The Life and Death of Eric Liddell and the Rebirth of Chinese Christianity

Saturday 3rd February, 10am – 12:30pm
Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Eric Liddell is best-known for his athletic achievements, particularly his gold medal in the 400 metres at the Paris Olympics in 1924. In association with the Eric Liddell Community’s celebration of the centenary of that victory, this event will focus on the other aspect of his life, which was perhaps even more important to him, namely his life and work as a Christian missionary and teacher in China.

In this half-day programme, three scholars of the University of Edinburgh will focus on Liddell’s life and work in China, his legacy there, and the subsequent history of Chinese Christianity, worldwide and in China itself.

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Honorary DD Conferred upon Centre Alumna, Professor Esther Mombo

Professor Esther Mombo DD, on the 27th of November 2023. Photo by Douglas Robertson.

On the 27th of November 2023, Professor Esther Mombo, an alumna of the Centre, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh. Below is her speech delivered upon receiving the prestigious honor.


Exactly 25 years ago today I graduated with a PhD from this exact place. I was given powers to read and to do all that pertains to the degree. Today I have been conferred with a honorary degree in recognition of the work I have done after the PhD degree. 

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Global Christians in Edinburgh

The Centre is pleased to have begun work on the ‘Global Christians in Edinburgh’ project.

From December 2022 to June 2023, the project sought to offer a baseline of the global diversity of Christianity in Edinburgh and the collaborative efforts of these communities. It coincides with a historic period of both downturn in many historic Edinburgh churches and upsurge in Christianity amongst migrants coming from Africa, Asia, Latin American, Oceania, and other parts of Europe, resulting in the creation of new fellowships, (sub)congregations, and worship services/mass.

For more information about the project and the report released in July 2023, see our dedicated project page.

Centre Students Receive Doctoral Awards

Drs Marteijin, Fubara-Manuel and Schouten, with supervisors Profs Brian Stanley and Emma Wild-Wood & Dr Joshua Ralston

Four students from Centre for the Study of World Christianity received their doctoral awards at the University of Edinburgh graduation ceremony last week. They were among sixteen doctoral students and about 60 undergraduates from the School of Divinity. Many congratulations to:

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