Is 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)



... people 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)

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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 grandchildren.

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.