The arrival of a new book from retired Cambridge University academic Don Cupitt is always a pleasure. He’s been challenging all of us, in the church and outside, for decades, and long may he continue to do so.
The gist of his latest work (March 2015) is that Christianity was split into two pathways from the word go. For more on this see Zingcreed’s Posts on James and the Jerusalem church and on Paul, listed below. One path stayed with the teachings of Jesus and the primacy of ethics. (That’s James and Peter in the church based in Jerusalem.) The other path started with the return of Jesus from the dead and therefore with supernatural belief. This is the successful church that St Paul founded.
Today ethics is sidelined and viewed as secondary or subservient to belief. Cupitt says we should give ethics priority in defining and shaping religious life.
Don Cupitt “Creative faith. Religion as a Way of Worldmaking”. Polebridge Press (2015)
Related Zingcreed posts:
Dummies guide to Don Cupitt
Jesus’ communist brother James (I) His life
Paul vs Jesus
Kazantzakis: When Jesus met Paul
Saint Paul – a few notes
From Hebrew to Hellenist – how the church metamorphosed
Ebionites – the residual Hebrew Christians
How Emperor Constantine corrupted Christianity
Don’s dream: Cupitt and the kingdom