This is a two-part video/voice presentation delivered by the right Reverend Keith Ward during a visit he made to Australia. While there, he delivered an invited lecture to a local organization called Heretics Anonymous, and he is not one to back down from such a challenging and humorous task. Keith is a devout Christian who is a member in good standing in the Anglican Communion (Church of England). Like many truly well-educated ministers of the gospel in mainstream Christianity, Keith is extremely critical of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism. Reverend Ward’s presentation below, which is based on the Bible and is really quite insightful and entertaining, rips Christian fundamentalism to shreds, in particular the kind that is preached down at the Southern Baptist Convention and Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) churches. Please listen to a truly well-rounded and fully educated Christian leader who knows the Bible, Christian theology, and church history well enough to slam down hard on Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism.
Reverend Keith Ward (born August 22, 1938) is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. Comparative theology and the relationship between science and religion are two of his main topics of interest. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004. Ward graduated in 1962 with a B.A. from the University of Wales and from 1964 to 1969 was a lecturer in logic at the University of Glasgow. He earned a B. Litt. from Linacre College, Oxford in 1968. From 1969 to 1971 he was Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. In 1972, he was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. From 1971 to 1975 he was Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the University of London. From 1975 to 1983, he was Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was appointed the F. D. Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at the University of London in 1982, Professor of History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College London in 1985 and Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford in 1991, a post from which he retired in 2004. In 1992, Ward was a visiting professor at the Claremont Graduate University in California. In 1993–94, he delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow. He was the Gresham Professor of Divinity between 2004 and 2008 at Gresham College, London. Ward is on the council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and is a member of the editorial boards of Religious Studies, the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue and World Faiths Encounter. He is a member of the board of governors of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. He has also been a visiting professor at Drake University, Iowa, and at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ward has M.A. and D.D. degrees from both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and an honorary D.D. from the University of Glasgow (Verbatim Text from Wikipedia 2015 [Slightly Edited]).
You may listen to the full two-part presentation by clicking on the following two video files. Listen closely and hang carefully on every word in this delightful oral presentation. After clicking, you may have to manually drag the little red time ball to the far left to get to the beginning of the presentation: