emag5c.jpeg (25027 bytes)

Exploring, questioning, experiencing non-literal faith

The Trump thump

johnhaldane.jpg (3077 bytes)

 

ARTICLE - Following the US presidential election, Professor John Haldane, looks at what Donald Trump's White House victory says about 'liberal Christianity'.

More

 

The inner journey

ScottMcKenna2.jpg (3274 bytes)

 

 

VIDEO -  In a preview to his lecture at Cairns on November 17, 2016, Scott McKenna explains why the word 'God' can be unhelpful because it too readily implies an external, supernatural being.

View

 

Science and faith

KennethMcColl2.jpg (3017 bytes)

 

 

VIDEO - Professor Ken McColl, previews the first of the 2016/17 Thinking Allowed lecture series, in which he draws remarkable comparisons between the evolution of faith and advances in medical science.

View

 

Faith in flux

 andrewfrater5.jpg (2789 bytes)

 

 

VIDEO - Faith and religion are constantly evolving. But is the church really keeping pace with the changes?  Andrew Frater examines the evidence. 

View

 

Truth and myth

 HelenBond2.jpg (3042 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE - Professor Helen Bond questions whether you have to believe literally what the Bible says in order to be a Christian

More

 

Fingertip faith

IanMcKerron.jpg (3088 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE - Why a church that insists on clinging to the past has turned Ian McKerron into a 'fingertip' Christian with a tenuous grip on faith.

More

 

Religious tolerance

johnhaldane.jpg (3077 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE - A new tyranny threatens to strangle the roots of freedom and establish orthodoxies no less intolerant than those of the past, says Professor John Haldane

More

 

Paradigm shifts

andrewfrater5.jpg (2789 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE -  When religion claims a monopoly on truth, dangerous fundamentalism is the result with often terrible consequences, says Andrew Frater

More 

 

Kirk's future

HarryReid.jpg (2979 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE - What future for a declining Church of Scotland? Harry Reid argues the solution is sublimely simple: Let each congregation go its own way.

More

 

Andrew Frater

andrewfrater5.jpg (2789 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE - Let's not sacrifice free thinking and open debate on the altar of fundamentalism, says Andrew Frater

More

 

David Hamilton

DavidHamilton2.jpg (3565 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE - There have been a number of attempts in the past in the quest for the historical Jesus. Where have these attempts led us? David Hamilton goes in search of Jesus.

More

 

Seith Ireland

SeithIreland2.jpg (3867 bytes)

 

 

ARTICLE - For the individual, a successful and fulfilling life seems to depend very much on having community support when times are hard. Seith Ireland develops this theme in relation to his experience of dealing with offenders in court.

More

 

Carol Craig

CarolCraig2.jpg (3301 bytes)

 

 

VIDEO - Materialism is imposing on society a set of values that ultimately make people unhappy. These values are constantly coming at us from the media, politics and elsewhere. Carol Craig explored this theme in her Thinking Allowed lecture.

View

 

Val Webb

ValWebb2.jpg (2888 bytes)

 

 

VIDEO - There has never been one truth, despite what people claim. Theological ideas have waxed and waned through history, taking conflicting turns with changing leaders, worldviews and political forces. Val Webb discusses where we go from here in her Thinking Allowed lecture.

View

About   Comment   Cairns Church Home Page    Current Lecture series