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March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm£7
A Visible and Invisible History
A Southwark Cathedral lecture by Peter Stanford
‘In a 2016 poll, one in ten Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. These are huge numbers and mean that, on some counts, angels are doing better than God.’
In a thought-provoking and entertaining talk, writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford searches out the origins of angels in religious thought, history, psychology and wider culture, and asks why, in an age of disbelief, they remain more compelling and comforting for many than God.
In the secular, sceptical, post-Christian world of the West, continuing faith in angels is both anomaly and comfort. But what exactly are angels, and why have so many in different times and contexts around the globe believed in them? What is their history and role in the great faiths and beyond their walls? Are angels something real, a manifestation of divine concern? Or part of the poetry of religion? And can they continue to illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos?
At Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
Tickets £7.00 / concessions £5.00