Suffolk Theology Forum

Exploring Christian theological issues in an open, non-partisan way

Thursday 8th February 2018
7:30 PM

Dr. Russell Re Manning

Reader and Senior Lecturer: Philosophy and Ethics (Western Philosophy)

will speak on

Is theology natural?  Exploring whether we are all born theologians.



In 1704, the Irish-born deist and rationalist John Toland wrote:

Natural religion was easy first and plain,
Tales made it Mystery, Offerings made it Gain,
Sacrifices and Shows were then prepar’d
The Priest ate Roast-meat and the People starv’d.


Dr Manning will be looking at how subsequent thinkers challenged and developed this analysis   He will conlude with a brief discussion on the prospect of ‘theology without religion’

Russell Re Manning is a philosopher of religion with wide-ranging research and teaching interests in modern and contemporary philosophy and theology.

Dr Re Manning's research engages four related areas: the intellectual history of natural theology; theologies of culture; philosophy of religion; and topics in science and religion.


Co-op Education Centre

Pedestrian entrance - 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW.
within walking distance from bus & train stations.

Free car park - Car park entrance on Waterworks Street
For SatNav use IP4 1JG or coordinates 52.055 1.160

Entry £5 a meeting.  Free to student card holders.  Open to all. No need to book.

Queries:  Elizabeth Moore, Forum Secretary   01359 230161

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