offer a guide to the use of Library.

The series has been especially strong in addressing ancient, medieval and non-western religions, beliefs and philosophies, with titles on the Byzantine Church (The Church in the Byzantine Dark Ages, by Averil Cameron, 1993), Zoroastrianism (Zoroastrianism: A Shadowy but Powerful Presence in the Judaeo-Christian World, by Mary Boyce, 1987), Hinduism (The Significance of the Bhagavad-Gītā for Christian Theology, by Geoffrey Parrinder, 1968) and the Kabbalah (Symbols for the Divine in the Kabbalah, by Louis Jacob, 1984).

The Lectures are scholarly serial publications, published by the Dr Williams’s Trust. From 2016, they will be peer-reviewed, and available online. The editorial board of the Friends is responsible for seeing the lecture through to publication:

Editor:

Professor Anne Dunan-Page (Aix-Marseille University)

Committee:

Professor Sarah Hutton (University of York) and Emeritus Professor W. R. (Bob) Owens (University of Bedfordshire)

Editorial Correspondence:

Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Annual Lectures
Dr Williams’s Library
14 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0AR

The table below gives the full run of lectures from 1948. Most of the lectures were published in the year following their delivery. Nearly all of the lectures can be consulted at Dr Williams's Library and most are available to purchase. You can order printed copies by cheque (in sterling, payable to Dr Williams's Trust).

To order a printed copy of the titles, please return the Order Form with your payment to:


C/O Katie Cargill Thompson

Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Annual Lectures
Dr Williams’s Library,
14 Gordon Square,
London WC1H 0AR

Individual titles are priced £5.00

Friends of Dr Williams's Library: £2.50

§ indicates publication is forthcoming

* indicates that the lecture is now out of print.

** Indicates that the lecture was unprinted.

Title

Speaker

Year

1

Dr Williams and his Library

Stephen Kay Jones

1947

2

Literary Criticism, Common Sense and the Bible

Frederic G. Kenyon

1948

3

The Book of Common Prayer and Worship of Non-Anglican Churches

William D. Maxwell

1949

4

The Hebrew Scrolls from the Neighbourhood of Jerico and the Dead Sea

Godfrey Rolles Driver

1950

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5

Richard Baxter and Phillip Doddridge: A Study in Tradition

Geoffrey F. Nuttall

1951

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6

The Trial of Jesus

G. D. Kilpatrick

1952

7

Organic Design: Scientific Thought from Ray to Paley

C. E. Raven

1953

8

The True and the Valid

Richard Ithamar Aaron

1954

9

Cistercians & Cluniacs: The Controversy between St. Bernard and Peter the Venerable

M. D. Knowles

1955

10

The Religious Philosophy of Dean Mansel

W. R. Matthews

1956

11

Sir Robert Walpole, Samuel Holden, and the Dissenting Deputies,

Norman C. Hunt

1957

12

Facts and Obligations

Dorothy Emmet

1958

13

Ascetics and Humanists in Eleventh-Century Byzantium

J. M. Hussey

1959

14

The Essene Problem

Matthew Black

1960

15

A Neglected Text of The Song of Songs

W. D. McHardy

1961

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16

Daniel Williams, Presbyterian Bishop

Roger Thomas

1962

17

A Mirror of Elizabethan Puritanism: The Life and Letters of 'Godly Master Dering'

Patrick Collinson

1963

18

Methodism and the Puritans

John A. Newton

1964

19

Friends of Humanity; With Special Reference to the Quaker, William Allen (1770-1843)

L. Hugh Doncaster

1965

20

From Darwin to Blatchford: The Role of Darwinism in Christian Apologetic, 1875-1910

John Kent

1966

21

Dissenters and Public Affairs in Mid-Victorian England

Frank Reyner Salter

1967

22

The Significance of the Bhagavad-Gita for Christian Theology

E. Geoffrey Parinder

1968

23

Joseph Butler, 1692-1752, Author of The Analogy of Religion: some Features of his Life and Thought

Ian T. Ramsey

1969

24

Edward Carpenter, 1844-1929: Democratic Author and Poet

Edward Carpenter

1970

25

John a Lasco, 1499-1560: A Pole in Reformation England

Basil Hall

1971

26

A Seventeenth-Century Defender of Islam: Henry Stubbe (1632-76) and his Book

P. M. Holt

1972

27

Piety in Queen Victoria’s Reign

Elizabeth Longford

1973

28

Which God is Dead?

R. C. Zaehner

1974

29

John Foxe the Martyrologist: His Life and Time

Neville Williams

1975

30

Architects of Dissent: Some Nonconformist Patrons and their Architects

Christopher Stell

1976

31

Hanserd Knollys and Radical Dissent in the 17th century

B. R. White

1977

32

Life and Story in the Pilgrim’s Progress

Roger Sharrock

1978

33

A Venerable Dissenting Institution Dr William’s Library, 1729-1979

Ernest A. Payne

1979

34

Church, State, and Learning in Twelfth Century Byzantium

Robert Browning

1980

35

Belmont’s Portias: Victorian Nonconformists and Middle-Class Education for Girls

Clive Binfield

1981

36

Peter and Jack: Roman Catholics and Dissent in Eighteenth Century England

Eamon Duffy

1982

37

Godly Exercises or the Devil’s Dance?: Puritanism and Popular Culture in Pre-Civil War England

Jeremy Goring

1983

38

Symbols for the Divine in the Kabbalah

Louis Jacobs

1984

39

Denominationalism and Dissent, 1795-1835: A Question of Identity

David M. Thompson

1985

40

The Crusades and the Unity of Christendom

Donald MacGillivray Nicol

1986

41

Zoroastrianism: A Shadowy but Powerful Presence in the Judaeo-Christian World

Mary Boyce

1987

42

The Theology of Rhetoric: The Epistle to the Hebrews

Christopher Francis Evans

1988

43

The Idea of Tolerance and the Act of Toleration

Johannes van den Berg

1989

44

The Fortunes of English Puritanism

Nicholas Tyacke

1990

45

Loving & Free Converse: Richard Baxter in his Letters

N. H. Keeble

1991

46

Is Christianity a Historical Religion?

Keith Ward

1992

47

The Church in the Byzantine Dark Ages

Averil Cameron

1993

48

John Wesley, 1703-1791: A Bicentennial Tribute

John Walsh

1994

49

Why did the English Stop Going to Church?

Michael Watts

1995

50

‘To revive the memory of some excellent men’: Edmund Calamy and the Early Historians of Nonconformity

David L. Wykes

1996

51

Theophilus Lindsey: From Anglican to Unitarian

G. M. Ditchfield

1997

52

The Jewish Messiah: The Future of a Delusion

Dan Cohn-Sherbok

1998

53

Dr Williams's Library: The Last Fifty Years

John Creasey

1999

54

Puritanism and the Origins of the English Civil War

W. M. Lamont

2000

55

Those Eighteenth Century Divines: Writing for the New Dictionary of National Biography

Alan Ruston

2001

56

The Defence of Truth through the Knowledge of Error: Philip Doddridge’s Academy Lectures

Isabel Rivers

2002

57

‘If it looks like an elephant’: Defining the Crusade

Norman Housley

2003

58

The Ethiopic Book of Enoch in Recent Research

Michael A. Knibb

2004

59

The Letters of Theophilus Lindsey and the cause of Protestantism in late Eighteenth-Century Britain

G. M. Ditchfield

2005

60

Continuity and Change in Protestant Preaching in Early Modern England

I. M. Green

2006

61

A Darker Shade of Pepys: The Ent’ring Book of Roger Morrice

Mark Goldie

2007

62

From Ritualist to Radical: The Theology of Milton

Gordon Campbell

2008

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63

Henry Crabb Robinson and the Founding of University Hall

Rosemary Ashton

2009

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64

The Intellectual Attainments of Evangelical Nonconformity: A Nineteenth-Century Case-Study

D. W. Bebbington

2010

65

The King James Bible of 1611: The Making of a Classic Translation

Alister McGrath

2011

66

The Laity and Preaching in Post-Reformation England

John Spurr

2012

67

Harmless Freedom. John Biddle, John Knowles and the Reception of Polish Socinian Defences of Toleration, c.1650-1665

Justin Champion

2013

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68

Revisiting Religion and the British Soldier in the First World War

Michael Snape

2014

69

The Life of Friends in an Age of Revolutions: James Wodrow (1730-1810) and Samuel Kenrick (1728-1811)

Martin Fitzpatrick

2015

70

Dr Williams's Library 1729-1793 "a good library, under the direction of the dissenters"

Alan Argent

2016

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