: The Sea of Faith (): Don Cupitt: Books. Don Cupitt has his own website which explains many of his central ideas. The Sea of Faith churches also have a website worth exploring. Links to both can be. Don Cupitt’s Sea of Faith, first published by the BBC in association with the eponymous TV series, is now ten years old and has recently been repub lished by.
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Science joins up its world by positing mathematical regularities running right across it…By contrast, the Book of Life is written in our natural human language of words.
Oof many Christians think that rejecting these doctrines undermines Christianity, Cupitt believes that it can actually revitalise it. Words also shape the way that we think. He served as a parish priest before becaming Dean of Emmanuel College Cambridge in and teaching Philosophy of Religion.
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For Cupitt, the way religion will survive in a postmodern world is by helping people to live din type of life that they cu;itt. Words are also a human construct which means that we build reality. The Sea of Faith churches also have a website worth exploring. Secondlywe could take issue from a philosophical perspective with the non-realist interpretation of religious language.
More than the people of any previous period, we have come to ourselves and are able simply to love life just as it is. Modernity and postmodernity have made any continuation of a realist understanding of Christianity impossible. A short crib to his cupith is provided by Turns of Phrase The Sea of Faith.
Includes a FAQ page which helps to explain their theological perceptive. Religious people are much more likely to say that religious language corresponds with reality. Links to both can be found at the bottom of this page. Nobody has as yet quite been able to do this in the English-speaking world.
During this time his views have continued to evolve and change. Sea of Faith video two parts in which Cupitt describes Wittgenstien’s theory of language and its relevance to religion here.
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He points out that the same applies in science. We live in a postmodern epoch in which there is nothing absolute, nothing permanent and nothing substantial. It goes without saying that he ot at all times ready to give what assistance he can to scholars and research students who wish to consult him.
Cupitt says that Jesus’ message is the original pf ethic and his life can be an example of how to embrace opportunities, stand up faihh values and not fear death. Stage 1 Negation Theology we can only know what God is not and can say nothing meaningful about him – fairly mainstream. Religion is ‘man made’ but then so is our entire impression of reality.
For example, in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus cautions his followers not to worry about tomorrow but focus on today. Cupitt advocates that we actualise our potential as the sun does by becoming everything we can be.
Thus religion does not need to provide society with its moral laws. Annual national conferences have been afith key event of the network ever since.
Unlike the secular theologies of the s, it will xon religion, in the sense that it sees religious living in terms of artistic practice and symbolic expressions. If Feuerbach is right about where religious belief comes from then surely he is also right that society should abandon it when we have recognised that. Wittgenstein who taught in Cambridge in the s said that most people think of words as symbols which correspond to objects that exist in the real world.
If it is not any different then why call it religion? Return to Book Page.
Cupitt advocates a ‘ Kingdom Theology’ which means treating this life as heaven and celebrating it rather than seeing it as a precursor to an eternal afterlife. If we take a positive statement about God i.
The fullest bibliography in print is that in Gavin Hyman’s Festschrift volume ofNew Directions in Philosophical Theologypublished by Ashgate. Since then he has remained at the College.
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He also said that concepts like God, Salvation etc become meaningless when understood in a non-realist sense. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Furthermore, traditional adherents to Christianity would doubtless object to this revision of God, afterlife, prayer and salvation. Initially his theology could be described as fitting within the mainstream of the liberal tradition but from onwards it became progressively more radical and postmodern.
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Following the television series, falth small group of radical Christian clergy and laity began meeting to explore how they might promote this new understanding of religious faith. Thus, if we return to the question ‘what is religion’ it would be misleading to say that religion is a collection of signs and symbols creating a framework to understand reality.
He argued that Cupitt misrepresents both realism and Christian morality. Additional notes on Cupitt including some useful extracts from interviews here. Cupitt wrote, “God is the sum of our values, representing to us their ideal unity, their claims upon us and their creative power”.
His thinking develops continuously and is not easy to summarize, but the best introduction to it has been given by the late Nigel Leaves in his recent two-volume study. Nine of the best titles are now available as E-Books for Kindle. Gladstone’s Library, which was formerly known as St Deiniol’s Library, is a residential library, especially of theological books. Instead they have dob treated like children threatened and cajoled into approved patterns of behaviour.
He offers a form of religion for the postmodern age. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Starting with a mailing list of sympathisers, they organised the first UK conference in Fifthlyif we reject a realist interpretation of the supernatural and if we reduce religion to an ethic of making the most of life then does it really deserve to be called a ‘religion’ at all?
Words are actually like pieces in a game of chess.