The Future of Religion
By (author) Don Cupitt
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After God by Don Cupitt
Book DescriptionWhat is it about religion that, despite all odds, allows it to survive? In After God, the renowned scholar Don Cupitt considers the fate of religion, now that we have effectively killed off our gods. The author, a trained theologian and an ordained priest in the Church of England, takes us through the evolution of religious belief from the dawn of the gods to their twilight--as well as to the morning after.Tracing the postmodern pilgrimage from traditional belief to cynicism to faith after God, Cupitt says we need to build a new religious vocabulary. He challenges us to see religion less as an ideology and more as a tool kit, a set of techniques--perhaps an art form--enhancing our lives the way that literature and art do."A heretic's heretic" and "an atheist priest," Cupitt has respect for both skepticism and devotion. He neither accepts nor denies religion at face value; he takes faith to pieces, throws away what he can't use, and assembles the remainder into new and extraordinary shapes, challenging us to creatively reshape it, give it new language, reinvent it.After God is for those who find it hard to be among the congregation of an orthodox religion but who miss the discipline and rewards of practicing a faith, and for the person who will understand Cupitt when he writes, "I actually think that I love God more now that I know God is voluntary. Perhaps God had to die to purify our love for him."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465045143
(235mm x 143mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 28-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Don Cupitt
Ethics in the Last Days of Humanity, Paperback (August 2015)
Don Cupitt's concern is not so much the science of global warming as it is the absence of a serious ethical and religious response to it. When all existing "reality" breaks down, ethics can no longer be based on nature or religious law. Cupitt advocates for an alternative inspired by the historical Jesus.
Creative Faith, Paperback (December 2014)
Creative Faith argues that Christians need to fill the void left behind by heaven-obsessed theology with a new theology of moral striving. No longer should they aim to conserve the self, preparing for eternity: they must simply expend it, by living generously.
Last Testament, Paperback (June 2012)
Considers the traditional Christian ideas of the hereafter against modern beliefs, arguing that we need not the New Testament message but a Last Testament for the Last World that we live in.
Great New Story, Paperback (January 2010)» View all books by Don Cupitt
Rewrites the narrative plan for salvation as the story of religion calling us out of nature and gradually making us ourselves.
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Author Biography - Don Cupitt
Don Cupitt is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has held a variety of college and university appointments and has lectured widely on the philosophy of religion, ethics and Christian ethics, and religious studies. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Sea of Faith, which was produced as a BBC--TV series. He lives in Cambridge, England.
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