The Rutland Theological Society

aims to provide an inter-denominational forum, with a stimulating programme of topics and speakers, where current and theological ideas are shared. The Society does not promote any particular school of thought, but is open to the whole range of theological opinions and seeks to promote knowledge, understanding and debate.

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Our Next Meeting

Thu 27th February at 7:30pm
How religious figures achieve iconic status

Speaker: Rev'd Canon Dr Alan Race

Alan is a priest-theologian and has been active in the interfaith movement for many years. He has combined pastoral office with theological teaching activities throughout most of his career and is now retired. He is the author of the classic study ‘Christians and Religious Pluralism’ (1983) which has shaped theology of religions debates for many years. His latest publication is ‘Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue’ (2018), jointly edited with Harold Kasimow who is a Jewish scholar and holocaust survivor. He is currently both Chair of the World Congress of Faiths and of the Modern Church liberal theology movement.

This talk begins by considering how heroes and celebrities achieve a status that extends beyond their own personalities. The anthropological clue that this provides is then applied to religious figures from various traditions. Attributing iconic status is not necessarily immediate but develops over time and is captured in devotional and doctrinal affirmations. A key role is played by historic circumstances as well as the immediate impact of the spiritual and moral insight they displayed. Exaggerations over their status is also a clue in the narrative of their developing status.

Directions to Oakham Methodist ChurchMeetings take place in Oakham Methodist Church commencing at 7.30pm and finishing by 9pm


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