Lust for Certainty
Saturday 26 March 2011
at St John’s Church, Waterloo
10.30am – 5.00pm
“The Death of God and the Triumph of Uncertainty”
“As much precision as the Subject Allows”
“God, Science and the Quest for Moral Certainty”
St Mary’s Putney hosted a round table discussion a few years ago which ran with John Hapgood’s memorable phrase the ‘lust for certainty’. Speakers shared a common conviction. Various kinds of dogmatism-religious, scientific, political, cultural, ethical- seem to cause many of the things going wrong in the world today.
The London Sea of Faith network seeks to continue this dialogue. Our speakers will seek to explore the limitations and dangers of dogmatic attitudes and thought; and the vital necessity of questioning and humility in the modern world.
Mark Vernon‘s book ‘After Atheism’ defends ambiguity and undecidability almost evangelically. He is a committed and increasingly passionate agnostic. He argues that “the contemporary lust for certainty demeans our humanity. The key to wisdom-as Socrates, the great theologians and the best scientists know-is understanding the limits of knowledge”.
Is this so, or is even this a step too far? If there is too much certainty, can there be too much doubt?
Our erudite speakers have taken the ‘Lust for Certainty’ title and run with it according to their own expertise, experience and interests.
St John‘s Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY
St John‘s Church is situated in Waterloo Road at the south end of Waterloo Bridge and adjacent to IMAX cinema. It is opposite Waterloo Station (BR main line and Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Underground lines).
Coming by Jubilee Line follow the Way Out sign for Waterloo NOT South Bank. At exit turn left onto Waterloo Road. Coming by Bakerloo or Northern Line follow Way Out sign for Trains NOT South Bank. You exit onto Main Line Station from where you take Exit 2 to Waterloo Road.
Buses 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 77, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188 and 381 stop nearby.
There are no parking facilities at St John‘s.
Coffee and tea will be provided during registration and the afternoon break.
You may bring your own packed lunch and drink. There are a number of cafes and pubs in the area where lunch can be bought.
Email us or or phone 020 8422 1591.