Beyond Christianity

"This alternative thesis is his distinctive message in a book that exudes a rare honesty in its spiritual exploration."

Professor John Hedley Brooke

Science and Religion at the Crossroads

Beyond Christianity is Frank's last work, which was almost complete just before his death in 2018 and has been published posthumously.

In it Frank traces the evolution of Christian thought and belief from its earliest foundations to the present day and proposes its future evolution in the light of new scientific understanding, in particular recent discoveries in Cosmology.

He addresses the question that as we are built in the image of God, how can we become closer to God and more specifically, acquire the mind of God, who made us in his own image; thus breaking new ground in the field of anthropology.


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"This, Frank Parkinson’s final book, is enjoyable and challenging as he offers a way to imbed the Divine in human nature in this scientific age. The reader will be enriched by the insights of a lifetime of research and reflection offered within these pages."

Canon Andrew Clitherow, QC

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Many books have been written on forms of spirituality that purport to offer more rewarding opportunities for self-fulfilment than the orthodoxies of institutionalised religion. Frank Parkinson’s Beyond Christianity is one of them, and a rather special one. It reflects a lifetime’s study and the mature reflections of a dedicated thinker, whose academic interests, following a career that began as a student engineer, were to embrace both the history of religious thought and the history and philosophy of science.

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The writing is accessible, engaging and always interesting. It is well presented and deeply thoughtful, effectively combining several disciplines in the exploration of a common cosmic spirituality.
This, Frank Parkinson’s final book, is enjoyable and challenging as he offers a way to imbed the Divine in human nature in this scientific age. The reader will be enriched by the insights of a lifetime of research and reflection offered within these pages.

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Professor John Hedley Brooke
President, UK Forum for Science & Religion
Honorary Fellow, International Society for Science and Religion
Emeritus Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford


This is a brief (148pp), intelligible excursion for the non-specialist into the possibilities of a post-religion faith that enriches humanity’s self-awareness today. As such it is a hopeful combination of evolutionary science and belief which offers a sense of the Divine in human existence. For those unfamiliar with this subject, it is a very good introduction. While a slim volume, the evidence and arguments are presented with a logic and perspective in line with the academic background of the author.

This worthy addition to the debate on the nature and meaning of a theocentric life in the twenty-first century finds the author taking the reader beyond the current impasse often experienced between Christianity, secularism and science. For those who have had enough of overbearing tradition and hierarchical top down theology, this is a very welcome breath of fresh air. He successfully de-clutters the gospel from the church in his attempt to find the God of the Prodigal Son. For as he reminds the reader, faith is about love rather than law. Faith that fails to reveal a God of love is missing the mark.

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Andrew Clitherow
University of Central Lancashire

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