it possible for people, and even for a whole society, to
lose faith in God? ... [If] it happens, [it is] not
primarily because something they used to think existed does
not after all exist, but because the available language
about God has been allowed to become too narrow, stale and
spiritually obsolete ... the work of creative religious
personalities is continually to enrich, to enlarge and
sometimes to purge the available stock of religious symbols
and idioms ... (The Sea of Faith, 1984)
of different periods and cultures differ very widely; in
some cases so widely that accounts of the nature and
relations of God, men and the world put forward in one
culture may be unacceptable, as they stand, in a different
culture ... a situation of this sort has arisen ... at about
the end of the eighteenth century a cultural revolution of
such proportions broke out that it separates our age sharply
from all ages that went before (The Use and Abuse of the Bible, 1976)
Head to Head
||Richard DeRemee was born in the small
Mississippi River town of Red Wing, Minnesota, in the United States. He and
his wife are grandchildren of 19th century Swedish immigrants. They grew up
steeped in the heritage and traditions of the Lutheran Church. This
influence continued through undergraduate years at Gustavus Adolphus College
in St Peter, Minnesota. His family includes three children and seven
Apart from three years in the army, Richard has remained in Minnesota.
He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. He
received specialty and subspecialty medical training in internal medicine
and pulmonary disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He
stayed there for over thirty years as consultant, clinical researcher and
professor of medicine.
Retirement has given Richard time to focus his penchant for thinking
and writing on the mystery of consciousness and to reconciling his strong
Lutheran faith with the modern empirical world.
|Michael Maasdorp is an ordained Anglican
who has recently retired as a member of a religious community. He now lives
in Elgin, Scotland.
His ancestors came from Pomerania, Germany, to the Cape in 1696. He
was born in South Africa and brought up in Southern Rhodesia (now
Zimbabwe). He left home and school at 16. After ordination in 1966 he
obtained a BA degree at the University of South Africa. He has two
children and two grandchildren.
Michael served in a parish ministry for some ten years, in the latter
part combining it with running an ecumenical publishing and book-selling
business in Johannesburg. That ministry ceased some 25 years ago. Before
joining the Society of the Sacred Mission in 1998 he earned a living as a
business consultant and management trainer.
Throughout these years Michael has had an abiding interest in the
relevance of traditional theology to the ordinary person. The Radical
Faith website in an expression of this interest, and with reference to the
ordinary, mostly secular, lives led by most Christians.