is a philosophy discussion group. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
from 7.30 to 9.30pm
in the The Bull
in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics
. There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!
Does religious faith require supernatural belief?
Is it possible to be religious in the absence of a belief in the supernatural? Some people think you can and, indeed, some clergy, notoriously dubbed in the press as “Godless Vicars”, take this position. In the early 80's philosopher and theologian Don Cupitt relected on the decline of religious faith in western culture in his TV series and book 'Sea of Faith'. The TV series gave rise to an organisation of the same name which promoted the view that you could practice religion as a purely expressive form without any reference to the supernatural claims of religion, their tag-line being: exploring religion as a human creation.
- Don Cupitt on Non-Realism about God
- A 15 minute audio programme from the Philosophy Bites website. If you do not listen to anything else, listen to this programme as it is a good introduction to the key elements in Cupitt's thinking.
- Sea of Faith Network
- How SoF started and what members believe.
- Sea of Faith FAQ
- Frequently asked questions about the Sea of Faith and the answers!
- Sea of Faith Theology
- Articles by Don Cupitt and others explicating the characteristically SoF non-realist theology.
- Sea of Faith in the Press
- Articles about SoF and by SoF members that have appeared in the press.
- Cupitt's religion of Ordinary Life
- Books by Don Cupitt
- On-line video and audio programmes
- Non-Theist Friends
- An example of a revisionist version of Christianity where supernaturalist belief has been jettisoned but the practice maintained as an expressive form.