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Radical Theology [Paperback]

By Don Cupitt (Author)
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Pages   145
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Polebridge Press
ISBN  0944344976  
EAN  9780944344972  

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According to Don Cupitt, radical theology is a personal struggle for a new and better kind of religion following the loss of the older sort of popular, traditional, ecclesiastical faith. It is, he says, inevitably, highly autobiographical. This set of eighteen unpublished or little known published essays which document Cupitt's gradual radicalization over the last thirty years open a window onto the progression of his thought and demonstrate his long held desire to come up with a message that can reach and influence ordinary people. Because, in Cupitt's judgment, the real ?radical theology? is your own voice, if you can but find it.

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Don Cupitt Don Cupitt was born in 1934 in Lancashire, England, and educated at Charterhouse, Trinity Hall Cambridge, and Westcott House Cambridge. He studied, successively, Natural Sciences, Theology and the Philosophy of Religion. In 1959 he was ordained deacon in the Church of England, becoming a priest in 1960. In the early 1990s he stopped officiating at public worship, and in 2008 he finally ceased to be a communicant member of the church.

After short periods as a curate in the North of England, and as Vice-Principal of Westcott House, Cupitt was elected to a fellowship and appointed Dean at Emmanuel College late in 1965. Since then he has remained at the College. In 1968 he was appointed to a University teaching post in the Philosophy of Religion, a job in which he continued until his retirement for health reasons in 1996. At that time he proceeded to a Life Fellowship at Emmanuel College, which remains his base today. He is married, with three children who all now live and work in London, and five grandchildren.

Don Cupitt's books began to appear in the early 1970s, without attracting much public attention. He first provoked hostile notice by his participation in the symposium The Myth of God Incarnate (1977), and then became nationally known for his media work — especially the three BBC Television projects Open to Question (1973), Who was Jesus? (1977), and The Sea of Faith (1984).

Cupitt's notoriety peaked in the these years of the early 1980s, his most important book of that period being Taking Leave of God (1980), which shut down his career and made him in the eyes of the Press an atheist and perhaps ‘the most radical theologian in the world’. He survived, partly because the then Archbishop of Canterbury and the then Master of Emmanuel defended his right to put forward his views. Since that time he has devoted his energies to developing his ideas in a long line of books.

In his writing, and in the various societies he has tried to foster, Don Cupitt attempts to develop new thinking for a new epoch: a new philosophy, a new ethics, and a new religious thought. His thinking develops continuously and is not easy to summarize, but the best introduction to it has been given by the Australian Nigel Leaves in his recent two-volume study. The Sea of Faith TV series can be sampled on YouTube, and obtained on DVD from Sea of Faith UK; and the book is still in print. It is reasonably accessible to beginners in philosophy and theology. Readers with more time and energy should simply read Cupitt’s recent books in the order in which they were written — beginning with Impossible Loves (2007). A short crib to his ideas is provided by Turns of Phrase, 2011.

Don Cupitt currently resides in Cambridge. Don Cupitt was born in 1934 and has an academic affiliation as follows - formerly of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Don Cupitt has published or released items in the following series...
  1. MasterMind
  2. scm classics

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Finally, a mature approach to Christianity for our day  Jun 7, 2007
This collection spans several decades, and thus spans Don Cupitt's transition from adventurous Anglican theologian to radical theologian, radical meaning that he has given up all supernatural ideas, including that of a god in any realistic sense. Many of the essays are very deep, and grapple headlong with the philosophical knowledge that has come our way since the enlightenment, and on into the recent post-modernist currents. His style is slightly similar to that of Jung, with similar flashes of extremely profound insight.

It is extremely refreshing to hear a leading figure of a major establishment faith think and change through contact with modern rational ideas, and grow to recognize that supernaturalism is a thing of the past- a relic of our collective cultural infancy.

Cupitt is still devotedly Christian, taking the story of Christ and the traditions of the church as highly valuable. But that does not mean that one has to believe in the divinity of Christ, let alone cower before a mean and vengeful god. What it means is that Christ can be seen as he more truly was- an almost Nietzschean aphorist and rabbi who wanted not to create new idols (let alone sadomasochistic ones) on the altar, but to revolutionize people's thinking away from commanded and law-given morals and towards conscience-driven and faith inspired morals.

In the end, the prospect of mature faith in humanity, in the voice that is found, after much work, within one's self, assisted by the artistry of deep religious traditions and images, is both freeing and bracing. It is high time to fully comprehend that god is made in the image of man, and that this is not at all a bad thing.

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