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Lance Butler in Dialogue with the Rev Liam Fraser: Christianity or Spirituality?

7 December, 2023.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

What is it that constitutes the spiritual life? Is Christianity no longer fit for purpose? Why is it that the teaching of Jesus is still so highly regarded in our less religious age? What is the relationship between belief and secular knowledge? What can we think about the great questions in the modern secular world? 

Join Professor Lance St John Butler and the Rev. Dr. Liam Fraser for an evening of discussion, centring on the paradox that the spiritual is increasingly popular while church congregations are mostly shrinking. Professor Butler and the Rev. Dr. Fraser come together to offer their perspectives on some of the most challenging questions on Christianity and Spirituality of our time. 

Professor Lance St John Butler taught literature, literary theory and stylistics at the Universities of Stirling in the UK, and Pau in France before retiring to Edinburgh recently. He is the author of books on Samuel Beckett and Philosophy, on Thomas Hardy, on the Victorian Loss of Faith and on Stylistics. Since discovering the Scientific and Medical Network in the 1980s he has been researching the question of ‘life after death’ and what is known about the possibility of the Survival of Consciousness beyond our final moments. 

Rev Dr Liam Jerrold Fraser is Minister of St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, and is currently Convener of the Theological Forum of the Church of Scotland. He is the author of Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation and Mission in Contemporary Scotland. He has an interest in the relationship between Christianity and contemporary spiritualities, and the limitations of materialist philosophies. 


7 December, 2023
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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  1. Hazel W Norbury

    Oh if Only on line – I am virtually housebound – but will always be a devotee of Conan Doylr Edinburgh

    • Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

      Hi Hazel,

      While we unfortunately have no plans to upload a recording online at the moment, we will let you know if this changes in the future. Thank you for your continued support of the Centre.
      – ACD Centre Team


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