Saturday, 11 October 2014

October meeting: Saturday 18 October 2014

True but not factual:
a look at stories and faith

When we are very young we accept as true the things that authority figures tell us. We have no reason to think otherwise. We are naive.

We then go through a critical phase, questioning the things we were taught as children. This phase is deeply corrosive to religious belief.

Some people emerge from that phase into a form of second naivety. They have the ability to hear Biblical stories, for example, as true stories - while knowing that their truth doesn't depend on their factuality.

That's a case made by progressive religious thinker Marcus Borg in a series of discussion triggers known as Living the Questions. We'll be showing the section of the DVD where he describes what he means by "post-critical naivety" , an idea he developed from Paul Ricoeur.

Then we'll be talking about it. Is it a useful concept? What does it mean to say that something that didn't happen is nevertheless true?

Everyone welcome - existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.
The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 18th October 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00. 

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £3 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

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