Author: Don Cupitt
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Life, Life is a hymn of praise to life. In modern thinking people have increasingly come to see the world as primarily one of ordinary human life. Don Cupitt argues that we speak of life very much as people used to speak of God: faith in life, what life has in store for us, wrestling with life, etc. In Life, Life he has assembled some 250 of these life-idioms. Cupitt mines this database to develop a modern religious philosophy of human life. In it, ethics and stories take the place of traditional supernatural dogma. This fully life-centred religious outlook turns out to be a lively radical theology.
Don Cupitt is the former Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was born in 1934 at Oldham, England, and educated at Charterhouse and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he studied Natural Sciences, Theology and the Philosophy of Religion. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1959. From 1962-1965, he was Vice-Principal of Westcott House, an Anglican theological college in Cambridge, and became Dean of Emmanuel College in 1966. From 1968 to 1996 he also lectured in the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity. He is best known as a teacher and writer. He is often described as a “radical theologian,” or as “a liberal religious thinker.” Philosophically, he is a stalwart non-realist. A frequent broadcaster, mainly for the BBC, he has made three TV Series, one of which, “The Sea of Faith,” (1984), also gave rise to a book and to an international network of radical Christians which is still growing. In his writing, and in the various societies he has tried to foster, Don Cupitt attempts to develop new thinking for a new epoch: a new philosophy, a new ethics, and a new religious thought.