HONEST TO GOD Study Notes.pdf
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The FREE STUDY NOTES  above 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 It is still easily available second hand, though we need to disregard the now outdated sexist language about 'men' when he means everyone! But over a million copies were sold; people literally queued up to buy it as fast as they could be printed. It's challenging of course, but not so difficult to read.


But where is that debate now? It seems to me that while people have generally decided that Christianity is finished, most conventional  believers have made the situation even worse by ignoring the questions he raises: What do we mean by 'God'? What was the death of Jesus all about? What kind of world do we live in and how do we make moral choices? What is the Church actually for? None of these questions have passed their sell-by date, but most mission strategies simply don't ask them!  No wonder they fail. Our context has moved on and left the believers behind, looking increasingly out of touch.


CONTACT ME if you'd like me to share in the discussion with you, either in person or by email or Zoom! I make no charge for my own involvement, just any necessary expenses. 2023 will be the 60th anniversary of the book's publication. How about making time to revisit it by then?


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A PowerPoint with audio for individual or group study. The Bible didn't fall from heaven ready-written (in English). It has a history; it evolved over hundreds of years and exists with literally tens of thousands of different variations in the text. There are no 'original' first versions of any book. Perhaps there never was such a thing. What do we know about its authors? What contexts do the books arise from? What order and languages were they written in? Scholarship over the last 250 years has told us a great deal - it's a pity that most of it seems to have been largely ignored. Even many of those who regularly read the Bible couldn't say how it came about or are aware of what different kinds of literature it contains and how they relate to each other. So let's talk about what it actually is: a human library of insights that tell a story, not a recipe book to be followed to the letter. Why not find out more and then reflect on what it means for you?



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'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 above 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!)


The Jesus story is a 'myth' for our times which, if looked at differently,  can still tell us a deeper truth about life and how to live it well. The Christian 'religion', however, is a set of doctrinal claims based on pre-scientific assumptions that no longer fit with modern knowledge. No wonder most people have rejected it. It may be best to leave a 'God' out of it and move on.


On this page you'll find details of how to obtain my book 'The Apostate's Creed'. PLUS a series of short essays, 'Updating the Map' on the different kinds of themes in the Bible and how we might engage with it today as historical human literature, not some kind of Divine instruction manual.


PLUS a link to a page that explains why I am not 'a Christian' and to another which suggests a new way to  tell the Jesus story. 


In Study Resources you'll find a PowerPoint (with audio) on 'Who Wrote the Bible'? This is so important and so often ignoredAnd some Discussion Notes on the classic book from the 1960s, ''Honest to God' which still raises so many key questions that have never been answered. And my own first book: humanist reflections on the Psalms from 2011: 'Walking without God'. These are all FREE.


Book Reviews suggests some reading which I've found helpful. 


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


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