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Creative Faith

Religion as a Way of Worldmaking

Don Cupitt (author)

ISBN: 9781598151534

Publication Date: Dec 2014

Format: Paperback

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.
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Prior to the late nineteenth century, classical Christianity developed no social ethics. Rather, it concerned itself with self-purification. Christians needed only to be ‘in a state of grace’, unsullied and ready for the return of Christ. Muslims, in contrast, have always attempted to Islamicize the world. Today, many Christians and activist post-Christians are moving in that same direction. For them Christianity no longer entails a private practice of self-purification, but instead represents an ethical decision to struggle patiently and lovingly towards a new ‘reality’ in this life. In Creative Faith, Don Cupitt argues that Christians need to replace a 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.
Pages 160
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2014
Publisher Polebridge Press
Subject/s Philosophy of religion   History of religion   Religious ethics  
Don Cupitt is the former Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK. Ordained in the Church of England in 1959, from 1962 to 1965 he was Vice-Principal of Westcott House, an Anglican theological college in Cambridge, and became Dean of Emmanuel College in 1966. From 1968 to 1996 he also lectured in the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity. He is best known as a teacher and writer. A frequent broadcaster, mainly for the BBC, he has made three TV Series, one of which, The Sea of Faith (1984), also gave rise to a book and to an international network of radical Christians which is still growing. 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.

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