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Fellow to open Westminster Abbey's 'Truth' season

College Fellow Professor Janet Soskice will deliver The Charles Gore Lecture 2018 on 27 February - marking the inagural event of Westminster Abbey's Truth season of events.

Running from 6.30pm and chaired by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, Professor Soskice will explore the theme of Truth and Beauty. 

In classical Christian teaching God is not only beautiful but Beauty itself, not only truthful but Truth itself, not only good but Goodness itself. What can this mean in a consumerist world where ‘truth’ is contested, ‘goodness’ deemed prissy, and ‘beauty’ discussed mainly in terms of revolutionary new beauty products? Do we, in the age of Instagram, hear the adage ‘beauty is only skin deep’ not as a warning but as a stipulation - beauty is only appearance and appearance is all there is? If so, what can any of this have to do with truth’ or for that matter with God, and how do we avoid swindling ourselves out of that conviction that we are made to seek the truth, to behold beauty and to become beautiful -  made to be, not only loved, but lovely?

Charles Gore (1853-1932) was a Canon of Westminster between 1894 and 1902. As a memorial to him an endowment fund for a series of annual lectures was established and since 1935 a lecture has been held at the Abbey almost every year. Find out more and book a place at this year's lecture via the Westminster Abbey website.