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)
takes a look at
Tony Windross is
Vicar of St Leonard's, Hythe, England. Here he briefly revisits
some Christian basics. Each piece started life as an
experimental leaflet to be left in church. They were aimed
at parishioners and visitors who might be questioning the roots
of their faith. The leaflets did not get universal approval.
Why bother to ...
1. ... think about religion?
2. ... go to church?
3. ... read the Bible?
4. ... take God seriously?
5. ... pray?
6. ... say the Creed?
7. ... think about evil?
Tony has written "The Thoughtful Guide to Faith"
(O-Books, 2004) in which he addresses many Christian doctrines
in the light of contemporary thought. "This book was born out of
frustration and embarrassment, " he writes.