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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Faith in
Search of Understanding

by Anthony Freeman

I n this series of short lectures, Anthony Freeman selects six major Christian themes.

1. The Bible
2. God
3. Jesus
4. The Creeds
5. Prayer and Worship
6. The Church

He writes:
Any one of the themes
could easily justify a course of six lectures on its own. So inevitably there will be huge gaps. But I hope that the questions raised and discussed will serve to arouse interest in these topics and point the way to further study.

Because of my semi-detached status from the Church of England, I arranged with Nigel Guthrie, Rector of Holy Cross Church, Crediton (UK), where they were given, that this would not be an official parish course, but a self-financing project, with my hiring a room and making a small charge like any other organization.

To make the whole thing slightly less egocentric I have the agreement of the Progressive Christianity Network to run the course under their name. PCN (Britain) is the British off-shoot of an American organization whose purpose is to promote an open attitude to religious faith and practice, and to support members of mainstream churches who sometimes feel under pressure to conform to conservative attitudes with which they feel uncomfortable.