I am a retired academic with more than 30 years experience in university teaching, research and senior management in the UK. These days I enjoy spending time reading, writing, walking and travelling, but not all at the same time!
This series of ebooks explores the most commonly talked-about themes relating to belief in God today. It is designed to encourage informed conversations rather than to persuade readers to adopt or reject any particular religious beliefs.
This book charts the history of St Thomas' Church in Lancaster, England, since its establishment in 1841. It is about the church in its widest sense; it explores both "who we are" (the people) as church and "where we go" (the building), and looks at both "what we do" (the services) and "where we belong" (the congregations).
This book explores the nature of belief in general, and in science and God in particular. What factors shape our beliefs, and how fixed or adaptable are they? How do we judge between different truth claims? To what extent is science - generally taken to be fully objective and rarational - influenced by how we believe things. What do we mean by 'faith in God', how rational is it, and is it fixed?
This book explores different aspects of personal experience of God, including why God might want to make himself known personally to individual people, and why he doesn't do that to all people at all times. Common forms of religious experience include dreams, visions and near-death experiences, and mystical experiences. Recent scientific studies have promoted the field of neurotheology.
While the existence of God cannot be proved one way or the other, a number of arguments have been put forward over the years that support both the idea and the existence of God. This book examines each type of argument - philosophical; from design; based on design; from sacred texts; from consciousness; from morality; from probability; and the cumulative case argument.
This book explores why many people say they do not believe in God, and why they hold those views. It examines why some people doubt (agnosticism or skepticism) and other deny the existence of God (atheism), then sketches out why some think of God as invented by humans to satisfy human needs, before reviewing philosophical and theological debates over the past century centred on the 'death of God.'
In recent years religion has had bad press worldwide, but before rejecting all religion we should try to adopt a broader perspective. This ebook explores the nature of religion and the place and role of God in religion. It then looks at the origin and development of religion, and offers an overview of the benefits of religion. It closes with a consideration of the decline of organised religion.
Many people today believe that science has replaced religion as the best way of explaining everything we might like to know about the universe and about humans. This ebook explores the nature and limitations of science, summarises the debate between science and religion, examines the nature of the conflict between them, and looks at recent attempts to reconcile the two ways of looking at reality.
This biography of St Francis views him as an enigma. He was was born into wealth and privilege, yet he chose a life of extreme poverty and simplicity. His early life was defined by a carefree attitude to everything, yet he grew into a person of enormous religious conviction and spiritual focus. He had little education but became a highly influential teacher. What lessons can he teach us today?
This book explores the links between spirituality and environmental problems, and it outlines the basis for a Christian theology of nature and environment. It should appeal to anyone interested in the causes and solutions of environmental problems.