2017 Annual Conference of Modern Church

God: None, One, Three or Many?

10th-12th July 2017

What do we mean by the word ‘God’? Or, for that matter, lower-case ‘god’ or ‘gods’?

A majority of people in Britain claim to believe in ‘God’, but is this ‘the Christian God’?
And what is ‘the Christian God’ anyway?

- See photos of the event here.

- Read Jonathan Clatworthy's reflection on the event here.

- Audio of conference papers avaiable here shortly

There are plenty of definitions, including the doctrine of the Trinity, which for some has lost its potency with the death of the metaphysical systems in which it emerged, whilst for others it remains the best approach we have. But all the definitions can be and have been contested.

Theology cannot ignore the ideological currents and conflicts of our time. Scientific naturalism, new forms of nature mysticism, postmodernism and feminism all pose their own challenges. What remains of ‘God’ and how much can remain unchanged? Even the assumption that God must be ‘personal’, ‘One’ (or ‘Three in One’) is a matter for debate.

This conference will ask hard questions about Christian understandings of God, what they actually amount to, and whether they have been or need to be supplanted by other ways of thinking and relating to ‘God’.

We will review traditional and contemporary theologies and philosophies, and contributions from the human sciences and the arts. There will be plenty of room for honest discussion, probing questions, and exploring relationships between theology, liturgy, spirituality and everyday life.

Conference Chairs: Prof Linda Woodhead & Revd Prof Jane Shaw

Conference Chaplain: Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh

Speakers (subject to change):

Click here to download the full programme.