the Cairns Community in Milngavie, Scotland, an online forum for people who want to
explore a more relevant and meaningful faith or spirituality in today's modern world.
Here you will find a variety of videos and articles by academics, philosophers,
theologians and ordinary people who prefer to consider faith and religion free from
the shackles of church orthodoxy and the ancient past.
ALLOWED online is
a digital extension to the now highly-acclaimed Thinking Allowed lecture series which has
been running at Cairns for the past 16 years.
lectures themselves are an integral part of a process - some might desribe it as a
'journey' - which centres upon living the Christian faith now in our daily
life, ever-searching, ever-enquiring. The end of the journey is perhaps subsidiary to
the journey itself: questions do not necessarily require definitive answers.
an era where there is a high degree of scepticism about the supernatural - and both
testaments of the Bible are full of this - the real danger is that the 'baby is thrown out
with the bath water'. In other words, that the essence of the message is lost among the
unbelievable, and is thus disregarded.
a growing demand for a more contemporary or progressive approach to Christianity. For
many people today faith and uncertainty are seen not as unlikely bedfellows, but as
a society in which there is no longer one accessible language for conveying religious
ideas, truth must be felt, reasoned about and discerned within the context of things lived
and experienced in our lives day by day.
theological outlook that is both tentative and thoughtful need not be a sign of weakened
convictions and half-hearted commitment. Quite the opposite. A questioning faith will
always prove stronger than one which relies too heavily on external authority.
the past 16 years, the lecture series has attracted a wide range of distinguished
speakers, details of which can be viewed by here: Thinking
Allowed Lecture Series
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ALLOWED online. Please
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