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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The Sands of Jerusalem
Paul Walker

These short passages formed the basis of a number 
of addresses broadcast by the BBC for the northeast 
of England. They are the work of Paul Walker, an 
Anglican priest who now works as a chaplain for the National Health 
Service mainly serving those with mental health problems. Some 
listeners were less-than-pleased with his approach and he is no 
longer on the broadcasting roster.

  Following Jesus to sexual freedom

  Render unto Bush

  Defending the truth

  Cultured despisers

  It was ever thus

  I don't pray

  Preying on my mind

  Blessed by the gods

  Precious forgiveness

  To the benefit of all

  I don't worship

  Through his eyes

  Godly delusions

  It's sitting in our driveway

  The passion of Easter


  Keeping Jesus alive

  Enjoying the Bible

  You are not alone

  Life is not a pudding

  Simple, neat ... and wrong

  Palaces and paupers

  The proof of the pudding

  The Atlantic rift

  The cost of happiness

  In the long run

  Blind man searching

  The man for others

  Waving a little flag

  The cost of liberation