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The Revelation of Being [Paperback]

Don Cupitt
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18 Oct 2012
One day in July 1997 Don Cupitt was gazing at the view from his window and thinking about Heidegger. Suddenly he was struck by a very brief but violent religious experience. He wrote down a note about it on the spot, and now in retrospective analysis develops from it a typically postmodern vision of the world and the human condition - which, surprisingly, turns out to be a secular version of the doctrine of the Trinity. This book helps to explain the paradox that postmodernity, despite being often aggressively nihilistic, superficial and post-Christian, yet remains deeply theological. It deserves to become a classic of modern spirituality. The Revelation of Being is a companion to The Religion of Being. Don Cupitt is a Life Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press (18 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334027446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334027447
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive 13 May 2011
This is a follow-up to Cupitt's longer book `The Religion of Being'. In it, Cupitt suggested that the world consists of Being, Man (human reality) and language, a sort of secular trinity. In this book he continues to reflect on the fact that each of the three elements in our world are constantly passing away - or at least changing, passing through time - we live in a world of constant change.

Cupitt suggests that originally religion wanted ultimate things to be unchanging - God had to be the same yesterday, today and forever - but that now we are actually happy that all things must pass. Being, Man and Language are like a flowing fountain - everything flows and flows and flows until it flows away and is replaced by something else.

Originally religion was afraid of contingency, vulnerability, weakness, emptiness - particularly as symbolised in Woman and Nature, such things were ruled over by the Father King who provided stability and eternity, but now we are no longer afraid of being part of something that ebbs and flows, that changes and moves on, we no longer need something that overcomes change, because we have discovered we are happy with gentle, sweet, purely-contingent forthcomingness. We prefer the mess and uncertainty of democracy to the regulation of a monarch or totalitarian rule, we have learned to live in a free market and not desire a command economy.

Cupitt seems to be describing a new type of religion. Being - or more exactly Becoming - is light and changing, it is the Way Things Are, and so replaces God, the eternal unchanging ruler.
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