The Firth Memorial Lectureship was founded by the Reverend John d'ewe Evelyn Firth in memory of his father, John Benjamin Firth, Historian of Nottingham and his mother Helena Gertrude Firth. The lecturer is appointed biennially by the Council of the University on the recommendation of the Senate of the University, and under the terms of the Trust the lecturer delivers a public lecture or lectures on some aspect of the Christian Faith in relation to contemporary problems.
The first person to hold the Lectureship was the renowned theologian Paul Tillich and there has been a series of eminent theologians and philosophers who have included among others Baroness Warnock, Professor Jϋrgen Moltmann and in 2012 Professor Terry Eagleton.
Professor Charles Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at McGill University in Canada and formerly Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College gave the Firth Memorial Lectures 2014, as a guest of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. His lectures attempted to assess where the philosophical and theological view of human beings stand today in relation to western secular civilisation.
Charles Taylor received the Templeton Prize in 2007. The Templeton Prize was established in 1972 as the world's largest annual award given to an individual at that time. It is intended to recognise exemplary achievement in work related to life's spiritual dimension. This distinction was followed in November 2008 by him becoming the first Canadian to win Japan's Kyoto Prize for arts and philosophy.
Professor Taylor is also a member of the Order of Canada and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made honorary Doctor of Letters in the University of Oxford in 2012.
Links to other videos you may find useful:
Philosophical and Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century - part 1
Culture and the Death of God (Firth Lecture 2012) Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmmRsvIfEVI&index=3&list=PL8C592CD87A483A8C
Culture and the Death of God (Firth Lecture 2012) Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=964E9fGfRpQ&list=PL8C592CD87A483A8C&index=1
Theologians in Conversation; Philosophy in Theology
Why Study Hermeneutics