Young Irish theologian shakes up the Church

Young Irish theologian shakes up the Church ‘You can’t be satisfied; life is difficult; you don’t know the secret.  Stop selling God as the answer’ says Peter Rollins

This is a press release from the Progressive Christianity Network Britain and the Student Christian Movement.  Together they are hosting a conference with Peter Rollins in November 2014

The Christian habit of trying to convince non-believers that their lives would be transformed if they could only find God is off the agenda for Peter Rollins.  This popular young theologian is challenging the Church to adopt a new approach to faith which transcends the usual preoccupations of Christians.

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Rory J.Q. Barnes’ book Do You Need God will be published on the 31st October

Rory J.Q. Barnes’ book Do You Need God will be published on the 31st October Putting the building blocks of spiritual belief into your hands. This book deals with world religious systems only as living structures of thought that people actually believe in.  It is a common sense, warts and all, analysis of ideas, aimed principally at those millions who believe but do not belong, who feel there is something spiritual there but who don’t like what they think they have seen of organized religion.

‘Do You Need God?’ explores the similarities of religious and secular moral systems and the great deal which they have in common and asks whether aggressive secularists seek to divert our attention from that.

With no bias, no axe to grind, no mercy, the book tells you what you need to know about world religions and atheism, including what their followers might prefer not to talk about. The author burrows underneath conventional approaches to religion, to find the real thing, to get to see how believers see their spirituality.

J. Phillip Newell launches his new book The Rebirthing of God

J. Phillip Newell launches his new book The Rebirthing of God J. Philip Newell will be launching his new book The Rebirthing of God on Monday 6th October at 12.30pm at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD.

For many years now the Celtic poet, peacemaker and scholar Philip Newell has been writing about the sacredness of being, the of-Godness that is at the heart of our lives and all life. In this new work he asks what the world in general—and Christianity in particular—would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth in radically new ways.

Drawing on modern prophets from East and West, and using the holy island of Iona as an icon of new beginnings, this book speaks directly to the heart of Christians—those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges—as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions.

It offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us and the invitation to be part of labouring in a new holy birth of sacred living.

Bishop of Buckingham launches his new book More Perfect Union

Bishop of Buckingham launches his new book More Perfect Union On Wednesday 15th October Alan Wilson will be appearing at Church House Bookshop in London to talk about his new book More Perfect Union. The event starts at 5.30pm and is a free event but numbers are limited so if you wish to attend please contact the bookshop in advance.

In this important and timely book Alan Wilson argues that allowing gay people to marry is a moral purpose. Wilson says: ‘I asked myself “what does God want for gay people?”. After re-revisiting the Bible, and more importantly getting to know gay people of all types and varying backgrounds, he decided the answer was that God wants for them the same as everyone else - flourishing faith, hope and love, involvement and inclusion. Meanwhile, from a scientific perspective, More Perfect Union? asserts that homosexuality is part of a wide range of human sexual longing and expression, not an anomaly, a sickness, not merely a lifestyle choice. The vast majority of people Wilson encountered on his journey toward being in favour of same-sex marriage were not anti-gay, were ‘just trying to love their neighbour as themselves’, even if, in some cases, their heads lagged behind their hearts on the issue of gay marriage. The ultimate aim of this book is to help Christians unite head and heart in a fully positive response to gay people marrying, and to enable them to wholeheartedly rejoice in such union, in doing so shaking off the hangover of years of stereotyping, fear and discrimination about gay people.