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Harry Houldsworth

Harry Houldsworth

Harry is a PCN Britain member and also a member of St Mark’s Centre for Radical Christianity

Harry is a retired lecturer in higher education at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in aspects of technology and management in the building industry.

A life-long lay member of the Church of England, he is now ecumenical in approach, and attends church services organised by Anglicans, Methodists, the United Reformed Church, and (occasionally) the Roman Catholic Church.

Harry has a long interest in the development of educational psychology, in politics, and in the history of religions, including the history of Christianity and subject of “Mission” in the UK. He describes himself as a progressive Christian and a strong supporter of the role of women in the Church.

He makes no claims to be a theologian; rather, he sees himself as representative of that well educated class of the laity who think carefully about what they believe, and feel a need to offer informed feedback to Church leaders.

(Whether Church leaders accept such feedback is another matter.)

Harry is married to Brenda; they have a son and daughter and six grandchildren. They live in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

Articles by Harry Houldsworth

May your God go with you

Dave Allen (TV: 1960s-1990s) was a professed atheist, but he invariably ended his show with the words ‘May your God go with you.’

Embedding Christianity Today

What is wrong? Why is it that what goes on inside a church no longer inspires the general awe and reverence it did only a century ago?

Marriage and same sex relationships

Pre-occupation with who is allowed to marry has led us to ignore a much more significant issue - the side-lining of marriage itself, says Harry Houldsworth

A parting of the ways?

As we move away from more orthodox ideas of a paternal, interventionist God, is it inevitable that progressive Christians will set up their own churches? Harry Houldsworth makes a plea for this not to happen.

Women, Theology, and St Julian of Norwich

Harry Houldsworth pays tribute to two female authors, separated by over six hundred years, who have given him a sense that there may be a feminine approach to faith.

Plug-in Christianity and Prayer

Harry Houldsworth explains why he thinks prayer is still relevant whether or not you believe there is a God. This follows an earlier blog in October 2015 by Raymond Eveleigh.

The Parable of the Walled Garden

PCN member Harry Houldsworth finds that the retelling of joke heard many years ago provides a interesting lesson about the nature of Scriptural truth.

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