- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: SCM Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (4 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0334029279
- ISBN-13: 978-0334029274
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 30.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sea of Faith (SCM Classics) Paperback – 4 May 2010
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Don Cupitt shows how the rise in our science-based, democractic industrial society, of historical criticism and of knowledge of other religions has over the centuries slowly eroded the traditional framework of doctrinal belief--leaving us, as it seems to many, free, alone, and disoriented. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Don Cupitt is Senior Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
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Kant's recognition that knowledge can only be about the human mind, that it is essentially not about things out there, that it is subjective and never objective, has led others to see that the idea of God must also be anthropocentric. If all we know is what is in the mind then that is where God is. This was clear to the highly religious Pascal as much as to the irreligious Marx. Kierkegaard saw it in his life of withdrawal, Schweitzer in his life of ethical commitment. Wittgenstein saw that what we mean by God is determined by the limits not only of the mind but also of language.
Cupitt concludes that we need to see God as the focus of our lives, our values, our hopes, but we do not need an objective 'out there' God. It may be painful to walk away from the divine Father Christmas but we will be greatly enriched if we do.Read more ›
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In his book, Cupitt suggests a new spirituality. The old belief in the metaphysical God, Cupitt finds unintelligible. Cupitt is much inspired by thinkers like Wittgenstein, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, and he advocates a human-centred spirituality without belief in the God of Christian theism. God is for Cupitt the sum of our values and ethical standards. "The true God is not God as a picturesque supernatual fact, but God as our religious ideal", he writes. Cupitt's God is not external, but something you can create through your thoughts and form of life.
Cupitt may be critized like the rest of the postmodern movement. When he writes "reality does not determine language: language determines reality", he is far too radical, and I don't think for instance Wittgenstein would agree with this.
But Cupitt is very interesting. One may get the feeling that he has an agenda, and is thinking with his soul, not merely playing an intellectual game. He challenges you. Cupitt is an excellent writer who should be read and discussed!