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Professor Ben Quash

Research interests

My research interests include: pneumatology, metaphysics and theological aesthetics (especially the idea of beauty in Christian theology), with a particular interest in Hans Urs von Balthasar's work, as well as 19th-century commentators like S.T. Coleridge and John Ruskin and recent ones like David Bentley Hart and Rowan Williams; Literature, drama, the visual arts and music, in their intrinsic theological interest, as well as the way in which the arts can stimluate renewed theological engagement with the Bible; the arts as scriptural exegesis; Modern philosophical and systematic theology; Christian ethics, especially as shaped by liturgy and scripture.

Biographical details

Broadcasting

Radio 4 - Sunday Programme, 24thMay 2009

Contributions by Ben Quash to a feature on poetry and religious language.

 

BBC 1 - Songs of Praise, 9thJune 2009

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00l162c

Interview with Ben Quash about teaching Christianity and the arts to undergraduates in London, and footage of King’s College London students being taught in Trafalgar Square.

 

Radio 4 - Good Friday Liturgy: Cries of the Passion, 2ndApril 2010

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rp41k

Written and presented by Ben Quash, involving visits to the Emirates Stadium, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Covent Garden, and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, and ending on the Millennium Bridge. A transcript is available on the BBC website.

 

Radio 4 – Sunday Worship: The Art of Worship, 3rdJuly 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0128hs4

The Revd Nicholas Holtam, officiant, and Ben Quash, preacher; live from St Martin-in-the-Fields, and timed to coincide with the National Gallery’s summer exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces until 1500. A transcript is available on the BBC website.

 

Radio 3 – The Essay: Reflections on Caravaggio, 14thJuly 2010; repeated 5thAugust 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00swr1p

Written and presented by Ben Quash.

 

BBC World Service – Your World: Iconic Geometry: The Great Pyramid, 10thSeptember 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00jy6cj

Includes interview with Ben Quash on the sacred significance of the triangle in Christian art.

 

Radio 3 – The Sunday Feature: Tracing Beauty, 8thJanuary 2012

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018sqpk/Sunday_Feature_Tracing_Beauty/

Written and presented by Ben Quash.

 

Radio 4 – Sunday Worship: The Beauty of Holiness, 10thFebruary 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qhd0h

The Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold, officiant, and Ben Quash, preacher; from the Chapel of Worcester College, Oxford.

 

Radio 4 – Sunday Worship: An Ikon of Light, 29thDecember 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mckqj

The Revd Dr Cally Hammond, officiant, and Ben Quash, preacher; a service to commemorate the life, music and faith of Sir John Tavener. A transcript is available on the BBC website.

 

Radio 4 – Sunday Worship: Songs of Innocence and Experience, 28thDecember 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vjysv

The Superintendent of Wesley’s Chapel London, officiant, and Ben Quash, preacher; a service for the Feast of Holy Innocents using the work of William Blake. A transcript is available on the BBC website.

 

Radio 4 – Beyond Belief: Does God Have a Face?

21stNovember 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082xc09

Participant in panel discussion on ideas of God’s face in different religious traditions.

 

Radio 4 – Sunday Worship: God’s Stage?, 19thFebruary 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08fdhjq

Written and presented by Ben Quash on the 300thanniversary of the birth of David Garrick. A transcript is available on the BBC website.

 

Radio 4 – Today: Thought For The Day, 26thDecember 2017

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05sy5d1

Written and presented by Ben Quash.

 

Radio 4 – Beyond Belief: Sacred Spaces, 23rd April 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09zv5ly

Panel discussion featuring Ben Quash.

 

PBS International: Secrets of Britain’s Great Cathedrals

Episode 8: Ely Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral & King’s College Cambridge

http://pbsinternational.org/programs/secrets-of-britains-great-cathedrals/

Presented by Ben Quash and others.

 

 BBC 1 - Songs of Praise: Faith and Art, 28thApril 2019

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0004prq

Interview with Ben Quash about Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus, and the Visual Commentary on Scripture.

Biographical details

Course Author

Following God: The Ethical Character of Christian Life.  (Salisbury: STETS).

Module H8 for the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme.

Editorial activity

Book Reviews Editor of Studies in Christian Ethics (T&T Clark/Continuum (Journal)

Ben Quash (Editorial board member)

19992005

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Ben Quash (Member)

2010 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

BBC 1 - Songs of Praise: Faith and Art

Ben Quash (Reviewer)

28 Apr 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Types of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

Academic Advisor to the Auckland Castle Trust

Ben Quash (Advisor)

2016 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

Trustee of Art + Christianity Enquiry

Ben Quash (Advisor)

2011 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

Council Member of the Archbishops Examination in Theology, Lambeth Palace, C of E

Ben Quash (Advisor)

2008 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

Advisor to the Research Degrees Panel of the Church of England (Ministry Division)

Ben Quash (Advisor)

2008 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Ben Quash (Member)

20082010

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

The Theological Society, University of Cambridge

Ben Quash (President)

20042006

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Secretary, Management Committee of Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, University of Cambridge

Ben Quash (Committee Member)

20032007

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

The American Academy of Religion

Ben Quash (Member)

2000 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

The Society for Scriptural Reasoning

Ben Quash (Member)

2000 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Joint Convenor of the Peterhouse Theory Group

Ben Quash (Chair)

19992005

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

The Society for the Study of Christian Ethics

Ben Quash (Member)

1994 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

The Society for the Study of Theology (Executive Committee 2002-2005)

Ben Quash (Contributor)

1994 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

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