Original Research - Special Collection: Biblical Spirituality

The prayers, tears and joys of Don Cupitt: Non-realist, post-Christian spirituality under scrutiny

David Biernot, Christoffel Lombaard
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a4971 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.4971 | © 2018 David Biernot, Christoffel Lombaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 March 2018 | Published: 22 November 2018

About the author(s)

David Biernot, Department of Biblical and Jewish Studies, The Hussite Theological Faculty, Charles University, Germany
Christoffel Lombaard, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History & Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


In this contribution, the authors describe the theological contribution of Don Cupitt, initially in stronger relation to Jacques Derrida and also contextualising his insights through the work of some of his predecessors, contemporaries and those who write in his wake; also, in relation to his times and the trends on which he reacts. The latter is also transposed to some currently unfolding theological, ecclesial and societal trends internationally. The main emphases on Cupitt highlighted here may well, different to what initial reactions might be, be of value for certain groups of Christian believers.


Cupitt; non-realism; post-Christian spirituality


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