Philosophy of Religion was trapped in a yet another debate between religious realism and non-realism. Don Cupitt, a proponent of religious non-realism is one important figure in this debate. Cupitt’s writings on non-realism can be found in many of his works published in 1980s. Having some traces of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and some modern French thought this radical theologian/philosopher set his own philosophical fellowship. In the heart of Cupitt’s thesis is the claim that modern living as a challenge for today’s humans is caused by the authoritarian nature of the belief in the realist God. To cope with modernity, he asserts, however, humans should be able to make their own laws and impose them on themselves. He calls for autonomy. Whereas many realists find faults in Cupitt’s autonomy claim, the autonomy he advocates appear to lack enough defense in the realm of theological and philosophical debate.
Philosophy, Religion, Cupitt, Criticism, Autonomy