Geoff Crocker

Atheist Spirituality, Bristol, UK

Following an economics degree in the UK, Geoff worked on the development of industrial strategy for corporate clients worldwide including IBM, Yamaha, ABB and many smaller businesses, covering industries in Europe, Asia, USA, Africa and Australia. Over the last 20 years he focused on the rapid transition of the Russian economy where he advised many leading businesses on global development.

Alongside this, his conference work included presentation and publication of Bible themes, some of which were co published with Bible Society. Geoff worked on this in the UK, Europe and USA, but also with societies in transition, speaking for small township groups in apartheid South Africa, to large outdoor conventions in the Philippines, or to churches hosting political reform in the former German Democratic Republic.

From this synthesis of the secular and sacred, Geoff developed a core concern for how faith could be interpreted for the increasingly dominant atheist interpretation. He himself went through a major re-evaluation of faith leading to an atheist conclusion. However he retains a strong conviction of the value of religion if interpreted as myth, rather than as literal truth or as doctrine. He explores and develops this new creative synthesis in his book ‘An Enlightened Philosophy – Can An Atheist Believe Anything?’ which blends a fresh emphasis on the metaphysical from philosophy with myth from religion. The book is inspiring and breaks new ground, moving on from the barren confrontation between atheism and religion.

Geoff has completed an MA in philosophy at Bristol University UK, and his book ‘A Managerial Philosophy of Technology : Technology and Humanity in Symbiosis’ is published by Palgrave Macmillan (2012). He also enjoys dinghy sailing, cycling, classical music and literature.