Glen Scrivener with Charley Deans
Charley Deans grew up in a small village in the Essex countryside. Excelling at school, she was passionate about human rights and is looking to train as a lawyer after she graduates this year. Growing up she never considered faith, thinking the slow services and stone-cold buildings offered her nothing. But, aged 16, her perspective and her life radically changed.
How can anyone believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Christianity confidently asserts that the impossible – a dead man coming back to life – not only actually happened, but that it changes everything today. Is there any reason at all to take this claim seriously? Can any twenty-first century person actually believe it
Where is God when it hurts? ‘If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.’ – Woody Allen. Nothing seems more at odds with the idea of a loving God than a world of pain. Natural disasters, systemic injustice, personal tragedies, deep depression…where is God in any of it? Does he even care? Is He even there?
Can I ever really be free? In 1762, Rousseau famously wrote, ‘Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.’ Why is it that two and a half centuries later, with more liberties than he could have dreamed of, his words still ring true for us? For many, God is one source of those chains: wouldn’t He take our freedom away?
Glen Scrivener with Ken Costa
With over 40 years experience in the financial sector, Ken is an investment banker in the City of London. Born in South Africa, Ken studied Philosophy and Law in Johannesburg and was involved in student protests against the apartheid. Ken holds a second degree in Theology and Law from Cambridge University. After serving as Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, a global financial institution, where he advised international corporations, Ken was named as the Chairman of Lazard International, joining the bank in October 2007 until 2011.