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New book to encourage sixth-formers to consider studying theology

last modified Feb 23, 2017 11:18 AM
Stephen Cherry, The Dean of King’s College, Cambridge has this week published a book, 'God-Curious: Asking Eternal Questions'.

The book came out of Stephen’s observation that, ‘on the whole, introductory books about theology are not as interesting or attractive as the subject itself.’

Stephen started by writing some material for the King’s College website that put forward the idea that theology is fascinating, fun and important. In a blog Stephen explains how the book itself emerged.

‘I was aware, as I wrote the new webpages, that there are those who think that theology is only possibly of interest to people who follow one religion or another. So I also wrote some material that made the point that even if you think religion is absurd it’s not going to go away any time soon, so it might be good idea to discover a bit more about how it all hangs together.

I hadn’t been writing for long when I realised that I had more than a few webpages on my hands and so – partly because I had just broken my ankle – I decided to see what happened if I tried to write something more extensive. It wasn’t long before I had the first draft of a little book that argued that theology is fascinating, fun and important, and that it is, in fact, the antidote to fundamentalism.’

In the Easter vacation Stephen is offering talks in ten schools across the north East of England encouraging young people to consider applying to Cambridge to pursue the questions and areas that make them most curious.

God-Curious is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Stephen has written extensively about the book on his blog Another Angle


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