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The Philosopher and the Gospels


Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September 2013

The teachings of Jesus Christ, as presented in the Bible, are familiar to millions, but do we really understand them? Keith Ward argues that, by scrutinizing the Gospels through the lens of contemporary philosophy, we can discover perspectives that are not always apparent in traditional church teaching.

Keith Ward is by nature and conviction, an Idealist philosopher, somebody who believes in the supremacy of Spirit or Mind, and who thinks that the material universe is an expression or creation of a Supreme Mind. He sees religions as very ambiguous but probably necessary ways of giving humans some awareness of this Supreme Mind. He adopted one liberal version of Christianity, and became a priest of the Church of England. What ‘liberal’ means is a good question, - negatively, he does not accept the inerrancy of the Bible or of any system of dogmas, but positively, he welcomes constructive disagreement and diversity of belief, and he also believes in a ‘liberal’ God, one who desires the flourishing of all sentient life so far as is possible, and who will not condemn anyone who shares that desire.

The inclusive course fee (£170 - £190) covers morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bed and breakfast. Non-residential prices, Clergy and Student discounts are available on request.

To book call 01244 532350 or email


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