David Parlett – A Theist Cuckoo in the Nontheist Nest

Our  11th ‘Creative conversation’ is to be presented by David Parlett
7 April, 2022: David Parlett,  A Theist Cuckoo in the Nontheist Nest.

David writes:
By way of introductory/teaser remarks I’d just like to offer a list of quotations, some or all of which may appear in my talk. Here they are:

We owe everything to God, and ought to go on believing in God (in a way) long after the death of God. There never actually was a god, but that doesn’t matter because that sort of worry is a waste of time. We couldn’t have got where we are today without God. So we should feel grateful to God, and honour the past to which we owe everything, Indeed, we should love the god who over many millennia fully created us, and himself died in doing so. God died for us; he really did. He deserves commemoration. (Don Cupitt)

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. (Traditional)

Where was God when dinosaurs roamed the earth? (David Parlett)

You could no more have a world where religion was cast aside as superstition than you could have one without science or stories. (Robin Dunbar)

Who is the potter, pray, and who the pot? (Khayyam/Fitzgerald)

If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. (Voltaire)

In the beginning was the Word. (Gospel of John)

The trouble with God is that he won’t go away. (David Boulton)

A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play. (Duncan Carse)

We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time. (T S Eliot)

I am glad I was here. Now I am clear, I am fully clear. (George Fox, shortly before his death, 1691, QF&P21.49

Of making of many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness to the flesh. (Ecclesiastes 12:12)

Best wishes

This is a talk I’ve very much been looking forward to. I have no inside information on what David is going to talk about apart from his intriguing title (is David the cuckoo?) and the quotes above. But I wonder if by way of a little preparation for us it might be worth looking up Pascal’s wager and Michael Martin‘s ‘The Atheists wager‘. (I wouldn’t wager too much though on their being relevant). Trevor
(See you there).

2 thoughts on “David Parlett – A Theist Cuckoo in the Nontheist Nest”

  1. Dear Friend
    Thank you for a most interesting and stimulating evening.
    Last night I mentioned a book I have read about ‘Consciousness is all there is’ and it was suggested that I send in the details.
    It is ‘One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness’ by Dr Tony Nader, who is the successor to the Maharishi as leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Unfortunately only available as an e-book.
    Also for anyone interested in meditation I would recommend a book published by the Friends Fellowship of Healing – Meditations, Visualisations and Exercises by Ros Smith.
    Meditation itself, (and it doesnt have to be TM) has given me a wonderful experience of a spiritual non-theism, and Dr Nader’s book embraces all of science and all of our diverse religions into a satisfying whole.
    In Friendship
    Hazel Barker


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