From the medieval Crusaders to Daesh in the present day, it is easy to see the damage caused by those who hold to exclusive notions of truth, particularly in religion. Can we ever say that something is truly true? Are all such claims inherently dangerous? Or is there such a thing as a truth that is beautiful and good?
A myth is something that we might think is a great story, but nothing more. Isn’t that what the Bible is? Simply a work of human literature with lots of errors, and one that is also out of step with the modern world. Can it really provide a story to live by?
Roger Carswell with Rahil Patel
Devoted to the Hindu scriptures and committed to his faith’s rituals and practices, Rahil Patel was a model priest, a brilliant academic and a captivating speaker, giving spiritual counsel to politicians, industrialists and celebrities. Yet for all his success, Rahil felt a hunger in his heart and a longing for peace. Hoping to find a loving god who could meet these needs, he intensified his meditations and his study of the Hindu scriptures. But nothing seemed to work - until he had an unexpected encounter with the risen Jesus Christ. Finally he found the love he had been looking for.
Hasn't science disproved religion? Aren't science and religion two incompatible stories? Doesn't science give us all the answers we could ever need? How could Christianity possibly have a place in today's society? Is Christianity an irrelevant story? David Wilkinson, who is a Professor of Physics and of Theology and is Principle of St. John's College, spoke on this topic for our second Big Question of the term.
For Durham CU's first Big Question of Epiphany term Ann Brown, the author of 'Apology to women', addresses this highly discussed topic. Does the Bible see men and women equally? In fact doesn't it regard women as inferior? Isn't it full of dismissive claims? Isn't it just a sexist book that's out of date with a progressive society?