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Don Cupitt and the Sea of Faith

July 1 @ 12:00 pm - July 2 @ 4:00 pm

Day 1: Monday 1st July

2:00-2:15pm – Welcome and Introduction

Elaine Graham, Graeme Smith, Catherine Pickstock, Jeremy Caddick and Jeremy Carrette

2:15-3:45pm – Opening Keynote:

Chair: Elaine Graham

Steven Shakespeare

3:45-4:15pm – Tea

4:15-6:00pm – Short Papers on the different episodes of Sea of Faith:

Chair: Catherine Pickstock

  • Episode 1, The Mechanical Universe – Copernican revolution. Blaise Pascal and René Descartes. John Cottingham
  • Episode 2, The Human Animal – Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Jeremy Carrette
  • Episode 3, Going by the Book – Martin Luther, David Strauss, and Albert Schweitzer. James Carleton Paget

7:00-8:30pm – Dinner

(Hall) 8:30-9:30pm – After dinner personal responses

(Chapel) Personal appreciations of Don Cupitt:

Chair: Graeme Smith

  • Catherine Pickstock
  • George Pattison
  • Clare Carlisle
  • Alison Webster

Day 2: Tuesday 2nd July


Chair: Graeme Smith/Jeremy Carrette

  • Episode 4, Prometheus Unbound – Karl Marx and Søren Kierkegaard. Clare Carlisle/George Pattison
  • Episode 5, Religion Shock – Arthur Schopenhauer and Eastern religions. Vivekananda, Hindu missionary. Annie Besant and anthroposophist. Jessica Frazier
  • Episode 6, The New World – Friedrich Nietzsche and the death of God. Ludwig Wittgenstein. Gavin Hyman

11:00-11:30am – Coffee

11:30am-12:45pm – Religion and Media : the making of the Sea of Faith

Chair: Elaine Graham

  • Rosie Dawson
  • Peter Armstrong

12:45-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-2:30pm – Session on Don Cupitt archive:

Chair: Catherine Pickstock

Elaine Graham and Graeme Smith

2:30-3:00pm – Tea

Chair: Jeremy Carrette

3:00-4:30pm – Final Keynote: Linda Woodhead

4:30pm – Tea and departure

Keynote Speakers

  • Steven Shakespeare
  • Linda Woodhead


  • Peter Armstrong
  • Clare Carlisle
  • James Carleton Paget
  • John Cottingham
  • Jeremy Carrette
  • Rosie Dawson
  • Jessica Frazier
  • Elaine Graham
  • Gavin Hyman
  • George Pattison
  • Catherine Pickstock
  • Graeme Smith



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