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Professor Anthony Reddie, Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, gives the annual Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture.

Professor Anthony Reddie is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture in Regent’s Park College, in the University of Oxford. He is also an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics and a Research Fellow with the University of South Africa.

He is a leading international researcher, and the first Black person to get an ‘A’ rating in Theology and Religious studies in the South African National Research Foundation.

He is a prolific author of books, articles and chapters in edited books. He is the Editor of Black Theology: An International Journal. He is a recipient of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lambeth, Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship, given for ‘exceptional and sustained contribution to Black Theology in Britain and Beyond’.

Eric Abbott was Dean of Westminster, Chaplain to King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth II, and Warden of Keble from 1956–1960. A memorial trust founded in his name provides for an annual lecture on spirituality held in Westminster Abbey and Keble Chapel.

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