• Title: After God: The Future Of Religion
  • Author: Don Cupitt
  • ISBN: 9780465045143
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After God The Future Of Religion What is it about religion that despite all odds allows it to survive In After God the renowned scholar Don Cupitt considers the fate of religion now that we have effectively killed off our gods Th
    What is it about religion that, despite all odds, allows it to survive In After God, the renowned scholar Don Cupitt considers the fate of religion, now that we have effectively killed off our gods The author, a trained theologian and an ordained priest in the Church of England, takes us through the evolution of religious belief from the dawn of the gods to their twilighWhat is it about religion that, despite all odds, allows it to survive In After God, the renowned scholar Don Cupitt considers the fate of religion, now that we have effectively killed off our gods The author, a trained theologian and an ordained priest in the Church of England, takes us through the evolution of religious belief from the dawn of the gods to their twilight as well as to the morning after.Tracing the postmodern pilgrimage from traditional belief to cynicism to faith after God, Cupitt says we need to build a new religious vocabulary He challenges us to see religion less as an ideology and as a tool kit, a set of techniques perhaps an art form enhancing our lives the way that literature and art do A heretic s heretic and an atheist priest, Cupitt has respect for both skepticism and devotion He neither accepts nor denies religion at face value he takes faith to pieces, throws away what he can t use, and assembles the remainder into new and extraordinary shapes, challenging us to creatively reshape it, give it new language, reinvent it.After God is for those who find it hard to be among the congregation of an orthodox religion but who miss the discipline and rewards of practicing a faith, and for the person who will understand Cupitt when he writes, I actually think that I love God now that I know God is voluntary Perhaps God had to die to purify our love for him.

    One Reply to “After God: The Future Of Religion”

    1. The Unanswered QuestionIn 1906, the American composer Charles Ives wrote a short orchestral piece called "The Unanswered Question". He described the music as a "cosmic drama." The piece is indeed a musical picture of the human search for meaning and religion and a world full of skepticism about both. (Ives himself was a believer of a rather traditional sort.)I thought of Ives, and his "Unanswered Question" in reading Don Cupitt's short study "After God". Cupitt is a fellow of Emmanuel College, C [...]

    2. All over the place, and the ending is pretty damn New Agey. Plus Cupitt loves name-dropping (if you haven't read Wittgenstein, Kant, and Nietzsche, or don't at least know their respective general projects, I don't know what you can do here) and seems allergic to arguments (cf. chapter nine which introduces the deferral of objectivity which starts off with a hypothetical apparent which Cupitt erroneously deems sturdy enough to use as a platform for what follows), sticking mostly to (extremely) sp [...]

    3. I read this book because Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist thinker who has written several excellent books, recently said that he considered Cupitt's work influential in his own thinking. Cupitt is a prolific writer; he seems to have been producing a book nearly every year for the past 15 or 20 years. I chose this book out of his many others because it has been reviewed more often than his others and appears to be possibly his first full statement about his evolving system.It should be noted that Cu [...]

    4. I started out pretty excited about this book, as he made a lot of interesting arguments. Because he's so logical and novel, I was startled to find myself agreeing with things I never thought I would have before. But as he started making his conclusions, I felt disappointed. Still, it was an interesting book.He's an atheist who believes in God. That's right. It may sound like a contradiction, but the way he explains it, it makes perfect sense. He starts right off saying, basically, God is dead. L [...]

    5. A collection of arguments and quotes from other authors that support the point that all religions are fundamentally flawed. Ultimately, it only offers a framework for anyone who might be interested in devising a new religion to use.

    6. I thought he brought up some really interesting points about the place of religion and its function in the daily life of modern people in an increasingly secular/united world.

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