The Sea of Faith Network SoF is an organisation with the stated aim to explore and promote religious faith as a human creation. The SoF movement started in as a response to Don Cupitt 's book and television series , both titled Sea of Faith. The name Sea of Faith is taken from Matthew Arnold 's nostalgic mid 19th century poem " Dover Beach ", in which the poet expresses regret that belief in a supernatural world is slowly slipping away; the "sea of faith" is withdrawing like the ebbing tide. Following the television series, a small group of radical Christian clergy and laity began meeting to explore how they might promote this new understanding of religious faith.

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The programme dealt with the history of Christianity in the modern world, focussing especially on how Christianity has responded to challenges such as scientific advances, political atheism and secularisation in general. As far as possible, the programme aimed to give presentations in the place where the figures featured each week had actually lived and worked; for example, the programme about Jung was partially filmed in Zurich , and the programme on Kierkegaard was partially filmed near Copenhagen.

Before the programme was first aired, an article on the religious views of Cupitt entitled "New Wave Believer" was published in the Radio Times. The article aroused considerable controversy, as was evident from the letters that soon appeared in Radio Times.

A more positive set of letters appeared in the Radio Times after the programme had been aired. After the showings of the six episodes, the BBC broadcast a discussion of the series and of its reception. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Sea of Faith. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 15 March Categories : BBC television documentaries about history British television series debuts British television series endings s British documentary television series Television series about Christianity Documentary films about religion Documentary films about philosophy Documentary films about philosophers.

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Nobody has as yet quite been able to do this in the English-speaking world. I seem to have moved from standard Western Christian faith to an eclectic Christian philosophy of life. In he was ordained deacon in the Church of England, becoming a priest in In the early s he stopped officiating at public worship, and in he finally ceased to be a communicant member of the church. After short periods as a curate in the North of England, and as Vice-Principal of Westcott House, Cupitt was elected to a fellowship and appointed Dean at Emmanuel College late in Since then he has remained at the College. In he was appointed to a University teaching post in the Philosophy of Religion, a job in which he continued until his retirement for health reasons in


Modern Believing

The Sea of Faith made a huge impact when it was first published to accompany a major television series in the mid 's. For a generation that was embodying the ebbing of the tide of faith, it articulated the huge intellectual and cultural shifts that had resulted in most people no longer having any connection with official religion. For many who, whilst still going to church, glimpsed horizons wider than those offered by traditional forms of religious thought, The Sea of Faith offered liberating freedom, encouraging them to have minds of their own in matters of faith. For many more who had abandoned the church, it once again made the wider question a matter of serious and worthwhile concern. Today, the Sea of Faith networks exist in Britain, Australia and New Zealand and the movement is known around much of the world.

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