SOF2018: Speakers

  National, Regional and Local Conferences organised by the Sea of Faith Network (UK)

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SOF 2018

We alone create our religion and our faith

Richard Norman is Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent.. His work has been mainly in the areas of ethics and political philosophy. His book The Moral Philosophers, which has been widely used in courses on moral philosophy, is a critical introduction to the history of ethics, leading to a defence of a form of ethical naturalism. His conception of values as grounded in shared human experience underpins his subsequent work in ethics and political philosophy. His book Free and Equal defends a radically egalitarian political philosophy which aims to reconcile the supposedly conflicting values of freedom and equality. His book Ethics, Killing and War argues for pacificism, a position which is distinct from absolute pacifism but recognises how difficult it is to provide any moral justification for war. In On Humanism (Routledge, 2004), his commitment to shared human values is located within a popular exposition and defence of a non-religious outlook.

Dinah Livingstone had a rural childhood in the West of England and has lived in Camden Town, London, since 1966, where she has run the small press "Katabasis" since 1967. She is a poet, translator (from French, Spanish, German and Italian) and editor of the Sea of Faith magazine Sofia. She led the well-known Camden Voices Poetry Group from 1978 to 1998. With 3 Arts Council Writers' Awards for her poetry, her ninth poetry collection is The Vision Splendid (Katabasis 2014) and her latest prose book is The Making of Humanity: Poetic Vision and Kindness (2017). Her first translation was Nature and Grace by Karl Rahner (Sheed and Ward 1963) and more recently she translated 3 volumes of Pope Francis's Morning Homilies (Orbis 2013-16) and new introductions to Walter Kasper's 2 classic christological works (Continuum 2011, 2012). She has a special interest in Latin American theology and poetry.

 Tony Carroll is an assistant curate of St. Mary and St. Eanswythe with St. Saviour in Folkestone Kent, and Dean of Pastoral studies at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

His publications include: Protestant Modernity. Weber, Secularisation and Protestantism (2007), the co-edited volume with Richard Norman, Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide (2016), and Transcendence and Immanence: Beyond the Divide (in Italian, 2018).