RETHINKING CHRISTIANITY                                    A view from the boundary                              

 

NOW AVAILABLE. My new book, 'The Apostate's Creed: Rethinking Christianity for the C21st'. A humanist-focused reworking of statements from the Apostles' Creed and a series of reflections inspired mainly by Luke's gospel. 

              

Order from www.ypdbooks.com 170 pp. £10 + p/p.

'Honest and clear'. 'Really interesting'. 'Most enjoyable'

 

Copies for groups are also available from me at a discount.

 

All theology has a context. This is mine. I am not a 'Christian as usually understood, just an interested observer, watching from the sidelines. I am a life-long student of the Christian story, though I'm not sure it has had all that much to do with Jesus! I might just be able to accept what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called 'religionless Christianity' but that's as far as I can go. 

 

I don't know if there is a reality beyond us. How can I? But I choose to live as if there is not, because that makes most sense in a world 'come of age' that has outgrown the old idea of a supernatural interventionist 'God'. 'He' was just an idol of our own creation, reflecting its own time and place. No god, doctrine, scripture, feeling, creed or authority can be trusted to be 'true'. It's only the suffering and self-giving of the human Jesus that may provide a model, not any 'religion', all of which have been devised by human minds. 

 

Bonhoeffer is not an easy read and sometimes appears contradictory. But in the end he lived out a truth that having a 'faith' is not about assent to theological propositions of our own devising, it's about living, and for him, dying, in the Way of Jesus. It's a costly discipleship, rooted in challenge to all that dehumanises us, not a cheap grace focused on  my own 'salvation'. 

 

Maybe this is no different from just living well and with a care for others, especially the oppressed and excluded. That may be enough. But I want you to at least  think about it, even if you've always taken it all for granted before or abandoned any religion years ago. Is there still something here that can help us to be fully human, God or no God? Join me on the journey and see where it takes you!

 

 

WHO WROTE THE BIBLE? A PowerPoint with audio designed for individual study or a group discussion. If you've never thought about this question, it would be well worth doing so.

 

Nothing here is especially controversial - except for those who ignore all scholarship and historical insights. What you have always assumed, or been told, may not be true! Does it matter? I think so because so much is sometimes claimed that has no factual basis. Let's at least be honest about what we do know, and what we don't. And then think about how we should use the Bible today. My participation in a meeting by Zoom is currently available on request.

 

WHO WROTE THE BIBLE.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [58.2 MB]

The FREE STUDY NOTES below give you all you need to facilitate a study day/weekend or a series of group meetings, alongside reading this classic book from 1963. together. It is still easily available second hand. CONTACT ME if you'd like me to share in the discussion with you, either in person or by email or ZOOM!

 

HONEST TO GOD Study Notes.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [488.8 KB]

 

 

'WALKING WITHOUT GOD'. This is where it all re-started for me in 2011. I hadn't had much to do with Church or Christianity for over 10 years. But a change in my personal circumstances, and moving to within sight of my local Cathedral, gave me space to sit down and write what I now wanted to say. These reflections on the Psalms, the most evidently human part of the Bible, gave me the opportunity to explore what a 'humanist spirituality' within the Judao/Christian tradition might look like.
 
The book is no longer available but you are welcome to download the PDF below and let me know what you think, bearing in mind that this was where the current journey began, not necessarily where it has reached since then. (I've changed my football team too!)
 
WALKING WITHOUT GOD.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [376.2 KB]

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I have pretty much retired from education welfare work but you can still find information on the present arrangements for SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE here. LAST UPDATED 3rd JULY. As things develop, I may offer some new distance learning packages later. Or CONTACT ME at any time. Enquiries from parents or schools are welcome. 

 

RE-THINKING CHRISTIANITY This website now mainly reflects my other main interest: Can Christianity and its central figure mean anything to those who are not convinced that conventional ideas of 'God' and religion take us where we need to go as modern, thoughtful human beings?

 

On this page you'll find details of how to purchase my book 'The Apostate's Creed'. Plus a PowerPoint (with audio) on 'Who wrote the Bible'?; discussion notes on the classic book from the 1960s, ''Honest to God' and my own studies on the Psalms from 2011, 'Walking without God'. These three are all free.

 

On the WHITTER page you'll find an occasional extended reflection. Currently: 'What is the Bible anyway'?

 

Friendly FEEDBACK is always very welcome. Please let me know if you have found my ideas interesting and helpful.

 

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