Back when belief in predestination was powerful, there was only one way life could go. Today we have a stronger sense of contingency and find ourselves clinging to lost loves, missed opportunities, and other lives we might have lived. Don Cupitt meditates on the religious significance of all our many lost and impossible loves. The impossible, he says, has replaced the supernatural in our thinking.
DON CUPITT is a former Dean of Emmanuel College and Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge University. In 1996 he retired early in order to write full-time, becoming a life fellow of his college.