The Great Questions of Life
by Don Cupitt
In everyday speech we often hear people jokingly mention what they call the “ultimate questions,” the “big questions,” or “the great questions” of life. In Don Cupitt’s judgment, however, these questions are no joking matter. He believes that there is no higher truth than the truth that is built into our everyday speech and that, therefore, these questions should be taken seriously. In The Great Questions of Life, he collects and classifies all the great questions, interprets and answers them. He shows how the decline of the old religion has led to the return of the great questions and explains why they have become important to us in modern times.
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.