DON CUPITT

 

Is it possible for people, and even for a whole society, to lose faith in God? ... [If] it happens, [it is] not primarily because something they used to think existed does not after all exist, but because the available language about God has been allowed to become too narrow, stale and spiritually obsolete ... the work of creative religious personalities is continually to enrich, to enlarge and sometimes to purge the available stock of religious symbols and idioms ... (The Sea of Faith, 1984)


DENNIS NINEHAM

 

... people of different periods and cultures differ very widely; in some cases so widely that accounts of the nature and relations of God, men and the world put forward in one culture may be unacceptable, as they stand, in a different culture ... a situation of this sort has arisen ... at about the end of the eighteenth century a cultural revolution of such proportions broke out that it separates our age sharply from all ages that went before (The Use and Abuse of the Bible, 1976)


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Why
bother 
to ...?


Tony Windross 
takes a look at
Christian roots


Tony Windross is Vicar of St Leonard's, Hythe, England. Here he briefly revisits some Christian basics. Each piece started life as an experimental leaflet to be left in church. They were aimed at parishioners and visitors who might be questioning the roots of their faith. The leaflets did not get universal approval.  

        Why bother to ...

1. ... think about religion?
2. ... go to church?
3. ... read the Bible?
4. ... take God seriously?
5. ... pray?
6. ... say the Creed? 
7. ... think about evil?

Tony has written "The Thoughtful Guide to Faith" (O-Books, 2004) in which he addresses many Christian doctrines in the light of contemporary thought. "This book was born out of frustration and embarrassment, " he writes.