|4:45pm||Organ Recital - Peter Dyke, Hereford Cathedral|
2012 Series: The Case for God
Public arguments about God tend to happen between fundamentalists, both atheists and believers. But the reality of faith is often subtler, more mysterious, creative and surprising than the arguments imply.
This weekday evening series in autumn 2012 saw four of the most distinguished and engaging theologians of our time explore the reality of belief and the nature of Christianity, taking us away from the caricatures set up by debate and putting the case for God in our lives.
17 September 2012
Coleridge said that the best argument for Christianity is that "it fits the human heart". In Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Still Makes Surprising Emotional Sense, Francis Spufford, the acclaimed historian and science writer, has written a witty, sharp-tongued personal defence of Christian belief, a remarkable account of what believing in God is actually like and a defence of Christian emotions - of their intelligibility and grown-up dignity.
The Case for God
16 October 2012
Religion isn't about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It's about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness. Karen Armstrong is one of our most provocative and original thinkers on the nature of religion and its role in the contemporary world. Having spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, she left the order and has since written numerous bestselling books including The Spiral Staircase, her memoir of her subsequent spiritual awakening.
What’s the Point of Being a Christian?
Timothy Radcliffe OP
13 November 2012
Jesus’ words made their impression because they were embedded in a life that was striking, reaching out to strangers, afraid of nobody. He spoke with authority, and his authority was surely his manifest freedom and joy. Timothy Radcliffe is a Dominican Friar. He has taught theology at Oxford University, been involved in ministry to people with AIDS, travelled and taught widely in Asia, Africa and Latin America and published numerous best-selling books about Christianity and the spiritual life.
A New Kind of Christianity
28 November 2012
"It’s time for a new quest, launched by new questions – a quest for new ways to believe and new ways to live and serve faithfully in the way of Jesus: a quest for a new kind of Christian faith". Brian McLaren is a writer, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He left a university teaching career to help form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church to which he was Pastor for 20 years, and now is a leading figure in the Emerging Church movement in America.