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Religion and Law: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

A series of lunchtime talks in October and November on Wednesdays at 1:15pm (45mins duration), Sheffield Cathedral (St George’s Chapel).  

The relationship between religion and law is a topic that seems particularly pressing in 21st-century Britain. It is at the heart of discussions about the disestablishment of the Church of England, about the ‘right to die’, and about the place of sharia law in UK courts, to name just a few current debates.

This series of talks, a collaboration between the Cathedral and the University of Sheffield, explores different aspects of this important question, offering historical as well as contemporary perspectives. How have religion and law co-existed in the past, and what shape will this relationship take in the future?

Each talk is open to all, with free entry. However, numbers are limited so please reserve your place via the Eventbrite page.


5th October: Dr Mark Finney –  Religion and the Law in early Christian Traditions

12th October: Dr Julia Hillner – Religion and Exile in the Roman Empire

19th October: Dr Charles West – Getting off the hook? Clerical exemption from the law in the Middle Ages

26th October: Prof. Anthony Milton – ‘An unholy mess’: religion and law in early modern England

2nd November: Imam Sheikh Mohammed Ismail – Sharia councils in contemporary British society: conflict or not?

9th November: Prof. David McClean – Church Establishment in a Global Context

Please contact with any questions.

Earlier Event: 22 September
Seniors Afternoon Films
Later Event: 6 October
Seniors Know Your Cathedral Series