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Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

  • Course Dates: Mon 18 February 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 February 2019, 2:00 pm

In a so called ‘secular age’ has religion and more specifically Christian faith and belief simply disappeared from public view altogether?

Do modern people no longer require the ‘sacred canopy’ of religion to feel at home in the world? Has the idea and practice of religion become so tarnished with notions of religious fundamentalism and extremism or institutional irrelevance and corruption that by and large, in Europe at least, most people leave it to a small minority of others to be religious on their behalf?

Or is it the case that spirituality and religion have simply re-located elsewhere? Has popular culture become a more convenient and comfortable location for religion than our institutional churches? Do secular people now find religion in aesthetic experiences or in consumerism? Is it the new technologies of robotics, cybernetics and artificial intelligence where people locate religious motifs and future hopes? Or is secularism itself a by product of Christian freedom and responsibility in the world?

In this new module we will examine these and a range of other questions as we seek to examine the equivocation and uncertainty that now surrounds the modern experience and practice of religion in the 21st century.

Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.

Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries
rnicklen@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Tutors:
Colin Greene is the Coordinator for the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture and Programme Leader for the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture. His interests include biblical hermeneutics and the intersection of theology and contemporary culture. Barnabas Palfrey is Lecturer in Spirituality at Sarum College. He has a wide range of theological and spirituality interests, particularly as they relate to philosophy. Andrew Todd is the Coordinator for the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality and Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality. He is an expert in contemporary religion and spirituality; an Anglican priest and Franciscan Tertiary.
Course Code:
TBC
Course Price:
TBC