Last one – a brief indication of how it all cashes out in practice.
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First talk from the church study day I led at the weekend. Fans of James Alison will recognise his influence (amongst others!)
A genuine question, in the light of what has been revealed about the Southwark process. (NB I think the leak says as much about Colin Slee’s agenda as about anything else, and I happen to have great admiration and affection for the man eventually appointed, but my question remains.)
UPDATE: this is starting on Saturday; if any Mersea people want to join in there are a few places left – just let me know.
This is just a plug – I’ve agreed to do a course, spread across two Saturdays next May, exploring the “New Atheism” – what it is, where it’s from, what’s wrong with it, how Christians should respond to it, etc etc.
It will run 10-4 on Saturdays 14th and 21st May, at West Mersea Church Hall.
PURPOSE / AIM of module:
To familiarise students with the main arguments and methods of the “New Atheists”, to understand where they stand in intellectual history, and to have renewed understanding of – and confidence in – the classical Christian intellectual tradition.
General – including COURSE CONTENT
Six main teaching sessions spread over the two Saturdays, plus time for small groups and plenary discussions. The six teaching sessions are expected to cover:
Introduction/Overview, with especial attention to Richard Dawkins’ ‘The God Delusion’
Philosophical roots 1: Hume and Logical Positivism
Philosophical roots 2: Locke and the ethics of religious belief
Theological roots: the Christian origins of atheism
Different types of theism: classical and personal
How should a Christian respond to an atheist?
TARGET GROUP – including prior experience needed etc.
No prior philosophical expertise will be assumed for this course, just an interest in the subject matter to be covered – all technical terms will be fully explained. It would be helpful if participants had read Dawkins’ ‘God Delusion’ or a similar book before coming on the course.
For a flavour of my approach to these questions, have a look at my ‘Reasonable Atheism’ series of posts, which are listed here.
Had a good session continuing to explore the Rule of St Benedict last Sunday, this time looking at what conversatio morum means.
My latest Learning Supper talk is now posted on my other blog.
My talk on Gay Bishops from the last learning supper is now up on my other blog (click link on left).
This is a recording of my talk to the Learning Supper last week on Women Bishops (I accept that’s probably not grammatically correct, but it is conventional). The audio quality is a bit crackly – that’s because I had to drastically compress the file (one hour long) in order to make it uploadable to gabcast.