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Don Cupitt is an English philosopher of religion and scholar of Christian theology. He has been an Anglican priest and a lecturer of the University of Cambridge. He is now a Life Fellow of Emmanuel College and is known as a prolific writer, broadcaster and commentator.
His latest book is The Last Testament
was Bishop of Edinburgh from 1986 and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1992 until 2000 and is now regarded as one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in the Church, having taken an agnostic worldview, commenting widely on issues concerning religious belief in the modern world. His own theological position has become increasingly radical and he has recently described himself as an "after-
Stephen Batchelor is a British author, teacher, and scholar, writing books and articles on Buddhist topics and leading meditation retreats throughout the world. He is a noted proponent of agnostic or secular Buddhism. Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both con-
His recent memoir is titled Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.
Secular Religion: an oxymoron or the future?
Is the definition of ‘secular’ ‘that which is not religion’?
Is the definition of ‘religion’ that which is not secular?
Is ‘secular religion’ a contradiction of terms, an oxymoron; or is there a definition or re-
Can one be a Buddhist and not believe in karma and re-
Can one be a Christian and not believe that Jesus is God and our Saviour; not believe in heaven, life after death, or God?
Can one be a secular monk, priest, or bishop?
Is our plenary session panel a trinity of heretics, or an aggregate of insight and wisdom?
How can we positively and practically re-
Is it necessary to conserve the form, or substance, or both of traditional religion?
If not, what form or substance could replace or progress tradi-
St John‘s Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY
St John‘s Church is situated in Waterloo Road at the south end of Waterloo Bridge and adjacent to IMAX cinema. It is opposite Waterloo Station (BR main line and Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Underground lines).
Coming by Jubilee Line follow the Way Out sign for Waterloo NOT South Bank. At exit turn left onto Waterloo Road. Coming by Bakerloo or Northern Line follow Way Out sign for Trains NOT South Bank. You exit onto Main Line Station from where you take Exit 2 to Waterloo Road.
Buses 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 77, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188 and 381 stop nearby.
There are no parking facilities at St John‘s.
Coffee and tea will be provided during registration and the afternoon break.
You may bring your own packed lunch and drink. There are a number of cafes and pubs in the area where lunch can be bought.