The Sea of Faith

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Cambridge University Press, 1988 - Christianity - 286 pages
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On Dover beach in the 1860s the English poet Matthew Arnold saw in the receding tide at dusk an image of the "melancholy, long, withdrawing roar" of the Sea of Faith. Twenty years later Nietzsche was proclaiming the death of God as an event that had taken place long before, but was still unrealized. The modern crisis of belief has deep roots. Don Cupitt shows how the rise in our science-based, democractic industrial society, of historical criticism and of knowledge of other religions has over the centuries slowly eroded the traditional framework of doctrinal belief--leaving us, as it seems to many, free, alone, and disoriented. But there is another story, for Cupitt also shows a line of creative thinkers, from Pascal to Wittgenstein, responding to each new challenge as it has arisen. A new understanding of religion is emerging which Cupitt calls non-realist, for it is without dogma. Instead, Christianity is seen as a way, a spiritual path, and an ethic. Religion becomes more like an art, for it is a function of our primal capacity to generate stories, symbols, and meanings to live by.
  

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Don Cupitt, an Anglican priest and theologian, has produced a book that reviews the history of the conflict between orthodox Christianity and the modernism founded on the development of the scientific ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
DOVER BEACH
21
THE MECHANICAL UNIVERSE
36
THE HISTORICAL ANIMAL
56
Charles Darwin 64 Sigmund Freud 67 C G Jung
72
Pusey burns hisfingers 80 The tragedy
109
The sin of pride 114 The seeds of protest 120 think therefore
139
RELIGIONSHOCK
157
The crucible 157 Toleration 161 The meeting
180
Wittgenstein 213 Evaluation
225
THE TURN OF THE TIDE
229
CONCLUSION
269
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The Revd Don Cupitt is a Life Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His books include Taking Leave of God, The Sea of Faith and Solar Ethics were published by SCM Press and translated into many languages.

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