Manchester Group Meeting – The Sea of Faith 40 Years On

The Sea of Faith 40 Years On

Public lecture and discussion with Prof. Elaine Graham

Start Date:
Thursday 7th March 2024
Start Time:
Manchester Cathedral Library, M3 1SX
Richard Sherratt
Elaine Graham
PCN Manchester
Free but booking is essential

2024 marks the fortieth anniversary of the first broadcast of the BBC TV series The Sea of Faith, written and presented by the Cambridge philosopher and theologian Don Cupitt. Prof. Graham will identify some of the key features of the series, consider some of the factors that led to its success and evaluate its lasting significance. She will argue that Cupitt’s ‘radical’ reputation for his advancement of a broadly ‘non-realist’ understanding of God may have overshadowed other equally significant features, not least his central argument that unless Christianity responded constructively to modern thought it would be doomed to irrelevance. Prof. Graham will close with some reflections on what Cupitt’s manifesto for religion might mean for those who continue to identify with his critiques of traditional theology today.

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion!

Elaine Graham is Professor Emerita of Practical Theology at the University of Chester and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is Chair of Trustees of Modern Church. She was principal investigator for the British Academy-Leverhulme Small Grants Research Project, ‘Progressive Christianities 1963-2024: Don Cupitt, the Sea of Faith and the future of Radical Theology’ on which this lecture is based (

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