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The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English

Conference 2009

Dissent and the Bible

Saturday 23 May 2009

Conference poster 2009

On Saturday 23 May 2009 the Centre’s fifth one-day conference was held at Dr Williams’s Library on the subject of the reading, interpreting, and editing of the Bible by dissenting ministers and lay people from a range of denominations and affiliations, from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries.

The lectures were:

‘A Family Bible? The Henrys and Dissenting Readings of the Bible, 1650-1750’, by Scott Mandelbrote, Peterhouse, Cambridge

‘Scripture and Heterodoxy in the Writings of Lardner and Priestley’, by Simon Mills, Queen Mary

‘The Bible, Print and Nonconformity in Wales 1750-1850’, by Dr Eryn White, Aberystwyth

‘The Bible and Varieties of Nineteenth-Century Dissent: Elizabeth Fry, Mary Carpenter, and Catherine Booth’, by Professor Timothy Larsen, Wheaton College, Illinois

The following collection of essays arising from the conference was published in 2013:

Dissent and the Bible in Britain, c.1650-1950, ed. Scott Mandelbrote and Michael Ledger-Lomas (Oxford University Press)