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The Revd Canon Professor Ben Quash has been appointed as Honorary Canon Theologian of Bradford Cathedral.*
Ben Quash is the first Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King's College London.
Until 2007 he was Dean and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge University, and Academic Director of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, which promotes high-quality research and public education programmes in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and explores their interrelations and mutual influences in art, scripture, doctrine and practice. He is also a Canon Theologian of Coventry Cathedral, acts as consultant to the BBC's ‘Religion and Ethics' department, and is developing new postgraduate courses on Faith and the Arts in London in collaboration with the National Gallery.
Bishop Nick says "The Diocese of Bradford and its Cathedral will be greatly enriched by having Professor Ben Quash as Canon Theologian. As we continue though uncertain times, Ben's experience, theological interests and communication abilities will shine a fresh light on our life and witness. Not only his interfaith experience in Cambridge, but his ability to look through the lens of the arts will help us keep our focus on the Kingdom of God and the richness of creation and redemption. We can learn much and look forward to him serving us in this way."
Ben Quash's areas of interest include theological aesthetics, literature, drama, the visual arts and music, and Christian ethics, especially as shaped by liturgy and scripture.
Ben Quash grew up in County Durham and Monmouthshire. He read English as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and then theology (while training for ordination at Westcott House).
* A Canon Theologian encourages the Church through study and teaching to remain faithful to the mind of Christ and to discern God’s purposes for his Church and his world.