Life in Oxford

The City of Oxford

Oxford is not merely well-known for the University itself, but also as a centre of religious debate. Places of learning are frequently places where passions run high.

John Wycliffe endured the hostility of the Pope in the Fourteenth Century when he argued for the Bible to be translated into the vernacular, making it available to everyone. In the Sixteenth Century, Protestant Bishops Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley were tried and burned at the stake in Oxford for heresy. John and Charles Wesley endured the hostility of the University authorities for their weekly prayer meetings, as did George Whitefield whilst a student at the University. Passions again ran high in 1860, when the University Museum housed the famous debate between Thomas Huxley and Bishop Wilberforce on Darwin’s Origin of the Species. It is into this wonderful Christian heritage that OCCA students are immersed.

One of the great attractions of Oxford is its architectural beauty. Known as The City of Dreaming Spires, poet John Keats thought it to be the finest city in the world. The Radcliffe Square, Sheldonian Theatre and Christ Church College are but a few examples of the striking and breath-taking design that is commonplace in Oxford.

Yet for all its beauty, to discover the real charm of Oxford you must look beyond her appearance and remember all that this city has meant to the world. These are the streets upon which many of the great figures of our time have walked. These are the sights that inspired the likes of J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. There is so much to excite the imagination; when you come to Oxford expect to be inspired.


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